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George Gordon Byron (Джордж Гордон Байрон)


To Eliza


Eliza, what fools are the Mussulman sect,
   Who to woman deny the soul's future existence!
Could they see thee, Eliza, they'd own their defect,
   And this doctrine would meet with a general resistance.

Had their prophet possess'd half an atom of sense,
   He ne'er would have woman from paradise driven;
Instead of his houris, a flimsy pretence,
   With woman alone he had peopled his heaven.

Yet still, to increase your calamities more,
   Not Content with depriving your bodies of spirit,
He allots one poor husband to share amongst four!-
   With souls you'd dispense; but this last, who could bear it?

His religion to please neither party is made;
   On husbands 'tis hard, to the wives most uncivil;
Still I Can't contradict, what so oft has been said,
  'Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil.' 

Southwell, October 9, 1806

George Gordon Byron's other poems:
  1. To a Lady who Presented to the Author a Lock of Hair Braided with his own, and appointed a Night in December to meet him in the Garden
  2. Lines Addressed to a Young Lady
  3. On the Eyes of Miss A—— H——
  4. To Anne (Oh say not, sweet Anne, that the Fates have decreed)
  5. To a Youthful Friend


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