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Ursula Bethell

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For you, o gracious urban, are exhibited
All the regalia of Regent Street
And the subtlest schemes of the proudest purlieus
Of Hanover Square.

Ah, but you have not seen the present display of fashion
In our fuchsia-row.

A coat of damask pink and an under-robe of crimson –
A rose-red polonaise and a petunia petticoat –
An ivory-white wimple and a purple habit –
A plum-coloured paletot and scarlet pantaloons –
It is prodigious!

These elegant persons like a little morning sunshine,
But shaded seclusion on sultry afternoons;
They are sheltered therefore by the south wall of our dwelling
And are admired by visitors approaching near our door


From a Garden in the Antipodes (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1929)


Last updated 9 April, 2005