Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

Epigram on Sally Salisbury


        On the late SALLY SALISBURY.

HERE flat on her Back, but unactive at last,
          Poor Sally lies under grim Death;
Thro’ the Course of her Vices she gallop’d so fast,
          No Wonder she’s now out of Breath.

To the Goal of her Pleasures she drove very hard,
          But was tripp’d up e’er half way she ran;
And tho’ every one fancied her Life was a Yard,*
          Yet it prov’d to be less than a Span.

(The Weekly Oracle: or, Universal Library, 1 February 1735)

                  [Sally Salisbury = a famous prostitute]
                 [*yard = penis]

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Epigram on Sally Salisbury", 16 December 2003 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/epigram2.htm>

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