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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Rondeau to Ethel
 
Austin Dobson (1840–1921)
 
 
        (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!        5
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:        10
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”?        15
 

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