The LADY's Resolve.
Written extempore on a Window.
1 WHILST thirst of praise, and vain desire of fame,
2 In every age, is every woman's aim;
3 With courtship pleas'd, of silly toasters proud,
4 Found of a train, and happy in a crowd;
5 On each poor fool bestowing some kind glance,
6 Each conquest owing to some loose advance;
7 While vain coquets affect to be pursu'd,
8 And think they're virtuous, if not grossly lewd:
9 Let this great maxim be my virtue's guide;
10 In part she is to blame that has been try'd —
11 He comes too near that comes to be deny'd.
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Title (in Source Edition): The LADY's Resolve. Written extempore on a Window.
Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; women; female character
Genres: heroic couplet; epigram
References: DMI 1006
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