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A MAIDEN'S IDEAL OF A HUSBAND, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Genteel in personage
Last Line: But ever true.
Variant Title(s): The Maiden's Choice
Subject(s): Love

GENTEEL in personage,
Conduct, and equipage,
Noble by heritage,
Generous and free:
Brave, not romantic;
Learned, not pedantic;
Frolic, not frantic;
This must he be.
Honor maintaining,
Meanness disdaining,
Still entertaining,
Engaging and new.
Neat, but not finical;
Sage, but not cynical;
Never tyrannical,
But ever true.

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