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La belle Dame sans merci, First Version, Page 2
by John Keats (April, 1819).

She found me roots of relish sweet
    And honey wild and manna dew
And sure in language strange she said
    I love thee true—

She took me to her elfin grot
    And there she wept and sigh'd full sore,
And there I shut her wild wild eyes
    With kisses four.

And there she lulled me asleep
    And there I dream'd Ah Woe betide!
The latest dream I ever dreamt
    On the cold hill side

I saw pale Kings, and Princes too
    Pale warriors death pale were they all
They cried La belle dame sans merci
    Thee hath in thrall.

I saw their starv'd lips in the gloam
    With horrid warning gaped wide,
And I awoke, and found me here
    On the cold hill's side

And this is why I sojourn here
    Alone and palely loitering;
Though the sedge is withered from the Lake
    And no birds sing— . . .

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