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First Line: He may be fearfully clever, he may be awfully keen
Last Line: His stock of favorite stories will always remain the same!
Subject(s): Single People; Bachelors; Unmarried People


He may be fearfully clever, he may be awfully keen
With the noblest possible features, the clearest possible bean;
The leader of his profession, the star of his art or trade
With a tongue of gold and a heart that's bold and a soul that is unafraid;
Yes, lady, your future husband may look like a superman,
The kind of a chap that men will praise and women turn to scan;
But though he may climb to the heights sublime, the uttermost peak of fame,
His stock of favorite stories will always remain the same!

He may be a splendid lover, a cavalier gay and blithe,
But nevertheless the time will come when you will sit and writhe,
When you will writhe with an inner pain though outwardly bright and gay,
As you hear those tales for the hundredth time retold in the same old way.
His yarns may be few or many, his anecdotes dull or smart,
But when you're married a year or so you'll know them all by heart;
Yet it's up to you to laugh each time—that's part of the marriage game,
Though his stock of favorite stories will always remain the same!

The stories he learned from Irvin Cobb, and those of Simeon Ford,
And a tale or two from Chan Depew and some from the aged hoard
That got a roar in the days of yore when Heck was a tiny pup—
Whenever the story-telling starts your husband will dig 'em up.
Take notice then; though a prince of men is he whom you plan to wed,
With verve and dash and a lot of cash and a family nobly bred,
Though the virtues great of your future mate bring loud and sincere acclaim,
His stock of favorite stories will always remain the same!





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