Underneath the damask rose
The marriage lace is torn.
Lift up loblolly days to disclose
The paralytic hours, sworn
To lumber, while the fat bear raids
Beneath the moon and blowzers the brocades
Within the Baptist Female College.
The Robertson County Almanac,
Calculated for Tennessee:
“The state of humble Wedded-Lock
Is better than proud Virginity.”
What of Beau Nash, naked on a cow,
Who shows the timid gentlemen how
To assuage the longing for intrigue?
The New Yorkers talk of lower-men
And how love-nights are fine and mellow,