Corinna, Pride of Drury-Lane, 1
Corinna wakes. A dreadful Sight!
The Nymph, tho’ in this mangled Plight,
1. Drury Lane, like Covent Garden below, was a fashionable area of London, but often frequented by prostitutes.
2. Toast, “A celebrated woman whose health is often drunk" (Johnson).
3. Rake, “A loose, disorderly, vicious, wild, gay, thoughtless fellow; a man addicted to pleasure" (Johnson).
4. Tick, “credit.”
5. Plumper, “Something worn in the mouth to swell out the cheeks" (Johnson).
6. Dug, “A pap; a nipple; a teat: spoken of beasts, or in malice or contempt of human beings" (Johnson).
7. Bodice, “Stays; a waistcoat quilted with whalebone, worn by women" (Johnson).
8. Shankers, Issues, and running Sores, presumably from venereal disease. Shankers, “chancres.”
9. Front, “forehead.”
10. Bolus, “A form of medicine in which the ingredients are made up into a soft mass, larger than pills, to be swallowed at once" (Johnson).
11. Bridewell, a woman’s prison. Compter, prisons controlled by sheriffs.
12. Transported can suggest either that she goes to Jamaica in her imagination, or that she has been sent to work in the New World as punishment for a crime.
13. “—Et longam incomitata videtur/Ire viam—“ (Swift’s note): “She seemed to be going on a long journey alone" (from Virgil’s Aeneid, 4.467-68).
14. Cully, “A man deceived or imposed upon; as, by sharpers or a strumpet" (Johnson).
15. Fancy, “Imagination; the power by which the mind forms to itself images and representations of things, persons, or scenes of being" (Johnson).
16. Dun, “A clamorous, importunate, troublesome creditor" (Johnson).
17. Rub, “Collision; hindrance; obstruction" (Johnson).
18. Issue-peas, pieces of ivy root rolled up and inserted into open wounds to keep them running.
19. Shock, a common name for a lapdog (as in Belinda’s lapdog in Pope’s Rape of the Lock).
20. Dizen, “To dress; to deck; to rig out. A low word" (Johnson).