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CHARACTER OF CHARLES BROWN

by John Keats

 

I. -

He is to weet a melancholy carle:

Thin in the waistwith bushy head of hair

As hath the seeded thistle when in parle

It holds the Zephyrere it sendeth fair

Its light balloons into the summer air;

Therto his beard had not begun to bloom

No brush had touch'd his chin or razor sheer;

No care had touch'd his cheek with mortal doom

But new he was and bright as scarf from Persian loom. -

II. -

Ne cared he for wineor half-and-half;

Ne cared he for fish or flesh or fowl

And sauces held he worthless as the chaff

He 'sdeigned the swine-head at the wassail-bowl;

Ne with lewd ribbalds sat he cheek by jowl

Ne with sly Lemans in the scorner's chair;

But after water-brooks this Pilgrim's soul

Pantedand all his food was woodland air

Though he would oft-times feast on gilliflowers rare. -

III. -

The slang of cities in no wise he knew

Tipping the wink to him was heathen Greek;

He sipp'd no olden Tom or ruin blue

Or nantz or cherry-brandy drank full meek

By many a damsel hoarse and rouge of cheek;

Nor did he know each aged watchman's beat

Nor in obscured purlieus would he seek

For curled Jewesses with ankles neat

Who as they walk abroad make tinkling with their feet. -

THE END