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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
R. Herrick
 
XCII. The Poetry of Dress
 
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A SWEET disorder in the dress
 
Kindles in clothes a wantonness:— 
A lawn about the shoulders thrown 
Into a fine distractiòn,— 
An erring lace, which here and there         5
Enthrals the crimson stomacher,— 
A cuff neglectful, and thereby 
Ribbands to flow confusedly,— 
A winning wave, deserving note, 
In the tempestuous petticoat,—  10
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie 
I see a wild civility,— 
Do more bewitch me, than when art 
Is too precise in every part. 
 
 
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