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Instructions for Young Women

by Alexander Dove

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Adapted from the public domain work, Galateo; or, A Treatise on Politeness
and Delicacy of Manners, written in Italian by Giovanni de la Casa (1503-1556), in a form first published in English in 1775.

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Pride yourself in modesty,
never be afraid of blushing;
Don't talk loud;
refrain from talking much.
Don't even hear a double entendre:
Avoid lightness of carriage,
be discreet
Affect no languishing.

Dare to be prudish,
be not too free.
Be cautious in your dancing,
dread becoming cheap,
be not too often seen in public,
And if you see a play,
let it be
a tragedy.

Be modest and moderate,
be civil, but not complying,
Shun the idea
of a vain woman.
Study a dignity of manner;
Be affable with men,
but not familiar.
Avoid gaming.

Dare to be prudish,
be not too free.
Be cautious in your dancing,
dread becoming cheap,
be not too often seen in public,
And if you see a play,
let it be
a tragedy.

Avoid everything masculine, never deal in scandal.
Sympathize with the unfortunate
Read no novels, but let your study be
History
&c.

Dare to be prudish,
be not too free.
Be cautious in your dancing,
dread becoming cheap,
be not too often seen in public,
And if you see a play,
let it be
a tragedy.

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released May 2, 2018
Music by Alexander Dove
Lyrics adapted by Alexander Dove from public domain source

Harmony vocals by Cara Weggler and Sea Piglet

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Alexander Dove Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alexander Dove is a songwriter, poet, and composer, who also plays in the traditional Celtic folk group Dòrain. Alexander Dove is used or more-or-less solo or self-directed work, regardless of genre. Published writings are under the name Alexander Dove Lempke. ... more

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