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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
A Lady’s Adieu to Her Tea-Table
 
From the Pennsylvania Gazette, February 2, 1774

FAREWELL the tea-board, with its gaudy equipage
Of cups and saucers, cream-bucket, sugar-tongs,
The pretty tea-chest also, lately stored
With Hyson, Congo, and best double-fine.
Full many a joyous moment have I sat by ye,        5
Hearing the girls tattle, the old maids talk scandal,
And the spruce coxcomb laugh at—maybe—nothing.
No more shall I dish out the once-loved liquor,
Though now detestable,
Because I’m taught (and I believe it true)        10
Its use will fasten slavish chains upon my country,
And Liberty’s the goddess I would choose
To reign triumphant in America.
 
 
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