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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
 
Feminine Arithmetic
By Charles Graham Halpine
 
LAURA
ON me he shall ne’er put a ring,
  So, mamma, ’t is vain to take trouble—
For I was but eighteen in spring,
  While his age exactly is double.
 
MAMMA
He ’s but in his thirty-sixth year,
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  Tall, handsome, good-natured and witty,
And should you refuse him, my dear,
  May you die an old maid without pity!
 
LAURA
His figure, I grant you, will pass,
  And at present he ’s young enough plenty;        10
But when I am sixty, alas!
  Will not he be a hundred and twenty?
 
 
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