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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
On a Picture of Leander
By John Keats (1795–1821)
COME hither all sweet maidens soberly,
  Down-looking aye, and with a chastened light
  Hid in the fringes of your eyelids white,
And meekly let your fair hands joinèd be,
As if so gentle that ye could not see,        5
  Untouched, a victim of your beauty bright,
  Sinking away to his young spirit’s night,
Sinking bewildered ’mid the dreary sea:
’Tis young Leander toiling to his death;
  Nigh swooning, he doth purse his weary lips        10
    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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