1725 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Anonymous, "The Answer to Lady Mary's Verses on Mrs. Bowes" 1725; St. James's Chronicle (5 October 1775).



Tho' every one knows
The Fate of poor Bowes,
Yet Doctors about it do vary;
Some make a sad Face,
And Pity her Case:
'Tis the Envy of good Lady Mary.

She says, she don't know
How Heaven can bestow
And Joy like the Death of the Bride;
Whence some people say,
Could she chuse her own Way,
Before now she had certainly dy'd.

But here lies the Mistake,
If her Sense she would speak;
Her Meaning appears but too plain;
She would always be trying,
But to Bowes leaves the dying,
Her Choice is to live in the Pain.