Mary Robinson (1758-1800)
Male Fashions for 1799
1CROPS like hedgehogs, high-crown'd hats,
2 Whispers like Jew MOSES ;
3Padded collars, thick cravats,
4 And cheeks as red as roses.
5Faces painted pink and brown ;
6 Waistcoats strip'd and gaudy ;
7Sleeves thrice doubled thick with down,
8 And straps to brace the body.
9Short great-coats that reach the knees,
10 Boots like French postillion ;
11Worn the G----- race to please,
12 But laugh'd at by the million.
13Square-toed shoes, with silken strings,
14 Pantaloons not fitting ;
15Finger deck'd with wedding rings,
16 And small-clothes made of knitting.
17Curricles so low, that they
18 Along the ground seem dragging ;
19Hacks that weary half the day
20 In Rotten-row are fagging.
21Bull-dogs grim, and boxers bold,
22 In noble trains attending ;
23Science which is bought with gold,
24 And flatt'rers vice commending.
25Hair-cords, and plain rings, to shew
26 Many a LADY's favour,
27BOUGHT by ev'ry vaunting beau,
28 With mischievous endeavour.
29Such is giddy FASHION's son !
30 Such a MODERN LOVER !
31Oh ! wou'd their reign had ne'er begun !
32 And may it soon BE OVER !
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Mary Robinson, Poetical Works (London: R. Phillips, 1806), III: 297-98. PR 5233 R27 1806 Robarts Library
First publication date:
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/13
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