Sunday, April 8, 2012

Oh, matrimony!

April is national poetry month...

The Xenia [Ohio] November 04, 1864
In an old paper, printed in New London, nearly a century ago, we find the following on matrimony:
Oh, matrimony! thou are like.
To Jeremiah's figs;
the good is very good; the bad
Too sour to give the pigs.
I never dreamed of such a fate,
When I a-lass was courted--
Wife, mother, nurse, seamstress, cook, house-keeper,
chambermaid, laundress, dairy-woman,
and scrub generally, doing the work of six,
For the sake of being supported."

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