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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
Domestic Happiness
By Fitz-Greene Halleck (1790–1867)
“BESIDE the nuptial curtain bright,”
  The bard of Eden sings;
“Young Love his constant lamp will light,
  And wave his purple wings.”
But raindrops from the clouds of care        5
  May bid that lamp be dim,
And the boy Love will pout and swear,
  ’Tis then no place for him.
So mused the lovely Mrs. Dash;
  ’Tis wrong to mention names;        10
When for her surly husband’s cash
  She urged in vain her claims.
“I want a little money, dear,
  For Vandervoort and Flandin,
Their bill, which now has run a year,        15
  To-morrow mean to hand in.”
“More?” cried the husband, half asleep,
  “You’ll drive me to despair;”
The lady was too proud to weep,
  And too polite to swear.        20
She bit her lip for very spite,
  He felt a storm was brewing,
And dream’d of nothing else all night,
  But brokers, banks, and ruin.
He thought her pretty once, but dreams        25
  Have sure a wondrous power,
For to his eye the lady seems
  Quite later’d since that hour;
And Love, who on their bridal eve
  Had promised long to stay,        30
Forgot his promise, took French leave,
  And bore his lamp away.

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