3] fags: cigarettes.
6] bulley: pickled or tinned beef (OED, "bully," sb. 5).
9] Boche: Germans.
27] "also ran": a racehorse that did not finish "in the money."
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: "Woodbine Willy" [Rev. G. A. Studdert-Kennedy], Rough Rhymes of a Padre (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919): 56-57. 1919/5/85 Cambridge University Library
First publication date: 1918
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/11/17
Rhyme: aaab cccb ...
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