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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1174. A Southern Girl
 
By Samuel Minturn Peck
 
 
HER dimpled cheeks are pale;
She ’s a lily of the vale,
      Not a rose.
In a muslin or a lawn
She is fairer than the dawn        5
      To her beaux.
 
Her boots are slim and neat,—
She is vain about her feet,
      It is said.
She amputates her r’s,        10
But her eyes are like the stars
      Overhead.
 
On a balcony at night,
With a fleecy cloud of white
      Round her hair—        15
Her grace, ah, who could paint?
She would fascinate a saint,
      I declare.
 
’T is a matter of regret,
She ’s a bit of a coquette,        20
      Whom I sing:
On her cruel path she goes
With a half a dozen beaux
      To her string.
 
But let all that pass by,        25
As her maiden moments fly,
      Dew-empearled;
When she marries, on my life,
She will make the dearest wife
      In the world.        30
 

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