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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
John Gay. 1688–1732
  
439. Song
  
O RUDDIER than the cherry! 
O sweeter than the berry! 
    O nymph more bright 
    Than moonshine night, 
Like kidlings blithe and merry!         5
Ripe as the melting cluster! 
No lily has such lustre; 
    Yet hard to tame 
    As raging flame, 
And fierce as storms that bluster!  10
 
 
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