Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

To that Sodomitical Villain, P——e

To that Sodomitical Villain, P——e.

You stand indicted in the publick News,
For Innovations offer’d at the Stews,
And running after unbelieving Jews.
To some Italian sure thou art a-kin,
T’ abandon Women for so vile a Sin;
A Sin of Sins; ’twas this alone you lack’t
To make you Devil, and a Beast in Fact;
May righteous Heaven punish such an Act.
What cursed Devil brought this Trick in vogue,
To spite a Whore, and doubly damn a Rogue?
To change the Laws of Nature, vice versa,
And set a Whore to Prayers — the Lord have Mercy!
Good Heavens may Mother Creswell’s* Ghost appear
To Vindicate her virtuous Daughters here;
May Bauds and Cracks of every Sort and Size
Have Leave from Pluto’s Kingdom to arise,
And may old Succubus direct a Ghost
To Spoil each damn’d Intrigue, a-parte-post.
          [Creswell was a famous 17th-century prostitute]

Letter to the Editor of The Weekly Journal: or, The British Gazetteer, 21 May 1726.

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "To that Sodomitical Villain, P——e", 23 April 2002 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/lowlife8.htm>

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