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A RECEIPT TO CURE THE VAPOURS, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Why will delia thus retire / and idly languish life away?
Last Line: I believe the dose will do.
Alternate Author Name(s): Montagu, Mary Wortley; Pierrepont, Mary
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness

Why will Delia thus retire,
And languish life away?
Why the sighing crows 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.

Once again consult your toilet,
In the glass your face review;
So much weeping sure will spoil it,
And no springs 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.

All the morals that they teach us
Never cur'd our sorrows yet:
Choose among the pretty fellows
One of humour, youth, and wit.

Prithee hear him ev'ry morning,
At the least an hour or two;
Once again at night returning,
I believe the dose will do.

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