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Thu, 25 Dec 2008
A Beautiful Little Rhyme by Ella Wheeler Wilcox from her wee book "Poems of Cheer."

 TO MARRY OR NOT TO MARRY

A GIRL'S REVERIE

Mother says, "Be in no hurry, marriage often means care and worry."

Auntie says, with manner grave, "Wife is a synonym for slave."

Father asks, in tones commanding, "How does Bradstreet rate his standing?"

Sister, crooning to her twins, sighs, "With marriage care begins."

Grandma, near life's closing days, murmurs, "Sweet are girlhood's ways."

Maud twice widowed ("sod and grass") looks at me and moans "Alas!"



They are six and I am one, Life for me has just begun.
They are older, calmer, wiser; Age should aye be youth's adviser.

They must know - and yet, dear me, when in Harry's eyes I see
All the world of love there burning - on my six advisers turning,

I make answer, "Oh, but Harry is not like most men who marry.
Fate has offered me a prize, life with love means Paradise.

Life without it is not worth all the foolish joys of earth".
So, in spite of all they say, I shall name the wedding day.

A wonderful little rhyme on what other than marriage by;
                           Ella Wheeler Wilcox
from a wee book called poems of cheer, written prior to 1915.

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