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First Line: Her mouth is carmine and her cheeks too red
Last Line: Faith that endures and loyalty that stays!
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


Her mouth is carmine, and her cheeks too red,
Her eyes too bright and hard; her garb is smart,
The product of sophisticated art
From shoes to that confection on her head.
Worship is daily food that she is fed,
It thrills her not, nor seems to warm her heart,
She takes her royal way through street and mart
Brilliant, and proud, as to the purple bred.

And so men say that she is hard as steel
Not sensing that her paint, her calm disdain
Are but the trappings of the rôle she plays,
And that to lovers true she will reveal
Love, comradeship, and sympathy to pain,
Faith that endures and loyalty that stays!





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