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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. (1689–1762)
 
 
1
    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. 1
          The Lady’s Resolve.
2
    And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last. 2
          The Lover.
3
    Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet;
In short, my deary, kiss me, and be quiet.
          A Summary of Lord Lyttelton’s Advice.
4
    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.
5
    But the fruit that can fall without shaking
  Indeed is too mellow for me.
          The Answer.
 
Note 1.
A fugitive piece, written on a window by Lady Montagu, after her marriage (1713). See Overbury, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 2.
What say you to such a supper with such a woman?—Lord Byron: Note to a Second Letter on Bowles. [back]
 

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