Montreal Gazette, 2 January 1858, page 2

THE MODEL WIFE IN 1857

She dwells in fair Belgrave’s halls,
Sweet fashion’s peerless Queen,
And all her soul, in fete and balls,
Is in her crinoline.

Her “jupes” like the Nassau globe,
Cremorn did nightly see,
Flaunts its inflated gauzy robe,
Of twirls tempestuously.

And thus expanding more and more,
She fluctuates in her walk,
Subduing swan and Edgar’s corps
With undaunting talk.

Her husband’s purse is small- but no!
What though her from or slice
Her jupes still expands and on!
The difference to him.

Punch.

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