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I asked of Echo, t'other day (Whose words are few and often funny), What to novice she, would say Of courtship, love>, and matrimony. Quoth Echo, plainly — " Matter-o'-money f* '•. 'Whom.should I marry? Should it b* A dashing damsel, gay and pert, A pattern of inconstancy ; Or selfish, mercenary flirt ? Qouth Echo, sharply— "Kaiy flirt T* What if, aweary <$ the strife That long has lured the dear deceiver, She promise to amend her life, And sin no more ; can I believe her ? Quoth Echo, very promptly—"Leave her!" ' But if some maiden with a heart On me should venture to bestow it, Pray, should I act the wiser part To take the treasure or forego it 1 QuoLh Echo, with decision—"Go it!" But what, if seemingly afraid' To bind her fate in Hymen's fetter, She vow she means to die a maid, ' In answer to my living letter ? ' Quoth Echo, rather cooly—" Let her !" What if, in Spite of *her disdain, I find my heart entwined about With Cupid's dear delicious chain So closely that I can't get out ? , Quoth Echo, laughingly--" Get out}!!" But if some maid with beauty blest, As pure and fair as Heaven can makfl her, Will share my labor and my rest ,; Till envious Death shall overtake tierl Quoth Echo, (sotto voce)—" Take her!"

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ECHO., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890

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ECHO. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890

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