The poem text reads as follows:
A Jewel or a Crown
“As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman
which is without discretion.”
“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband:
but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.”
Young lady i say on your wedding day
which would you rather be found
it’s up to you, what will you do?
You’ll be either a jewel or a crown
Will your sweet valentine be an old nasty swine
as you adorn the tip of his snout?
to live in his wallow, will be a hard pill to swallow
But once married there’s no way out!
Why not instead, be the crown on his head
of the man God Chose for you?
Your marriage will be blessed, instead of a mess
When you finally say “I DO!”
But I know of course, the pressure and force
Those old hogs can place on your mind
So I won’t be surprised when some compromise
and on a pig’s snout they I find!
Young Lady I say on your wedding day
Which would you rather be found?
It’s Up to you what will you do?
You’ll be either a jewel or a crown.
David W. Handley
(Selected by the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF POETS for publication 2002)