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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Cean Dubh Deelish
By Sir Samuel Ferguson (1810–1886)
 
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?
 
 
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