Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends, by John Keats

148. — To John Taylor.

My dear Taylor — In reading over the proof of St. Agnes’s Eve since I left Fleet Street, I was struck with what appears to me an alteration in the seventh stanza very much for the worse. The passage I mean stands thus —

her maiden eyes incline

Still on the floor, while many a sweeping train

Pass by.

’Twas originally written —

her maiden eyes divine

Fix’d on the floor, saw many a sweeping train

Pass by.

My meaning is quite destroyed in the alteration. I do not use train for concourse of passers by, but for skirts sweeping along the floor.

In the first stanza my copy reads, second line —

bitter chill it was,

to avoid the echo cold in the second line.

Ever yours sincerely

John Keats.

114 Brown having let his house (Wentworth Place) when he started for a fresh Scotch tour on May 7, Keats moved to lodgings at the above address in order to be near Leigh Hunt, who was then living in Mortimer Terrace, Kentish Town.


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