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First Line: Maid, with your cheeks and chin
Last Line: Had he to sing you?
Subject(s): Beauty; Household Employees; Servants; Domestics; Maids

Maid, with your cheeks and chin
Deeply magenta;
Lips like the peppers in
Well-dressed Polenta;

Nose, white as any clown
Seen in the circus;
Smudged lashes fringing down
O'er your eyes' turkis;

Skirts nearly to your knee,
Sleeves to your shoulder;
Modes bold as bold can be,
Or a bit bolder;

Maid, from your shoe-heels, built
Slender and spool-like,
Up to your hat, a-tilt,
Perfectly fool-like,

Frankly I will admit
I think you're pretty;
With me you've made a hit --
I've made a ditty.

Only, sweet maid, this stray
Query I fling you:
What would O. Seaman say,
Had he to sing you?

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