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(Mary) Many builders there have been
Since the world began
Palace, cottage, mansion, Inn,
They have built for man
Some were small, and some were tall
Long or wide or low.
But the best one of them all
Jack built long ago
'Twas build in bygone days
Yet millions sing it praise.


Just a love nest
Cozy and warm
Like a dove rest
Down on a farm
A veranda with some sort of clinging vine
Then a kitchen where some rambler roses twine
Then a small room
Tea set of blue
Best of all room
Dream room for two
Better than a palace with a gilded dome,
Is a love nest
You can call home.


(Jack) Building houses still goes on
Now as well as then
Ancient Jack and Jill are gone,
Yet return again
Ever comes the question old
Shall we build for pride,
Or shall brick and mortar hold
Warmth and love inside?
(Mary) The answer you may know
Jack solved long ago.

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