Love is now become a trade, Z393

The Theatre of Music I, 1685
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Love is now become a trade appeared in Playford’s first book of The Theatre of Music in 1685. The anonymous author takes a wry view of love, likening it to a commercial transaction: those with wealth can bid for a wife to last them all their life (though they may along the way bring employment to a lawyer) but this simple tradesman is happy just to have a single night’s entertainment with ‘a small retailing whore’!

from notes by Robert King © 2003


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