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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
The Little Maid and the Lawyer
By John Godfrey Saxe (1816–1887)
 
A Song

From “Poetical Works”

I
THEY say, little maid, quoth Lawyer Brown,
I’m the cleverest man in all the town.
        Heigh-ho! says she,
        What’s that to me?
But they say, little maid, quoth Lawyer Brown,        5
You’re the prettiest girl in all the town.
        Says she, If they do,
        What’s that to you?
 
II
They say, little maid, quoth Lawyer Brown,
I’m the richest man in all the town.        10
        Heigh-ho! says she,
        What’s that to me?
But they say, little maid, quoth Lawyer Brown,
You ought to be dressed in a finer gown.
        Says she, If they do,        15
        What’s that to you?
 
III
They say, little maid, quoth Lawyer Brown,
That Johnny Hodge is an awkward clown.
        Heigh-ho! says she,
        What’s that to me?        20
But they say, little maid, the lawyer said,
That you and Johnny are going to wed.
        Says she, If we do,
        What’s that to you?
 
 
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