Treasure Island

John Keats

(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821 / London, England)

O Blush Not So!


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 nought,
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!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Roisin Murphy (5/23/2012 6:07:00 PM)

    How is this poem only averaging at 5.1?
    Worth more than that.
    Must say, second stanza is my favourite! (Report) Reply

  • HappyHappy JoyJoy (3/6/2010 9:16:00 PM)

    I love this poem, because I would be the one addressed. I blush and sigh at EVERYTHING. And it's well written, so it's a great poem all 'round. (Report) Reply

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