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by Alfred Noyes

Out of the sunny field they passed
And sought the leafy shade;
A farmer's boy with laughing lips,
A barefoot village maid.

Her lips were blue with blackberries,
Her finger-tips were red;
And "What shall take the stain away
This day at all?" she said.

He's pulled the rose from out his coat,
And it was fully blown;
He's heard the song the linnet sang,
And they were all alone.

It was a white rose took the stain
From her dainty finger-tips;
But, O, it was a redder flower
Grew purple at her lips.

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