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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1231. Madam Hickory
 
By Wilbur Larremore
 
 
FIT theme for song, the sylvan maid
  Who, if she knew not fauns or satyrs,
Had conjured oft in mossy shade
  Visions of savage pale-face haters;
I trow she dined on pork and maize        5
  In cabin, single-roomed and sooted,
Quite innocent of frills and stays,
  Warm-hearted and bare-footed.
 
Her beauty surely brought her note,—
  Its praises fed her soul like manna;        10
Gossip o’er furtive tales did gloat,
  Sacred to Venus not Diana;
But when the valiant lover came
  He crushed the scandal pests like vermin;
A terror hedged the hero’s name        15
  And she was white as ermine.
 
Thenceforth, a matron fair and fat,
  She shared the doting warrior’s station.
Thais with Alexander sat
  And heard the plaudits of a nation;        20
Though envious souls with poisoned leer
  Offset her new life by the other,
The hero held her yet more dear,
  Stainless as Mary Mother.
 
Weary of fortune’s smile and frown        25
  She died without the White House portal,
But never wife wore richer crown,
  A sacred troth and love immortal:
That love had made a queen of her
  Whom haughty dames turned prudish backs on,        30
And History smiles but has no slur
  For Mistress Andrew Jackson.
 

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