Go, throng each other's drawing-rooms, Ye idols of a petty clique: Strut your brief hour in borrowed plumes, And make your penny-trumpets squeak: Deck your dull talk with pilfered shreds Of learning from a noble time, And oil each other's little heads With mutual Flattery's golden slime.
Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. repr. In The Works of Lewis Carroll, Longmeadow Press (1982). "Fame's Penny-Trumpet" in Rhyme? And Reason? Macmillan (1883).