The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 1/Reply to some Verses of J. M. B. Pigot, Esq., on the Cruelty of his Mistress

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REPLY TO SOME VERSES OF J. M. B. PIGOT, ESQ., ON THE CRUELTY OF HIS MISTRESS.[1]

1.

 Why, Pigot, complain
 Of this damsel's disdain,
Why thus in despair do you fret?
 For months you may try,
 Yet, believe me, a sigh[2]
Will never obtain a coquette.


2.

 Would you teach her to love?
 For a time seem to rove;
At first she may frown in a pet;
 But leave her awhile,
 She shortly will smile,
And then you may kiss your coquette.


3.

 For such are the airs
 Of these fanciful fairs,
They think all our homage a debt:
 Yet a partial neglect[3]
 Soon takes an effect,
And humbles the proudest coquette.


4.

 Dissemble your pain,
 And lengthen your chain,
And seem her hauteur to regret;[4]
 If again you shall sigh,
 She no more will deny,
That yours is the rosy coquette.


5.

 If still, from false pride,[5]
 Your pangs she deride,
This whimsical virgin forget;
 Some other admire,
 Who will melt with your fire,
And laugh at the little coquette.


6.

 For me, I adore
 Some twenty or more,
And love them most dearly; but yet,
 Though my heart they enthral,
 I'd abandon them all,
Did they act like your blooming coquette.


7.

 No longer repine,
 Adopt this design,[6]
And break through her slight-woven net!
 Away with despair,
 No longer forbear
To fly from the captious coquette.


8.

 Then quit her, my friend!
 Your bosom defend,
Ere quite with her snares you're beset:
 Lest your deep-wounded heart,
 When incens'd by the smart,
Should lead you to curse the coquette.

October 27, 1806.[7]


  1. [The letters "C. B. F.  J. B. M." are added, in a lady's hand, in the annotated copy of P. on V. Occasions, p. 14 (British Museum).]
  2. But believe me.—[4to]
  3. But a partial.—[4to]
  4. Nor seem.—[4to. P. on V. Occasions.]
  5. But if from false pride.—[4to]
  6. But form this design.—[4to]
  7. Byron, October 27, 1806.—[4to]