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THE SPRING BEAUTIES, by            
First Line: The puritan spring beauties stood freshly clad for church
Last Line: "young maids, beware of vanity!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Green, Coroebus

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!
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;
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!
Young maids, beware of vanity!"

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