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That her parents had such full pockets !
For had she been born of Want and Thrift,
For care and nursing all adrift,
It's ten to one she had had to make shift

With rickets instead of rockets !

And how was the precious baby drest?
In a robe of the East, with lace of the West,
Like one of Croesus's issue-

Her best bibs were made

Of rich gold brocade,
And the others of silver tissue.

And when the Baby inclined to nap
She was lull’d on a Gros de Naples lap,
By a nurse in a modish Paris cap,

Of notions so exalted,
She drank nothing lower than Curaços,
Maraschino, or pink Noyau,

And on principle never malted.

From a golden boat, with a golden spoon, The babe was fed night, morning, and noon;

And altho' the tale seems fabulous, 'Tis said her tops and bottoms were gilt, Like the oats in that Stable-yard Palace built

For the Horse of Heliogabalus.

And when she took to squall and kick-
For pain will ring, and pins will prick,

E'en the wealthiest nabob's daughter-
They gave her no vulgar Dalby or gin,
But a liquor with leaf of gold therein,

Videlicet, -Dantzic Water.


In short, she was born, and bred, and nurst,
And drest in the best from the very first,

To please the genteelest censor-
And then, as soon as strength would allow
Was vaccinated, as babes are now,
With virus ta'en from the best-bred cow

Of Lord Althorpe's-now Earl Spencer.

THOUGH Shakespeare asks us, “What's in a name?"
(As if cognomens were much the same),

There's really a very great scope in it.
A name ?—why, wasn't there Doctor Dodd,
That servant at once of Mammon and God,
Who found four thousand pounds and odd,

A prison—a cart—and a rope in it?

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A name?-if the party had a voice,
What mortal would be a Bugg by choice?
As a Hogg, a Grubb, or a Chubb rejoice?

Or any such nauseous blazon?
Not to mention many a vulgar name,
That would make a door-plate blush for shame,

If door-plates were not so brazen !

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A name?—it has more than nominal worth,
And belongs to good or bad luck at birth

As dames of a certain degree know.
In spite of his Page's hat and hose,
His Page's jacket, and buttons in rows
Bob only sounds like a page in prose

Till turned into Rupertino.


Now to christen the infant Kilmansegg,
For days and days it was quite a plague,


To hunt the list in the Lexicon : And scores were tried, like coin, by the ring, Ere names were found just the proper thing

For a minor rich as a Mexican.

Then cards were sent the presence to beg
Of all the kin of Kilmansegg,

White, yellow, and brown relations :
Brothers, Wardens of City Halls,
And Uncles-rich as three Golden Balls

From taking pledges of nations.

Nephews, whom Fortune seem'd to bewitch,

Rising in life like rockets-
Nieces, whose doweries knew no hitch-
Aunts, as certain of dying rich

As candles in golden sockets
Cousins German and Cousins' sons,
All thriving and opulent—some had tons

Of Kentish hops in their pockets !

For money had stuck to the race through life (As it did to the bushel when cash so rife Posed Ali Baba's brother's wife)

And down to the Cousins and Coz-lings, The fortunate brood of the Kilmanseggs, As if they had come out of golden eggs,

Were all as wealthy as “Goslings."

It would fill a Court Gazette to name
What East and West End people came

To the rite of Christianity:
The lofty Lord, and the titled Dame,

All di'monds, plumes, and urbanity:
His Lordship the May'r with his golden chain,
And two Gold Sticks, and the Sheriffs twain.

Nine foreign Counts, and other great men
With their orders and stars, to help “M. or N.”

To renounce all pomp and vanity.

To paint the maternal Kilmansegg
The pen of an Eastern Poet would beg,

And need an elaborate sonnet;
How she sparkled with gems whenever she stirr'd,
And her hcad niddle-noddled at every word,
And seem'd so happy, a Paradise Bird

Had nidificated upon it.

And Sir Jacob the Father strutted and bowd,
And smiled to himself, and laughd aloud,

To think of his heiress and daughter-
And then in his pockets he made a grope,
And then, in the fulness of joy and hope,
Seem'd washing his hands with invisible soap

In imperceptible water.

He had roll'd in money like pigs in mud,
Till it seem'd to have enter'd into his blood

By some occult projection :
And his cheeks instead of a healthy hue.
As yellow as any guinea grew,
Making the common phrase seem true,

About a rich complexion.

And now came the nurse, and during a pause,
Her dead-leaf satin would fitly cause

A very autumnal rustle-
So full of figure, so full of fuss,
As she carried about the babe to buss,

She seem'd to be nothing but bustle.

A wealthy Nabob was Godpapa,
And an Indian Begum was Godmamma,

Whose jewels a Queen might covet-
And the Priest was a Vicar, and Dean withal
Of that Tempie we see with a Golden Ball,

And a Golden Cross above it.

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Gold! and gold! and nothing but gold !
The same auriferous shine behold

Wherever the eye could settle !
On the walls——the sideboard—the ceiling-sky-
On the gorgeous footmen standing by,
In coats to delight a miner's eye

With seams of the precious metal.

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Gold! and gold ! and besides the gold,
The very robe of the infant told
A tale of wealth in every fold,

It lapp'd her like a vapour !
So fine ! so thin ! the mind at a loss
Could compare it to nothing except a cross

Of cobweb with bank-note paper.


Then her pearls—'twas a perfect sight, forsooth,
To see them, like “the dew of her youth,”

In such a plentiful sprinkle.
Meanwhile, the Vicar read through the form,
And gave her another, not overwarm,

That made her little eyes twinkle.

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