CUPID, one day ask'd his Mother


The following Lines occasion'd by the Marriage of Edward Herbert, Esquire, and Mrs. Elizabeth Herbert.

Primary Text:

No MS; 1713 Misc, 103.

Secondary Eds:

rpt of 1713: 1903 Reynolds, 55; rpt of 1903 Reynolds: 1930 Fausset, 31.


1724 The Hive II, 267.


An anacreontic; light, playful song in impersonal style.


In 1709 Francis Thynne Lady Worsley's daughter Elizabeth married George Herbert, leaving her younger daughter, Francis, the official "Miss Worsley". Since, as Cupid says "WORSELEY [is] not Marry'd," yhe poem was written soon after 1709, well before 1716 (when Francis Worsley became Lady Carteret).
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