Another (Epigram on the Said Occasion...On a Henpecked Country Squire)

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Another (Epigram on the Said Occasion...On a Henpecked Country Squire)
by Robert Burns
Epigram from 1784

One Queen Artemisia, as old stories tell,
When deprived of her husband she loved so well,
In respect for the love and affection he show'd her,
She reduc'd him to dust and she drank up the powder.
But Queen Netherplace, of a diff'rent complexion,
When called on to order the fun'ral direction,
Would have eat her dead lord, on a slender pretence,
Not to show her respect, but-to save the expense!

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.