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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
I Had a Dove
By John Keats (1795–1821)
 
  I HAD a dove and the sweet dove died;
    And I have thought it died of grieving:
  O, what could it grieve for? Its feet were tied,
    With a silken thread of my own hand’s weaving;
Sweet little red feet! why should you die—        5
Why should you leave me, sweet bird! why?
You liv’d alone in the forest tree,
Why, pretty thing! would you not live with me?
I kiss’d you oft and gave you white peas;
Why not live sweetly, as in the green trees?        10
 
 
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