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THE CHOICE OF A WIFE
From Mrs. Jessie Ainsworth Sullivan, Ypsilanti, in whose New England family the song has been sung for several generations at family gatherings.
i I will tell you the way I have heard some say To choose you a lovely young creature, To choose you a wife you would love as your life, With a fair and comely feature.
2    First, let her heart be her best part, Not given to flattery and cunning; With a nimble wit that will all times hit, And her tongue be not always running.
3    Let her forehead be high with a deep blue eye, And her mouth of equal measure;
Her teeth milk-white, full of delight, And her sweet breath full of pleasure.
4    Let the hair of her head be by no means red, But lovely brown as a berry;
A milk-white skin, and a dimple in her chin, And her lips as red as a cherry.
5    Let her stature be tall, but middling small, Her waist both trim and slender;
Her instep thin, her ankle slim,
O then, young man, you may venture.







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