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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Henry Cuyler Bunner. 1855–1896
 
234. She Was a Beauty
 
SHE was a beauty in the days 
  When Madison was President: 
And quite coquettish in her ways— 
  On conquests of the heart intent. 
  
  Grandpapa, on his right knee bent,         5
Wooed her in stiff, old-fashioned phrase— 
She was a beauty in the days 
  When Madison was President. 
  
  And when your roses where hers went 
Shall go, my Rose, who date from Hayes,  10
  I hope you 'll wear her sweet content 
Of whom tradition lightly says: 
She was a beauty in the days 
  When Madison was President. 
 
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