A Character of W. H. W. Esquire by Mary Deverell

You have wit and politeness we all must confess,
Your air a-la-mode, with a pleasing address;
A generous temper, untainted with fear,
You are easy, you are lively, you are partly sincere;
And you seem, while you flirt, to mean what you say,
Though you laugh, and forget us as soon as away:
You lack not ambition, supported by spirit,
Nor yet to be told you’ve a something like merit:
Whether coxcomb, or not, I can’t really guess,
Sometimes I think no,—and sometimes I think yes.
To judge of your morals, I can’t declare,
Your sentiments flow in a manner so rare.
But then for your modesty—this,I must say,
You can glance a shy look in an impudent way.
You are humble,—you are bold,—you are wild, and yet grave,
Your wit may divert, while your sense may enslave;
You’re, in fine, an original problem to me,
That I never can solve, I plainly foresee.

From: Deverell, Mary, Miscellanies in prose and verse, mostly written in the epistolary style: chiefly upon moral subjects, and particularly calculated for the improvement of younger minds, Volume 2, 1781, J. Rivington: London,p. 267.
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Date: 1781

By: Mary Deverell (1731-1805)

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