A real husband always is suspicious


A real husband always is suspicious,
But still no less suspects in the wrong place,
Jealous of someone who had no such wishes,
Or pandering blindly to his own disgrace
By harbouring some dear friend extremely vicious.
The last indeed’s infallibly the case,
And when the spouse and friend are gone off wholly,
He wonders at their vice, and not his folly.

Image and audio extract © Peter Gallagher, 2012

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Byron fan (not fanatic); poetry lover (not tragic); doctor of melancholia (not gloom).