Mirror of Literature,  6 (1825), 67–68.

Arachne's Petition





Entomology, Medical Treatment, Utility

    A spider pleads for mercy, having been cornered by the maid during cleaning. The petition includes the lines: 'Your great grandmother held it good, / And used our wefts to stop the blood; / Its healing pow'r did ease impart, / Nor sought the surgeon's skilful art. / Thrice three of us, when bruis'd, they say, / Will charm the ague far away; / And many virtues yet unknown, / May be found out when we are gone.'

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