The London Damsel’s Fate

 

 

I just have to share this wonderful woodcut. It’s from 1670. It illustrates a ballad which laments the loss of ‘a handsome maid that was lately through the Tyranny of her Parents forced from her dearest, to one whom she hated, her Love for sorrow dyes; she being distracted through grief and envy, first drinks poyson, and then stabs her selfe’.

Here are her parents:

 

Wicked Parents

 

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