Special Dinners, Dances and Luncheons 551
Lamb chops took up the story:
The sacrificial knife hath laid me low, Not less a martyr than when long ago My ancestors were butchered in cold blood For others' sins—I now die for their food.
"lie latest descendant of Noah's messenger next:
My Bible name must rhyme with "love," When used as food, with "rob"; In lovers' phrase a "turtledove," In market talk, a--------."
The universal favourite among sweets was first introduced to American society by the Father of His Country;
At Washington's famous reception, No guest was more welcome than I;
'Twas an era in dietetics, To a nation that lived upon pie!
The March hostess had a centrepiece of pussy-willows among growing ferns, and because of the renewed greenness of the earth (beginning in that month), green was chosen for the colour of the decorations. The "pussies" had been kept in water for a month and were in full bloom.
Leaves were wreathed about the principal dishes; artificial ones found the candle-shades.
Out of compliment to St. Patrick, the ices were held in small green boxes, with a bunch of "shamrocks" and clover blossoms atop.
On the backs of the name-cards were written such quotations as:
"We come to June by way of March."