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Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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an excellent black-letter work, entitled " Cupid's Solicitor for Love," containing store of good advice for bachelors, and which he promised to lend me. The first verse was to this effect :—
He that will woo a widow must not dally,
He must make hay while the sun doth shine ;
He must not stand with her, Shall I, Shall I ? But boldly say, Widow, thou must be mine.
This song inspired the fat-headed old gentle­man, who made several attempts to tell a rather broad story out of Joe Miller, that was pat to the purpose ; but he always stuck in the middle, everybody recollecting the latter part excepting himself. The parson, too, began to show the effects of good cheer, having gradually settled down into a doze, and his wig sitting most sus­piciously on one side. Just at this juncture we were summoned to the drawing-room, and, I suspect, at the private instigation of mine host, whose joviality seemed always tempered with a proper love of decorum.
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