A Man’s Ideal

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   A lovely little keeper of the home,
   Absorbed in menu books, yet erudite
   When I need counsel; quick at repartee
   And slow to anger. Modest as a flower,
   Yet scintillant and radiant as a star.
   Unmercenary in her mould of mind,
   While opulent and dainty in her tastes.
   A nature generous and free, albeit
   The incarnation of economy.
   She must be chaste as proud Diana was,
   Yet warm as Venus. To all others cold
   As some white glacier glittering in the sun;
   To me as ardent as the sensuous rose
   That yields its sweetness to the burrowing bee
   All ignorant of evil in the world,
   And innocent as any cloistered nun,
   Yet wise as Phryne in the arts of love
   When I come thirsting to her nectared lips.
   Good as the best, and tempting as the worst,
   A saint, a siren, and a paradox.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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