In Answer to a LADY who advised RETIREMENT.
1 YOU little know the heart that you advise;
2 I view this various scene with equal eyes:
3 In crowded courts I find myself alone,
4 And pay my worship to a nobler throne.
5 Long since the value of this world I know,
6 Pity the madness, and despise the show.
7 Well as I can my tedious part I bear,
8 And wait for my dismission without fear.
9 Seldom I mark mankind's detested ways,
10 Not hearing censure, nor affecting praise;
11 And, unconcern'd, my future state I trust
12 To that sole Being, merciful and just.
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Title (in Source Edition): In Answer to a LADY who advised RETIREMENT.
Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Themes: retirement; hopelessness; vanity of life; God
Genres: heroic couplet; answer/reply
References: DMI 25745
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