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Shortly after World War II, some British friends of my parents sent us a copy of this wonderful book in the US. I was only eight years old, but discovering these rhymes was for me a charming introduction to the world of poetry and satire. I have never forgotten many of these "ruthless rhymes" but alas had lost the book after my parents passed on. The book we had, however, must have been a later edition, for some of the most memorable verses are not contained herein, e.g., "Phillip in a fit insane, Drove his ball through Mary's brain; Sad they bore her corpse away--Seven up and six to play." or "Billy, in his silks and sashes, Fell in the fire and was burnt to ashes; Now although the room grows chilly, I haven't the heart to poke poor Billy."
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