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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Keats
 
CCXXIX. The Mermaid Tavern
 
SOULS of poets dead and gone, 
What Elysium have ye known— 
Happy field or mossy cavern 
Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern? 
Have ye tippled drink more fine         5
Than mine host's Canary wine? 
Or are fruits of Paradise 
Sweeter than those dainty pies 
Of venison? O generous food! 
Drest as though bold Robin Hood  10
Would, with his Maid Marian, 
Sup and bowse from horn and can. 
  
  I have heard that on a day 
Mine host's signboard flew away 
Nobody knew whither, till  15
An astrologer's old quill 
To a sheepskin gave the story, 
Said he saw you in your glory 
Underneath a new-old sign 
Sipping beverage divine,  20
And pledging with contented smack 
The Mermaid in the Zodiac. 
  
  Souls of poets dead and gone, 
What Elysium have ye known— 
Happy field or mossy cavern  25
Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern? 
 
 
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