The Letters of John Keats

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guineas as there have been spy-glasses in it. I have been, I cannot tell why, in capital spirits this last hour. What reason? When I have to take my candle and retire to a lonely room, without the thought as I fall asleep, of seeing you tomorrow morning? or the next day, or the next--it takes on the appearance of impossibility and eternity--I will say a month--I will say I will see you in a month at most, though no one but yourself should see me; if it be but for an hour. I should not like to be so near you as London without being continually with you: after having once more kissed you Sweet I would rather be here alone at my task than in the bustle and hateful literary chitchat. Meantime you must write to me--as I will every week--for your letters keep me alive. My sweet Girl I cannot speak my love for you. Good night! and

Ever yours John Keats


139. To FANNY BRAWNE. Sunday 25 July 1819.

Address: Miss Brawne ∣ Wentworth Place ∣ Hampstead ∣ Middx.

Postmark: 27 JY 1819.1

Sunday Night.

My sweet Girl,

I hope you did not blame me much for not obeying your request of a Letter on Saturday: we have had four in our small room playing at cards night and morning leaving me no undisturb'd opportunity to write. Now Rice and Martin2 are gone I am at liberty. Brown to my sorrow confirms the account you give of your ill health. You cannot conceive how I ache to be with you: how I would die for one hour-----for what is in the world? I say you cannot conceive; it is impossible you should look with such eyes upon me as I have upon you: it cannot be. Forgive me if I wander a little this evening, for I have been all day employ'd in a very abstr〈a〉ct Poem3 and I am in deep

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1
'Newport' is not stamped on this letter, as on previous ones; but it is evident that Keats and his friend Brown were still at Shanklin.
2
John Martin, sometime of Holles Street, Cavendish Square, publisher. He was now in partnership with Rodwell, in Bond Street. See note I, p. 48.
3
This may have reference to some passage in either 'Lamia' or 'Hyperion'.

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