The American Girl
by Instant Noodle
THE AMERICAN GIRL.
[An American Correspondent of The Galignani Messenger is very severe on the manners of his fair countrywomen.]
She “guesses” and she “calculates,” she wears all sorts o’ collars,
Her yellow hair is not without suspicion of a dye;
Her “Pappa” is a dull old man who turned pork into dollars.
But everyone admits that she’s indubitably spry.
She did Rome in a swift two days, gave half the time to Venice,
But vows that she saw everything, although in awful haste;
She’s fond of dancing, but she seems to fight shy of lawn-tennis,
Because it might endanger the proportions of her waist.
Her manner might be well defined as elegantly skittish;
She loves a Lord as only a Republican can do;
And quite the best of titles she’s persuaded are the British,
And well she knows the Peerage, for she reads it through and through.
She’s bediamonded superbly, and shines like a constellation,
You scarce can see her fingers for the multitude of rings;
She’s just a shade too conscious, so it seems, of admiration,
With irritating tendencies to wriggle when she sings.
She owns she is “Amur’can,” and her accent is alarming;
Her birthplace has an awful name you pray you may forget;
Yet, after all, we own “La Belle Américaine” is charming,
So let us hope she’ll win at last her long-sought coronet.