Letters from the Levant: During the Embassy to Constantinople, 1716-18

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XLV.
TO THE LADY RICH.

Pera, March 16, 1717.

I AM extremely pleased, my dear lady, that you have at length found a commission for me that I can answer without disappointing your expectations; though I must tell you that it is not so easy as, perhaps, you think it; and that, if my curiosity had not been more diligent than any other stranger's has ever yet been, I must have answered you with an excuse, as I was forced to do when you desired me to buy you a Greek slave. I have got for you, as you desire, a Turkish love- letter, which I have put into a little box, and ordered the captain of the Smyrniote to deliver it to you with this letter. The translation of it is literally as follows: the first piece you should pull out of the purse is a little pearl, which is in Turkish called Ingi, and must be understood in this manner:

Ingi,Sensin Guzelerín gingi
Pearl,Fairest of the young.
Caremfil,Caremfilsen cararen yók
Conge gulsum timarin yók
Benseny chok than severim
Senin benden, haberin yók.
Clove,You are as slender as the clove!
You are an unblown rose!
I have long loved you, and you have not known it!
Pul,Derdime derman bul
Jonquil,Have pity on my passion!

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Preliminary Discourse *
  • Letters from the Levant i
  • Preface iii
  • I. to the Countess of Mar 7
  • II- To Mrs. Skerret.(5) 9
  • Iii. to Mrs. S. C 11
  • Iv. to the Lady Rich 13
  • V. to the Countess of Bristol 15
  • Vi. to Mrs. Thistlethwayte 18
  • Vii. to the Countess of Mar 21
  • Vii. to the Countess of Mar 25
  • Ix. to Mr. Pope 31
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 35
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 41
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 46
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 49
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 53
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 56
  • Xvi. to the Countess of Mar 58
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 62
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 65
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 67
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 70
  • Xxii. to the Countess of Mar 74
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 78
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 81
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 90
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 93
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 100
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 104
  • Xxx. to the Abbot ----- 109
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 117
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 123
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 129
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 134
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 148
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 156
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 164
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 173
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 180
  • Xll. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 183
  • Xlii. to the Lady Rich 188
  • Xliii. to Mrs. Thistlethwayte 192
  • Xliv. to the Countess of Mar 196
  • Xlv. to the Lady Rich 209
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 212
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 223
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 233
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 238
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 252
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 257
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  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 261
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 267
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 270
  • Lvi. to the Abbot ----- 273
  • Lvii. to Lady Montagu 275
  • Lviii. to Lady Montagu 276
  • Lix. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 276
  • Lix. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 281
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