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Maxioms by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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The screech-owl, with ill-boding cry,
Portends strange things, old women say;
Stops every fool that passes by,
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The screech-owl, with ill-boding cry,
Portends strange things, old women say;
Stops every fool that passes by,
And frights the school-boy from his play.

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See how that pair of billing doves
With open murmurs own their loves
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See how that pair of billing doves
With open murmurs own their loves
And, heedless of censorious eyes,
Pursue their unpolluted joys:
No fears of future want molest
The downy quiet of their nest.

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'Tis a sort of duty to be rich, that it may be in one's power to do good, riches being read more

'Tis a sort of duty to be rich, that it may be in one's power to do good, riches being another word for power.

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Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.
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Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.
Thine is an oyster knife, that hacks and hews;
The rage but not the talent to abuse.

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Be pain in dress, and sober in your diet;
In short, my deary, kiss me! and be quiet.

Be pain in dress, and sober in your diet;
In short, my deary, kiss me! and be quiet.

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