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Written For My Son ... At His First Putting On Breeches - Poem by Mary Barber

WHAT is it our mamma's bewitches,
To plague us little boys with breeches ?
To tyrant Custom we must yield,
Whilst vanquish'd Reason flies the field.
Our legs must suffer by ligation,
To keep the blood from circulation ;
And then our feet, tho' young and tender,
We to the shoemaker's surrender ;
Who often makes our shoes so strait,
Our growing feet they cramp and fret ;
Whilst, with contrivance most profound,
Across our insteps we are bound ;
Which is the cause, I make no doubt,
Why thousands suffer in the gout.
Our wiser ancestors wore brogues,
Before the surgeons brib'd these rogues,
With narrow toes, and heels like pegs,

To help to make us break our legs.
Then, ere we know to use our fists,
Our mothers closely bind our wrists ;
And never think our cloaths are neat,
Till they're so tight we cannot eat.
And, to increase our other pains,
The hatband helps to cramp our brains.
The cravat finishes the work,
Like bowstring sent from the Grand Turk.
Thus dress, that should prolong our date,
Is made to hasten on our fate.
Fair privilege of nobler natures,
To be more plagu'd than other creatures !
The wild inhabitants of air
Are cloath'd by heav'n with wondrous care :
Their beauteous, well-compacted feathers
Are coats of mail against all weathers ;
Enamell'd, to delight the eye ;
Gay as the bow that decks the sky.
The beasts are cloath'd with beauteous skins :
The fishes arm'd with scales and fins ;
Whose lustre lends the sailor light,
When all the stars are hid in night.

O were our dress contriv'd like these,
For use, for ornament, and ease !
Man only seems to sorrow born,
Naked, defenceless, and forlorn.

Yet we have Reason to supply
What nature did to man deny :
Weak Viceroy ! Who thy pow'r will own,
When Custom has usurp'd thy throne ?
In vain did I appeal to thee,
Ere I would wear his livery ;
Who, in defiance of thy rules,
Delights to make us act like fools.
O'er human race the tyrant reigns,
And binds them in eternal chains.
We yield to his despotic sway,
The only monarch all obey.


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  11. 11. My Son , David R. Chaffee
  12. 12. He's Only Just Away My Son , Delores Maloy
  13. 13. This Is My Son , Harold James Douglas
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  16. 16. "To My Son" , Mrs. Jacklynn MacKenzie
  17. 17. I Said To My Son , Jerusalmi Streete
  18. 18. My Dear Son Lance , Julia Mackay
  19. 19. Father To Son , Karen Royster
  20. 20. Tribute To A Fallen Son , LaVonda Greer Eastup
  21. 21. Losing My Son , Lori "Peanut" Hyer
  22. 22. To My Son Roy , Lynn Henk
  23. 23. To A Son , Margaret Watts
  24. 24. The Prodigal Son , Doris Ada Mary Lawrence
  25. 25. A Son Of Bangladesh , Syed Khizir Hayat
  26. 26. Father, Son, Spirit , Teresa Gonzalez-Lee
  27. 27. The Nithsdale Widow And Her Son , William Topaz McGonagall
  28. 28. Jack Honest, Or The Widow And Her Son , William Topaz McGonagall
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  30. 30. The Mother's Son , Rudyard Kipling
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  34. 34. Some Advice From A Mother To Her Married.. , Judith Viorst
  35. 35. The Butcher's Son , Thom Gunn
  36. 36. Mother To Son , Langston Hughes
  37. 37. The Carpenter's Son , Sara Teasdale
  38. 38. Song Of The Son , Jean Toomer
  39. 39. The Carpenter's Son , Alfred Edward Housman
  40. 40. Son-Days , Henry Vaughan
  41. 41. Alec Yeaton's Son , Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  42. 42. The Son , Ridgely Torrence
  43. 43. Of His Dear Son, Gervase , Sir John Beaumont
  44. 44. On My First Son , Benjamin Jonson
  45. 45. Alexandre Dumas And His Son , Dorothy Parker
  46. 46. E.P. Ode Pour L'Election De Son Sepulchre , Ezra Pound
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  48. 48. The Red Son , Carl Sandburg
  49. 49. Old Dr. Valentine To His Son , Ogden Nash
  50. 50. My Son , Robert William Service
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