A Hymn To The Moon
Written in July, in an arbour
Thou silver deity of secret night,
Direct my footsteps through the woodland shade;
Thou conscious witness of unknown delight,
The Lover’s guardian, and the Muse’s aid!
By thy pale beams I solitary rove,
To thee my tender grief confide;
Serenely sweet you gild the silent grove,
My friend, my goddess, and my guide.
E’en thee, fair queen, from thy amazing height,
The charms of young Endymion drew;
Veil’d with the mantle of concealing night;
With all thy greatness and thy coldness too.
Cease, fond shepherd — cease desiring
What you never must enjoy;
She derides your vain aspiring,
She to all your sex is coy.
Cunning Damon once pursu’d her,
Yet she never would incline;
Strephon too as vainly woo’d her,
Though his flocks are more than thine.
At Diana’s shrine aloud,
By the zone around her waist,
Thrice she bow’d, and thrice she vow’d
Like the Goddess to be chaste.
Mary Wortley Montagu (15 mei 1689 – 21 augustus 1762)
Lady Montagu in Turkse kleding door Jean-Étienne Liotard, ca. 1756