Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

Preserving Old Age


25 February 1721

Having received the following extraordinary receipt for the preserving of old age, we thought it a debt to the ancient ladies to communicate and recommend it for their advantage.
I am an old woman, of six score and eight;
I am crook'd condition'd, and never was strait:
I scold twice a day, till I'm quite out of breath;
'Tis the milk of my age, and my dose against death:
It opens my pipes, and it quickens my blood,
And serves me instead both of physick and food.
My Grand-Mother told me, (and charg'd me to try),
That while I cou'd scold, I never shou'd dye.

(Applebee's Original Weekly Journal)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Preserving Old Age", 4 March 2004 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/oldage.htm>

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