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Poem by Mary Wortley Montagu


Written at Lovere, October, 1736


If age and sickness, poverty and pain,
Should each assault me with alternate plagues,
I know mankind is destin'd to complain,
And I submit to torment and fatigues.
The pious farmer, who ne'er misses pray'rs,
With patience suffers unexpected rain;
He blesses Heav'n for what its bounty spares,
And sees, resign'd, a crop of blighted grain.
But, spite of sermons, farmers would blaspheme,
If a star fell to set their thatch on flame.



Mary Wortley Montagu


Mary Wortley Montagu's other poems:
  1. Town Eclogues: Monday; Roxana, or the Drawing-Room
  2. Addressed to ------, 1736
  3. To a Friend on His Travels
  4. Epilogue to the Tragedy of Cato
  5. Melinda's Complaint


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