This poem is taken from Stand 233, 20(1) May - July 2022.

Antony Mair Three Poems
Elihu Yale; William Cavendish, the Second Duke of Devonshire; Lord James Cavendish; Mr Tunstal; and an Enslaved Servant, by an unknown artist, c. 1708, on the occasion of Lord James Cavendish’s betrothal

You see Yale now in a full-bottomed wig
and a velvet coat frogged with gold

          but I remember the stink of his sweat
          and the stench of his breath.
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