„He sipped at a weak hock and seltzer
As he gazed at the London skies
Through the Nottingham lace of the curtains
Or was it his bees-winged eyes?“

— John Betjeman, "The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel" line 1, from Continual Dew.

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John Betjeman
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"Nathaniel Hawthorne" in Library of the World's Best Literature, vol. XII (1897), ed. Charles Dudley Warner.

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