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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