A Son Of Adam
by Mark Twain
Oh, She Has Red
Turn up your nose at red
I pity your lack of taste.
Why, man, red
is the natural color of beauty!
What is there that is really beautiful or grand
in Nature or Art,
that is not tinted with this primordial color?
What gives to the bright flowers of the field
- those painted by Nature's own hand the power
to charm the eye,
and purify the mind of man, and raise his thoughts
but the softening touches of the all-admired
Unless the delicate blushes of the rose mingle
upon the cheek of youth;
though the features be perfect in form and proportion,
and the eye beam
with celestial sweetness, no one will pronounce
their possessor beautiful.
|And the flag under which the proud sons of American
sires find protection in every nation under heaven,
is rendered more conspicuous and beautiful by the red
which mingles in its sacred "stars and stripes."
The Falls of Niagara are never seen to advantage, unless embellished with
the rainbow's hues.
The midnight storm may howl, and the thunders loud may roar;
but how are its grandeur and beauty heightened by the lightning's vivid
Most animals are fond of red
- and all children, before their tastes are corrupted,
and their judgments perverted, are fond of red.
The Romans anciently regarded red
hair as necessary to a beautiful lady!
||Thomas Jefferson's hair was red
- and Jesus Christ, our Savior
"The chief among ten thousand, and altogether
is said to have had "auburn"
and, although it is not stated in so many words,
I have but little doubt that Adam's hair was
for he was made of "red
earth" (as his name indicates),
and as the name "Adam" was given to him after
he was made,
it is pretty clear he must have had red
And the great probability is that Eve's hair was
also, she being
made of a 'rib' from Adam, who was made of a
lump of "red
Now, Adam and Eve before they sinned, are generally
to have been the most lovely and beautiful of
and they, in all probability were both "red
But you, O ye deteriorated black headed
descendants of an illustrious stock!
have no more taste than to glory in the evidence
of your departure from original beauty!
I'm ashamed of you; I don't know but you'll
repudiate your ancestry,
and deny you are descended from Adam next.
A SON OF ADAM. - Hannibal