Many of the narratives can only tend to excite ideas the worst calculated for a female breast: Every thing is called plainly and roundly by its name; and the annals of a Brothel would scarcely furnish a greater choice of indecent expressions. Yet this is the Book, which young Women are recommended to study.
Page 259. (The Monk (1796))
Farewel, thou cruel world! – to morrowNo more thy scorn my heart shall tear: –The grave will shield the child of sorrow,And heaven will hear the orphan's prayer.Matthew Lewis
"Oh! hush these suspicions," Fair Imogine said,"Offensive to Love and to me!For if ye be living, or if ye be dead,I swear by the Virgin, that none in your steadShall Husband of Imogine be."Matthew Lewis
The worms, They crept in, and the worms, They crept out,And sported his eyes and his temples about,While the Spectre addressed Imogine.Matthew Lewis
A Warrior so bold, and a Virgin so brightConversed, as They sat on the green:They gazed on each other with tender delight;Alonzo the Brave was the name of the Knight,The Maid's was the Fair Imogine.Matthew Lewis