Delight in Disorder

 

A sweet disorder in the dress

Kindles in clothes a wantonness

A lawn about the shoulders thrown

Into a fine distraction

An erring lace which here and there

Enthrals the crimson stomacher

A cuff neglectful, and thereby

Ribbons to flow confusedly

A winning wave (deserving note)

In the tempestuous petticoat

A careless shoe-string, in whose tie

I see a wild civility

Do more bewitch me than when art

Is too precise in every part.

 

Robert Herrick 1891

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