Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (15 May 1689 – 21 August 1762) was an English aristocrat and writer. Montagu is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described by Billie Melman as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient”.

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An Answer To A Love-Letter, In Verse
Is it to me this sad lamenting strain?
Are Heaven's choicest gifts bestow'd in vain?
A plenteous fortune and a beauteous bride,
Your love rewarded, and content your pride;
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2.
A Man In Love
L'Homme qui ne se trouve point, et ne se trouvera jamais.


The man who feels the dear disease,
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3.
A Hymn To The Moon
Written in July, in an arbour


Thou silver deity of secret night,
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Read, lovely nymph, and tremble not to read,
I have no more to wish, nor you to dread;
I ask not life, for life to me were vain,
And death a refuge from severer pain.
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5.
Verses Written In A Garden
See how the pair of billing doves
With open murmurs own their loves;
And, heedless of censorious eyes,
Pursue their unpolluted joys;
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11 November 2014
Life is too short for a long story.

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