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TO OUR LADIES.                                      49
First, then, throw aside your topknots of pride;
Wear none but your own country linen; Of economy boast, let your pride be the most
To show clothes of your own make and spinning.1
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 outó'Tis the fashion !
And, as one, all agree, that you'll not married be
To such as will wear London factor}-, But at first sight refuse, tell 'em such you will choose
As encourage our own manufactory.
No more ribbons wear, nor in rich silks appear;
Love your country much better than fine things; Begin without passion, 'twill soon be the fashion
To grace your smooth locks with a twine string.
Throw aside your Bohea, and your Green Hyson tea, And all things with a new-fashion duty;
Procure a good store of the choice Labrador, For there'll soon be enough here to suit you. 3

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