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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
Please to Ring the Belle
By Thomas Hood
I’LL tell you a story that’s not in Tom Moore:—
Young Love likes to knock at a pretty girl’s door:
So he called upon Lucy—’t was just ten o’clock—
Like a spruce single man, with a smart double knock.
Now, a handmaid, whatever her fingers be at,        5
Will run like a puss when she hears a rat-tat.
So Lucy ran up—and in two seconds more
Had questioned the stranger and answered the door.
The meeting was bliss; but the parting was woe;
For the moment will come when such comers must go:        10
So she kissed him, and whispered—poor innocent thing—
“The next time you come, love, pray come with a ring.”

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