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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘O ruddier than the cherry!’
By John Gay (1685–1732)
 
O RUDDIER 1 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
 
Note 1. From Acis and Galatea, 1732. [back]
 
 
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