Had a great visit today to the National Trust property at Killerton in Devon. This included a display on the history of dyes. One display moved me to write this:
In a display at Killerton there was a description of early green dyes. There was a problem with fixing green dyes so large amounts of arsenic were used. This could be interesting, or dangerous, or deadly consequences when the cloths were worn.
The Arsenic Waltz
Your dress is pure green
So your skin’s turning white
With blue lips – how they sheen
You’ll be dead by tonight