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The Vassar Girl's Lament

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Title

The Vassar Girl's Lament

Description

A poem about early Vassar students and how their athletic achievements aren't celebrated as they are at men's schools. From the scrapbook of Marie Florence Baird Meyer, from the Class of 1879. Courtesy of Archives & Special Collections Library, Vassar College.

Creator

Augusta Prescott

Date

c. 1879

Temporal Coverage

1870s

Source

Scrapbook of Marie Florence Baird Meyer, from the Class of 1879, Courtesy of Archives & Special Collections Library, Vassar College. Also published in: School. Devoted to the Public Schools and Educational Interests. Volume VI, No. 15. New York, December 13, 1894.

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The Vassar Girl's Lament

We send the pigskin flying
Like a burnt-out shooting star,
As we play our games of football
Up here at old Vassar.
We chase across the gridiron,
We plan the rush and run.
But when the ball's kicked o'er the goal
The Vassar girl is done.

For her there are no plaudits,

No shout of victory,
No thundrous tongues to raise the cry,
No thousand eyes to see.
"You've won the game! You've won the game!"
Our Freshmen comrades say;
But there's no mighty voice to shout,
"Hurrah for Rose and Gray!"


"Oh, why is this ?" we cry aloud,

"Give us the reason true,
Why is it that the Rose and Gray
Can't kick with Orange and Blue?"
"Hush, hush, my dears," the teachers wise

Unto the players say,

"It cannot be until your clothes
Are built some other way."

Augusta Prescott

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URL

http://books.google.com/books?id=Af0BAAAAYAAJ&dq=%22Augusta%20Prescott%22%20Vassar%20College&pg=PA119#v=onepage&q=%22Augusta%20Prescott%22%20Vassar%20College&f=false

Repository

Vassar College, Archives & Special Collections

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