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Sans recherche pour la toilette, Elle va dans son jardinet, Ou chaque fleur sous Pherbette Lui pr^sente un bouquet.
The song belongs to the group of Chansons a danser. The verse I have quoted reappears different times as a refrain. Its meaning is: the girl, of whom the song speaks, goes to the garden picking flowers for her lover. The song being a Chanson a danser, that means a song where you have to indicate some rhythmic movements, you will almost instinctively picture the movement of picking flowers. You can pick flowers in daily life in a variety of man­ners ; but I do not think that in a song, where the movement reappears twice or three times with the refrain, you could bend over your body and pretend to pick flowers in the careless way you might do in daily life. The move­ment must appear in plastic beauty.
The following illustration shows you Miss Wilcoxon in the position of picking flowers. Note in the illustration the pose of feet and the way the knees are bent. The attitude is most graceful and shows flexibility (6).
It is left to your imagination to see Miss Wilcoxon dressed in my costume, singing my song Ma Cousinette.

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