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Poem by George Crabbe

A Song

[September, 1772.]


As Chloe fair, a new-made bride,
   Sat knotting in an arbour,
To Colin now the damsel ty'd,
   No strange affection harbour.


"How poor," says [she, "'s a] single life,
   A maid's affected carriage;
Spent in sighs and inward strife,
   Things unknown in marriage.


"Virgins vainly say they're free,
   None so much confin'd are;
Lovers kind and good may be,
   Husbands may be kinder.


"Then shun not wedlock's happy chain,
   Nor wantonly still fly man;
A single life is care and pain,
   Blessings wait on Hymen."


George Crabbe

George Crabbe's other poems:
  1. To a Lady, on Leaving Her at Sidmouth
  2. Lines Written at Warwick
  3. Cupid
  4. Despair
  5. To Emma

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Mark Akenside A Song ("The Shape alone let others prize")
  • William Davenant A Song ("O thou that sleep'st like pig in straw")
  • Edwin Arnold A Song ("Once Ч and only once Ч you gave")
  • Eleanor Farjeon A Song ("It means so little to you")
  • Robert Binyon A Song ("For Mercy, Courage, Kindness, Mirth")
  • Richard Crashaw A Song ("Lord, when the sense of thy sweet grace")
  • Oliver Holmes A Song ("WHEN the Puritans came over")
  • Lizette Reese A Song ("Oh, Love, he went a-straying")
  • Helen Williams A Song ("No riches from his scanty store")

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