Nothing to Wear: An Episode of City Life : from Harpers Weekly

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J. Bradburn, 1862 - American poetry - 68 pages
 

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Page 40 - RIPPED OUT something, perhaps rather rash, Quite innocent though ; but, to use an expression More striking than classic, it ' settled my hash,' And proved very soon the last act of our session. ' Fiddlesticks is it, Sir ? I wonder the ceiling Doesn't fall down and crush you...
Page 65 - To the alleys and lanes, where Misfortune and Guilt Their children have gathered, their city have built; Where Hunger and Vice, like twin beasts of prey, Have hunted their victims to gloom and despair; Raise the rich, dainty dress, and the fine broidered skirt, Pick your delicate way through the dampness and dirt, Grope through the dark dens, climb the rickety stair To the garret, where wretches, the young and the old, Half starved and half naked, lie crouched from the cold...
Page 44 - Interjections, verbs, pronouns, till language quite failed, To express the abusive ; and then its arrears Were brought up all at once by a torrent of tears; And my last faint, despairing attempt at an obsErvation was lost in a tempest of sobs. Well, I felt for the lady, and felt for my hat too. Improvised on the crown of the latter a tattoo, In lieu of expressing the feelings which lay Quite too deep for words...
Page 24 - I'm to polka as much as I please, And flirt when I like — now stop, don't you speak — And you must not come here more than twice in the week, Or talk to me either at party or ball, But always be ready to come when I call; So...
Page 16 - M'Flimsey, of Madison Square, The last time we met, was in utter despair, Because she had nothing whatever to wear! NOTHING TO WEAR! Now, as this is a true ditty, I do not assert — this, you know, is between us — That she's in a state of absolute nudity, Like Powers...
Page 30 - but the dinner is swallowed, And digested, I trust ; for 'tis now nine and more : So being relieved from that duty, I followed Inclination, which led me, you see, to your door. And now will your Ladyship so condescend As just to inform me if you intend Your beauty and graces and presence to lend (All...
Page 10 - Dresses for breakfasts, and dinners, and balls; Dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in; Dresses to dance in, and flirt in, and talk in; Dresses in which to do nothing at all; Dresses for winter, spring, summer, and fall; All of them different in color and pattern, Silk, muslin, and lace, crape, velvet, and satin, Brocade, and broadcloth, and other material, Quite as expensive and much more ethereal...
Page 35 - Then that exquisite lilac, In which you would melt the heart of a Shylock;" (Here the nose took again the same elevation) — " I wouldn't wear that for the whole of creation.
Page 52 - In which were ingulfed, not friend or relation, (For whose fate she perhaps might have found consolation, Or borne it, at least, with serene resignation,) But the choicest assortment of French sleeves and collars Ever sent out from Paris, worth thousands of dollars, And all as to style most recherche and rare, The want of which leaves her with nothing to wear.
Page 21 - I should mention just here, that out of Miss Flora's Two hundred and fifty or sixty adorers, I had just been selected as he who should throw all The rest in the shade, by the gracious bestowal On myself, after twenty or thirty rejections, Of those fossil remains which she called her " affections," And that rather decayed, but well-known work of art, Which Miss Flora persisted in styling her

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