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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689-1762 John Bartlett

    Let this great maxim be my virtue’s guide,—
In part she is to blame that has been tried:
He comes too near that comes to be denied. 1
          The Lady’s Resolve.
    And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last. 2
          The Lover.
    Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet;
In short, my deary, kiss me, and be quiet.
          A Summary of Lord Lyttelton’s Advice.
    Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Would with a touch that ’s scarcely felt or seen.
          To the Imitator of the First Satire of Horace. Book ii.
    But the fruit that can fall without shaking
  Indeed is too mellow for me.
          The Answer.
Note 1.
A fugitive piece, written on a window by Lady Montagu, after her marriage (1713). See Overbury, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 2.
What say you to such a supper with such a woman?—Lord Byron: Note to a Second Letter on Bowles. [back]