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Grandma told me all about it,
Told me so I couldn't doubt it,
How she danced, my grandma danced; long ago--
How she held her pretty head,
How her dainty skirt she spread,
How she slowly leaned and rose--long ago.

Grandma's hair was bright and sunny,
Dimpled cheeks, too, oh, how funny!
Really quite a pretty girl--long ago.
Bless her!  why, she wears a cap,
Grandma does, and takes a nap
Every single day; and yet
Grandma danced the minuet--long ago.

"Modern ways are quite alarming,"
Grandma says, "but boys were charming"
(Girls and boys she means, of course) "long ago."
Brave but modest, grandly shy;
She would like to have us try
Just to feel like those who met
In the graceful minuet--long ago.

(Mary Mapes Dodge, 1838-1905)
Gardens at Shady Hill
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