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The Spaewife; or universal fortune-teller, wherein your future welfare may be known, by physiognomy,… [between 1840 and 1857?]

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Physiognomy, Cards, Palmistry, and Coffee Grounds,
A Distinct Treatise ©n Moles*
Judgments to be drawn from the Hair, aocordbig
to the substance and colour*
The hair is one of the most beautiful natural
ornaments that adorn the head of man or woman.
The Apostle Paul permits women to wear long
hair as an advancement to their beauty, and to
be pleasing in the eyes of their husbands.
1. Hair that is soft and thick denotes a mai*
of much mildness.
2. When the hair hangs down and is soft, it
denotes the body to decline to dryness.
3. Much hair denotes a hot person, and that
he is soon angry.
4. Abundance of hair in young children shows
that they increase in melancholy.
5. Curled hair and black, denotes heat; the
people in the south have it most parts alike.
6. Hair standing upon end, like the prickles
of a hedge-hog, signifies a fearful person, and of
Ul courage.
Colour ef the Hair.
1. White hair signifies great frigidity or cold, as
may be seen in old men ; but many people after
muoh sickness, or trouble of mind, will on a sud
den find their hair turn grey or white, as also aftei
a fright or disappointment a French Officer, aged
23, on a sudden received sentence of death: the
news had such an effect on him, that before morning his hair was changed to milk white.
2. Black hair shows a person very amorous,
)ut cruel and ungenerous.
3. Hair the colour of gold shows a treacherous
person, arbitrary and proud.
4. Dark hair has the same signification. The
perspiration of a red haired person is disagreeable
5. Chestnut coloured hair, or dark brown, denotes a fair, just, and liberal person.
The Beard.
i. A thin soft beard shows a person lustful,
effeminate, of a tender body,fearful and inconstant.
2. A red beard denotes the person courteous
and friendly, a great flatterer, and very soon angry.
3. A dark beard is good, yet it denotes a person
to be cordial, sincere, thoughtful and bold.
4. He that hath a decent beard, handsome and
thick of hair, is good-natured and reasonable.
The Chin.
1. A long chin denotes the person angry, and
importunate in the use of words.
2. A little chin shows inveteracy and malta.
3. A round and thin chin is not manly, hut
womanish, and signifies boldness and much pride.
4. A square chin is manly, and denotes much
courage and strength of body; and such personf
are commonly given to words.
5. A round chin and dimpled shows goo&
nature but much addicted to pleasure.
6. A lean wrinkled chin, represents a cold,
impotent, and malicious person.
The JEye-browB and Eye-lids.
1. A person having much, and long hair on the
aje-brows, and both join across the nose, is a very
simple person, but conceited in his own opinion.
 eye-brows are short and
otes the man good natured "and reasonable.
3, The eye lids short and small, who thought
ise and rfderst, yet covetous of great matters.
4. When the eye-lids are long, and longhair
the eye-lashes, they signify a person of low
<&eity, and false in his dealings.
The Neck.
He or she that has a long neck, is of a sim*
mature, not secret, fearfully, unlearned, a glut-
, and great drinker in general.
2. He that hath a neck short and small is wise,
but deceitful, secret, constant, discreet, yet passion*
ate and ingenious.
3. He that hath the neck  fat and fleshy, is*
proud, wherefore he is compared to a bull, who is
always ready to be angry.
4. A small neck denotes a weak understanding;
if a female she will be much inclined to sickness,
and knawing of the stomach.
5. A neck inclined to the right side, denotes
rndence, generosity, and curious in studies: but
nclined to left side, declares vico and impudence.
The Eyes.
1. Great eyes denote a slothful, bold and lying
person, of a rustic and coarse mind.
2. Eyes deep in the head, denote a great mind,
yet full of doubts, but generous and friendly.
3. Little eyes, like that of a mole or pig, denote
a weak understanding, and easily imposed on.
4. Beware of squint eyes, for out of one hundred you will not find two faithful. It is very ill
luck to meet a squi ii/*J person.
5. Eyes that move Simfy, or look sleepy, denote an unfaithful and ^ftthful person.
6. The worst of all the eyes are the yellowish
©r citron—beware of them, for the possessor is a
dangerous person, if you are in his power.
7. Beware also of them, who when they speak
twinkle their eyes, for they are double minded2 if
it is a woman that do so with her left eye, trust
ner not as to the faithfulness of her love.
But you will seldom find deceit where the eye
looks with a modest confidence, not staring you
out of countenance, nor averting as if detected of
a crime—but when in business, love, or friendship,
there appears a tender firmess.
The Nose.
1,. A long nose denotes a vain mind, unruly
disposition, much given to wrangling, and not to
6«e depended on.
2. A high nose denotes a violent person, a vain
liar, and extremely lascivious, easily believing
another, and very inconstant,
3. He that hath a big nose every way, long and
hanging down, is covetous in every thing.
4. When the nose is crooked^ signifies a proud
man^ and him or her is never good, but justice
overtakes them.
5. He that hath the nose hairy at or above the
point, is a person altogether simple hearted.
6. A Roman or acquiline nose denotes a haughty, arbitrary, and wranglesome person.
7. A nose that is round and long, of a pleasant
feature, besides being one of the perfections of
beauty, denotes the woman or maid wise, prudent,
and chaste   particularly if she has blue eyes.
The Mouth.
1. He that hath a great and broad mouth is
snameless, a great babler and liar, proud to an
excess, and ever abounding in quarrelsome words.
2. A little mouth denotes a person peaceable
and faithful.
S. Those that have the lips small and thin, are
great talkers, and railers, and given to deceit and
4. Lips that are a little thick and well coloured,
*re EaithfuL and given to virtue; and those who
 of Venus's greatest beauties*
5. Those that have one lip  thicker than the
other are of little understanding, slow to comprehend, and rather guilty of folly than Wisdom,
The Ears.
1. Great big broad ears, signify a simple ma%
of no understanding: sluggish, slothful, and of an
ill memory. *
2. Small ears denote a good understanding; bu
very small signify nothing but mischief.
3. Those that have them long and thin, are bold,
impudent, unlearned, gluttons and whore-masters,
and very proud in general
4. Those that have them well proportioned and
neither too small nor too large, are persons of good
understanding, wise, discreet, honest, shame-faced,
and courageous.
The Face in general.
The face that is round, plump and ruddy, shows
the person to be of an agreeable temper, well deserving of friendship, and faithful in love.
A face with very prominent cheek bones, thin
and long visage, shows a restless disposition, and
rarely satisfied with any thing.
A face naturally pale denotes the person very
Blue eyes are mostly to be depended on for fidelity, though there is never a rule without an exception, for many blue-eyed are capable of bad deeds.
Dark eyes are generally suspicious, artful, and
proud to deceit.
A very fair person is in general indifferent,
proud, neglectful to please, and though amorous,
is too haughty to let the world believe they would
think it worth the trouble
A countenance tolerabl
formed, with dark brown
on for fidelity,
rhese are little marks on the skin, although thoy
appear to be the effect of chance or accident, and
might easily pass with the unthinking for things
of no .moment, aro nevertheless of the utmost
consequence, since from their colour, situation,
size* and figure, may be accurately gathered, the
temper of, and the events that will happen to tho
person bearing them.
A Mole on the wrist, or between that and th«
finger ends, shows the person to be of an ingenious
and industrious turn, faithful in his engagement*
amorous and constant in his affections, rather of
saving disposition, and with a.degree of sobriety
and regularity in his dealings.
A Mole between the elbow and the wrist, shows
a placid and cheerful disposition, industry, and. a
love of reading, particularly books of science.
A Mole near either elbow shows a restless and
unsteady disposition, with a great desire of travelling—much discontented in the marriage state,
and of an idle turn.
A Mole on the right or left arm, shows a courageous disposition, great fortitude, resolution, industry, and conjugal felicity.
A Mole on the left shoulder, shows a person of a
quarrelsome and unruly disposition, always inclined to dispute for trifles, rather indolent, but
much inclined to the pleasures of love, and faith-
ful to the conjugal vows.
A Mole on the right shoulder, shows a person
of a prudent and discreet temper, one possessed
of much wisdom, given to great secrecy, very industrious, but not very amorous, yet faithful to
tfog conjugal ties.
\ Mole on the loins, shows industry and honesty, an amorous disposition, with great vigour
courage and fidelity.
 A iVioie oil Hie lap, fellows Uiul Uiw poiaon Will
have many children.
A Mole on the right thigh, shows that the per
son will become rich, and good luck in marriage,
A Mole on the left thigh, denotes that the person suffers much by poverty and want of friends,
as also by the enmity and injustice of others.
A Mole on the right knee, portends that the person will be rasb, with an inconsiderate turn.
A Mole on the left knee, shows a hasty and passionate disposition, with an inconsiderate turn.
A Mole en either leg, shows that the person is
indolent and indifferent as to what happens.
A Mole on either ankle, denotes a man to be inclined to effeminacy and elegance in dress ; a woman, to be courageous, active and industrious.
A Mole on either foot, forbodes sudden illness,
or unexpected misfortune.
A Mole that stands on the right side of the forehead or right temple, signifies that the person will
arrive to sudden wealth and honour.
A Mole on the right eye-brow announces speedy
marriage; and that the person to whom you will
be married will possess money, amiable qualities,
and a fortune.
A Mole on the outside corner of either eye denotes the person to be of a steady, sober, and sedate disposition, but will be liable to a violent death.
A Mole on either cheek, signifies that the person
never shall arise above mediocrity in point of fortune, though at the same time he will never sink
to real poverty.
A Mole on both cheeks denotes the person will
know a deal of trouble, losses, and crosses, but at
last arrive to bo a great tradesman, and will gain
great riches, will be a ve y public character; and
also fond of rural scenes. *
A Mole on the upper or lower lip, present
the person to be fond of delicate things, and verj
uch given to the pleasures of love, in which he
she will be successful.
A Mole on the side of the neck, shows that the
person will narrowly escape suffocation, but afterwards rise to great consideration by an unexpected
,egacy or inheritance.
A Mole on the throat, denotes that the person
shall become rich by marriage.
A Mole on the bosom portends mediocrity of
health and fortune.
A Mole under the left breast over the heart,
foreshows the man will be of a warm disposition,
unsettled in mind, fond of rambling, and light in
Ms conduct; in women, it shows sincerity in love,
quick conception, and easy to travel in child-birth.
A Mole on the belly denotes the person to bo
addicted to sloth and gluttony; selfish in almost
all articles, and seldom inclined to be nice or
careful in points of dress
A Mole situated in the recesses which modesty
conceals from view, is not to admit of being discovered but by another; and yet to have a mole
so placed is the most fortunate for them.
The palms of the hands contain a great variety
of lines running in different directions, every one
of which bears a certain relation to the events of a
person's life; and from them, with the utmost infallible certainty, can be told every circumstance that
will happen to any one, by observing them properly.    It is therefore recommended to pay a strict
attention to this object, as by that means you will
undoubtedly gain very excellent knowledge for
your pains.
And first is given the nsme of the several lines,
as they hold their places, and then particularise
their qualities.
 There are five principal lines in the hand, vfz.
The Line of Life, or Life Line as it is here
The Line of Death.
The Table Line.
The Girdle of Venus.
The Line of Fortune.
And besides these there are other Lines, as the
Line of Saturn; the Lever Line and some others,
but these only serve to explain the principal Lines.
The chief Lines on which persons of the profession lay the greatest stress, is the Line of Life, or
the Life Line, as it is here called, which generally
takes its rise where the thumb joint plays with the
wrist on the inside, and runs in an oblique direction to .he inside of the innermost joint of the fore
The nexN, tne Line of Death which separates
the fleshy part of the hand on the little finger side,
from the hollow of the hand, running in various
directions in different people.
The Table Line originates with the Life Line,
at the wrist, and runs through the hollow of the
hand towards the middle finger.
The Girdle of Venus, takes its course from the
extremity of the innermost joint of the little finger
and forming a curve, terminates bstween the fore
and middle fingers.
The Line of Fortune strikes from behind the
ball or mount of the fore finger, across the palm
and Line of Life, and loses itself in or near th«
fleshy part of the hand on the little finger side.
If the Line of Life is crossed by other Lines a*
or near the wrist, the person will meet with sicklies*
in the beginning of life, and the degree of sickness,
will be proportioned to the size, length and breadth
of the intervening lines. If the Life Line .runs
fair and uninterrupted, the person will enjoy good
bealth; and according to its length towards the
outside of the fore finger, you may judge n too
person will live long, as the longer the Line the
longer the Life.
If the Line of Death is short, and runs even
without being broken or divided, it shows that the
person will enjoy a good length of days, and not be
subject to many maladies; but if it is interrupted,
it evidently shows that the person's life will be endangered by illness, but by the care of providence
will recover.
When the table Line is broad, strong, and well
marked, it shows the person to be of a sound con*
stitution, and peaceable contented mind; if it is
broken, it shows for every break a violent interrup -
tion to happiness ; if these breaks happen towards
ihe part next the wrist, he will be crossed in love
and either be disappointed in the person he has
fixed his affections on, or be saddled with a person
of a disobliging temper, and a most audacious
and abusive tongue.
The girdle of Venus, when it goes on fair and
well marked, shows that the person will be prosperous in love, fair in his dealings with the fair sex
and be sincerely beloved ; he will obtain a partner
for life of a fortune equal to his own, sweet tempered, faithful, and affectionate ; but if it is interrupted at its beginning near the little finger, ho
will meet with early disappointments in love; if
towards the middle of the line, he will ruin his
health, and injure his fortune with lewd prostitutes;
if near the end, he will be foolishly amorous in his
old age, still expecting to ga;~ ihp heart of a woman, but never obtain it.
The Line of Fortune by its approach to Cna
Girdle of Venus, shows that there is a stiong kindred between them, and their distance at their two
extremities clearly point out that love is inconsistent
with childhood and old age ; yet in those when?
the cross lines approach from the one o the othe>
 near the ends, prove that the person was or will
be susceptible of love in childhood, or old age.
If the hollow palm of the hand, which some call
tho plain of Mars is full of cross lines running into
each other, the person will be of ahumoursome, un*
even and testy temper, jealous and hasty, quarrelsome and fighting, and endeavouring to set others
by the ears ; he will meet with very frequent misfortunes, and bear them very uneasily; whereas, if
the hollow or palm of the hand has none but the
unavoidable lines; that is to say, those that must
unavoidably pass through it, he will be of a sweet
and amiable disposition, full of sensibility, gratitude
and love, faithful, benevolent and kind, and though
subject to losses, crosses, and disappointments, will
bear them with an even and agreeable temper;
from this party chiefly, it is recommended to per
sons to choose their companions for life, either fo*
friendship or marriage.
The mount or ball of tfte thumb, bears a particular analogy to the event of a person's life with
respect to disputes, quarrels, and law-suits ; if this
mount has many long strait lines reaching from
the thumb to the Line of life, they show that the
person will have several personal encounters ; either
with hands, clubs, pistols, or swords, but if the lines
are curved and crooked, they will indicate lawsuits, and according to the degree of crookedness,
they will be long or short; but if these lines end
in a straight direction towards the line of life, they
will end prosperously, whether encounter or lawsuits, if otherwise, they will be attended with an
unfavourable issue; the nearer to the line of life
these lines begin, the later in a person's life the
quarrels, or law-suits will take place; and the
the line of life they *fyj, the later in life
Directions to pour out the Coffee Grounds.
Pour the grounds of coffee in a white cup, shake
them well about in it, so that their particles may
cover the surface of the whole cup ; then reverse
into the saucer, that superfluous parts may be
drained, and the figures required for fortune-telling
be formed. The person that acts the fortune-teller,
must bend their thoughts upon the person that
wishes.their fortune told, and upon their rank and
profession, in order to give plausibility to their
predictions. It is not to be expected upon taking
up the cup, that the figures will be accurately
represented as they are in the pack, and it is quite
sufficient if they bear some resemblance to any
of the following emblems.
The Roads,
Or serpentine lines, indicate ways; if they are
covered with clouds, they are said to be infallible
marks either of past or future reverses. If they appear clear and serene, they are a sure, token of
some fortunate chance near at hand ^* compassed
with very many doats, they signity an accidental
gain of money, likewise long life
The Ring
Signifies marriage ; if a letter is near it, it denotes
to the person that has his fortune told, the* initial
of the name of the party to be married.   Likewise
if the ring is in the clear, it portends happy and
lucrative   friendship.     Surrounded with clo^d'^
designs that the person is to use precaution in friendship he is about to contract.    If the ring appears
at the bottom of the cup, it forebodes an entire
separation from the beloved object.
The Leaf of Clover
Is as well here as in common life a lucky sign.
Its different position in the cup alone makes the difference ; because it is on the top, it shows that
 the gooff fortune is not far distant; but it is subject
to delay, if it is in the middle, or at the bottom.
Should clouds surround it, it shows that many dis*
agreeables will attend the good fortune; in the
clear, prognosticates serene and undisturbed hap*
piness as bright as the party wishes.
The Anchor.
This emolem of hope and commerce implies
successful business carried on by sea and by land
if on the bottom of the cup ; at the top, and in
the clear part, it shows constant love, and an unshaken fidelity. In the thick and clouded part
it also denotes love, but tinctured with the in-
constancy of the butterfly.
The Serpent,
Always the emblem of falsehood and enmity, is
likewise here a general sign of an enemy. On the
top, or in the middle of the cup, it promises to the
consulting party the triumph which he desires
over his enemy ; but he will not attain it so easily
*f the serpent be in the thick or cloudy part. By
the letter which frequently appears near the emblem, the enemy may easily be guessed, it makes
the initial of his name.
The Letter.
By letters we communicate to our friends either
pleasant or unpleasant news, and such is the case
here ; if this emblem is in the clear parts it denotes
the speedy arrival of welcome news; surrounded
with dots, it announces the arrival of a considerable
remittance of money; but hemmed in by clouds
U is quite the contrary, and forebodes some melancholy or bad tidings of a loss, or some other sinister accident.
The Coffin,
The emblem of death, prognosticates the same
thing here, or at least a long and tedious illness,
if it be in the thick or turbid,   in the clear it denotes long life.   1 a the thick, at the top of the cup
The Star
Denotes happiness if in the cleary and at the top
of the cup; clouded, or in the thick, it signifies
'ong life, though exposed to various vicissitudes
and troubles. If dots are above it, it foretells good
fortune, wealth, high respectability, &c. Several
stars denotes so many good and happy children;
but surrounded with dashes, shows that children
will cause you grief and vexation in your old age,
and that you ought to prevent it by giving them a
good education in time.
The Dog
Being at all times the emblem of fidelity or envy,
has also a two-fold meaning here.    At the top, in
the clear, it signifies true and faithful friends; but
if his image be surrounded with clouds and dasheSj
it shows  that those whom you take  for  your
friends are not to be depended on; but if the dog
be at the bottom of the cup, you have to dread
the effects of Extreme envy or jealousy.
The Lily.
If this emblem be at the top, or in the middle of
the cup, it signifies that the consulting party either
has or will have a virtuous spouse;  if it be at the
bottom, it denotes quite the reverse.    In the clear
the lily further betokens long and happy life; if
clouded, ox in the thick, it portends trouble and
lexation, especially on the part of one's relation.
The Cross.
Be it. one or more, it generally predicts adversities
Its position varies, and so the vircumstances. If
it be in the top, and in the clear, shows that the
misfortunes of the party will soon be at an end, or
that he will easily get over them; but if it appears
in the middle, or at the bottom in the thick, the
parry must expect many severe trials; if it appear
with dots, either in the clear or in the thick, it
promises a speedy change of one's sorrow.
The Clouds.
If they be more light than dark, you may expect a good result from your hopes; but if they are
black, you may give it up.    Surrounded with dots
they imply success in trade, and in all your undertakings ;   but the brighter they are, the groatei
will be your happiness.
The Sun.
The emblem of the greatest luck and happiness,
if in the clear;   but in the thick it bodes a great
deal of sadness; surrounded by dots or dashes, denotes that an alteration will easily take place.
The Moon.
If it appears in the clear, it denotes high honours,
in the dark, or thick part, it implies sadness, which
will, however, pass without great prejudice.    But
if it be at the bottom of the cup, the consulting
party will be fortunate both by water and land.
If it represents only one mountain, it indicates
the favour of people of high rank, but several of
them, espeokdiy'in the thick, are signs of powerful
enemies; in the clear they signify the contrary,
uf friends in high Ute> who are endeavouring to
promote the consulting party.
The Treh.
One tree only, be it in the clear or thick part,
points out lasting health; seve :el trees denotes that
your wish will be accomplishe I
The Child.
In the clear part it bespeaks iciocent intercourse
hetween the consultor and another person; in the
thick part, excesses in love matters, attended with
great expences;   at tfa'a feottom or the cup, it de-
nates the consequence ©f luhidiaous amours, and
4 vmv destructive end
The true method of Telling your Fortune by
TAKE a Pack of Cards, and pick six out o*
each sort, viz., the 8, 9, 10, Knave, King and
Queen, these being the most prophetic cards in the
pack. Let the person whose fortune is to be
learned, be blindfolded. This done, let the cards
be shuffled, and the whole dealt out singly on the
table with their faces downwards. The bandage
being then taken off the eyes of the blinded person;
he or she must take up any one of the cards; when,
by examining the following rules, the true fortune
may be known. ggpThe W. at the beginning of
each stanza, stands for woman, and M. for man.
f     Eight of Diamonas.
W.~~Dear miss, you seem mighty uneasy,
And look on the cards with a frown:
The conjuror wants not to tease ye,
But all the bad fortunes your own.
You are doom'd for to live an old maid ma'amr
And never be   lest with your man;
But have courag  and be not afraid ma'am
You'll give us the lie ii you can.
 *«~-"J\) wuiitfcr Uifougl' y
On rural pleasure bent,
This card to you that blessing, yields,
0 take it as 'twas m*eant.
Cheerful improve each fleeting hour
Alas they fly full fast; » $
Do all the good within your power
And never dread the last.
Nine of Diamonds.
•—The English girl who draws this'cafli,
Will have no cause to fret her;
Yet if she thinks her fortune hard,
She'll struggle for a better.
But if the same card comes again,
Old Scotland's curse attend her,
And she may scratch and scratch again,
Till grease and brimstone mend her.
M.-—111 fate betide the wretched man,
To whom this card shall fall;
His race on earth will soon be run,
His happiness but small.
Disloyalty shall stain his fame,
His days be mark'd with strife,
Newgate shall record his name,
And Tyburn end his life.
Ten of Diamonds.
W.—Peace and plenty will attend you:
If I happen to befriend you:
Children ten your lot shall be,
A single one and three times three;
But if twins you'll chance to have,
You'll surely find an early grave.
tW.—- Whate'er his endeavours a man who getftfati
Shall a bachelor be all his life:
He never shall taste of the conjugal bite*,
Nor ever be curs'd with a wife.
The Knave of Diamonds.
W .—Madam your fortunes mighty queer,
The conjuror discovers.
And knaves will be your lovers.
M.—-In venus wars, on London plaint*,
He'll spend his early youth;
The knave of diamonds if he gains;
Nay never doubt the truth,
To prove this bold assertion just,
Your surgeon's bill produce;
Expose your nose, and own you must,
That nose unfit for use.
Queen of Diamonds.
W.—If this queen to an amorous widow shall corn*
She who lately interred a goodman,
For a husband again she will quickly mako
And plague him as much as she can.
But let her beware how she trifles with him,
Tho' she fooled with the sot that's departed;
For in that case, most surely her hide he will
Till her laayship dies broken-hearted,
M.—The married man that draws this card,
Will soon a cuckold be;
Nor let him think his fortune hard
In so much company,
For out of twenty married pairs,
Scarce all the country through,
Nineteen at least the horns must wear,
And, pray, why should not you ?
King of Diamonds.
W.—Alas! poor girl, though I lament your fato,
I cannot save you from a husband's hate,
A tyrant lord will rule you thro' your life,
And make you curse the wretched name of wife.
M.—To Lords and great people frequenting the
This card will most suspicious prove,
To the closets of princes they'll freely resort^
And be rich in their sovereign's love.
 -L>Ui» oupioa&ioil ciiid licU'usiiip loreruus;
Unkind will be all their relations and friends,
Ungrateful their daughters and sons.
Eight of Clubs.
W.—Little peevish crabbed elf,
Fond of no one but herself;
Cross, and still for trifles striving,
With her truly there's no living.
M.—Tho' honest you look & you speak a man fair.
Yet you know you're a rascal in grain;
For sixpence your soul to the devil you'll swear,
But he'll send such a thief back again.
Nine of Clubs.
W.—If this card you should draw, return it again,
Be quick, ma'am, to take my advice;
For its only productions are trouble and pain,
And I hope you will not draw it twice.
But such your misfortunes, I've nothing to say,
To assist you is out of my power.
The stars are enacted the devil to pay,
And the play-house is open at four.
M.—Full well I oversaw that the devil to pay,
Would harass each young man like myself,
And see my dear Ladies to help on the play,
That here comes the devil himself.
Ten of Clubs.
lV.—»'Tis not your fortune, wit, or birth,
Can the day of death defer:
You'll soon return to parent earth,
And mix your lovely dust with her.
This will prove a mourning card,
And drown in tears the fairest face,
But her fate is no ways hard,
The lot of all the human race.
M«—Bad luck to a woman, good to a man,
And it happens so often through life ;
Let the man who draws this deny it if he can;
For he quickly shall bury his wife.
Knave of Clubs,
W.—Though much I pity your sad fate,
Yet does my pity come too late
To ward off fortunes rubs;
Though you the queen of hearts should prov$,
A surly brute shall gain your love.
A very knave of clubs.
M.—Whatever you presume to say,
The world will take a different way
Ere well your words transpire;
Ask you, good sir, the reason why,
You'll know my answer is no lie,
No man believes a liar.
Queen of Clubs.
W.—Ah, madam, too well you love kissing I find,
My reason I scarcely need tell ye;
For while you draw this, by a fortune unkind,
Your neighbours regard your big belly.
M.—And here comes the hero that got the grey
Lord, sir, you your blushes may spare,
For the world too well knows what you ha^e
been at,
But dispel the poor lass's despair.
King of Clubs.
W.—This, the last, the generous card.
Will the first of blessings prove;
Be but true, nor doubt reward
In a husband's faithful love.
M.—Of Clubs the king, to you who ill portends,
Friendly yourself, you'll meet with mai^y
Eight of Hearts.
W.—In the days of your courtship you'll bill like
a dove,
But when age shall advance you'll drink hard,
Both kissing and tippling you'll show that
you love,
If your fortune ahall send you thk card.
A numerous family falls to tlie man,
Whose fortune shall give him this car&j
So let him maintain them as well as be can,
Nor grumble or think his case hard.
Nine of Hearts.
W.~—A coach and six horses will fall to the maid
Whose ^first chance this card shall obtain,
But if 'tis her second, I'm greatly afraid,
She must come of plain walking again
M.—The man however great or grand,
Who draws the nine of hearts,
For aught that I can understand,
Is one of shallow parts.
Ten of Hearts.
W.—Deck'd with every female grace,
Sweet in person, mind and face,
Thou a mother soon shall be,
With thy lovely progeny.
M.—Ten childern you'll have, if this card you
And I think you will wish for no more;
If you try again,'tis your fate,
You cannot have less than a score.
Knave of Hearts.
W.—This rascally Knave will your fortune con^
Except special care you shall take;
For while scores of young lovers your steps shall
You'll accept of a doating old rake
M.—Nothing can ever save the man
Who draws this cursed card;
A vixen will his heart trepan:
Alas! his case is hard.
Queen of Hearts.
W.—The queen of love will favour
Who draws the queen of hearts*
**nd many a blessing will confer
The fruit of female hearts.
rom girl to girl you'll often range,
Never with one content;
fiut yet the oftener you shall change,
The oftener you'll repent.
King of Hearts.
W.—If this you draw, condemned through yout
A peevish maiden, and a vexing wife;
Unchaste while married and a widow wanton
M.—Your fortune can't be mighty good,
For a vile whore will please you,
Who never would do what she should,
But make your life.uneasy.
Eight of Spades.
W.—If youthful lasses draw the eight of spades,
They'll toy away their time with amorous
t/T.-^J a doctor, lawyer, quakor, priest,
Should fix on this card but his hand,
The conjuror swears, and he swears 'tis not,
That some rogues will be found in the land,
Nine of Spades.
\V.—The lass who gets this unlucky hated card,
A shrivel!'d maid shall die, which you think
is hard.
M/—How often our fortunes by opposites,
What brings bliss to a man, to a woman
brings woe.
Ten of Spades.
W.—Pretty ladies young and fair,
Always young and debonair,
Life with you will sweetly glide^
And you will be a happy bride.
Jtf#—You the happy man will prove,
Who obtains the lady's lov&
Knave of Spades
W. -If this knave you should obtain,
Put him in the pack again;
For the rascal brings all kinds of news,
Such as you would never choose.
M.—Of all the cards throughout the pack,
No worse to man can come;
His wife shall stun him with her clack,
And make him hate his home.
Queen of Spades.
W —An elegant behaviour makes the lass,
Thro1 whose fair hand this card shall pass.
M.—The rule of contrarieties we see,
Of man the most unhappy he,
Who this ill fated card shall take,
His Wife shall be a perfect rake.
King of Spades.
W.—The ladies of fashion this card who obtain,
In vain on the court may attend,
His Majesty's favours they never will gain,
Nor find at St. James's a friend.
M.«—But a contrary fate on the man will attend,
His King will some favours bestow.
The poor  and  the wretched   he'll often
And cherish the children of woe.


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