Quotation by Winthrop Mackworth Praed

Good-night to the Season!—the dances,
The fillings of hot little rooms,
The glancings of rapturous glances,
The fancyings of fancy costumes;
The pleasures which Fashion makes duties,
The praisings of fiddles and flutes,
The luxury of looking at beauties,
The tedium of talking to mutes;
Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802–1839), British poet. Goodnight to the Season! (L. 37–44). . .

Oxford Book of Light Verse, The. W. H. Auden, ed. (1938) Oxford University Press.
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