Happy World Poetry Day! In honour of this, I would like to share a 17th Century poem with you by Sir George Etherege:
If she be not kind as fair,
But peevish and unhandy.
Leave her – she’s only worth the care
Of some spruce jack-a-dandy.
I would not have thee such an ass,
Hadst thou ne’er so much leisure.
To sigh and whine for such a lass
Whose pride’s above her pleasure.
Make much of every buxom girl
Which needs but little courting;
Her value is above the pearl
That takes delight in sporting.
He’s saying that even if a woman is very beautiful, if she’s not a nice person, it’s not worth staying with her when there are good women available.