When lovely woman stoops to folly...



The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot, lines 253-256 with Eliot's note for line 253 referencing V. Goldsmith, the song inThe Vicar of Wakefield.


The Waste Land

When lovely woman stoops to folly and

Paces about her room again, alone,

She smoothes her hair with automatic hand,

And puts a record on the gramophone.


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Illustration above is from 1940 edition of Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield; illustration below is by F. Hardy from the French magazine La Vie Parisienne, 1929.