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Modern Love XVIII: Here Jack and Tom

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 Here Jack and Tom are paired with Moll and Meg.
Curved open to the river-reach is seen A country merry-making on the green.
Fair space for signal shakings of the leg.
That little screwy fiddler from his booth, Whence flows one nut-brown stream, commands the joints Of all who caper here at various points.
I have known rustic revels in my youth: The May-fly pleasures of a mind at ease.
An early goddess was a county lass: A charmed Amphion-oak she tripped the grass.
What life was that I lived? The life of these? Heaven keep them happy! Nature they seem near.
They must, I think, be wiser than I am; They have the secret of the bull and lamb.
'Tis true that when we trace its source, 'tis beer.

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