Let this great maxim be my virtue’s guide,—In part she is to blame that has been tried:He comes too near that comes to be denied.
The Lady’s Resolve (1713). A fugitive piece, written on a window by Lady Montagu, after her marriage. Compare: "In part to blame is she, Which hath without consent bin only tride: He comes to neere that comes to be denide", Sir Thomas Overbury (1581–1613), A Wife, stanza 36.
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my deary, kiss me! and be quiet.Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
See how that pair of billing doves With open murmurs own their loves And, heedless of censorious eyes, Pursue their unpolluted joys: No fears of future want molest The downy quiet of their nest.Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
But the fruit that can fall without shaking, Indeed is too mellow for me.Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Let this great maxim be my virtue's guide: In part she is to blame that has been tried; He comes too near that comes to be denied.Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
The screech-owl, with ill-boding cry, Portends strange things, old women say; Stops every fool that passes by, And frights the school-boy from his play.Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
The pious farmer, who ne'er misses pray'rs, With patience suffers unexpected rain; He blesses Heav'n for what its bounty spares, And sees, resign'd, a crop of blighted grain. But, spite of sermons, farmers would blaspheme, If a star fell to set their thatch on flame.Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Satire should, like a polished razor keen,Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
But the fruit that can fall without shakingIndeed is too mellow for me.Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet;In short, my deary, kiss me, and be quiet.Lady Mary Wortley Montagu