Little couple/Old Adam

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Both ſexes give ear unto my fancy.
While in praiſe dear women I ſing,
Confin’d not to Moll, Kate or Nancy,
But make, from the Beggar to King.

Old Adam when firſt was created,
And Lord of the Univerſe crown’d;
In happineſs was not compleated
Until that a Help-mate he found.

He’d all things for food that was wanting,
Which makes us content thro' our lives;
He’d horſes and foxes for hunting,
That ſome men love more than their wives,

He’d a garden ſo planted by nature,
Men cannot produce in this life;
But ſtill the all-wiſe GREAT CREATOR,
Saw that he wanted a wife.

Then Adam was laid in a ſlumber,
And then he loſt part of his ſide,
And when he awoke, he with wonder
Beheld his moſt beautiful bride.

In tranſport he gazed upon her,
His happineſs now was complete;
Then praiſed the bountiful Donor,
Who had thus bestow'd him a mate.

She was not ta’en out of his head, Sir,
To reign and triumph over man;
Nor was ſhe ta'en out of his feet, Sir.
By man to be trampled upon.

But ſhe was ta’en out of his ſide, Sir,
His part'ner and equal to be;
But as they’re united in one, Sir,
The man is the top of the tree.

Then let not the fair he deſpiſed,
By man as ſhe is part of himſelf
For woman by Adam was prized.
More than the globe full of wealth.

man without a woman's a beggar,
Suppoſe the whole world he poſſeſs’d;
But a beggar that’s got a good woman,
With more than the world is bleſs’d.


This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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