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Jane Austen

(16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817 / Hampshire, England)

I've a Pain in my Head


'I've a pain in my head'
Said the suffering Beckford;
To her Doctor so dread.
'Oh! what shall I take for't?'

Said this Doctor so dread
Whose name it was Newnham.
'For this pain in your head
Ah! What can you do Ma'am?'

Said Miss Beckford, 'Suppose
If you think there's no risk,
I take a good Dose
Of calomel brisk.'--

'What a praise worthy Notion.'
Replied Mr. Newnham.
'You shall have such a potion
And so will I too Ma'am.'

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie Krystina Mcallister (4/25/2006 6:09:00 PM)

    I find this poem to be quite fascinating. This diverts away from Austen's typical writing typle, which she's most famous for. Unlike Sense and Sensablility or Emma, this literary work is simpler. The comic nature of this poem is entertaining as well. I'm fond of Austen's novels and now I'm a fan of her poetry. (Report) Reply

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