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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Sorrows of Werther
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–63)
WERTHER had a love for Charlotte
  Such as words could never utter;
Would you know how first he met her?
  She was cutting bread and butter.
Charlotte was a married lady,        5
  And a moral man was Werther,
And for all the wealth of Indies
  Would do nothing for to hurt her.
So he sigh’d and pin’d and ogled,
  And his passion boil’d and bubbled,        10
Till he blew his silly brains out,
  And no more was by it troubled.
Charlotte, having seen his body
  Borne before her on a shutter,
Like a well-conducted person,        15
  Went on cutting bread and butter.


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