Magazine article The Spectator

One Man to Another

Magazine article The Spectator

One Man to Another

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One Man to Another

Salute me! I have tamed my daughter's face

With hot oil, and my honour has been saved.

It's not to be defied that I have slaved.

She talks a lot less now she knows her place.

Most of her mouth can still move, and one eye

Could stare in hatred if she wanted to.

I'm proud to say her protests have been few

Apart from that absurd initial cry.

That was the evil spirit leaving her.

She really should have dealt with it herself.

She said she'd rather end up on the shelf

Than marry our best choice. What thoughts occur

To girls nowadays! Next they will want a say

In what to wear and when to buy a book.

Here, take your mother's mirror. Take a look.

What have you got in store for me today?

You thought to shake my faith? …

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