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My angel Jane is clever too, accomplishments I've

taught her; I'll introduce her to you, Sir,—This is

my eldest Daughter.

I've sought the aid of ornament, be-jewelling her

curls ; I've tried her beauty unadorn'd, simplicity and

pearls : I've set her off, to get her off, till fallen off I've

thought her; Yet I've softly breath'd to all the Beaux-" This is

my eldest Daughter.”

I've tried all styles of hair-dressing, Madona's,

frizzes, crops; Her waist I've lac'd, her back I've brac'd, till circu

lation stops ; I've padded her, until I have into a Venus wrought

her, But puffing her has no effect,—This is


eldest Daughter.

Her gowns are à la Ackerman; her corsets à la


Yet when the season ends each Beau still leaves

his T. T. L. I patronize each Déjeuner, each party on the

water ; Yet still she hangs upon my arm,—This is my

eldest Daughter.

She did refuse a Gentleman,—(I own it was

absurd !); She thought she ought to answer No! He took

her at her word !

But she'd say Yes if any one that's eligible sought

her; She really is a charming girl, though she's my eldest Daughter.



HE archery meeting is fixed for the

Third ;
The fuss that it causes is truly absurd;

I've bought summer bonnets for Rosa

and Bess, And now I must buy each an archery dress! Without a green suit they would blush to be seen, And poor

little Rosa looks horrid in green.

Poor fat little Rosa, she's shooting all day!
She sends forth an arrow expertly, they say;
But 'tis terrible when with exertion she warms,
And she seems to be getting such muscular arms;
And if she should hit, 'twere as well if she missed,
Prize bracelets could never be placed on her wrists.

Dear Bess, with her elegant figure and face,
Looks quite a Diana, the queen of the place ;
But as for the shooting-she never takes aim;
She talks so and laughs so !—the beaux are to

blame; She doats on Alirtation—but oh! by-the-by, 'Twas awkward her shooting out Mrs. Flint's eye! They've made my poor husband an archer elect; He dresses the part with prodigious effect; A pair of nankeens, with a belt round his waist,

And a quiver of course, in which arrows are placed; And a bow in his hand-oh! he looks of all things Like a corpulent Cupid bereft of his wings !

They dance on the lawn, and we mothers, alas!
Must sit on camp-stools with our feet in the grass;
My Flora and Bessy no partners attract !
The archery men are all cross-beaux, in fact !
Among the


ladies some hits there may be, But still at my elbow two misses I see!



HUS Kitty, beautiful and young,

And wild as colt untam'd,
Bespoke the fair from whence she

With little



Inflam'd with rage at sad restraint

Which wise mamma ordain’d,
And sorely vext to play the saint

Whilst wit and beauty reign’d.

“Shall I thumb holy books, confin'd

With Abigails, forsaken ?
Kitty's for other things design’d,

Or I am much mistaken.

“ Must Lady Jenny frisk about,

And visit with her cousins ?
At balls must she make all the rout,

And bring home hearts by dozens ?

“What has she better, pray, than. I,

What hidden charms to boast, That all mankind for her should die,

Whilst I am scarce a toast?

“ Dearest mamma! for once let me,

Unchain’d, my fortune try; I'll have my earl as well as she,

Or know the reason why.

“I'll soon with Jenny's pride quit score,

Make all her lovers fall :
They'll grieve I was not loos’d before:

She, I was loos’d at all!”

Fondness prevaild, mamma gave way;

Kitty, at heart's desire, Obtain'd the chariot for a day, And set the world on fire.



MUST come out next Spring, Mamma,

I must come out next Spring;
To keep me with my Governess

Would be a cruel thing :
Whene'er I see my sisters dress'd

In leno and in lace,-
Miss Twig's apartment seems to be
A miserable place.

I must come out next Spring, Mamma,

I must come out next Spring ;
To keep me with


Would be a cruel thing.

I'm very

sick of Grosv'nor Square,
The path within the rails ;
I'm weary of Telemachus,

And such outlandish tales :
I hate my French, my vile Chambaud;

In tears I've turn’d his leaves;
Oh! let me Frenchify my hair,
And take to Gigot sleeves.

I must come out next Spring, Mamma,

I must come out next Spring ;
To keep me with my Governess

Would be a cruel thing.

I know quite well what I should say

To partners at a ball;
I've got a pretty speech or two.

And they would serve for all.
If an Hussar, I'd praise his horse,

And win a smile from him ;
And if a Naval man, I'd lisp,
“Pray, Captain, do you swim?”

I must come out next Spring, Mamma,

I must come out next Spring;
To keep me with my

Would be a cruel thing.




HOUGH walls but thin our hearths

We're strangers, dwelling side by side;

How gaily all your days must glide
Unvex'd by labour !

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