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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
By Arthur Guiterman
FAIR Eve devised a walking-suit
  Of jungle grasses, soft and crimpy;
She thought it rather neat and cute
  Till Adam grunted, “Pretty skimpy!”
A cloak of palm-leaves, sought for miles,        5
  She made, and came to be admired;
But Adam said, “The silly styles
  You women wear just make me tired!”
She built herself a little hat
  Of lilies (Eve was very clever),        10
And asked him what he thought of that?
  And Adam blurted, “Well, I never!”
So next she placed upon her head
  A feathered three-by-four Creation.—
The little word that Adam said        15
  Is barred from parlor conversation.
Yet Eve refused to be a dowd,
  And tied an autumn-tinted sash on.
“I’ll dress to please myself!” she vowed,
  “For what does Adam know of fashion?        20
“What use to seek applause from him?
  He scoffs and says I cannot reason!
Well, then, my law shall be my whim—
  And that shall change with every season.”
Since when, revolving cycles bring        25
  The gayest fashions and the queerest;
And Eve declares, “It’s just the thing!”
  And Adam murmurs, “Is it, dearest?”

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