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On an engraved Gem of Leander
by John Keats (March, 1816).

Come hither all sweet maidens soberly,
       Down-looking aye, and with a chasten'd light
       Hid in the fringes of your eyelids white,
And meekly let your fair hands joined be,
As if so gentle that ye could not see,
       Untouch'd, a victim of your beauty bright,
       Sinking away to his young spirit's night,
Sinking bewilder'd 'mid the dreary sea:
'Tis young Leander toiling to his death;
       Nigh swooning, he doth purse his weary lips
For Hero's cheek, and smiles against her smile.
       O horrid dream! see how his body dips,
Dead-heavy; arms and shoulders gleam awhile:
He's gone; up bubbles all his amorous breath!


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