SINCE WE POOR SLAVISH WOMEN KNOW
by: William Wycherley (1641-1715)
- INCE we poor slavish women know
- Our men we cannot pick and choose;
- To him we like, why say we no?
- We both our time and labour lose:
- By our put-offs, and fond delays,
- A Lover's Appetite we pall;
- And if too long the Gallant stays,
- His stomach's gone for good and all.
- Or our impatient Amorous guest
- Unknown to us away may steal,
- And rather than stay for a feast
- Take up with some course ready meal.
- When opportunity is kind,
- Let prudent women be so too;
- And if a man be to her mind,
- Till, till,--she must not let him go.
- The match soon made is happy still,
- For only love, 'tis best to do
- For none should marry 'gainst their will,
- But stand off when their Parents woo,
- And only to their Suits be coy;
- For she whom Jointures can obtain
- To let a Fop her bed enjoy,
- Is but a lawful wench for gain.
POEMS BY WILLIAM WYCHERLEY
"Since We Poor Slavish Women
Know" is reprinted from Poetica Erotica. Ed. T.R.
Smith. New York: Crown Publishers, 1921.