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TO A DEBUTANTE, by            
First Line: You trip, o youth incarnate, down the stairs
Last Line: With cheery gusto into supper thrice!
Subject(s): Debutantes; Teenagers

YOU trip, O Youth incarnate, down the stairs,
Dear Miss Nineteen, whose dance-fresh grace defies
Blossom of orchards, April's very skies;
So might a nymph have slid to shepherd airs
In groves of cypress where the ringdove pairs,
Lightfoot, elusive, panting, woodland-wise,
With just a half-shy challenge in the eyes,
To fan pursuit or wake the love that dares.

Still I, your mid-aged friend, do most acclaim
Not the curved lip, the sun-steeped eyes of you,
Nor two slim feet, the bard-sung "little mice,"
But that dear gift, the clean, untarnished flame
That sends you, 'twixt the midnight chimes and two,
With cheery gusto into supper thrice!

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