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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
To a Lady Making Love
By Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762)
 
GOOD madam, when ladies are willing,
  A man must needs look like a fool;
For me I would not give a shilling
  For one who would love out of rule.
 
You should leave us to guess by your blushing,        5
  And not speak the matter so plain;
’Tis our’s to write and be pushing,
  ’Tis yours to affect disdain.
 
That you’re in a terrible taking,
  By all these sweet oglings I see,        10
But the fruit that can fall without shaking,
  Indeed is too mellow for me.
 
 
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