1852: Leap Year poem
WHY DOiT T HE GIRLS PROPOSE ? BY A StltstG SWAIN. Why don't tle girls propose, 0 ray? I wish they would begin! I've donned my Sunday suit eaci day Since thte uew year came in, Attd trained my new moustache with care, Attd sent them many a rose, And smiled at every passing fair; But still they don't propose! i've wvaited patietttly atnd long These three years past mn vain, But now I fear there's something wrotng, For leap year's come again, And not a sitngle ofl'er yet To suothie mty mtany woes,~ Oh, dear: my hteart goes pit-a-patWh'ly pit-a-patWh'ly donu't the girls propose?7 But I've made a des'prate vow 'To say no latdy " nay," This only hope is left me now To shed otte ling'ritng ray ; The girls alike agree to this, That I'm thte best of beaux, If they wo.uld butt propose!