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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
II. Love’s Nature
A Maiden’s Ideal of a Husband
Henry Carey (1687?–1743)
 
From “The Contrivances”

GENTEEL in personage,
Conduct, and equipage,
Noble by heritage,
  Generous and free:
Brave, not romantic;        5
Learned, not pedantic;
Frolic, not frantic;
  This must he be.
Honor maintaining,
Meanness disdaining,        10
Still entertaining.
  Engaging and new.
Neat, but not finical;
Sage, but not cynical;
Never tyrannical,        15
  But ever true.
 
 
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