The poem is called "True Comeliness" and was written in the eighteenth
century by English poet John Gay (1685-1732), best known as the author
of The Beggar's Opera.
It appears to have been a fairly well-known verse in the 19th century,
as it is reproduced in at least two online historical volumes of
collected popular materials:
Salad for the social
The primary standard speaker. Containing original and selected pieces,
especially adapted to declamation. For the youngest pupils.
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