Letters: John Keats to Fanny Brawne

17 October 2019

Perhaps you might like to know what I am writing about. I will tell you.

Many years ago there was a young handsome Shepherd who fed his flocks on a Mountain’s side called Latmus. He was a very contemplative sort of a Person and lived solitary among the trees and plains little thinking that such a beautiful Creature as the Moon was growing mad in Love with him. However, so it was, and when he was asleep on the grass she used to come down from heaven and admire him excessively for a long time, and at last could not refrain from carrying him away in her arms to the top of that high Mountain Latmus while he was dreaming.

But I dare say you have read this and all the other beautiful tales which have come down from the ancient times of that beautiful Greece. If you have not, let me know and I will tell you more at large of others quite as delightful.

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