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" When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late that men betray ; What charm can soothe her melancholy, What art can wash her guilt away ? The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her shame from every eye, To give repentance to her lover, And wring... "
Poetical Works - Page 62
by Oliver Goldsmith - 1806 - 72 pages
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The Natural Superiority of Women

Ashley Montagu, The Late Ashley Montagu - Social Science - 1999 - 335 pages
...eighteenth century Oliver Goldsmith had a revealing solution to this problem in a poignant poem: When lovely woman stoops to folly And finds too late that...repentance to her lover And wring his bosom, is — to die. Naturally, not the man, but the woman had to die. The double standard of sexual morality is immemorially...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Oxford University Press, TME. - Reference - 1999 - 1136 pages
...that they had more of love than matrimony in them. The Vicar of Wukefield 1 1 766) ch. ift 30 When lovely woman stoops to folly And finds too late that...her melancholy, What art can wash her guilt away? DIP Vicar of Wakefte\A(iJhh}fh. 29; cf. Eliot 296:11 31 There is no arguing with Johnson; l'or when...
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The First and Second Lady Chatterley Novels

D. H. Lawrence - Fiction - 2002 - 689 pages
...woman stoops to freedom Humorous reference to the song from The Vicar of Wakefield ( 1 766): 'When lovely woman stoops to folly, / And finds too late that men betray', by Oliver Goldsmith (1728-74). 457:4 a different way — See The world is a bundle of hay, Mankind...
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Doctor Leeds' Selection of Popular Epic Recitations for Minstrel and Stage Use

Robert X. Leeds - Poetry - 1999 - 332 pages
...the hall. S TO OPS TO FOIiY Oliver Goldsmith When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late men betray, What charm can soothe her melancholy....repentance to her lover. And wring his bosom — is to die. Margaret Eytinge 'Twas near the break of day, but still The moon was shining brightly, The west wind...
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The Grail: A Casebook

Dhira B. Mahoney - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 590 pages
...gramophone. (11. 253-256) The lines from The Vicar ofWakefield which Eliot is parodying begin: When lovely woman stoops to folly. And finds too late that...her melancholy? What art can wash her guilt away? and conclude with the observation that the only "art her guilt to cover" is "to die." Again the contrast...
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James Joyce's The Dead

Richard Nelson - Musicals - 2001 - 64 pages
...AND FINDS TOO LATE THAT MEN BETRAY WHAT CHARMS CAN SOOTHE HER MELANCHOLY, WHAT ART CAN WASH HER GRIEF AWAY? THE ONLY ART HER GUILT TO COVER TO HIDE HER...TO HER LOVER, AND WRING HIS BOSOM, IS — TO DIE. (The singer and the song touches everyone in the room For a moment, she is confused and cannot continue....
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Writing Unseen Commentaries: A Student Help Book

H. S. Toshack - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 96 pages
...perceptiveness of the young, who see the inappropriateness of some of the labels we give ourselves When lovely woman stoops to folly And finds too late that...charm can soothe her melancholy? What art can wash her tears away? (Woman, Oliver Goldsmith, 1728-1774) This extract begins with two generalisations/assumptions:...
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Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution

Susan Zlotnick - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 336 pages
...moment I accepted him as my friend and protector, but, to use the words of a departed poet — 'When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late that men betray, What can sooth her melancholy, What can wash her guilt away? The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her...
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The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine

...will be read as long as the English language exists', and which includes the lines which begin: When lovely woman stoops to folly And finds too late that men betray He also wrote She stoops to conquer, a stage comedy in a different vein. Grainger, James (?i72i-6o)....
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A Rhapsody of Love and Spirituality

David J. Fekete - Family & Relationships - 2003 - 306 pages
...false lover. She sings a song, one evening, about false love from which Eliot borrows a line: When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late that...repentance to her lover, And wring his bosom — is to die. 448 Moved by her own experience, Olivia falters in her singing. The contrast can hardly be more marked....
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