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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. Prediction
  2. To My Chair
  3. Fable
  4. To a Lady on Her Passion for Old China
  5. An Epistle to Her Grace, Henrietta, Duchess of Marlborough


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