Benjamin Franklin

Franklin fathered bastards fourteen,
  (So I read in the New Yorker);
If it's true, in terms of courtin'
  Benny must have been a corker.
To be prudent I've aspired,
  And my passions I have mastered;
So that I have never sired
  A single bastard.

One of course can never know;
  But I think that if I had
It would give me quite a glow
  When a kiddie called me 'Dad.'
Watching toddlers at their play,
  Parentage I'd gladly claim,
But their mothers smiling say:
  'You're not to blame.'

Ben founded the Satevepost,
  And for that I much respect him;
But fourteen is quite a host
  Paternally to elect him.
'Fatherhood is not a crime,'
  Deemed fat Ben, 'there could be others . . .
Darlings, I had not the time
  To wed your mothers.'

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