In Remembrance of Jane Austen

3630,Jane Austen,by Cassandra Austen

Jane Austen died in 1817 on this day. As well as contributing six great novels, she also wrote poetry. Here’s her poem “I’ve A Pain in My Head”:

I’ve A Pain In My Head

‘I’ve a pain in my head’
Said the suffering Beckford;
To her Doctor so dread.
‘Oh! what shall I take for’t?’

Said this Doctor so dread
Whose name it was Newnham.
‘For this pain in your head
Ah! What can you do Ma’am?’

Said Miss Beckford, ‘Suppose
If you think there’s no risk,
I take a good Dose
Of calomel brisk.’—

‘What a praise worthy Notion.’
Replied Mr. Newnham.
‘You shall have such a potion
And so will I too Ma’am.’

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Jane Austen’s final resting place at Winchester Cathedral

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