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Male Fashions for 1799.

Mary Darby Robinson 1757 (England) – 1800 (England)

CROPS like hedgehogs, high-crown'd hats,
  Whispers like Jew MOSES ;
  Padded collars, thick cravats,
  And cheeks as red as roses.

  Faces painted pinkand brown ;
  Waistcoats strip'd and gaudy ;
  Sleeves thrice doubled thick with down,
  And straps to brace the body.

  Short great-coats that reach the knees,
  Boots like French postillion ;
Worn the G{-}{-}{-}{-}{-} race to please,
  But laugh'd at by the million.

Square-toed shoes, with silken strings,
  Pantaloons not fitting ;
Finger deck'd with wedding rings,
  And small-clothes made of knitting.

Curricles so low, that they
  Along the ground seem dragging ;
Hacks that weary half the day
  In Rotten-row are fagging.

Bull-dogs grim, and boxers bold,
  In noble trains attending ;
Science which is bought with gold,
  And flatt'rers vice commending.

Hair-cords, and plain rings, to shew
  Many a LADY's favour,
BOUGHT by ev'ry vaunting beau,
  With mischievous endeavour.

Such is giddy FASHION's son !
  Such a MODERN LOVER !
Oh ! wou'd their reign had ne'er begun !
  And may it soon BE OVER !

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Mary Darby Robinson

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