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1 MY size is large, my shape's uncouth,
2 I have neither limb nor feature;
3 Mens hands have form'd my skin so smooth:
4 My guts were made by nature.
5 Nor male nor female is my sex,
6 You'll scarce believe my troth;
7 For when I've told you all my tricks
8 You'll swear 't must needs be both.
9 For oft my master lies with me,
10 His wife I oft enjoy;
11 Yet's she's no whore, no cuckold he,
12 And true to both am I.
13 My cloaths nor women fit, nor men,
14 They're neither coat nor gown;
15 Yet oft both men and maidens, when
16 They're naked, have them on.
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17 When I'm upon my legs, I lie,
18 Yet legs in truth I've none;
19 And never am I seen so high
20 To rise as when I'm down.
21 What's oft my belly, is oft my back,
22 And what my feet, my head;
23 And though I'm up, I have a knack
24 Of being still a-bed.


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    Title (in Source Edition): RIDDLE.
    Themes: humour; objects
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza; riddle
    References: DMI 22482

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 317-318. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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