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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Delight in Disorder

By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

A SWEET disorder in the dress

Kindles in clothes a wantonness:

A Lawn about the shoulders thrown

Into a fine distractión—

An erring Lace, which here and there

Enthralls the crimson Stomacher—

A Cuffe neglectful, and thereby

Ribbands to flow confusedly—

A winning wave (deserving Note)

In the tempestuous petticoat—

A careless shoestring, in whose tye

I see a wild civility—

Do more bewitch me, than when Art

Is too precise in every part.