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The Bibliomaniac’s Bride

The Bibliomaniac’s Bride

The women-folk are like to books,
Most pleasing to the eye,
Whereon if anybody looks
He feels disposed to buy.

I hear that many are for sale,
Those that record no dates,
And such editions as regale
The view with colored plates.

Of every quality and grade
And size they may be found,
Quite often beautifully made,
As often poorly bound.

Now, as for me, had I my choice,
I’d choose no folio tall,
But some octavo to rejoice
My sight and heart withal,

As plump and pudgy as a snipe;
Well worth her weight in gold;
Of honest, clean, conspicuous type,
And just the size to hold!

With such a volume for my wife
How should I keep and con!
How like a dream should run my life
Unto its colophon!

Her frontispiece should be more fair
Than any colored plate;
Blooming with health, she would not care
To extra-illustrate.

And in her pages there should be
A wealth of prose and verse,
With now and then a jeu d’esprit,
But nothing ever worse!

Prose for me when I wished for prose,
Verse when to verse inclined,
Forever bringing sweet repose
To body, heart, and mind.

Oh, I should bind this priceless prize
In bindings full and fine,
And keep her where no human eyes
Should see her charms, but mine!

With such a fair unique as this
What happiness abounds!
Who who could paint my rapturous bliss,
My joy unknown to Lowndes!



Poem The Bibliomaniac’s Bride - Eugene Field