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WILLIAM ALLEN BUTLER
American lawyer, author and poet
(1825 - 1902)

And said to myself, as I lit my cigar,
  "Supposing a man had the wealth of the Czar
    Of the Russias to boot, for the rest of his days,
      On the whole do you think he would have much to spare
        If he married a woman with nothing to wear?"
      - Nothing to Wear [Apparel]

But I do mean to say, I have heard her declare,
  When at the same moment she had on a dress
    Which cost five hundred dollars, and not a cent less,
      And jewelry worth tem times more, I should guess,
        That she had not a thing in the wide world to wear!
      - Nothing to Wear [Apparel]

Dresses for breakfasts, and dinners, and balls;
  Dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in;
    Dresses to dance in, and flirt in, and talk in;
      Dresses in which to do nothing at all;
        Dresses for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall--
          All of them different in color and shape,
            Silk, muslin, and lace, velvet, satin, and crape,
              Brocade and broadcloth, and other material,
                Quite as expensive and much more ethereal; . . .
      - Nothing to Wear [Apparel]

Miss Flora M'Flimsey, of Madison Square,
  Has made three separate journeys to Paris,
    And her father assures me, each time she was there
      That she and her friend Mrs. Harris . . .
        Spent six consecutive weeks, without stopping
          In one continuous round of shopping-- . . .
            And yet, though scarce three months have passed since the day
              This merchandise went, on twelve carts, up Broadway,
                This same Miss M'Flimsey, of Madison Square
                  The last time we met was in utter despair,
                    Because she had nothing whatever to wear!
      - Nothing to Wear [Apparel]


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