"I am opposed to woman suffrage, but I am not opposed to woman." —Anti-suffrage speech of Mr. Webb of North Carolina. O women, have you heard the news Of charity and grace? Look, look, how joy and gratitude Are beaming in my face! For Mr. Webb is not opposed To woman in her place! O Mr. Webb, how kind you are To let us live at all, To let us light the kitchen range And tidy up the hall; To tolerate the female sex In spite of Adam's fall. O girls, suppose that Mr. Webb Should alter his decree! Suppose he were opposed to us— Opposed to you and me. What would be left for us to do— Except to cease to be?
- by Alice Duer Miller (1874 - 1942) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Michelle Isaac , "Our Idea of Nothing at All", first performed 2021 [ soprano and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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