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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. Concluding Lines of Prize Poem on Hope
  4. On the Death of William Springall Levett
  5. Belvoir Castle

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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