Lady Mary Chudleigh

(1656 - 1710 / England)

Lady Mary Chudleigh Poems

1. Song 1/1/2004
2. The Wish 1/1/2004
3. From The Ladies Defence 1/1/2004
4. To The Ladies. 1/1/2004

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To The Ladies.

WIFE and servant are the same,
But only differ in the name :
For when that fatal knot is ty'd,
Which nothing, nothing can divide :
When she the word obey has said,
And man by law supreme has made,
Then all that's kind is laid aside,
And nothing left but state and pride :
Fierce as an eastern prince he grows,
And all his innate rigour shows :
Then but to look, to laugh, or speak,
Will the nuptial contract break.
Like mutes, she signs alone must make,
And never any freedom take :
But still be govern'd by a nod,
And fear her ...

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