poet Chaucer had a sister,
he, the wondrous melodister.
she did n't write no poems, oh, no!
brother Geoffrey trained her so. ;
honored by the poet's crown,
her posterity came down. ...
ages of ancestral birth
went for all that they were worth.
Hence derives the Wentworth name
which heraldic ranks May claim.
that same herald has contrived
how the Higginson arrived.
he was gran-ther to the knight
in whose honor I indite
burning strophes of the soul
'propriate to the flowing bowl.
oft the worth I have defended
of the Laureate-descended,
but while here he sits and winks
I can tell you what he thinks.
“Never, whether old or young,
will that woman hold her tongue!
fifty years in Boston schooled,
still I find her rhyme-befooled.
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