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Poem by Mary Wortley Montagu


Though I never got possession,
'Tis a pleasure to adore;
Hope, the wretch's only blessing,
May in time procure me more.
Constant courtship may obtain her, --
Where both wealth and merit fail,
And the lucky minute gain her, --
Fate and fancy must prevail.
At Diana's shrine aloud,
By the bow and by the quiver,
Thrice she bow'd, and thrice she vow'd,
Once to love -- and that forever. 

Mary Wortley Montagu

Mary Wortley Montagu's other poems:
  1. Epilogue to the Tragedy of Cato
  2. Melinda's Complaint
  3. An Epistle from Pope to Lord Bolingbroke
  4. Epistle from Arthur Grey, the Footman, to Mrs. Murray, after His Condemnation for Attempting to Comm
  5. Answered, for Lord William Hamilton

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Walter Scott Answer ("Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!")
  • Ella Wilcox Answer ("O well have we done the old tasks! in the old, old ways of earth")

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