by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)

The poetry of dress
Language: English 
A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness: --
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distractiòn, -- 	 
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthrals the crimson stomacher, --
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribbands to flow confusedly, --
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat, --
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility, -- 
Do more bewitch me, than when art
Is too precise in every part.


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This text was added to the website: 2005-12-17
Line count: 14
Word count: 74