Jonnie Comet27 May 1997
Remiss have I been, darling Wife,
Neglectful of our wedded life;
Resolv’d, like Chloe, [i] you cried, ‘Have done!
‘Tis all but naught!’ –‘ere race was run.
Now I, returned, repented, grieved, 5
Reformed, redressed, yet not reprieved,
Requite thee but my heart, best shift,
All vows restored, one humble gift:
May all the joy of this wee flower
Remind thee of our wedding bower. 10
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l. 3 - like Chloe - Evoking ‘Chloe Resolved’, broadside ballad of John Hoadley, c.1743; in which Chloe gives up on her long-neglectful lover and casts his flowers into the stream