Archive for March 28th, 2019

Thursday, 28 March 2019

On an Acquaintance by Jane Cavendish

When looke on you then each should truely name
A woman faire and then speake you the same
For you appeare as if you could well tell
The way of love, and yet keep vertue well
Your Eye lookes innocence, this is trueth
An you your selfe is full of gentle youth
And every looke of you doth mildely say
I have heard of sinn, but yet not knowes the way
I longe to name thee, what then shall it bee?
Witts waggerie, and that I sweare is thee.

From: Cavendish, Jane and Bennet, Alexandra G. (ed.), The Collected Works of Jane Cavendish, 2018, Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon and New York, p. 6.

Date: c1650

By: Jane Cavendish (1621-1669)