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1 Roger a doleful widower,
2 Full eighteen weeks had been,
3 When he, to meet the milk-maid Nell,
4 Came smiling o'er the green.
5 Blithe as a lad of seventeen,
6 He thus accosted Nell;
7 Give me your pail, I'll carry it
8 For you, if you think well.
9 Says Nell, indeed my milking-pail
10 You shall not touch, I vow;
11 I've carried it myself before,
12 And I can carry it now.
13 So side by side they walk'd a-while,
14 Then he at last did say;
15 My inclination is to come
16 And see you, if I may.
17 Nell understood his meaning well,
18 And briskly answer'd she;
19 You may see me at any time,
20 If you look where I be.
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21 Says he, but hear me yet a-while,
22 I've something more to tell;
23 I gladly wou'd a sweetheart be
24 Unto you, Mistress Nell.
25 A sweetheart I don't want, says Nell,
26 Kind Sir, and if you do,
27 Another you may seek, for I
28 Am not the lass for you.
29 When she had made him this reply,
30 He'd nothing more to say
31 But Nelly, a good night to you,
32 And homeward went his way.


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Title (in Source Edition): The WIDOWER's COURTSHIP.
Genres: comic verse

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Hands, Elizabeth, 1746-1815. The death of Amnon. A poem. With an appendix: containing pastorals, and other poetical pieces. By Elizabeth Hands. [Coventry]: Printed for the author, by N. Rollason, Coventry, M,DCCLXXXIX., 1789, pp. 104-105. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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