Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

Epitaph on a Fortune Teller

An EPITAPH . . . on Mrs. Christina Kyte, the late famous High-German Fortune Teller, who departed this life at her house in Brown’s Gardens, the 5th instant.

Reader stop, beneath this stone,
Here doth lye a cunning one;
Her subtle ingenuity
Far exceeded alchymy,
Whose feign’d excellence is such
As changes metals with a touch;
But here a greater change behold,
She turn’d her very breath to gold;
Yet all her riches could not save
Her fated moment from the grave.

     [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer, 16 April 1726]

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Epitaph on a Fortune Teller", 23 April 2002 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/lowlife2.htm>

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