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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Sir Samuel Ferguson. 1810–1886
  
712. Cean Dubh Deelish
  
PUT your head, darling, darling, darling, 
  Your darling black head my heart above; 
O mouth of honey, with thyme for fragrance, 
  Who, with heart in breast, could deny you love? 
 
O many and many a young girl for me is pining,         5
  Letting her locks of gold to the cold wind free, 
For me, the foremost of our gay young fellows; 
  But I'd leave a hundred, pure love, for thee! 
 
Then put your head, darling, darling, darling, 
  Your darling black head my heart above;  10
O mouth of honey, with thyme for fragrance, 
  Who, with heart in breast, could deny you love? 
 
GLOSS:  Cean dubh deelish] darling black head.
 
 
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