ADDRESS TO THE LADIES.
YOUNG ladies in town, and those that
Let a friend at this season advise you,
Since money's so scarce and time growing worse
Strange things may soon hap and surprise you.
First then throw aside your high-top knots of pride,
Wear none but your own country linen;
Of economy boast, let your pride be the most,
To shew cloathes of your own make and spinning
What if homespun they say, is not quite so gay
As brocades, yet be not in a passion,
For when once it is known, this is much worn in town,
One and all will cry out 'tis the fashion!
No more ribbands wear, nor in rich dress appear,
Love your country much better than fine things:
Begin without passion, it will soon be the fashion
To grace your smooth locks with a twine string.
These do without fear, and to all you'll appear,
Fair, charming, true, lovely and clever;
Tho' the times remain darkish, young men be sparkish
And love you much stronger than ever.