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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Songs from “Sylvia; Or, the May Queen.” III. Nephon’s Song
 
George Darley (1795–1846)
 
 
LADY and gentlemen fays, come buy!
No pedlar has such a rich packet as I.
 
Who wants a gown
  Of purple fold,
Embroider’d down        5
  The seams with gold?
    See here!—a Tulip richly laced
    To please a royal fairy’s taste!
 
Who wants a cap
  Of crimson grand?        10
By great good hap
  I ’ve one on hand:
    Look, sir!—a Cock’s-comb, flowering red,
    ’T is just the thing, sir, for your head!
 
Who wants a frock        15
Of vestal hue?
Or snowy smock?—
  Fair maid, do you?
    O me!—a Ladysmock so white!
    Your bosom’s self is not more bright.        20
 
Who wants to sport
  A slender limb?
I ’ve every sort
  Of hose for him:
    Both scarlet, striped, and yellow ones:        25
    This Woodbine makes such pantaloons!
 
Who wants—(hush! hush!)
  A box of paint?
’T will give a blush
  Yet leave no taint:        30
    This rose with natural rouge is fill’d,
    From its own dewy leaves distill’d.
 
Then lady and gentlemen fays, come buy!
You never will meet such a merchant as I!
 

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