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Poem by Royall Tyler

The Widower

Happy the man, who free as air,
By nuptial ties no longer bound,
With dearest wife lays every care
Low under ground.
While he with fops, sips tea with toasts;
Airy, and gay, in his attire;
Whose pride, in age, and winter's frost,
Can yield him fire.
Blest, who can unconcernedly find
Days, hours, and years, glide soft away;
Who jokes, and laughs, with vacant mind,
Though hairs grow grey.
No sleep by nightdancing and drink
Together mixt, sweet recreation!
And making love, which witlings think
Gives reputation.
Thus let me live, thus dance through life,
Thus, unconnected, let me die;
Steal from the world, without a wife

Royall Tyler

Royall Tyler's other poems:
  1. A Prologue to be Spoken by Mr. Frankley
  2. The Death Song of Alknomook
  3. Convivial Song for General Morris
  4. A Love Song
  5. Ode to Night Yalden's Ode

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Robert Service The Widower ("Oh I have worn my mourning out")

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