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Dawlish Fair
by John Keats (March 24th, 1818).

Over the Hill and over the dale,
    And over the bourne to Dawlish,
Where Ginger-head wives have a scanty sale,
    And ginger-head nuts are smallish.

Rantipole Betty she ran down a hill
    And kick'd up her petticoats fairly;
Says I I'll be Jack if you will be Gill.
    So she lay on the grass debonnairly.

Here's somebody coming, here's somebody coming!
    Says I 'tis the wind at a parley.
So without any fuss any hawing or humming
    She lay on the grass debonnairly.—

Here's somebody here and here's somebody there,
    Says I hold your tongue you young Gipsey.
So she held her tongue and lay plump and fair
    And dead as a Venus tipsy.

O who wouldn't hie to Darlish fair,
    O who wouldn't stop in a Meadow
O [who] wouldn't rumple the daisies there
    And make the wild fern for a bed do?

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