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1847 edition. Excerpt: ...him who had so strangely grown, Even like
her jessamine, around a heart Too simply fond to think they e'er
should part; Needs not be told, because their conversation Was just
the same as lovers always hold, Which, though delightful, does not
bear narration, Especially to people getting old. In fact, to throw
aside all affectation, I've frequently, in confidence, been told,
(Spite of what every unfledged poet sings) That folks, in love, are
very silly things. Love is a game which heaven designed for two, At
which, however, more will often play; But Nature tells them it will
never do, And orders all the bystanders away. Oft, stubborn hearts
will still remain to sue, And sigh, and swear, and versify, and
pray, Till told they either must resign the fair, Or for a hostile
interview prepare. The vulgar days of love are nearly over, And
courtships, now, are managed by mamma. "What can you give your
girl, sir?" asks the lover: "What can you settle?" answers the
papa. The service done, the pair set out for Dover, Thence travel
on to Paris or to Spa, --She, on the journey, voting all things
bores, Whilst the fond husband calmly sits--and snores. Spent is
the honeymoon, and back, once more, To Town--dear, old, delightful
Town--they come. Punctual at club, Sir Joseph learns to pore O'er
sage debates on sugar, slaves, and rum, And deems his cup of
private bliss runs o'er--Blest with so chaste a wife, so kind a
home; Though scandal whispers that Sir Joseph's heir Is strangely
like the Count who visits there. But husbands, when they marry,
take their wives For oetter (so the service runs) or worse, And
therefore should endeavour, all their lives, To make their bonds a
blessing, not a curse; Keep early hours; drink tea; take Sunday
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