The title comes from the work's refrain: Lament Her. Subscribers included the Duchesses of Queensberry
and of Marlborough
. Among various prefatory pieces, To the Reader speculates that the writer's cruel father may read...
Mary Pendarves (later Delany)
wrote of her friend the Duchess of Queensberry
's court dress representing botanically exact flowers of many species, with the banks and tree-stumps they grew on.