Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE FIRST-RATE WIFE, by CORNELIUS WHUR

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First Line: This brief effusion I indite
Last Line: To charm life's dreary day!
Subject(s): Friendship - Selectivity; Household Employees; Marriage; Women; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

THIS brief effusion I indite,
And my vast wishes send,
That thou mayst be directed right,
And have ere long within thy sight
A most enchanting friend!

The maiden should have lovely face,
And be of genteel mien;
If not, within thy dwelling place,
There may be vestige of disgrace,
Not much admired—when seen.

Nor will thy dearest be complete
Without domestic care;
If otherwise, howe'er discreet,
Thine eyes will very often meet
What none desire to share!

And further still—thy future dear,
Should have some mental ray;
If not, thou mayest drop a tear,
Because no real sense is there
To charm life's dreary day!

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