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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
How to Ask and Have
By Samuel Lover (1797–1868)
 
“OH, ’tis time I should talk to your mother,
        Sweet Mary,” says I.
“Oh, don’t talk to my mother,” says Mary,
        Beginning to cry:
“For my mother says men are deceivers,        5
  And never, I know, will consent;
She says girls in a hurry who marry
        At leisure repent.”
 
“Then suppose I would talk to your father,
        Sweet Mary,” says I.        10
“Oh, don’t talk to my father,” says Mary,
        Beginning to cry:
“For my father, he loves me so dearly,
  He’ll never consent I should go—
If you talk to my father,” says Mary,        15
        “He’ll surely say ‘No.’”
 
“Then how shall I get you, my jewel?
        Sweet Mary,” says I:
“If your father and mother’s so cruel,
        Most surely I’ll die!”        20
“Oh, never say die, dear,” says Mary;
  “A way now to save you I see:
Since my parents are both so contrary—
        You’d better ask me.”
 
 
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