The Proposal

Mermaid:
"I'm a lady of honour
Who lives in the sea:
Come down, Maurice Connor,
And be married to me.
Silver plates and gold dishes
You shall have, and shall be
The King of the fishes,
When you're married to me."

Maurice:
"I'm obliged to you, madam;
Off a gold dish or plate,
if a king, and I had'em,
I could dine in great state.
With your own-father's daughter
I'd be sure to agree;
But to drink the salt water
Wouldn't do so with me!"

Florence Conry