Wednesday 11 February 2015

A typical barbed little poem from Anna Maria Lenngren

For Lise, who requested to be portrayed as a nun

I thought you’d be content, as you’re full grown, to be
A dazzling Venus in my picture;
But since you now request of me
That as a nun I shall depict you,
This thereby halves the difficulties I foresee,
For, lovely Lise, since I’d not offend good taste,
Your portrait as a nun should reach but to the waist.

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