Learn More

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


A Character


Though a strong vanity may you persuade -- -
You are not for a politician made;
Your tropes are drawn from Robin Walpole's head,
Your sense is but repeating what he said;
A useful puppy, eminently known,
As proud to father what he will not own,
Some arguments he leaves you to expose,
Some valets flutter in my lord's old clothes.
But should he strip you of his borrow'd sense,
How poorly thin your boasted eloquence!
Know your own talents better, I advise;
Be brisk, yet dull, but aim not to look wise;
In low insipid rhymes place your delight;
Laugh without jests, and without reading write.
Despis'd men, in ladies' ruelles sit,
Where country coquettes bolster up your wit.
May all your minuets applauses meet!
An able coxcomb only in your feet.
By fawning lies, in leagues with court-knaves grow,
And smile on beauties whom you do not know.

Then, acting all the coyness of a lover,
Your no-intrigue endeavour to discover.
Aiming at wit, in many an evil hour,
Have the perpetual will without the power.
Conceit for breeding, rude for easy take,
Horseplay for wit, and noise for mirth mistake.
Love's perfect joys to perfect men belong;
Seek you but the occasion for a song.
Thus to the end of life may you remain
A merry blockhead, treacherous and vain.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: evil, father, power, smile, song

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Character by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Haiku(GOD), Aftab Alam
  2. chaos of Christmas near, lee fones
  3. The earth is moving, gajanan mishra
  4. ONLY YOU JESUS ONLY YOU, Michael P. Johnson
  5. GOD! WATCHING, TESTING, Michael P. Johnson
  6. GOD'S TRUTH STANDING, Michael P. Johnson
  7. play on words, lee fones
  8. Can we ever love?, Nathaniel Bassey
  9. Nothing Good, Edwin Cordero
  10. This Prayer I Pray, Frank Avon

Poem of the Day

poet Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knows he who tills this lonely field
To reap its scanty corn,
What mystic fruit his acres yield
At midnight and at morn?

In the long sunny afternoon,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. Talking Turkeys!, Benjamin Zephaniah
  8. Racism Haiku - Ice Cream, john tiong chunghoo
  9. Blah Blah Blank Blank, vincent armone
  10. Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]