CONGRESS OF THE ODD
THE HUNGARIAN SISTERS
“Two sisters wonderful to behold, who have thus grown as one,
That naught their bodies can divide, no power beneath the sun.
The town of Szoenii gave them birth, hard by far-famed Komorn,
Which noble fort may all the arts of Turkish sultans scorn.
Lucina, woman’s gentle friend, did Helen first receive;
And Judith, when three hours had passed, her mother’s womb did leave.
One urine passage serves for both; one anus, so they tell;
The other parts their numbers keep, and serve their owners well.
Their parents poor did send them forth, the world to travel through,
That this great wonder of the age should not be hid from view.
The inner parts concealed do lie hid from our eyes, alas!
But all the body here you view erect in solid brass.”
Often called simply ‘The Hungarian Sisters’ conjoined twins Helen and Judith of Szony, Hungary were born on October 26, 1701.The twins enjoyed a robust career in music and were exhibited all over Europe during their scant 22 years of life. The pair were born pygopagus twins and Judith was considered to be the weaker of the two. Shortly after retiring and entering a convent, Judith died of an unclassified ‘brain trauma’ and Helen joined her sister in death a few hours later. The pair continues to live on thanks to the poem above – written by Alexander Pope.
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