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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Auction: Anderson Galleries
 
Louis Untermeyer (1885–1977)
 
 
“LOT 65: John Keats to Fanny Brawne
    A beauty, gentlemen, and in the best
    Condition. Four leaves, scarcely pressed.
What am I bid? Five hundred … Five … Come on.
Who’ll make it Six? Six hundred….” (Pale and drawn,        5
    I dreamed forever in a sweet unrest
    Of your warm, lucent, million-pleasured breast)
“Six hundred … Now Six fifty … Are you done?”
 
“Seven … A half … Did I hear eight?… Eight … Eight …
    Who’ll make it Nine?” (Would that I could survive        10
The horrors of a brutal world. I hate
    All men and women, saving one, alive.)
“Nine fifty … Going … Sorry, sir; too late.
    Sold to this party for Nine sixty five.”

  The New Republic
 

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