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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Love in a Cottage
By Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806–1867)
 
THEY may talk of love in a cottage,
  And bowers of trellised vine,
Of nature bewitchingly simple,
  And milkmaids half divine;
They may talk of the pleasure of sleeping        5
  In the shade of a spreading tree,
And a walk in the fields at morning,
  By the side of a footstep free!
 
But give me a sly flirtation
  By the light of a chandelier—        10
With music to play in the pauses,
  And nobody very near;
Or a seat on a silken sofa,
  With a glass of pure old wine,
And mamma too blind to discover        15
  The small white hand in mine.
 
Your love in a cottage is hungry;
  Your vine is a nest for flies;
Your milkmaid shocks the Graces,
  And simplicity talks of pies!        20
You lie down to your shady slumber
  And wake with a bug in your ear,
And your damsel that walks in the morning
  Is shod like a mountaineer.
 
True love is at home on a carpet,        25
  And mightily likes his ease;
And true love has an eye for a dinner,
  And starves beneath shady trees.
His wing is the fan of a lady;
  His foot’s an invisible thing;        30
And his arrow is tipped with a jewel,
  And shot from a silver string.
 
 
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