by Robert Herrick

NAUGHT are all women : I say no,
Since for one bad, one good I know :
For Clytemnestra most unkind,
Loving Alcestis there we find :
For one Medea that was bad,
A good Penelope was had :
For wanton Lais, then we have,
Chaste Lucrece, or a wife as grave :
And thus through womankind we see
A good and bad.     Sirs, credit me.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 102-103.

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