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MY WIFE IS A MOST KNOWING WOMAN
She would have been hung up for witch;
If she had lived sooner, I know, [craft There's no hiding any thing from her,
She knows what I do—where I go; And if I come in after midnight
And say " I have been to the lodge," Oh, she says,while she flies in a fury,
"Now don't think to play such a dodge! it's all very fine, but won't do, man,"
Oh, my wife is a most knowing woman!
(3) Not often I go out to dinner,
And come home a little "so so," I try to creep up through the hall-way,
As still as a mouse, on tip-toe, She's sure to be waiting up for me,
And then comes a nice little scene, [you, ' 'What, you tell mc you're sober, you wretch
Now don't think that I am so green! My life is quite worn out with you, man,"
Oh, my wife is a most knowing woman!
(4) She knows me much better than J do,
Her eyes are like those of a lynx, Though how she discovers my secrets
Is a riddle would puzzle a sphynx, On fair days, when we go out walking,
If ladies look at me askance, In the most harmless way, I assure you,
My wife gives me, oh! such a glance, And says "all these insults you'll rue,man,"
Oh, my wife is a most knowing woman!
(5)
Yes, I must give all of my friends up
If I would live happy and quiet; One might as well be 'neath a tombstone
As live in confusion and riot. This life we all know is a short one, [knows,
While some tongues are long, heaven And a miserable life is a husband's,
Who numbers his wife with his foes, I'll stay at home now like a true man,
For my wife is a most knowing woman!
MR. AND MRS. BROWN
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