A girl should learn to make a bed
To bake good biscuit, cake and bread;
To handle deftly brush and broom,
And neatly tidy up a room.
A girl should learn to darn and mend,
To care for sick, the baby tend;
A girl should learn to value time,
A picture hang, a ladder climb,
And not to almost raise the house
At sight of a little harmless mouse.
A girl should learn to dress with speed.
And hold tight lacing 'gainst her creed;
A girl should learn to keep her word,
To spread no farther gossip heard,
Home or abroad to be at ease,
And try her best to cheer and please.
A girl should learn to sympathize,
To be reliant, strong and wise;
To ever patient, gentle be,
And always truly womanly.
A girl should learn to fondly hold
True worth of value more than gold;
Accomplished thus with tender mien,
Reign, crowned with love, home's cherished Queen.
---Anonymous, New Orleans Picayune, c.1899
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82)