Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE LOVELY HUSBAND, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY



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THE LOVELY HUSBAND, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh a lovely husband he was known, he loved his wife and
Last Line: In this love-ly man!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Love; Marriage; Music & Musicians; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


Oh a love - ly hus-band he was known, He loved his wife and her a-lone; She
reaped the harvest he had sown; She ate the meat; he picked the bone. With
mixed admirers ev-'ry size, She smiled on each with out disguise; This love-ly
hus-band closed his eyes Lest he might take her by sur-prise. Trot! Run! Was -
n't he a han - dy hub - by? What Fun She could plot and plan! Not One Oth - er
such a dan - dy hub - by As this love - ly man!

II

He answered at her least command:
He fanned her, if she would be fanned;
He vanished when she willed it. -- And
He always coughed behind his hand.
She held him in such high esteem
She let him dope her face with "Cream," --
He'd chink the wrinkles seam-by-seam,
And call her "lovely as a dream!"

CHORUS

Hot
Bun!
Wasn't he a lovey-dovey?
What
Fun
She could plot and plan!
Not
One
Other such a dovey-lovey
As this love-ly man!

III

Her lightest wishes he foreknew
And fell up-stairs to cater to:
He never failed to back from view,
Nor mispronounced Don't ( ) you "Doan chu."
He only sought to fill such space
As her friends left; -- he knew his place: --
He praised the form she could not lace. --
He praised her face before her face!

CHORUS

Shot
Gun!
Wasn't he a lovely fellow?
What
Fun
She could plot and plan!
Not
One
Lonesome little streak of yellow
In this love-ly man!





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