Fifes and Drums/A Lesson in Manners

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A LESSON IN MANNERS

We have neglected certain obligations,
   Albeit in a purely social way,
One should return a neighbor's salutations
   And make a party call a certain day.
America has failed in manners. Is it
   A trifle that we lack in etiquette?
Surely 'tis time that we returned the visit
            Of Lafayette.


Our social calendar is much neglected,
   And "busy" is not always an excuse;
Some adequate return might be expected,
   And courtesy may rust for lack of use.
Suppose, in manner, both polite and hearty,
   Before this suitable occasion goes,
We manage to return that little party
            Of Rochambeau's.

Theodosia Garrison.