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SONNETS OF SEVEN CITIES: BOSTON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A lady somewhat dowdy as to dress
Last Line: Glows sweetly through her often raised lorgnette.
Subject(s): Sonnet (as Literary Form)


A lady somewhat dowdy as to dress,
A gentle Brahmin of old family
Sighing in shocked bewilderment to see
How progress threatens her exclusiveness;
She shows a helpless, fluttering distress
Because her children somehow seem to be
Raucously modern, wholly out of key
With what she feels true culture should express.

And yet for all her well-bred scorn of change
And chill defense of custom and of caste,
Her stern resistance to the new and strange,
This fine old gentlewoman of the past
Has eyes whose glance, with courteous manner met,
Glows sweetly through her often raised lorgnette.





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