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Poem by John Gay

Revenge: or Fartherly Kindness

A vixen wife, who felt the horsewhips smart, 
Ran to her Father  beggd hed take her part. 
What was your fault? (said he) Come, state the case. 
I threw some coffee in my husbands face, 
For which he beat me!  Beat you, did he?  Slife 
He beat my Daughter!  then Ill beat his Wife! 
If for such faults, he gives my dear Child pain, 
Come but his Wife, Ill flog her home again! 
This said, most amply he revenged his daughter, 
And stopt domestic squabbles ever after!

John Gay

John Gay's other poems:
  1. Sweet William's Farewell to Black-Ey'd Susan
  2. To a Young Lady, with Some Lampreys
  3. An Elegy on a Lap-dog
  4. If the Heart of a Man
  5. The Quidnunckis

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