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A GOLDEN GIRL


LUCY is a golden girl;
     But a man, a man should woo her!
They who seek her shrink aback,
     When they should, like storms, pursue her.

All her smiles are hid in light;
     All her hair is lost in splendor;
But she hath the eyes of night
     And a heart that's over-tender.

Yet the foolish suitors fly
     (Is't excess of dread or duty?)
From the starlight of her eye,
     Leaving to neglect her beauty!

Men by fifty seasons taught,
     Leave her to a young beginner,
Who, without a second thought,
     Whispers, woos, and straight must win her.

Lucy is a golden girl!
     Toast her in a goblet brimming!
May the man that wins her wear
     On his heart the Rose of Women!

                                BARRY CORNWALL



 
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