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Laurence Alma-Tadema

If No One Ever Marries Me

Year written: 1897

Laurence Alma-Tadema was the daughter of the artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. This poem was published in 'Realms of Unknown Kings', 1897.

If no-one ever marries me--
    And I don't see why they should,
For nurse says I am not pretty
    And I'm seldom very good--

If no one ever marries me
    I shan't mind very much;
I shall buy a squirrel in a cage,
    And a little rabbit-hutch;

I shall have a cottage near a wood,
    And a pony all my own,
And a little lamb, quite clean and tame,
    That I can take to town;

And when I'm getting really old,
    At twenty-eight or nine--
I shall buy a little orphan girl
    And bring her up as mine.

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