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La belle Dame sans merci, First Version, Page 1
by John Keats (April, 1819).

O What can ail thee Knight at arms
    Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has withered from the Lake
    And no birds sing!

O what can ail thee Knight at arms
    So haggard, and so woe begone?
The Squirrel's granary is full
    And the harvest's done.

I see a lilly on thy brow
    With anguish moist and fever dew,
And on thy cheeks a fading rose
    Fast and withereth too—

I met a Lady in the Meads
    Full beautiful, a faery's child
Her hair was long, her foot was light
    And her eyes were wild—

I made a Garland for her head,
    And bracelets too, and fragrant Zone
She look'd at me as she did love
    And made sweet moan—

I set her on my pacing steed
    And nothing else saw all day long
For sidelong would she bend and sing
    A faery's song—

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