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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
Some asked me where the rubies grew,
  And nothing I did say,
But with my finger pointed to
  The lips of Julia.
        Herrick—The Rock of Rubies, and the Quarrie of Pearls.
  Lips are no part of the head, only made for a double-leaf door for the mouth.
  Divers philosophers hold that the lips is parcel of the mouth.
        Merry Wives of Windsor. Act I. Sc. 1. Theobald’s reading is “mind.” Pope changed “mouth” to “mind.”
Her lips were red, and one was thin,
Compared to that was next her chin,
    (Some bee had stung it newly).
        Suckling—A Ballad Upon a Wedding. St. 11.
With that she dasht her on the lippes,
  So dyed double red;
Hard was the heart that gave the blow,
  Soft were those lippes that bled.
        William Warner—Albion’s England. Bk. VIII. Ch. XLI. St. 53.
As a pomegranate, cut in twain,
White-seeded is her crimson mouth.
        Oscar Wilde—La Bella Donna della Mia Mente.

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