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    LIFE FOR A LIFE   Table of Contents     LIFE.

Tucker, Mary E.
Poems

- APPLE DUMPLINGS -- BY REQUEST.


APPLE DUMPLINGS
BY REQUEST.


GAZE not upon my outside, friend,
With scorn or with disgust--
Judge not, until you condescend
To look beneath the crust.

Rough and unsightly is my shell,
But you just dues will render;
And to the world the truth will tell,
And say my heart is tender.

The young may scorn my olden ways,
With their new-fashioned notions;
The old the insult soon repays
By claiming double portions.
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'Tis true, like modern Misses, gay,
The truth is sad, distressing!
But I must now say out my say--
I need a little dressing!

My sauce, my rich apparel, hides
My ugly form from sight;
The goodness of my heart, besides,
Will always come to light.

Then judge not by the surface, dear;
Look deeper at the heart:
Above the faults of earth appear
Beneath the better part.
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