by Harold Boulton, Sir (1859 - 1935)

Robin Sly
Language: English 
In the shade sits Robin Sly,
Waiting there till Kate comes by;
Lover's quarrel has been rife,
Robin vows that ere it ends
Kate must kiss and make amends;
"Willful maid makes shrewish wife."
So says Robin, wise Sir Robin,
Brave Robin Sly.

But while Robin sits sedate,
Who comes through the wicket gate?
Who but Kate and Ploughman Joe?
Kate that laughs at Robin Sly,
Singing as she passes by,
"Let him cool a year or so,"
Angry Robin, wistful Robin,
Sad Robin Sly.

Joe the happiest husband thrives,
Kate the most discreet of wives;
So it is that in the wooing
Maids must have the mastery,
Men must wait till by-and-bye.
Learning this was thy undoing,
Hasty Robin, foolist Robin,
Poor Robin Sly!


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This text was added to the website: 2017-08-07
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