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Poem by Ellis Parker Butler


When Cupid held an auction sale,
  I hastened to his mart,
For I had heard that he would sell
  The blue-eyed Doras heart.

I brought a wealth of truest love,
  The most that I could proffer,
Because, forsooth, of stocks or bonds
  I had not one to offer.

When Cupid offered Doras heart,
  I bid my whole hearts love,
A love that reached from sea to sea
  And to the sky above;

And When Sir Cupid called for more,
  I bid my hands and life,
That should be hers for servitude
  If she became my wife.

Then Going! going! Cupid cried;
  The silence was intense
Until old Goldbags said, I bid
  My stocks and four per cents!

Then Cupid cried, Fair Doras heart,
  That neer was sold before!
Does anybody raise the bid?
  Will any offer more?

If not, but Count Decrepit rose,
  Infirm, decayed and slim;
I hid my title! and her heart
  Was there knocked down to him.

Well! titles may be more than love!
  I shall not rant nor rail;
For after all I much prefer
  Some heart thats not for sale!

Ellis Parker Butler

Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. New England Magazine
  2. The Rich Boys Christmas
  3. Why I Went to the Foot
  4. The Final Tax
  5. To Jessica, Gone Back to the City

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