Song: ("O Blush Not So")

Author: John Keats  | Date: 1817



O blush not so! O blush not so!

Or I shall think you knowing;

And if you smile the blushing while,

Then maidenheads are going.


There’s a blush for want, and a blush for shan’t,

And a blush for having done it:

There’s a blush for thought and a blush for naught,

And a blush for just begun it.


O sigh not so! O sigh not so!

For it sounds of Eve’s sweet pippin;

By these loosen’d lips you have tasted the pips

And fought in an amorous nipping.


Will you play once more at nice-cut-core,

For it only will last our youth out,

And we have the prime of the kissing time,

We have not one sweet tooth out.


There’s a sigh for aye, and a sigh for nay,

And a sigh for I can’t bear it!

O what can be done, shall we stay or run?

O cut the sweet apple and share it!

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