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Awaked, she turn'd her side, and slept again;
The same black vapours mounted in her brain,
And the same dreams return’d with double pain.

Now forced to wake, because afraid to sleep:
Her blood all fever'd, with a furious leap

sprung from bed, distracted in her mind,
And fear'd, at every step, a twitching spright behind.
Darkling and desperate, with a staggering pace,
Of death afraid, and conscious of disgrace;
Fear, pri le, remorse, at once her heart assail'd,
Pride put remorse to flight, but fear prevail'd.
Friday, the fatal day, when next it came,
Her soul forethought the fiend would change his game,
And her pursue, or Theodore be slain,
And two ghosts join their packs to hunt her o'er the plain.

This dreadful image so possess'd her mind,
That desperate any succour else to find,
She ceased all farther hope ; and now began
To make reflection on the unhappy man.
Rich, brave, and young, who past expression loved,
Proof to disdain, and not to be removed;
Of all the men respected and admired,
Of all the dames, except herself, desired :
Why not of her ? preferr'd above the rest
By him with knightly deeds, and open love profess'd ?
So had another been, where he his vows address'd.
This quell’d her pride, yet other doubts remain'd,
That once disdaining, she might be disdain’d.
The fear was just, but greater fear prevail'd,
Fear of her life by hellish hounds assail'd;
He took a lowering leave; but who can tell
What outward hate might inward love conceal ;
Her sex's arts she knew, and why not, then,
Might deep dissembling have a place in men ?
Here hope began to dawn; resolved to try,
She fix'd on this her utmost remedy;
Death was behind, but hard it was to die.
'Twas time enough at last on death to call,
The precipice in sight: a shrub was all
That kindly stood betwixt to break the fatal fall.

One maid she had, beloved above the rest;
Secure of her, the secret she confess'd ;
And now the cheerful light her fears dispellid,

She with no winding turns the truth conceald,
But put the woman off

, and stood reveald:
With faults confess'd commission'd her to go,
If pity yet had place, and reconcile her foe.
The welcome message made, was soon received ;
'Twas to be wish’d, and hoped, but scarce believed :
Fate seem'd a fair occasion to present,
He knew the sex, and fear'd she might repent
Should he delay the moment of consent.
There yet remain’d to gain her friends (a care
The modesty of maidens well might spare);
But she with such a zeal the cause embraced,
(As women, where they will, are all in haste,)
The father, mother, and the kin beside,
Were overborne by fury of the tide;
With full consent of all, she changed her state :
Resistless in her love, as in her hate.

By her example warn’d, the rest beware;
More easy, less imperious, were the fair ;
And that one hunting, which the devil design'd
For one fair female, lost him half the kind.


Poeta Loquitur. OLD as I am, for ladies' love unfit, The power of beauty I remember yet, Which once inflamed my soul, and still inspires my wit. If love be folly, the severe divine * Has felt that folly, though he censures mine; Pollutes the pleasures of a chaste embrace, Acts what I write, and propagates in grace, With riotous excess, a priestly race. Suppose him free, and that I forge the offence, He show'd the way, perverting first my sense : In malice witty, and with venom fraught, He makes me speak the things I never thought. Compute the gains of his ungovern’d zeal: Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well.

* Jeremy Collier.

The world will think that what we loosely write,
Though now arraign'd, he read with some delight;
Because he seems to chew the cud again,
When his broad comment makes the text too plain;
And teaches more in one explaining page,
Than all the double meanings of the stage.

What needs he paraphrase on what we mean?
We were at worst but wanton; he's obscene.
I, nor my fellows, nor myself excuse;
But love's the subject of the comic muse:
Nor can we write without it, nor would you
A tale of only dry instruction view.
Nor love is always of a vicious kind,
But oft to virtuous acts inflames the mind,
Awakes the sleepy vigour of the soul,
And, brushing o’er, adds motion to the pool.
Love, studious how to please, improves our parts
With polish'd manners, and adorns with arts.
Love first invented verse, and form’d the rhyme,
The motion measured, harmonised the chime;
To liberal acts enlarged the narrow-soul'd,
Soften’d the fierce, and made the coward bold :
The world, when waste, he peopled with increase,
And warring nations reconciled in peace.
Ormond, the first, and all the fair may find,
In this one legend, to their fame design d,
When beauty fires the blood, how love exalts the mind.

In that sweet isle where Venus keeps her court,
And every grace, and all the loves resort ;
Where either sex is form’d of softer earth,
And takes the bent of pleasure from their birth;
There lived a Cyprian lord, above the rest
Wise, wealthy, with a numerous issue bless'd;
But, as no gift of fortune is sincere,
Was only wanting in a worthy heir :
His eldest born, a goodly youth to view,
Excell'd the rest in shape and outward show;
Fair, tall, his limbs with due proportion join’d,
But of a heavy, dull, degenerate mind.
His soul belied the features of his face;
Beauty was there, but beauty in disgrace;

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A clownish mien, a voice with rustic sound,
And stupid eyes that ever loved the ground.
He look'd like nature's error, as the mind
And body were not of a piece design’d,
But made for two, and by mistake in one were join'd.

The ruling rod, the father's forming care,
Were exercised in vain on wit's despair ;
The more inform’d, the less he understood,
And deeper sunk by floundering in the mud.
Now scorn'd of all, and grown the public shame,
The people from Galesus changed his name,
And Cymon call’d, which signifies a brute;
So well his name did with his nature suit.

His father, when he found his labour lost,
And care employ'd, that answer'd not the cost,
Chose an ungrateful object to remove,
And loathed to see what nature made him love;
So to his country-farm the fool confined ;
Rude work well suited with a rustic mind.
Thus to the wilds the sturdy Cymon went,
A squire among the swains, and pleased with banishment.
His corn and cattle were his only care,
And his supreme delight, a country fair.

It happend on a summer's holiday,
That to the greenwood-shade he took his way;
For Cymon shunn'd the church, and used not much to

His quarter-staff, which he could ne'er forsake,
Hung half before, and half behind his back.
He trudged along, unknowing what he sought,
And whistled as he went for want of thought.

By chance conducted, or by thirst constrain'd,
The deep recesses of the grove he gain'd;
Where in a plain, defended by the wood,
Crept through the matted grass a crystal flood,
By which an alabaster fountain stood;
And on the margin of the fount was laid
(Attended by her slaves) a sleeping maid:
Like Dian and her nymphs, when, tired with sport,
To rest by cool Eurotas they resort:
The dame herself the goddess well express’d,
Not more distinguish'd by her purple vest,
Than by the charming features of her face,
And, even in slumber, a superior grace:


Her comely limbs composed with decent care,
Her body shaded with a slight cymar :
Her bosom to the view was only bare;
Where two beginning paps were scarcely spied,
For yet their places were but signified.
The fanning wind upon her bosom blows,
To meet the fanning wind the bosom rose;
The fanning wind, and purling streams, continue her repose.

The fool of nature stood with stupid eyes,
And gaping mouth, that testified surprise,
Fix'd on her face, nor could remove his sight;
New as he was to love, and novice to delight:
Long mute he stood, and leaning on his staff,
His wonder witness'd with an idiot laugh ;
Then would have spoke, but by his glimmering sense
First found his want of words, and fear'd offence;
Doubted for what he was he should be known,
By his clown accent, and his country tone.

Through the rude chaos thus the running light
Shot the first ray that pierced the native night:
Then day and darkness in the mass were mix’d,
Till gather'd in a globe the beams were fix'd:
Last shone the sun, who, radiant in his sphere,
Illumined heaven and earth, and rollid around the year.
So reason in this brutal soul began :
Love made him first suspect he was a man ;
Love made him doubt his broad barbarian sound;
By love his want of words, and wit, he found;
That sense of want prepared the future way
To knowledge, and disclosed the promise of a day.

What not his father's care, nor tutor's art, Could plant with pains in his unpolish'd heart, The best instructor, Love, at once inspired, As barren grounds to fruitfulness are fired: Love taught him shame, and shame, with love at strife, Soon taught the sweet civilities of life. His gross material soul at once could find Somewhat in her excelling all her kind; Exciting a desire till then unknown, Somewhat unfound, or found in her alone. This made the first impression on his mind, Above, but just above, the brutal kind : For beasts can like, but not distinguish too, Nor their own liking by reflection know;

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