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The Pickering Manuscript, object 3 (Bentley 126.3) "The Mental Traveller"

 

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01                                                                                                  3
02                            The Mental Traveller
04                  I traveld thro' a Land of Men
05                  A Land of Men & Women too
06                  And heard & saw such dreadful things
07                  As cold Earth wanderers never knew
08                  For there the Babe is born in joy
09                  That was begotten in dire woe
10n                  Just as we Reap in joy the fruit
11                  Which we in bitter tears did Sow
12                  And if the Babe is born a Boy
13                  He's given to a Woman Old
14                  Who nails him down upon a rock
15                  Catches his Shrieks in Cups of gold
16                  She binds iron thorns around his head
17                  She pierces both his hands & feet
18                  She cuts his heart out at his side
19                  To make it feel both cold & heat
20                  Her fingers number every Nerve
21                  Just as a Miser counts his gold
22                  She lives upon his shrieks & cries
23                  And She grows young as he grows old

 

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