How to Ask and Have by Samuel Lover

{Poem of the Day}

“Lovers in the Rain” by Raymond Wunna

“How to Ask and Have”

by Samuel Lover (1797 – 1868)

“Oh, ’tis time I should talk to your mother,
Sweet Mary,” says I;
“Oh, don’t talk to my mother,” says Mary,
Beginning to cry:
“For my mother says men are decaivers,
And never, I know, will consent;
She says girls in a hurry to marry,
At leisure repent.”

“Then, suppose I should talk to your father,
Sweet Mary,” says I;
“Oh, don’t talk to my father,” says Mary,
Beginning to cry:
“For my father he loves me so dearly,
He’ll never consent I should go;–
If you talk to my father,” says Mary,
“He’ll surely say ‘No.'”

“Then how shall I get you, my jewel,
Sweet Mary?” says I;
“If your father and mother’s so cruel,
Most surely I’ll die!”
“Oh, never say die, dear,” says Mary;
“A way now to save you I see:
Since my parents are both so conthrairy,
You’d better ask me.”

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