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Sensible Man: Companion to the Charming Woman & Fanny Grey
Arranged for the piano forte by John Smith

Boston. Published by Parker & Ditson 135 Washington St.

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The Colonel has married Miss Fanny
And quitted the turf and high play
They've gone down to live with her granny
In a sober and rational way
Folks in town were all perfectly scar'd
When they heard of the sensible plan
For nobody there could believe the Colonel a sensible man

For Fanny two years he'd been sighing
And Fanny continued stone cold
Till he made her believe he was dying
And Fan thought herself growing old
So one very fine night at a fete
When the moon shone as bright as it can
She found herself left tete a tete
With this elegant, sensible man

There are moments which lovers can borrow
From time every one worth an age
Equivalent each to the sorrow
They sweetly combine to assuage
'Twas so on this auspicious eve
He explained every hope wish and plan
She sighed and began to believe
The Colonel a sensible man

He talked about roses and bowers
Till he dimmed her bright eye with a tear
For though love cannot live upon flowers
Miss Fan had two thousand a year
'Twas useless she felt to deny
So she used her bouquet for a fan
And averting her head with a sigh
Gave her hand to the sensible man


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