La Belle Dame Sans Merci Annotation

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La Belle Dame Sans Merci
I
Oh what can ail thee, knightatarms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has withered from the lake,
And no birds sing.
II
Oh what can ail thee, knightatarms,
So haggard and so woebegone?
The squirrel's granary is full,
And the harvest's done.
III
I see a lily on thy brow,
With anguish moist and feverdew,
And on thy cheeks a fading rose
Fast withereth too.
IV
I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful a faery's child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.
V
I made a garland for her head,
And bracelets too, and fragrant zone
She looked at me as she did love,
And made sweet moan.
VI
I set her on my pacing steed,
And nothing else saw all day long,

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For sidelong would she bend, and sing
A faery's song.
VII
She found me roots of relish sweet,
And honey wild, and mannadew,
And sure in language strange she said
'I love thee true'.
VIII
She took me to her elfin grot,
And there she wept and sighed full sore,
And there I shut her wild wild eyes
With kisses four.…read more

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And this is why I sojourn here
Alone and palely loitering,
Though the sedge is withered from the lake,
And no birds sing.…read more

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