"To the Ladies"
By Mary Chudleigh

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London : Printed for Bernard Lintot, at the Cross-Keys between the Temple-Gates, 1722Includes: ’The song of the three children paraphras’d.’ and ’The ladies defence, or, the bride-woman’s counsellor answered: .. ’..This book was first published in 1703. This digital edition draws on the 3rd edition, corrected, of 1722, housed in the Marymount University Gomatos collection. Page images are sourced from the Marymount text.Google Books n.d.An open-source facsimile copy of this book is available via Google Books.

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Lady Mary Chudleigh. "To the Ladies". Poems on Several Occasions, Printed for Bernard Lintot, at the Cross-Keys between the Temple-Gates, 1722 , pp 45-46 . Literature in Context: An Open Anthology. http://anthology.lib.virginia.edu/work/Chudleigh/chudleigh-ladies. Accessed: 2023-09-30T00:41:55.689Z

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n001ADD NOTE HERE: Brief bio of Chudleigh. Unfortunately, no portraits of her are available. - [TH] The THIRD Edition, Corrected. London:
Printed for BERNARD LINTOT, at the Cross-
between the Temple-Gates
45 To the Ladies. 1Wife and Servant are the same, 2But only differ in the Name: 3For when that fatal Knot is ty'd, 4Which nothing, nothing can dividen002: n002ADD NOTE HERE ABOUT DIVORCELESS SOCIETY OF THE 17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES. 5When she the word obeyn003 has said, n003ADD NOTE HERE ABOUT JOHN SPRINT'S 1699 SERMON, THE BRIDE-WOMAN'S COUNSELLOR. https://books.google.com/books?id=tMLPJ-fANfEC 6And Man by Lawn004 supreme has made, n004ADD NOTE HERE ABOUT FEMME COUVERT 7Then all that's kind is laid aside, 8And nothing left but State and Pride: 9Fierce as an Eastern Princen005 he grows, n005NOTE ABOUT THE IMAGE OF THE OTTOMAN PRINCE AS TYRANT 10And all his innate Rigor shows: 11Then but to look, to laugh, or speak, 12Will the Nuptial Contract break. 13Like Mutes she Signs alone must make, 14And never any Freedom taken006: n006ADD NOTE ABOUT THE IMAGE OF THE CONFINING SERAGLIO. 15But still be govern'd by a Nod, 16And fear her Husband as her God: 17Him still must serve, him still obey, 18And nothing act, and nothing say, 19But what her haughty Lord thinks fit, 20Who with the Pow'r, has all the Wit. 21Then shun, oh! shun that wretched State, 22And all the fawning Flatt'rersn007 hate: n007ADD NOTE ABOUT WHAT FAWNING FLATT'RERS ARE. 23Value your selves, and Men despise, 24You must be proud, if you'll be wise.


a001ADD NOTE HERE: Brief bio of Chudleigh. Unfortunately, no portraits of her are available.