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First Line: Jenny is a butterfly
Last Line: When jenny is my wife!
Subject(s): Hearts; Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

Jenny is a butterfly,
Jenny is a flirt,
Jenny's ways are frivolous,
Jenny's speech is pert;
But, oh, the flashing smile of her
And, oh, the willing glance!
The grace and pep and style of her
That makes my heart to dance!

Mary is a steady girl,
The girl I ought to wed.
She's fair and wise and gentle
With a loyal heart and head;
Her virtues I could tell about
For days and weeks, maybe,
But—Jenny's cast a spell about
The silly soul of me!

Jenny is a butterfly
Who lets dull care go hang,
But, oh, the airy wit of her,
The elfin charm and tang!
Mary'd stand the gaff with me
Throughout the toil and strife,
But Jenny—Jenny'd laugh with me
For very joy of life!

And that—and that's the best of it—
We'd share the vim and zest of it
And—devil take the rest of it
When Jenny is my wife!

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