Unsatisfied by Oliver Wendell Holmes

“ONLY a housemaid!” She looked from the kitchen,–
Neat was the kitchen and tidy was she;
There at her window a sempstress sat stitching;
“Were I a sempstress, how happy I’d be!”

“Only a Queen!” She looked over the waters,–
Fair was her kingdom and mighty was she;
There sat an Empress, with Queens for her daughters;
“Were I an Empress, how happy I’d be!”

Still the old frailty they all of them trip in!
Eve in her daughters is ever the same;
Give her all Eden, she sighs for a pippin;
Give her an Empire, she pines for a name!

May 8, 1876.

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