Dear LUCY, you know what my wish is, – I hate all your Frenchified fuss: Your silly entrées and made dishes Were never intended for us. No footman in lace and in ruffles Need dangle behind my arm-chair; And never mind seeking for truffles, Although they be ever so rare. But a plain leg of mutton, my Lucy, I pr’ythee get ready at three: Have it smoking, and tender and juicy, And what better meat can there be? And when it has feasted the master, ’Twill amply suffice for the maid; Meanwhile I will smoke my canaster, And tipple my ale in the shade.
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