George Pope Morris

(1802-1864 / USA)

Grounds For Divorce.


What can a man do when a woman's perverse,
And determined to have her own way?


At the altar you took me for better or worse:
Am I worse than you took me for--say,
Silly elf?--
Am I worse than you took me for, say?


For an angel I took you in beauty and worth--
The PRIEST a mere woman has given!


A MAN would prefer a true woman on earth,
To all the bright angels in heaven--
Silly elf!--
To all the bright angels in heaven!


You are ever ready my feelings to hurt
At the veriest trifle, of course.


Forgetting a button to sew on your shirt
You deem a good ground for divorce--
Silly elf!--
You deem a good ground for divorce!


Well, marriage a lottery is, and a blank
Some men surely draw all their lives.


Such fellows as you, sir, themselves have to thank;
Good husbands make always good wives--
Silly elf!--

Submitted: Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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