To Mrs. Reynold's Cat

Original Text: 
The Poetical Works of John Keats, ed. H. W. Garrod, 2nd edn. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1958): 534 (text from autograph MS in Buffalo and Erie County Public Library).
2    How many mice and rats hast in thy days
3    Destroy'd?--how many tit bits stolen? Gaze
4With those bright languid segments green and prick
5Those velvet ears--but pr'ythee do not stick
8Of fish and mice, and rats and tender chick.
9Nay, look not down, nor lick thy dainty wrists--
10    For all the wheezy asthma,--and for all
11Thy tail's tip is nicked off--and though the fists

Notes

1] Mrs Reynolds, mother of Keats' friend John Hamilton Reynolds.grand climacteric: "the 63rd year of life (63 = 7 x 9), supposed to be specially critical" (OED, "Climacteric," a. and n., B. 1). Back to Line
6] latent: hidden. Back to Line
7] mew: miaow (onomatopoetic). Back to Line
12] maul: blow. Back to Line
13] lists: fighting arena. Back to Line
14] glass-bottled wall: a wall whose top is paved with shards of broken glass so as to discourage anyone climbing on or over it. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1830
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2007
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