A slender young man of remarkable air,
Equipped with a glass and a meaningless stare,
With love for himself and the English imbued,
A singular swell's the all-conquering "dude."
His cash is unbounded - his cheek not much less -
His brain ne'er conceives a thought fit to express;
With actresses easy, to ladies he's rude,
But - a gentleman is the elegant "dude."
He haunts the stage entrance when Anderson plays,
He wears - whispers slander - the tightest of '-stays;"
Drinks Cliquot to banish a troublesome mood,
A man of resource - the experienced "dude."
His beaver bell-crowned, and his Newmarket coat,
His cane, are his treasures - o'er these doth he gloat;
With roses his pathway is certainly strewed,
AS it should be, for think! - he's a genuine "dude!"
N. Y. Graphic.
Evening Star (Washington DC), March 10, 1883, page 3.