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28. Can you do one based on this (inside post)? Might be fairly easy, just substituting Rethugs-as-group
Sun Mar 17, 2013, 01:34 PM
Mar 2013

or any individual wingnuts/TeaBaggers for the person said here to be stained, crapped, and odiferous:

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Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
[font size=5]THE LADY's DRESSING ROOM.[/font]

FIVE Hours, (and who can do it less in?)
By haughty Celia spent in Dressing;
The Goddess from her Chamber issues,
Array'd in Lace, Brocades and [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Tissues[/FONT].

Strephon, who found the Room was void,
And Betty otherwise employ'd;
Stole in, and took a strict Survey,
Of all the [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Litter[/FONT] as it lay;
Whereof, to make the Matter clear,
An Inventory follows here.

And first a [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]dirty Smock[/FONT] appear'd,
Beneath the Arm-pits well besmear'd.
Strephon, the Rogue, display'd it wide,
And turn'd it round on every Side.
On such a Point few Words are best,
And Strephon bids us guess the rest;
But swears [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]how damnably the Men lie,
In calling Celia sweet and cleanly[/FONT].
Now listen while he next produces
The various Combs for various Uses,
Fill'd up with Dirt so closely fixt,
No Brush could force a way betwixt.
A Paste of Composition rare,
[FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Sweat, Dandriff, Powder, Lead and Hair[/FONT];
A Forehead Cloth with Oyl upon't
To smooth the Wrinkles on her Front;
Here Allum Flower to stop the Steams,
Exhal'd from sour unsavoury Streams,
There Night-gloves made of Tripsy's Hide,
Bequeath'd by Tripsy when she dy'd,
With Puppy Water, Beauty's Help
Distill'd from Tripsy's darling Whelp;
Here Gallypots and Vials plac'd,
Some fill'd with Washes, some with Paste,
Some with Pomatum, Paints and Slops,
And Ointments good for scabby Chops.
Hard by a filthy Bason stands,
Fowl'd with the Scouring of her Hands;
The Bason takes whatever comes
The Scrapings of her Teeth and Gums,
A nasty Compound of all Hues,
For here she spits, and here she spues.
But oh! it turn'd poor Strephon's Bowels,
When he beheld and smelt the [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Towels,
Begumm'd, bematter'd, and beslim'd
With Dirt, and Sweat, and Ear-Wax grim'd[/FONT].
No Object Strephon's Eye escapes,
Here Pettycoats in frowzy Heaps;
Nor be the Handkerchiefs forgot
All varnish'd o'er with Snuff and Snot.
The Stockings why shou'd I expose,
Stain'd with the Marks of [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]stinking Toes[/FONT];
Or greasy Coifs and Pinners reeking,
Which Celia slept at least a Week in?
A Pair of Tweezers next he found
To pluck her Brows in Arches round,
Or Hairs that sink the Forehead low,
Or on her Chin like Bristles grow.

The Virtues we must not let pass,
Of Celia's magnifying Glass.
When frighted Strephon cast his Eye on't
It shew'd the Visage of a Gyant.
A Glass that can to Sight disclose,
The smallest Worm in Celia's Nose,
And faithfully direct her Nail
To squeeze it out from Head to Tail;
For catch it nicely by the Head,
It must come out alive or dead.

Why Strephon will you tell the rest?
And must you needs describe the Chest?
That careless Wench! no Creature warn her
To move it out from yonder Corner;
But leave it standing full in Sight
For you to exercise your Spight.
In vain, the Workmen shew'd his Wit
With Rings and Hinges counterfeit
To make it seem in this Disguise
A [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Cabinet[/FONT] to vulgar Eyes;
For Strephon ventur'd to look in,
Resolv'd to go thro' thick and thin;
He lifts the Lid, there needs no more,
He smelt it all the Time before.
As from within Pandora's box,
When Epimetheus op'd the Locks,
A sudden universal Crew
Of humane Evils upwards flew;
He still was comforted to find
That Hope at last remain'd behind;
So Strephon lifting up the lid,
To view what in the chest was hid.
The [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Vapours[/FONT] flew from out the Vent,
But Strephon cautious never meant
The Bottom of the Pan to grope,
And fowl his Hands in Search of Hope.
O never may such vile Machine
Be once in Celia's Chamber seen!
O may she better learn to keep
"Those Secrets of the hoary deep!"

As Mutton Cutlets, Prime of Meat,
Which tho' with Art you salt and beat,
As Laws of Cookery require,
And toast them at the clearest Fire;
If from adown the hopeful Chops
The Fat upon a Cinder drops,
To stinking Smoak it turns the Flame
Pois'ning the Flesh from whence it came;
And up exhales a greasy Stench,
For which you curse the careless Wench;
So Things, which must not be exprest,
When plumpt into the reeking Chest,
Send up an excremental Smell
To taint the Parts from whence they fell.
The Pettycoats and Gown perfume,
Which [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]waft a Stink[/FONT] round every Room.

Thus finishing his grand Survey,
Disgusted Strephon stole away
Repeating in his amorous Fits, [font size=5]
[FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Oh! Celia, Celia, Celia shits[/FONT]! [/font]

But Vengeance, Goddess never sleeping,
Soon punish'd Strephon for his Peeping;
His foul Imagination links
Each Dame he sees with all her Stinks:
And, if unsav'ry Odours fly,
Conceives a Lady standing by:
All Women his Description fits,
And both Idea's jump like Wits:
By vicious Fancy coupled fast,
And still appearing in Contrast.
I pity wretched Strephon blind
to all the Charms of Female Kind;
Should I the Queen of Love refuse,
Because she rose from stinking Ooze?
To him that looks behind the Scene,
Satira's but some pocky Quean.
When Celia in her Glory shows,

If Strephon would but stop his Nose;
(Who now so impiously blasphemes
Her Ointments, Daubs, and Paints and Creams,
Her Washes, Slops, and every Clout,
With which he makes so foul a Rout; )
He soon would learn to think like me,
And bless his ravisht Sight to see
Such Order from Confusion sprung,
Such gaudy [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Tulips rais'd from Dung[/FONT].

Likely first published in 1732, the above poem can be found in:

Swift, Jonathan. The Poems of Jonathan Swift, Vol. II. Harold Williams, Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1937.
Ferguson, Margaret, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy, eds. The Norton Anthology of Poetry (Fourth Edition). New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.


I have to rec this eShirl Mar 2013 #1
I find your blog-flogging unseemly. nt msanthrope Mar 2013 #2
aww. eShirl Mar 2013 #3
I guess I'll just have to live with your disapproval. paulbibeau Mar 2013 #4
Indeed---or you could just post all of your deep thoughts in your OP. msanthrope Mar 2013 #5
Why would I want to do that? paulbibeau Mar 2013 #7
Hard to generate revenue if people won't click your link...nt SidDithers Mar 2013 #8
Exactly. No clicks, no shiny dimes. nt msanthrope Mar 2013 #9
Yes. Exactly. paulbibeau Mar 2013 #10
So, you think the DU community should click and subsidize you? Why? I mean, welcome to DU, msanthrope Mar 2013 #11
Here's the thing... paulbibeau Mar 2013 #13
Indeed. So why not post your whole screed, and then put the link at the bottom? msanthrope Mar 2013 #15
Nah. Thanks though. paulbibeau Mar 2013 #16
'Welcome'? Is this what you think constitutes a welcome? muriel_volestrangler Mar 2013 #17
I was keeping the spirit of the OP. msanthrope Mar 2013 #18
People are voting with their pageviews on this. paulbibeau Mar 2013 #20
No, I'm suggesting they be exposed to 'more' of your writing. Post your entire screed. msanthrope Mar 2013 #21
The spirit of the OP is an attack on Paul Ryan muriel_volestrangler Mar 2013 #22
And as I said directly to the OP, my issue is not that he posts, but that he doesn't post more. msanthrope Mar 2013 #23
His Stuff Is Very Good, Ma'am The Magistrate Mar 2013 #24
I Take Your Recommendation Seriously, Sir, and Look Forward to Reading Him msanthrope Mar 2013 #25
God bless you. paulbibeau Mar 2013 #19
+1 n/m Morning Dew Mar 2013 #31
Paul Ryan must be trying to ruin St Patrick's day for everyone Enrique Mar 2013 #6
Based on one of my favorite pieces of literature. NutmegYankee Mar 2013 #12
Yes. It was kind of wonderful to re-read it on St. Pat's. paulbibeau Mar 2013 #14
And he believed Turbineguy Mar 2013 #26
Swift was born in the 17th century One of the 99 Mar 2013 #27
Can you do one based on this (inside post)? Might be fairly easy, just substituting Rethugs-as-group UTUSN Mar 2013 #28
The failure of the logic socialindependocrat Mar 2013 #29
Have you heard of 'A Modest Proposal'? muriel_volestrangler Mar 2013 #30
Thank you for your guidance... n/t socialindependocrat Mar 2013 #32
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