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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Moira O'Neill. 
 
82. Beauty's a Flower
 
        YOUTH'S for an hour, 
        Beauty's a flower, 
        But love is the jewel that wins the world. 
  
Youth's for an hour, an' the taste o' life is sweet, 
Ailes was a girl that stepped on two bare feet;         5
In all my days I never seen the one as fair as she, 
I'd have lost my life for Ailes, an' she never cared for me. 
  
Beauty's a flower, an' the days o' life are long, 
There's little knowin' who may live to sing another song; 
For Ailes was the fairest, but another is my wife,  10
An' Mary—God be good to her!—is all I love in life. 
  
        Youth's for an hour, 
        Beauty's a flower, 
        But love is the jewel that wins the world. 
 
 
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