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Add: To the Ladies(Lady Mary Chudleigh, 1656-1710)

Q (Frank Staplin) 16 Sep 09 - 09:00 PM
GUEST,leeneia 17 Sep 09 - 11:44 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 17 Sep 09 - 03:17 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: To the Ladies
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:00 PM

TO THE LADIES
(Lady Mary Chudleigh, 1656-1710)

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 inate rigour shows:
Then but to look, to laugh, or speak,
Will the nuptual 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 husband as a God:
Him still must serve, him still obey,
And nothing act, and nothing say,
But what her haughty lord thinks fit,
Who with the power, has all the wit.
Then shun, oh! shun that wretched state,
And all the fawning, flatt'rers hate:
Value yourselves, and men despise:
You must be proud, if you'll be wise.

Not a lyric, but a poem that speaks of a wife's past state in clear, succinct words. I think it has a place on Mudcat.

To the ladies


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: To the Ladies
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:44 AM

Thanks, Q. Where did you find it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: To the Ladies
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 03:17 PM

In another thread, someone wondered if a composer's name really was Chudleigh Candish- I posted that both were names of old English families, both with many descendants scattered over the globe and each with several noteworthy members, some known across Canada.

When I came across Mary Chudleigh, I found this poem on several websites and listed in several collections.
I thought it very good, and I couldn't resist posting it for others to see.


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