Eugene Field

(2 September 1850 - 4 November 1895 / St Louis / Missouri / United States)

Jennie - Poem by Eugene Field

Some men affect a liking
For the prim in face and mind,
And some prefer the striking
And the loud in womankind;
Wee Madge is wooed of many,
And buxom Kate, as well,
And Jennie--charming Jennie--
Ah, Jennie doesn't tell!

What eyes so bright as Daisy's,
And who as Maud so fair?
Who does not sing the praises
Of Lucy's golden hair?
There's Sophie--she is witty,
A very sprite is Nell,
And Susie's, oh, so pretty--
But Jennie doesn't tell!

And now for my confession:
Of all the virtues rare,
I argue that discretion
Doth most beseem the fair.
And though I hear the many
Extol each other belle,
I--I pronounce for Jennie,
For Jennie doesn't tell!

Comments about Jennie by Eugene Field

  • Susan Williams (12/20/2015 5:25:00 PM)

    Amusing piece but was it worth the time it took to read it? We're such busy people these days- do we have time to just relax and amuse ourselves with a piece of fluff? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010

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