Archive for January 17th, 2015

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Cupid’s Apology by John Anketell

As Venus and Cupid were taking a walk,
The mother began to her son thus to talk:
“Dear Cupid, pray tell me how comes it that I
“Am so oft deceiv’d by a beardless, blind boy?”
Quoth he, “Because women rush into men’s arms,
“Before they display half the force of their charms.
“Would they act more shily, and quit such odd pranks,
“I’d get much less scolding and you much more thanks.”

From: Anketell, John, Poems on Several Subjects, 1793, William Porter: Dublin, p. 166.

Date: 1793

By: John Anketell (?1750-1824)