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TWO VARIATIONS ON AN OLD NURSEY RHYME: 2, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The king of china's daughter / so beautiful to see
Last Line: Has yet caught me.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Courtship; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens

THE King of China's daughter
So beautiful to see
With her face like yellow water, left
Her nutmeg tree.
Her little rope for skipping
She kissed and gave it me—
Made of painted notes of singing-birds
Among the fields of tea.
I skipped across the nutmeg grove,—
I skipped across the sea;
But neither sun nor moon, my dear,
Has yet caught me.

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