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To the Memory of an agreeable LADY bury'd in Marriage to a Person undeserving her.

1 'TWAS always held, and ever will,
2 By sage mankind, discreeter
3 T' anticipate a lesser ill
4 Than undergo a greater,
5 When mortals dread diseases, pain,
6 And languishing conditions;
7 Who don't the lesser ills sustain
8 Of physic and physicians?
9 Rather than lose his whole estate,
10 He that but little wise is,
11 Full gladly pays four parts in eight
12 To taxes and excises.
13 With numerous ills in single life
14 The batchelor's attended;
15 Such to avoid, he takes a wife
16 And much the case is mended.
17 Poor Gratia, in her twentieth year,
18 Foreseeing future woe,
19 Chose to attend a monkey here,
20 Before an ape below.


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    Title (in Source Edition): To the Memory of an agreeable LADY bury'd in Marriage to a Person undeserving her.
    Themes: marriage
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza
    References: DMI 27855

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 216. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006)

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