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Unseeded with marsh flower is he
This youth approaching sanctity.
Complexion bad, in lard rolls he.

"Permit me", that was what I said
In answer as I chopped his head.

The answer is a single English word.

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The concealed word is:

ALLOW (consider the title: 'all ow' = '100% pain'). Note that each of the first 3 lines contains references to multiple separate words spelled by adding a single letter to the front of 'ALLOW'...

Unseeded with marsh flower is he

Unseeded = (F)ALLOW
Flower = (M)ALLOW (and 'with marsh' even yields (MARSHM)ALLOW!)

This youth approaching sanctity.

Youth = (C)ALLOW
Sanctity = (H)ALLOW

Complexion bad, in lard rolls he.

Complexion bad = (S)ALLOW
Lard = (T)ALLOW
In... rolls... = (W)ALLOW

"Permit me", that was what I said
In answer as I chopped his head.

Additionally in this section, 'permit' is a synonym of ALLOW, and the reference to 'chopping his head' is a reflection of the wordplay used throughout this riddle: repeatedly removing and adding different 'heads' to the word. (And, who knows - perhaps this head-chopping happened at a (G)ALLOW(S)!)

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    $\begingroup$ Just to add: a verb for rolling in lard? (Or mud?) $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2021 at 11:00
  • $\begingroup$ And, of course, my congratulations on a job swiftly done! $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2021 at 11:01
  • $\begingroup$ @HughMeyers Ah yes, of course - added, thanks! :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Nov 9, 2021 at 11:02

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