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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
Nathaniel Parker Willis. 1806–1867
52. Love in a Cottage
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 tipp'd with a jewel 
  And shot from a silver string. 

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