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1 ADAM alone cou'd not be easy,
2 So he must have a wife, an't please ye:
3 But how did he procure his wife,
4 To cheer his solitary life?
5 Why, from a rib ta'en out his side
6 Was form'd this necessary bride.
7 But how did he the pain beguile?
8 Pho! he slept sweetly all the while.
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9 But when this rib was re-applied,
10 In woman's form, to Adam's side,
11 How then, I pray you, did it answer?
12 He never slept so sweet again, Sir.


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    Title (in Source Edition): [Epigram]
    Author: John Straight
    Themes: humour; jokes; marriage
    Genres: epigram
    References: DMI 21578

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 253-254. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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