The Harleian Miscellany (4)

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 544 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1809 Excerpt: ...Epigram VII. TWO men did walk together in the street; Neighbours they were, and both of them discreet: Friend, quoth the one, the death of my good wife Doth grieve me so, I think'twill end my life. And truly, qnoth the other, Neighbour John, I may rejoice, that mine is dead and gone; For, whilst she liv'd, I ne'er liv'd merry day, And, now she's dead, I may both sport and play, Follow my work, and never he controul'4: No grief like bis, that's troubled with a scold. No sooner had he spoke, 'but two stout dames' Were scolding, and forgot each.other's names; Whore, slut, and drab, wren tlic-sr two, were common, The ordinary language of bad women., He, that was troubled with the scolding wife, Did run, as he had run ev'n for his life;. 1 And would not be persuaded otherwise, But that his wife then from her grave did rise, And that she follow'd him, and kept a stir, Because she heard him talk so much of her: Art come again, quoth he, for to torment me? Now I do wonder who the devil sent thee. O, if the remembrance of a scold lo so, What will the living presence of them do Epigram VIII. THERE was a woman known to be so bold, That she was noted for a common scold; And on a time, it seems, she wrong'd her betters, Who sent her unto prison, bound in fetters: The day of her arraignment being come, Before grave elders, this then was her doom: She should be ducked over head and cars, In a deep pond, before her overseers. Thrice was she under water, yet not fainted, Nor yet, for aught that I could see, was daunted;, For, when with water she was covered, She clapp'd her hands together o'er her head, To signify, that then she could not talk, But then she would be sure her hands should walk: She had no power, but yet she had a will, That, if she coul...

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