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And I felt a quick tug fall down my nose-

tasted it and realized that it was blood-
and so, I applied pressure with the gauze
that my guide gave – head back against the flood:
Before I realized that I was leaking,
I had spilled all over my writing, desk,
staining my rhymes with a crimson streaking;
The duchess will speak – I don't have to ask: 
"Hemorrhaging nose, called epistaxis
(and known as "nosebleed" more commonly)
results from your being out of practice
in the expression and the assembly:
of your heart, its contents and its murmur;
And your nose bleeds every single summer."
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