I am trying to find the source of the following poem:
Behold the daughter of innocence!
How beautiful is the mildness of her countenance!
How lovely is the diffidence of her looks!
Her cheek is dyed with the deep crimson of the rose; her eye is placid
and serene, and the gentleness of her speech is as the melting
softness of the flute.
Her smiles are as the enlivening rays of the sun; the beauty of her
presence as the silver light of the moon.
Her attire is simple; her feet treadeth with caution, and she feareth
to give offence.
The young and the old are enamoured with her sweetness; she carrieth
her own commendation.
She speaketh not the first in the conversation of woman, neither is
her tongue heard among her companions.
She turnest not her head to gaze after the steps of men, she enquireth
not of them whither they are going.
She giveth not her opinion unasked, nor stoppeth her ears to that of another.
She frequenteth not the public haunts of men, she enquireth not after
the knowledge improper for her condition.
So becoming is the behavior of modesty, so lovely among the daughters
of women! Is there any who hath forgotten to blush, who playeth with
the wanton glances of her eyes, who replenish the cup when the toast
goes round, and despiseth the meekness of her sister. Shame shall
overtake her in the prime of her days, and the years of her widowhood
shall be infamous as they are many.
The first two lines appear on a sampler from England dated 1760, in my possession.
I found the entire poem quoted on:
which mentions it as coming from the Adams Centinel (Gettysburg, Pa.),
08 June 1814, but it has to be mid-eighteenth century or older.