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Written on the Blank Space of a Leaf
at the End of Chaucer's Tale
of The Flowre and the Lefe

by John Keats (February, 1817).

This pleasant tale is like a little copse:
    The honied lines do freshly interlace
    To keep the reader in so sweet a place,
So that he here and there full-hearted stops;
And oftentimes he feels the dewy drops
    Come cool and suddenly against his face,
    And by the wandering melody may trace
Which way the tender-legged linnet hops.
Oh! what a power hath white simplicity!
    What mighty power has this gentle story!
    I, that do ever feel athirst for glory,
Could at this moment be content to lie
    Meekly upon the grass, as those whose sobbings
    Were heard of none beside the mournful robins.

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