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LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU
English writer and poet
(1689 - 1762)
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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.
      - Poem, written Oct., 1736 [Resignation]

Be pain in dress, and sober in your diet;
  In short, my deary, kiss me! and be quiet.
      - Summary of Lord Littelton's Advice
        [Apparel]

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,
        in "Works", vol. V, p. 104 (ed. 1804), quoted from Overbury
        [Wooing]

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.
      - The Politicians (st. 4) [Owls]

Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
  Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.
    Thine is an oyster knife, that hacks and hews;
      The rage but not the talent to abuse.
      - To the Imitator of the First Satire of Horace,
        (Pope) [Satire]

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.
      - Written in a Garden (st. 1) [Doves]


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