Friday, March 27, 2009

A cynical view of womanhood

From John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, 1765:

Virgins are like the fair Flower in its Lustre,
Which in the Garden enamels the Ground;
Near it the Bees in play flutter and cluster,
And gaudy Butterflies frolick around.
But, when once pluck'd, 'tis no longer alluring,
To Covent-Garden 'tis sent (as yet sweet),
There fades, and shrinks, and grows past all enduring
Rots, stinks, and dies, and is trod under feet.


  1. Yeah, well we women could say the same things about men! I think women get better with age - I think we get stronger, while guys seem to wither with age. Sorry - a little sexist there, I know!

  2. LOL! Yeah, but you're right. But you also have to consider the times. This was written in the early 18th century and most certainly reflects the philosophy of the time--not that it has changed much in today's society. Youth is still valued much more highly than age and experience.

  3. Isn't reverence for age a custom in Asia? Maybe we should move there! haha