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" Half-hidden, like a mermaid in seaweed, Pensive awhile she dreams awake, and sees In fancy, fair St. Agnes in her bed, But dares not look behind, or all the charm is fled. "
Imagination and fancy; or Selections from the English poets, with critical ... - Page 323
1845
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A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on the Poems of John Keats

John R. Strachan - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 198 pages
...Loosens her fragrant boddice; by degrees Her rich attire creeps rustling to her knees: 230 Half-hidden, like a mermaid in sea-weed, Pensive awhile she dreams...But dares not look behind, or all the charm is fled. 27 Soon, trembling in her soft and chilly nest, In sort of wakeful swoon, perplex'd she lay, Until...
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The Pre-Raphaelites: Writings and Sources, Volume 3

Inga Bryden - Arts, English - 1998 - 304 pages
...loosens her fragrant bodice; by degrees Her rich attire creeps rustling to her knees; Half-hidden, like a mermaid in sea-weed, Pensive awhile she dreams...dares not look behind, or all the charm is fled." This work possesses the disadvantage of being almost unintelligible to any one who is not acquainted...
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The Faerie Queene, Book Two

Edmund Spenser, Erik Gray - 288 pages
...Loosens her fragrant boddice; by degrees Her rich attire creeps rustling to her knees: Half-hidden, like a mermaid in sea-weed, Pensive awhile she dreams...But dares not look behind, or all the charm is fled. ( The Eve of St. Agnes, stanza 26) Ironically, then, the greatest legacy of Book Two to English poetry...
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