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p. 22


The blue flies buzz upon the wing,
From fence to fence they wander;
O happy King! O courteous King!
Give heed to no man's slander.

The noisy blue flies rumble round,
Upon the gum-trees lighting;
A tongue of evil hath no bound,
And sets the realm a-fighting.

The clumsy blue flies buzzing round
Upon the hazels blunder;
O cursèd tongue that knows no bound,
And sets us two asunder.

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