The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood, by Thomas Hood

Domestic Asides; Or, Truth in Parentheses.

“I really take it very kind,

This visit, Mrs. Skinner!

I have not seen you such an age —

(The wretch has come to dinner!)

“Your daughters, too, what loves of girls —

What heads for painters’ easels!

Come here and kiss the infant, dears —

(And give it p’rhaps the measles!)

“Your charming boys I see are home

From Reverend Mr. Russell’s;

’Twas very kind to bring them both —

(What boots for my new Brussels!)

“What! little Clara left at home?

Well now I call that shabby:

I should have loved to kiss her so —

(A flabby, dabby, babby!)

“And Mr. S., I hope he’s well,

Ah! though he lives so handy,

He never now drops in to sup —

(The better for our brandy!)

“Come, take a seat — I long to hear

About Matilda’s marriage;

You’re come of course to spend the day!

(Thank Heaven, I hear the carriage!)

“What! must you go? next time I hope

You’ll give me longer measure;

Nay — I shall see you down the stairs —

(With most uncommon pleasure!)

“Good-bye! good-bye! remember all,

Next time you’ll take your dinners!

(Now, David, mind I’m not at home

In future to the Skinners!”)

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