Madame de Pompadour

Form: Busta Sonetto

Her needle moves in a motion of fine art
A bourgeoisie lady in Versailles’ halls
Stitches of colour passing the time
Before dressing to stun at palace balls
With the king who stole her heart
A lady of taste in all that is fine
This patron of arts with an eye for style
From dresses and furs to canvas and paint
A gracious Madame there is no denial
She’s taking delight in Rococo design
Such a fine woman to love a king
Taking her place in the courtly scene
His mistress and lover is quite the thing
But the lady would never be his queen
Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame by François-Hubert Drouais, 1763-4, oil on canvas. Currently housed in the National Gallery, London, UK


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