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HENRY SAMBOOKE LEIGH
English author and dramatist
(1837 - 1883)

If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner,
  And take to light claret instead of pale ale;
    Look down with an utter contempt upon butter,
      And never touch bread till its toasted--or stale.
      - A Day for Wishing [Eating]

Electric telegraphs, printing, gas,
  Tobacco, balloons, and steam,
    Are little events that have come to pass
      Since the days of the old regime.
        And, spite of Lempriere's dazzling page,
          I'd give--though it might seem bold--
            A hundred years of the Golden Age
              For a year of the Age of Gold.
      - The Two Ages [Invention]

Dwellers in huts and in marble halls--
  From Shepherdess up to Queen--
    Cared little for bonnets, and less for shawls,
      And nothing for crinoline.
        But now simplicity's not the rage,
          And it's funny to think how cold
            The dress they wore in the Golden Age
              Would seem in the Age of Gold.
      - The Two Ages (st. 4) [Apparel]

I wish I knew the good of wishing.
      - Wishing [Wishes]


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