With buttons and cinches,
Whalebone and wire,
She was pinch-waisted and corseted…
Her bodice so tight,
Her bosom so squeezed
It blossomed above
Her dress’s low neckline.
With a stiff underskirt,
Her petticoat flared,
Her hose was secured by garters and snaps.
And some who might have been tempted to lust,
Found that unlacing the whalebone and wire