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THE

MUSES OF MAYFAIR

SELECTIONS FROM

VERS DE SOCIETE

or

I HE NINETEENTH CENTURY

H. CHOLMONDELEY PENNELL

AUTHOR OF "PUCK ON PEGASUS," MODERN BABYLON," ETC.

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TO FREDERICK LOCKER.

f«]EAR LOCKER! whom I knew unknown, but now
* Known wheresoe'er rhyme runs or critics carp,—
None strikes a clearer, more melodious harp
Than thou.

Thine is the spell that charms alike the sage,
Craving repose for wearied brain and eye,
And the fair child lingering her play-hour by
Thy page.

No vulgar lures, no tinsel arts are thine

To gild the common coarseness of the herd—
Still be thyself, unblamed in thought or word,
And shine.

And for the lustre of thy name I hold

Twice dear, old friend, this gleaned and garnered sheaf,
Which thence shall gain one doubly-treasured leaf
Of gold.

H. C. P.

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