A RECEIPT to Cure the Vapours.
Written to Lady J———n.
1 WHY will Delia thus retire,
2 And idly languish life away?
3 While the sighing crowd admire,
4 'Tis too soon for hartshorn tea.
5 All those dismal looks and fretting
6 Cannot Damon's life restore;
7 Long ago the worms have eat him,
8 You can never see him more.
9 Once again consult your toilette,
10 In the glass your face review:
11 So much weeping soon will spoil it,
12 And no spring your charms renew.
13 I, like you, was born a woman,
14 Well I know what vapours mean:
15 The disease, alas! is common;
16 Single, we have all the spleen.
17 All the morals that they tell us,
18 Never cur'd the sorrow yet:
19 Chuse, among the pretty fellows;
20 One of honour, youth, and wit.
21 Prithee hear him every morning,
22 At the least an hour or two;
23 Once again at night returning —
24 I believe the dose will do.
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Title (in Source Edition): A RECEIPT to Cure the Vapours. Written to Lady J———n.
Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Themes: advice; moral precepts; grief; sadness; melancholy; illness; injury
Genres: song; receipt / recipe
References: DMI 22759
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