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SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 3. BY HER AUNT'S GRAVE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sixpence a week,' says the girl to her lover
Last Line: She passively nods. And they go that way.
Subject(s): Graves; Mourning; Selfishness; Tombs; Tombstones; Bereavement


'SIXPENCE a week,' says the girl to her lover,
'Aunt used to bring me, for she could confide
In me alone, she vowed. 'Twas to cover
The cost of her headstone when she died.
And that was a year ago last June;
I've not yet fixed it. But I must soon.'

'And where is the money now, my dear?'
'O, snug in my purse ... Aunt was so slow
In saving it - eighty weeks, or near.' ...
'Let's spend it,' he hints. 'For she won't know
There's a dance to-night at the Load of Hay.'
She passively nods. And they go that way.





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