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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1210. An American Girl
 
By Brander Matthews
 
 
SHE ’S had a Vassar education,
  And points with pride to her degrees;
She ’s studied household decoration;
  She knows a dado from a frieze,
  And tells Corots from Boldonis;        5
A Jacquemart etching, or a Haden,
  A Whistler, too, perchance might please
A free and frank young Yankee maiden.
 
She does not care for meditation;
  Within her bonnet are no bees;        10
She has a gentle animation,
  She joins in singing simple glees.
  She tries no trills, no rivalries
With Lucca (now Baronin Räden),
  With Nilsson or with Gerster; she ’s        15
A frank and free young Yankee maiden
 
I ’m blessed above the whole creation,
  Far, far above all other he ’s;
I ask you for congratulation
  On this the best of jubilees:        20
  I go with her across the seas
Unto what Poe would call an Aiden,—
  I hope no serpent’s there to tease
A frank and free young Yankee maiden.
 
ENVOY

Princes, to you the western breeze
        25
  Bears many a ship and heavy laden.
What is the best we send in these?
  A free and frank young Yankee maiden.
 

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