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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
The Ideal Husband to His Wife
By Sam Walter Foss (1858–1911)
 
WE’VE lived for forty years, dear wife,
  And walked together side by side,
And you to-day are just as dear
  As when you were my bride.
I’ve tried to make life glad for you,        5
  One long, sweet honeymoon of joy,
A dream of marital content,
  Without the least alloy.
I’ve smoothed all boulders from our path,
  That we in peace might toil along,        10
By always hastening to admit
  That I was right and you were wrong.
 
No mad diversity of creed
  Has ever sundered me from thee;
For I permit you evermore        15
  To borrow your ideas of me.
And thus it is, through weal or wo,
  Our love forevermore endures;
For I permit that you should take
  My views and creeds, and make them yours.        20
And thus I let you have my way,
  And thus in peace we toil along,
For I am willing to admit
  That I am right and you are wrong.
 
And when our matrimonial skiff        25
  Strikes snags in love’s meandering stream,
I lift our shallop from the rocks,
  And float as in a placid dream.
And well I know our marriage bliss
  While life shall last will never cease,        30
For I shall always let thee do,
  In generous love, just what I please.
Peace comes, and discord flies away;
  Love’s bright day follows hatred’s night;
For I am ready to admit        35
  That you are wrong and I am right.
 
 
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