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Hoops to swell her Pride

Born on this day in 1685 playwright and librettist John Gay (not pictured.)

Our Polly is a sad Slut! nor heeds what we have taught her.
I wonder any Man alive will ever rear a Daughter!
For she must have both Hoods and Gowns, and Hoops to swell her Pride,
With Scarfs and Stays, and Gloves and Lace; and she will have Men beside;
And when she’s drest with Care and Cost, all tempting, fine and gay,
As Men should serve a Cucumber, she flings herself away.