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Foraging for sticks and straw.
Oh, sweet Fancy ! let her loose;
(50) In the manuscript we read Hedge-row primrose.
And the snake all winter-shrank
bank... (66) There is an additional couplet after this line in the manuscript
For the same sleek-throated mouse
To store up in its winter house. (67-8) Instead of this couplet the manuscript has the following four lines :
Where's the cheek that doth not fade,
O sweet fancy let her loose !
Not a mistress but doth cloy...
... Proserpin gathering flowers,
Paradise Lost, Book IV, lines 269-72. (89-91) Instead of these three lines the manuscript has the following seventeen:
And Jove grew languid. Mistress fair!
Of the Fancy's silken leash;
Thou shalt have that tressed hair
[Written on the blank page before Beaumont and
Fletcher's Tragi-Comedy “ The Fair Maid of the Inn."]
BARDS of Passion and of Mirth,
From the fact that this poem is written in Keats's Beaumont and Fletcher, now in Sir Charles Dilke's possession, and from internal evidence, we may judge it to be addressed to the brother poets of passion and mirth who wrote the tragi-comedy of The Fair Maid of the Inn, and not to the poets at large, as indicated by the title given in The Golden Treasury, to wit Ode on the Poets. (4) Cancelled line in the manuscript after line 4
With the earth ones I am talking. (5-6) Cancelled manuscript reading,
that of heaven communes
With the spheres of Suns and Moons... (10) In the manuscript, mother's.
Underneath large blue-bells tented,
Thus ye live on high, and then
(19-20) In the manuscript there is the following uncancelled reading of this couplet
But melodious truth divine
Philosophic numbers fine,...
How charming is divine Philosophy!
But musical as is Apollo's lute,...
To mortals of the little Week
They must sojournThe rest of line 31 has had too much cut off to be legible ; but I do