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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
 
In Answer to a Lady Who Advised Retirement
By Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762)
 
YOU little know the heart that you advise;
I view this various scene with equal eyes:
In crowded courts I find myself alone,
And pay my worship to a nobler throne.
Long since the value of this world I know,        5
Pity the madness, and despise the show:
Well as I can my tedious part I bear,
And wait for my dismission without fear.
Seldom I mark mankind’s detested ways,
Not hearing censure, nor affecting praise;        10
And, unconcern’d, my future fate I trust
To that sole Being, merciful and just.
 
 
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