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Male Fashions for 1799

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 Crops like hedgehogs, high-crown'd hats,
Whispers like Jew MOSES ;
Padded collars, thick cravats,
And cheeks as red as roses.
Faces painted pink and brown ; Waistcoats strip'd and gaudy ; Sleeves thrice doubled thick with down, And straps to brace the body.
Short great-coats that reach the knees, Boots like French postillion ; Worn the G----- race to please, But laugh'd at by the million.
Square-toed shoes, with silken strings, Pantaloons not fitting ; Finger deck'd with wedding rings, And small-clothes made of knitting.
Curricles so low, that they Along the ground seem dragging ; Hacks that weary half the day In Rotten-row are fagging.
Bull-dogs grim, and boxers bold, In noble trains attending ; Science which is bought with gold, And flatt'rers vice commending.
Hair-cords, and plain rings, to shew Many a LADY's favour, BOUGHT by ev'ry vaunting beau, With mischievous endeavour.
Such is giddy FASHION's son ! Such a MODERN LOVER! Oh ! wou'd their reign had ne'er begun ! And may it soon BE OVER!


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