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First Line: Curs'd be the man, the poorest wretch in my life
Last Line: I'd kiss her maids, and kick the perverse bitch.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


Curs'd be the man, the poorest wretch in life,
The crouching vassal to a tyrant wife!
Who has no will but by her high permission,
Who has not sixpence but in her possession;
Who must to he, his dear friend's secrets tell,
Who dreads a curtain lecture worse than hell.
Were such the wife had fallen to my part,
I'd break her spirit or I'd break her heart;
I'd charm her with the magic of a switch,
I'd kiss her maids, and kick the perverse bitch.





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