|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. (16891762)|
| Let this great maxim be my virtues guide,|
In part she is to blame that has been tried:
He comes too near that comes to be denied. 1
| The Ladys Resolve.|
| And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last. 2|
| The Lover.|
| Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet;|
In short, my deary, kiss me, and be quiet.
| A Summary of Lord Lytteltons Advice.|
| Satire should, like a polished razor keen,|
Would with a touch that s scarcely felt or seen.
| To the Imitator of the First Satire of Horace. Book ii.|
| But the fruit that can fall without shaking|
Indeed is too mellow for me.
| The Answer.|
A fugitive piece, written on a window by Lady Montagu, after her marriage (1713). See Overbury, Quotation 1. [back]
What say you to such a supper with such a woman?Lord Byron: Note to a Second Letter on Bowles. [back]