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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XIII: Italian—Spanish
 
Three Girls and Their Talk
By Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375)
 
From “The Sonnets”

BY a clear well, within a little field
  Full of green grass and flowers of every hue,
  Sat three young girls, relating (as I knew)
Their loves. And each had twined a bough to shield
Her lovely face; and the green leaves did yield        5
  The golden hair their shadow; while the two
  Sweet colors mingled, both blown lightly through
With a soft wind forever stirred and stilled.
After a while one of them said,
  “Think you, if, ere the next hour struck,        10
  Each of our lovers should come here to-day,
Think you that we should fly, or feel afraid?”
  To whom the others answered, “From such luck
  A girl would be a fool to run away.”
 
 
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