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[17 Mar 2005|01:02pm]
Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,
My name is Angus McFarland and I am a composer of music currently involved in my undergraduate studies. I came across this group in the course of my research for my thesis entitled "Triumph of the Whim, or, Dandyism and the Aesthetic Process." I am writing today to introduce myself to you all and to give you this small token of my esteem, which I found in an anthology of Poetry of the 18th Century:

The Life of a Beau (James Miller)
How brim-full of nothing's the Life of a Beau!
They've nothing to think of, they've nothing to do;
Nor they've nothing to talk of, for--nothing they know:
Such, such is the Life of a Beau.

For nothing they rise, but to draw the fresh Air;
Spend the Morning in nothing but corling their hair;
And do nothing all Day but Sing, Santer, and Stare:
Such, such is the Life of a Beau.

For nothing at Night to the Playhouse they croud,
For to mind Nothing done there they always are proud,
But to bow, and to grin, and talk--nothing aloud:
Such, such is the life of a Beau.

For nothing they run to th'Assembly and Ball;
And for nothing at Cards a fair Partner call,
For they still must be beasted who've--nothing at all:
Such, such is the life of a Beau.

For nothing on Sundays at Church they appear,
For they've nothing to hope, nor they've nothing to fear;
They can be nothing no where, who--nothing are here:
Such, such is the life of a Beau

Great verse it is not, but I thought it might nevertheless amuse. Yours,
A
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