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[20] he substitutes for “feed” the inexpressibly more effective word “glut,” which gives at once the exhaustive sense of wealth belonging so often to Keats's poetry; and seems to match the full ecstasy of color and shape and fragrance that a morning rose may hold. Finally, in the line which originally stood

Or on the rainbow of the dashing wave,

he strikes out the rather trite epithet “dashing” and substitutes the stronger phrase “salt-sand wave,” which is peculiar to him.

All these changes are happily accepted in the common editions of Keats; but these editions make two errors that are corrected by this manuscript and should henceforth be abandoned. In the line usually printed

“Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be,” the autograph text gives “or” in place of the second “nor,” a change consonant with the best usage; and in the line

“And hides the green hill in an April shroud,” the middle word is clearly not “hill,” but “hills.” This is a distinct improvement, both because it broadens the landscape and because it averts the jangle of the closing

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