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1 O DONALD! ye are just the man
2 Who, when he's got a wife,
3 Begins to fratch nae notice ta'en
4 They're strangers a' their life.
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5 The fan may drop she takes it up,
6 The husband keeps his chair;
7 She hands the kettle gives his cup
8 Without e'en "Thank ye, dear."
9 Now, truly, these slights are but toys;
10 But frae neglects like these,
11 The wife may soon a slattern grow,
12 And strive nae muir to please.
13 For wooers ay do all they can
14 To trifle wi' the mind;
15 They hold the blaze of beauty up,
16 And keep the poor things blind.
17 But wedlock tears away the veil,
18 The goddess is nae mair;
19 He thinks his wife a silly thing,
20 She thinks her man a bear.
21 Let then the lover be the friend
22 The loving friend for life;
23 Think but thysel the happiest spouse,
24 She'll be the happiest wife.


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Title (in Source Edition): O DONALD! YE ARE JUST THE MAN.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire “The muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, pp. 252-253.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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