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Endymion, Book 4, Page 8
by John Keats (April to November, 1817).

"Mounted on panthers' furs and lions' manes,
From rear to van they scour about the plains;
A three days' journey in a moment done:
And always, at the rising of the sun,
About the wilds they hunt with spear and horn,
                  On spleenful unicorn.

"I saw Osirian Egypt kneel adown
                  Before the vine-wreath crown!
I saw parch'd Abyssinia rouse and sing
                  To the silver cymbals' ring!
I saw the whelming vintage hotly pierce
                  Old Tartary the fierce!
The kings of Inde their jewel-sceptres vail,
And from their treasures scatter pearled hail;
Great Brahma from his mystic heaven groans,
                  And all his priesthood moans;
Before young Bacchus' eye-wink turning pale.—
Into these regions came I following him,
Sick hearted, weary—so I took a whim
To stray away into these forests drear
                  Alone, without a peer:
And I have told thee all thou mayest hear.

                  "Young stranger!
                  I've been a ranger
In search of pleasure throughout every clime:
                  Alas, 'tis not for me!
                  Bewitch'd I sure must be,
To lose in grieving all my maiden prime.

                  "Come then, Sorrow!
                  Sweetest Sorrow!
Like an own babe I nurse thee on my breast:
                  I thought to leave thee
                  And deceive thee,
But now of all the world I love thee best.

                  "There is not one,
                  No, no, not one
But thee to comfort a poor lonely maid;
                  Thou art her mother,
                  And her brother,
Her playmate, and her wooer in the shade."

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