Love, Courtship and Marriage
To One that asked me why I loved J. G.
The identity of J. G. is not known.
Versus from a Lady at Bath, Dying with a
Consumption, to her Husband
This poem is not included in Mary Monk's collected works, published after her death as Marinda. Poems and Translations Upon Several Occasions ( London, 1716). The text given is that of the version published anonymously in the The Gentleman's Magazine in September 1750. The poem was later published, with substantial changes, in George Ballard's Memoirs of Several Ladies of Great Britain as the work of Mary Monk. Ballard's version was reprinted in Theophilus Cibber's The Lives of the Poets ( 1753) and Colman and Thornton's Poems by Eminent Ladies ( 1755). As there is at present no evidence to suggest which might be Monk's final, or only, version of the poem, I give here the full text from Ballard:
Thou, who dost all my worldly thoughts employ,
Thou pleasing source of all my earthly joy:
Thou tend'rest husband, and thou best of friends,
To thee this first this last adieu I send.
At length the conqu'ror death asserts his right,
And will forever veil me from thy sight.
He woos me to him with a cheerful grace;
And not one terror clouds his meagre face.
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Publication information: Book title: British Women Poets, 1660-1800:An Anthology. Contributors: Joyce Fullard - Editor. Publisher: Whitston. Place of publication: Troy, NY. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 486.
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