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Flesh and SpiritAn anthology of seventeenth-century women's writing$
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Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Ziomek

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090233

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090233.001.0001

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Lady Mary Carey

Lady Mary Carey

(p.37) 1 Lady Mary Carey
Flesh and Spirit

Rachel Adcock

Sara Read

Anna Ziomek

Manchester University Press

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.

Keywords:   Miscarriage, Child loss, Providence, Suffering, Elegy, Conversion narrative, Mother's Legacy, Parliamentarianism

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