Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

All gentle folks who owe a grudge

  • All gentle folks who owe a grudge
  • To any living thing,
  • Open your ears and stay your trudge
  • Whilst I in dudgeon sing.
  • The gadfly he hath stung me sore —
  • O may he ne’er sting you!
  • But we have many a horrid bore
  • He may sting black and blue.
  • Has any here an old grey mare
  • With three legs all her store?
  • O put it to her buttocks bare
  • And straight she’ll run on four.
  • Has any here a lawyer suit
  • Of 1743?
  • Take lawyer’s nose and put it to’t
  • And you the end will see.
  • Is there a man in Parliament
  • Dumbfounder’d in his speech?
  • O let his neighbour make a rent
  • And put one in his breech.
  • O Lowther, how much better thou
  • Hadst figur’d t’ other day,
  • When to the folks thou mad’st a bow
  • And hadst no more to say,
  • If lucky gadfly had but ta’en
  • His seat upon thine a — e
  • And put thee to a little pain
  • To save thee from a worse.
  • Better than Southey it had been,
  • Better than Mr. D — ,
  • Better than Wordsworth too, I ween,
  • Better than Mr. V — .
  • Forgive me pray, good people all,
  • For deviating so;
  • In spirit sure I had a call —
  • And now I on will go.
  • Has any here a daughter fair
  • Too fond of reading novels,
  • Too apt to fall in love with care
  • And charming Mister Lovels?
  • O put a gadfly to that thing
  • She keeps so white and pert —
  • I mean the finger for the ring —
  • And it will breed a wert.
  • Has any here a pious spouse
  • Who seven times a day
  • Scolds as King David pray’d, to chouse
  • And have her holy way?
  • O let a gadfly’s little sting
  • Persuade her sacred tongue
  • That noises are a common thing
  • But that her bell has rung.
  • And as this is the summum bo-
  • Num of all conquering,
  • I leave withouten wordes mo
  • The gadfly’s little sting.

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Keats, John. “All gentle folks who owe a grudge.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, by G. Kim Blank. Edition 3.3 , University of Victoria, 5 September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_all_gentle_folks_who_owe_a.html.

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John Keats, “All gentle folks who owe a grudge,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_all_gentle_folks_who_owe_a.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “All gentle folks who owe a grudge.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_all_gentle_folks_who_owe_a.html.