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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
An Australian Girl
 
Ethel Castilla
 
 
SHE has a beauty of her own,
A beauty of a paler tone
    Than English belles.
The Southern sun and Southern air
Have kissed her cheeks until they wear        5
The dainty tints that oft appear
    On rosy shells.
 
Her frank, clear eyes bespeak a mind
Old-world traditions fail to bind.
    She is not shy        10
Or bold, but simply self-possessed;
Her independence adds a zest
Unto her speech, her piquant jest,
    Her quaint reply.
 
O’er classic volumes she will pore        15
With joy; and some scholastic lore
    Will often gain.
In sports she bears away the bell,
Nor under music’s siren spell
To dance divinely, flirt as well,        20
    Does she disdain.
 

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