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The Contract

By Cavendish, Margaret

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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: The Contract  
Author: Cavendish, Margaret
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: Thus in this Semy?Circle, wher they Sitt, Telling of Tales of pleasure & of witt, Heer you may read without a Sinn or Crime, And how more innocently pass your tyme. The Dedication. To Pastime I do dedicate this Book, When idle, then my Readers in't may look, And yet be idle still; yet wish they may Never mispend their time, or wast the day Worse or more idly; since it may concern My Readers all, in every piece to learn Something to lay up still in mem'ries Treasure; Thus for your sakes mix Profit with your Pleasure. I hope you'll like it, if not, I'm still the same, Careless, since Truth will vindicate my Fame. To the Lady Marchioness of Newcastle, on her Book of Tales. Gallants and Ladies, what do ye lack? pray buy Tales a la mode, new Fashion?d here do lye: So do Romancies, your grave studies too, Academies of Love, teaching to woo And to be woo?d, corrupts more Virgins then Hot Satyrs turn?d to Amorous Courtly Men: But these are innocent; then be not nice, Will you not buy, because they teach not Vice? Nature will teach you that; then do not look To do't by Art and Learning by the Book; A Vestal Nun may reade this, and avow it, And a Carthusian Confessor allow it.

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Table of Contents: The Contract, 1 -- Margaret Cavendish, 1 -- The Contract, 6


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