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Poem by John Keats

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Before he went to live with owls and bats,
Nebuchadnezzar had an ugly dream,
Worse than a housewifes, when she thinks her cream
Made a naumachia for mice and rats:
So scared, he sent for that good kind of cats,
Young Daniel, who did straightway pluck the beam
From out his eye, and said  I do not deem
Your sceptre worth a straw, your cushions old door mats.
A horrid nightmare, similar somewhat,
Of late has haunted a most valiant crew
Of loggerheads and chapmen;  we are told
That any Daniel, though he be a sot,
Can make their lying lips turn pale of hue,
By drawing out  Ye are that head of gold!

John Keats

John Keats's other poems:
  1. Specimen of Induction to a Poem
  2. Calidore
  3. To (Hadst Thou Livd in Days of Old)
  4. The Poet
  5. The Castle Builder

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