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From The Knickerbocker (New York) Vol. 29, No. 4, (April 1847) pg. 316.


E P I G R A M

ON AN UGLY WOMAN SITTING FOR HER DAGUERREOTYPE

BY JOHN G. SAXE

HERE Nature in her glass (the wanton elf!)
Sits gravely 'making faces' at herself;
And while she scans her clumsy features o'er,
Repeats the blunders that she made of yore!

 


 
A variant of the poem also appears in both Poems by John G. Saxe (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1856) pg. 98 and Cyclopaedia of Wit and Humor (edit. William E. Burton, NY: D. Appleton and Co., 1858) pg. 388.


ON AN UGLY PERSON SITTING FOR A
DAGUERREOTYPE

AN EPIGRAM BY SAXE

HERE nature in her glass,—the wanton elf,—
Sits gravely making faces at herself;
And while she scans each clumsy feature o'er,
Repeats the blunders that she made before!


(The epigram also appeared in the short tale, "Removing the Traces" in Appleton's Journal 9:201 (25 January 1873) pp. 146-148. End of text. Please refer to our textnote regarding this text.)

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