Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/Official Soirée at Prince X's
2. OFFICIAL SOIRÉE AT PRINCE X's.
The prince bids welcome. Sombre garments mate
With flash of uniforms. All ranks are here.
Some stand in clusters, others sit in state;
Flunkeys with wine and lemonade appear . . .
Heels click and clash. See some bald baron prate
His tittle-tattle. Laughter. Some get clear
In starving pangs, some empty many a plate—
Cigars cram someone's pockets at the rear.