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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1351. The Spring Beauties
By Helen Gray Cone
THE PURITAN Spring Beauties stood freshly clad for church;
A Thrush, white-breasted, o’er them sat singing on his perch.
“Happy be! for fair are ye!” the gentle singer told them,
But presently a buff-coat Bee came booming up to scold them.
    “Vanity, oh, vanity!        5
    Young maids, beware of vanity!”
    Grumbled out the buff-coat Bee,
    Half parson-like, half soldierly.
The sweet-faced maidens trembled, with pretty, pinky blushes,
Convinced that it was wicked to listen to the Thrushes;        10
And when, that shady afternoon, I chanced that way to pass,
They hung their little bonnets down and looked into the grass.
    All because the buff-coat Bee
    Lectured them so solemnly:—
    “Vanity, oh, vanity!        15
    Young maids, beware of vanity!”


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