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The Gadfly
by John Keats (July, 1818).

                   1.
All gentle folks who owe a grudge
    To any living thing
Open your ears and stay your t[r]udge
    Whilst I in dudgeon sing.

                   2.
The Gadfly he hath stung me sore—
    O may he ne'er sting you!
But we have many a horrid bore
    He may sting black and blue.

                   3.
Has any here an old grey Mare
    With three legs all her store,
O put it to her Buttocks bare
    And straight she'll run on four.

                   4.
Has any here a Lawyer suit
    Of 1743,
Take Lawyer's nose and put it to't
    And you the end will see.

                   5.
Is there a Man in Parliament
    Dum[b-]founder'd in his speech,
O let his neighbour make a rent
    And put one in his breech.

                   6.
O Lowther how much better thou
    Hadst figur'd t'other day
When to the folks thou mad'st a bow
    And hadst no more to say.

                   7.
If lucky Gadfly had but ta'en
    His seat * * *
And put thee to a little pain
    To save thee from a worse.

                   8.
Better than Southey it had been,
    Better than Mr. D——,
Better than Wordsworth too, I ween,
    Better than Mr. V——.

                   9.
Forgive me pray good people all
    For deviating so—
In spirit sure I had a call—
    And now I on will go.

                   10.
Has any here a daughter fair
    Too fond of reading novels,
Too apt to fall in love with care
    And charming Mister Lovels,

                   11.
O put a Gadfly to that thing
    She keeps so white and pert—
I mean the finger for the ring,
    And it will breed a wort.


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