Some ask'd me where the rubies grew
Some ask'd me where [the]1 rubies grew,
And nothing [I did]2 say,
But with my finger pointed to
The lips of Julia.
Some ask'd how pearls did grow, and where?
Then [spake]3 I to my girl,
To part her lips, and [show me]4 there
The quarelets of pearl.
[ One ask'd me where the roses grew,
I bade him not go seek;
But forthwith made my Julia show
A bud on either cheek. ]1
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1 omitted by Spalding.
2 Parry: "did I"
3 Spalding: "spake"
4 Spalding: "shew'd them"
Submitted by Ted Perry
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