"Forever Most Divinely In The Wrong"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: In this poem Young satirizes various forms of female behavior. The first person to meet his censure is Lavinia, who is constant in her attendance at church; as silence is more than she can bear, she talks away to God: but when women are proud of praying well, Satan himself will summon them to church. Drusa receives her visitors while she is still in bed; when she wishes to rise, she requests them to turn their backs on her while she dresses. Flavia is not on good terms with her former lover, but supports him for old time's sake; she, apparently faithful, maintains the brood of children born to her by other men than her husband. Amasia scorns restraint and is not as good as she might be. Lucia married an idiot, but a rich one. Wisdom is the only maker of happiness, but she is likened to a practitioner of fine needlework: at least she works in gold. The poet then arrives at Tullia:

If Tullia had been blest with half her sense,
None could too much admire her excellence:
But since she can make error shine so bright,
She thinks it vulgar to defend the right.
With understanding she is quite o'er-run;
And by too great accomplishments undone:
With skill she vibrates her eternal tongue,
For ever most divinely in the wrong.