The Progress of ADVICE.
A common Case.
1 SAYS Richard to Thomas (and seem'd half afraid)
2 I am thinking to marry thy mistress's maid:
3 Now because Mrs. Martha to thee is well known,
4 I will do't if thou bidst me, or let it alone.
5 Nay don't make a jest on't, 'tis no jest to me;
6 For faith I'm in earnest, so prithee be free.
7 I have no fault to find with the girl since I knew her.
8 But I'd have thy advice, ere I tye myself to her.
9 Said Thomas to Richard — to speak my opinion,
10 There is not such a bitch in king George's dominion!
11 And I firmly believe, if thou knew'st her as I do,
12 Thou would'st chuse out a whipping-post, first, to be ty'd to.
13 She's peevish, she's thievish, she's ugly, she's old,
14 And a lyar, and a fool, and a slut, and a scold —
15 Next day Richard hasten'd to church and was wed,
16 And ere night had inform'd her what Thomas had said.
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Title (in Source Edition): The Progress of ADVICE. A common Case.
Author: William Shenstone
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; women; female character; marriage
References: DMI 27246
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