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Saturday 3 July 2010

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: A Receipt to Cure the Vapours


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The Death of the Earl


Why will Delia thus retire,
And Languish life away?
While the sighing Crowds admire,
’Tis too soon for Hartshorn Tea.


All these dismal looks and fretting
Cannot Damon’s life restore;
Long ago the worms have eat him,
You can never see him more.

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The Suicide of the Countess


Once again consult your Toilet,
In the Glass your face Review,
So much weeping soon will spoil it,
And no Spring your Charms renew.


I like you was born a Woman --
Well I know what Vapours mean,
The Disease alas! is common,
Single we have all the Spleen.

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The Visit to the Quack Doctor


All the Morals that they tell us,
Never cur'd the Sorrow yet,
Chuse among the pretty Fellows
One of humour, Youth, and Wit.


Prithee hear him ev'ry Morning
At least an hour or two,
Once again at Nights returning—
I beleive the Dose will do.

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The Countess's Morning Levee

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A Receipt to Cure the Vapours: Lady Mary Wortley Montague (1689-1732)

Paintings by William Hogarth, from Marriage à-la-Mode, 1743-1745 (National Gallery, London):
The Death of the Earl
The Suicide of the Countess
The Visit to the Quack Doctor
The Countess's Morning Levee

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu with her son Edward Worthy Montagu, and attendants (detail): Jean Baptiste Vanmour, c. 1717 (National Portrait Gallery, London), image by Dcoetzee, 2009


John B-R said...

Tom, I just posted something in "loose associative" relation to this post. which I've dedicated to you.

Ed Baker said...


this is a "GIGGLE" for me..

something one can come away with re: the DETAILS

when doing/writing a poem / piece ON PAPER on a CANVAS:

everything IS in the de:tails
as, every and each "stroke" punctuates


I got to this via J B-R's post-toastIE

(my) doing a little visual-prorem piece"

"Shakuhachi Technique & The 12 Tone Scale"

ciaoo, Ed

Curtis Roberts said...

Over the past day, I've learned a lot about the Vapours, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Lyttleton and related subjects, all of which I appreciate and will pass along to others. Thanks for the Receipt.

TC said...

A noble post that is, John, the great Fanny Burney's heroic account of her mastectomy sans anesthesis.

I do indeed think of her along with Lady Mary as brave indomitable geniuses of that briliant epoch.

A giggle for me too, Ed...

And Oh my, Curtis -- the Vapours!!