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SATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCE: 12. AT THE DRAPER'S, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I stood at the back of the shop, my dear
Last Line: I left you to your adorning.'
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


'I STOOD at the back of the shop, my dear,
But you did not perceive me.
Well, when they deliver what you were shown
I shall know nothing of it, believe me!'

And he coughed and coughed as she paled and said,
'O, I didn't see you come in there -
Why couldn't you speak?' - 'Well, I didn't. I left
That you should not notice I'd been there.

'You were viewing some lovely things. "Soon required
For a widow, of latest fashion;"
And I knew 'twould upset you to meet the man
Who had to be cold and ashen

'And screwed in a box before they could dress you
"In the last new note in mourning,"
As they defined it. So, not to distress you,
I left you to your adorning.'





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