Three poems by Mrs. Elizabeth Markham as they appeared in the Oregon Spectator, pioneer newspaper of Oregon City:
A Contrast on Matrimony
1 The man must lead a happy life, 2 Free from matrimonial chains, 3 Who is directed by a wife 4 Is sure to suffer for his pains.
1 Adam could find no solid peace, 2 When Eve was given for a mate, 3 Until he saw a woman's face 4 Adam was in a happy state.
1 In all the female face, appear 2 Hypocrisy, deceit and pride; 3 Truth, darling of a heart sincere, 4 Ne'er known in woman to reside.
1 What tongue is able to unfold 2 The falsehoods that in woman dwell; 3 The worth in woman we behold, 4 Is almost imperceptible.
1 Cursed be the foolish man, I say, 2 Who changes from his singleness; 3 Who will not yield to woman's sway 4 Is sure of perfect blessedness.
To advocate the ladies' cause, you will read the first and third, and second and fourth lines together. E. M. Oregon Spectator, June 15, 1848.
Road to Oregon
We left our friends in foreign lands-- Our native country dear; In sorrow, took the parting hand And shed the falling tear.
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Publication information: Book title: Covered Wagon Women:Diaries & Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849. Volume: 1. Contributors: Kenneth L. Holmes - Editor, Kenneth L. Holmes - Compiler. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 153.
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