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A Letter written for my Daughter
[ed.] Mira Barber (b. 1717). (AH)
to a Lady, who had presented her with a Cap.

1 Your late kind Gift let me restore;
2 For I must never wear it more.
3 My Mother cries, "What's here to do?
4 "A Crimson Velvet Cap for you!
5 "If to these Heights so soon you climb,
6 "You'll wear a Coachman's Cap in time:
7 "Perhaps on Palfry pace along,
8 "With ruffled Shirt, and Tete-Moutton;
9 "Banish the Woman from your Face,
10 "And let the Rake supply the Place;
11 "Delighted see the People stare,
12 "And ask each other what you are?
13 If she goes on to this dull Tune,
14 Poor I must be a Quaker soon.
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15 She'll scarcely let me wear a Knot;
16 But keeps me like a Hottentot;
17 Says, Dressing plain, at small Expence,
18 Shews better Taste, and better Sense.
19 I'd take her Judgment, I confess,
20 Sooner in any Thing, than Dress;
21 A Science, which she little knows,
22 Who only huddles on her Cloaths.
23 This Day, to please my Brother Con.
24 She let me put your Present on;
25 And when she saw me very glad,
26 Cry'd out, She looks like one that's mad!
27 "Know, Girl, (says she) that Affectation
28 "Suits only those in higher Station;
29 "Who plead Prescription for their Rule,
30 "Whene'er they please to play the Fool:
31 "But that it best becomes us Cits,
32 "To dress like People in their Wits. "


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Title (in Source Edition): A Letter written for my Daughter to a Lady, who had presented her with a Cap.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: clothing; social order; fashion; parents; children
Genres: epistle
References: DMI 11367

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Barber, Mary, ca. 1690-1757. Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1734, pp. 55-56. xlviii,283,[7]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42622; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 3644].)

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