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34 THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.
Self-applauding her scheme, she was ready to dance; But we're often too sanguine in what we advance.
For mark the event; thus by fortune we're crossed, Nor should people reckon without their good host; The daughter was sulky, and wouldn't come to, And pray, what in this case could the old woman do ?
In vain did the matron hold forth in the cause, That the young one was able; her duty, the laws ; Ingratitude vile, disobedience far worse; But she might e'en as well sung psalms to a horse.
Young, froward, and sullen, and vain of her beauty, She tartly replied, that she knew well her duty, That other folks' children were kept by their friends, And that some folks loved people but for their own ends.
Zounds, neighbor! quoth Pitt, what the devil's the matter ? A man cannot rest in his house for your clatter; Alas ! cries the daughter, here's dainty fine work, The old woman grown harder than Jew or than Turk.