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Endymion, Book 4, Page 5
by John Keats (April to November, 1817).

                  "O Sorrow,
                  Why dost borrow
The natural hue of health, from vermeil lips?—
                  To give maiden blushes
                  To the white rose blushes?
Or is't thy dewy hand the daisy tips?

                  "O Sorrow,
                  Why dost borrow
The lustrous passion from a falcon-eye?—
                  To give the glow-worm light?
                  Or, on a moonless night,
To tinge, on syren shores, the salt sea-spry?

                  "O Sorrow,
                  Why dost borrow
The mellow ditties from a mourning tongue?—
                  To give at evening pale
                  Unto the nightingale,
That thou mayst listen the cold dews among?

                  "O Sorrow,
                  Why dost borrow
Heart's lightness from the merriment of May?—
                  A lover would not tread
                  A cowslip on the head,
Though he should dance from eve till peep of day—
                  Nor any drooping flower
                  Held sacred for thy bower,
Wherever he may sport himself and play.

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