Poems and Essays

by Joseph Howe




It is said in the Scripture, who weds will do well,
    But who does not is certain of bliss;
Yet believe me, dear Ann, if the truth I must tell,
    You will gain very little by this.

You have spread every lure and left nothing untried,
    A helpmate to gain it is true;
And although no fond partner reclines by your side,
    Living single’s no Virtue in you. [Page 125]