A Treasury of Birdlore

Profoundly inappropriate excerpts from Arthur Golding’s 1567 translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

It’s said that Shakespeare had Golding’s Metamorphoses sounding through his head when he wrote plays. No wonder Shakespeare was such a saucy motherfucker.

Book 1

  • 137-8: “thicks / And bushy queaches”
  • 703: “Peneus gushing full of froth”

Book 2

  • 237-8: “her stern in pieces torn / And tackling brust”
  • 284-5: “with Oss and Pindus high / And Olymp”
  • 916: “He takes in hand his charmèd rod”

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Dobbins’ medicated toilet soap. Poster showing four well dressed women in a parlor, one of them is holding open a box of “Dobbins’ Medicated Toilet Soap.” Two of the women are wearing coats and gloves as though they just arrived, the fourth woman is seated holding an open book of sheet music. Lithograph by Jacob Haehnlen, Philadelphia, registered for copyright by J.B. Dobbins, 1 March 1869 (HT Trials and Errors)
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my-ear-trumpet:

Dobbins’ medicated toilet soap. Poster showing four well dressed women in a parlor, one of them is holding open a box of “Dobbins’ Medicated Toilet Soap.” Two of the women are wearing coats and gloves as though they just arrived, the fourth woman is seated holding an open book of sheet music. Lithograph by Jacob Haehnlen, Philadelphia, registered for copyright by J.B. Dobbins, 1 March 1869 (HT Trials and Errors)