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Fragments of a Formerly Active Sex Life

The Hardship upon the Ladies
by Jonathan Swift  /  poetry  /  14 Nov 2007

Poor ladies! though their business be to play,
'Tis hard they must be busy night and day:
Why should they want the privilege of men,
Nor take some small diversions now and then?
Had women been the makers of our laws,
(And why they were not, I can see no cause,)
The men should slave at cards from morn to night
And female pleasures be to read and write.

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