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Poem by George Crabbe
[September, 1772.] I. As Chloe fair, a new-made bride, Sat knotting in an arbour, To Colin now the damsel ty'd, No strange affection harbour. II. "How poor," says [she, "'s a] single life, A maid's affected carriage; Spent in sighs and inward strife, Things unknown in marriage. III. "Virgins vainly say they're free, None so much confin'd are; Lovers kind and good may be, Husbands may be kinder. IV. "Then shun not wedlock's happy chain, Nor wantonly still fly man; A single life is care and pain, Blessings wait on Hymen." G. EBBARE.
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