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Short poem

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.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Mary Robinson, Poetical Works (London: R. Phillips, 1806), III: 297-98. PR 5233 R27 1806 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1806
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/13

Rhyme: abab

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