A Sell

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Suspense is hard to bear, just when
A fellow is expecting
A Valentine from Gwendolen,
Excessively affecting;

Ah, here's the postman, messenger
Of Cupidon; I pray
He leaves a letter; it's from her
No small amount I'll lay.

Though somewhat changed in each gay quirl,
I'm sure that I can tell
The dainty pot-hooks of the girl
Who round me casts her spell.

I open it with eager haste,
Oh! Thunder, it's a bill!!
Go Joy, and feel thyself disgraced;
Come, Sorrow, sup thy fill.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.