Lady Mary Carey
in Flesh and Spirit
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This chapter comprises an introduction to Lady Mary Carey's manuscript writings, selected reading, and the edited text of her ‘Meditations and poetry’ (1647-57). Carey's manuscripts were possibly circulated as an example of pious parliamentarianism. Extracts included are from her conversion narrative/mother's legacy titled ‘A Dialogue betwixt the Soul, and the Body’ (1647), elegies by Carey and her husband on the death of their son Robert (1650), Carey's elegy on the death of her son Peregrine (1652), meditations (c. 1657), and her most well-known poem, ‘Upon the Sight of my abortive Birth the 31st of December 1657’ which describes an early miscarriage. Her writings express desperation at her sufferings, struggling to interpret God's providence in her illnesses and the loss of five children, but conclude that bodily suffering is ultimately a sign of God's love.

Flesh and Spirit

An anthology of seventeenthcentury women’s writing


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