La Belle Dame Sans Merci

La Belle Dame Sans Merci is in John Keats Poems.

In 1819 John Keats Poet 1795-1821 (23) wrote La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The poem is simple in structure with twelve stanzas of four lines each in an ABCB rhyme scheme. The original 1819 version ...

O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,.
Alone and palely loitering?.
The sedge has withered from the lake,.
And no birds sing!

O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,.
So haggard and so woe-begone?.
The squirrel's granary is full,.
And the harvest's done.

I see a lily on thy brow,.
With anguish moist and fever-dew,.
And on thy cheeks a fading rose.
Fast withereth too.

I met a lady in the meads,.
Full beautiful, a fairy's child;.
Her hair was long, her foot was light,.
And her eyes were wild.

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.

I set her on my pacing steed,.
And nothing else saw all day long,.
For sidelong would she bend, and sing.
A faery's song.

She found me roots of relish sweet,.
And honey wild, and manna-dew,.
And sure in language strange she said—.
'I love thee true'.

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.

And there she lullèd me asleep,.
And there I dreamed—Ah! woe betide!—.
The latest dream I ever dreamt.
On the cold hill side.

I saw pale kings and princes too,.
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;.
They cried—'La Belle Dame sans Merci.
Hath thee in thrall!'.

I saw their starved lips in the gloam,.
With horrid warning gapèd wide,.
And I awoke and found me here,.
On the cold hill's side.

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

Around 1901. Frank Bernard Dicksee Painter 1853-1928 (47). "La Belle Dame Sans Merci".

Around 1901. Frank Bernard Dicksee Painter 1853-1928. La Belle Dame Sans Merci.

1893. John William Waterhouse Painter 1849-1917 (43). "La Belle Dame Sans Merci".

1893. John William Waterhouse Painter 1849-1917. La Belle Dame Sans Merci.

1865. Walter Crane Painter 1845-1915 (19). "La Belle Dame Sans Merci".

1865. Walter Crane Painter 1845-1915. La Belle Dame Sans Merci.