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Littell's Living Age/Volume 137/Issue 1769/To Ethel

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             (Who wishes she had lived —
     "In teacup-times of hood and hoop,
          Or while the patch was worn.")

"In teacup times!" The style of dress
Would suit your beauty, I confess;
     BELINDA-like, the patch you'd wear;
     I picture you with powdered hair, —
You'd make a charming shepherdess!

And I — no doubt — could well express
SIR PLUME'S complete conceitedness, —
     Could poise a clouded cane with care
          "In teacup-times!"

The parts would fit precisely — yes:
We should achieve a huge success;
     You should disdain, and I despair,
     With quite the true Augustan air;
But … could I love you more, or less,
          "In teacup-times?"


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