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A Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles Compiled by George Burgess (1829-1905)

Victorian Poetry

Good Advice

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GOOD ADVICE.

Is it anybody’s business,
If a gentleman should choose,
To wait upon a lady
If the lady don’t refuse?
Or to speak a little plainer,
That the meaning all may know,
Is it anybody’s business
If a lady has a beau.

Is it anybody’s business
When that gentleman doth call,
Or when he leaves the lady,
Or if he leaves at all?
Or is it necessary
That the curtains should be drawn,
To save from further trouble
The outside lookers-on?

Is it anybody’s business
But the lady’s, if her beau
Rideth out with other ladies
And he doesn’t let her know?
Is it anybody’s business
But the gentleman’s, if she
Should accept another escort,
Where he doesn’t chance to be?

If a person’s on the side-walk,
Whether great or whether small,
Is it anybody’s business
Where that person mean’s to call
Or if you see a person
While he’s calling anywhere,
Is it any of your business
What his business may be there?

The substance of your query,
Simply started would be this;
Is it any body’s business
What another’s business is?
Whether ‘tis, or whether ‘tisn’t,
We should really like to know,
For we’re certain, if it isn’t,
There are some who make it so.

If it is, we’ll join the rabble
And act the noble part
Of the tatters and defamers
Who throng the public mart;
But if not, we’ll act the teacher,
Until each meddler learns,
It were better in the future
To mind his own concerns!

Good Advice