Letters from Turkey, by Mary Wortley Montagu

Verses

To the Lady Mary Wortley Montague,

By Mr Pope.
i.

IN beauty or wit,

No mortal as yet

To question your empire has dar’d;

But men of discerning

Have thought that in learning,

To yield to a lady was hard.

ii.

Impertinent schools,

With musty dull rules

Have reading to females deny’d;

So papists refuse

The BIBLE to use,

Lest flocks should be wise as their guide.

iii.

’Twas a woman at first

(Indeed she was curst)

In knowledge that tasted delight;

And sages agree,

The laws should decree

To the first possessor the right.

iv.

Then bravely, fair dame,

Renew the old claim,

Which to your whole sex does belong,

And let men receive,

From a second bright Eve,

The knowledge of right and of wrong.

v.

But if the first Eve

Hard doom did receive,

When only one apple had she,

What a punishment new

Shall be found out for you,

Who tasting have robb’d the whole tree?

lettersworksofla01inmont_0006
lettersworksofla01inmont_0006

lettersworksofla01inmont_0254
lettersworksofla01inmont_0254

This web edition published by:

eBooks@Adelaide
The University of Adelaide Library
University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/montagu/mary_wortley/letters/appendix3.html

Last updated Friday, March 7, 2014 at 23:09