Image from Gentlemen’s Emporium


As lone clouds in Autumn eves,
As a tree without its leaves,
As a shirt without its sleeves —
Such are Bachelors.

As creatures of another sphere,
As things that have no business here,
As inconsistencies, ’tis clear,
Such are Bachelors.

When, lo, as souls in fabled powers,
As being born for happier hours,
As butterflies on favored flowers,
Such are married men.

Hillsdale Whig Standard (Hillsdale, Michigan) Jul 14, 1846

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