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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
A Fashionable Novel
By Thomas Haynes Bayly
LORD HARRY has written a novel,
  A story of elegant life;
No stuff about love in a hovel,
  No sketch of a commoner’s wife:
No trash such as pathos and passion,        5
  Fine feelings, expression, and wit;
But all about people of fashion,
  Come look at his caps how they fit!
O, Radcliffe! thou once wert the charmer
  Of girls who sat reading all night;        10
Thy heroes were striplings in armor,
  Thy heroines damsels in white.
But past are thy terrible touches,
  Our lips in derision we curl,
Unless we are told how a Duchess,        15
  Conversed with her cousin, the Earl.
We now have each dialogue quite full
  Of titles—“I give you my word,
My lady, you’re looking delightful.”
  “O dear, do you think so, my lord!”        20
“You’ve heard of the marquis’s marriage.
  The bride with her jewels new set,
Four horses, new travelling carriage,
  And déjeuner à la fourchette.”
Haut ton finds her privacy broken,        25
  We trace all her ins and her outs;
The very small talk that is spoken
  By the very great people at routs;
At Tenby Miss Jinks asks the loan of
  The book from the innkeeper’s wife,        30
And reads till she dreams she is one of
  The leaders of elegant life.

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