Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OVER THE WAY, by MARY ELIZABETH MAPES DODGE



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First Line: Over the way, over the way
Last Line: "please won't you be my mother-in-law?"
Subject(s): Mothers-in-law; Women


OVER, the way, over the way,
I've seen a head that's fair and gray;
I've seen kind eyes not new to tears,
A form of grace, though full of years --
Her fifty summers have left no flaw --
And I, a youth of twenty-three,
So love this lady, fair to see,
I want her for my mother-in-law!

Over the way, over the way,
I've seen her with the children play;
I've seen her with a royal grace
Before the mirror adjust her lace;
A kinder woman none ever saw;
God bless and cheer her onward path,
And bless all treasures that she hath,
And let her be my mother-in-law!

Over the way, over the way,
I think I'll venture, dear, some day
(If you will lend a helping hand,
And sanctify the scheme I've planned);
I'll kneel in loving, reverent awe
Down at the lady's feet, and say:
"I've loved your daughter many a day --
Please won't you be my mother-in-law?"





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