A GAME OF FIVES
Five little girls
, of Five, Four, Three, Two, One:
Rolling on the hearthrug
, full of tricks and fun.
Five rosy girls, in years from Ten to Six:
Sitting down to lessons
- no more time for tricks.
Five growing girls, from Fifteen to Eleven:
, and food enough for seven!
girls, from Twenty to Sixteen:
Each young man
that calls, I say "Now tell me which you mean
girls, the youngest Twenty-one:
But, if nobody proposes, what is there to be done?
girls - but Thirty is an age
When girls may be engaging
, but they somehow don't engage
girls, of Thirty-one or more:
So gracious to the shy young men they snub
bed so much before!
girls - Their age? Well, never mind!
We jog along together, like the rest of human kind
But the quondam
" begins to think he knows
The answer to that ancient problem "how the money goes