Anticipating mortal sins


Before anticipated gluttony
a little chambermaid prepares
the roast and cabbage, pheasant pie,
onions cooked in wine and those pleasant fries.
He wants his wine, he wants to dine.

But to break a lord’s monotony
she knows his rights: declared
that afterwards, he craves dessert
of her (deflowered chambermaid).

1 Joachim Bueckelaer 1560
Linked to Magpie Tales.

November 29, 2015

21 responses to “Anticipating mortal sins

  1. You’ve caught the vicious, conniving buffoonery of the so-called “entitled” gentry well, here. The final lines pinned against the “little ditty” cadence of the poem serves to highlight the vulgarity and hubris of “the lord’s” expectations.

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