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Tis all we beg thes, to conceal from fight Not lcfs in cumber were the spacious doors, Thole acts of goodness which themselves requite. Than Icaves on trees, or fands upon the hopes ; let us tölth: secret joy partake,
Which till unfolded nond, by night, by day, To fillow virite ev’n for virtue's fake. 365 Pervious to winds, and open every way.
And live there men, who fight immortal fine? | As dames by nature to the fries a cend, Who then with ina'r fe f all adore our came? As weighty bodies to the centre tend, But, mortals! krow, 'tis still our great, bi prids, As to the sea returning rivers roll, Totlaze thoie virtues u isich the good would hide. And the touuii'd neide trembles to the pole ; Rile! Mules, rie! add all your tunaful broath; Hither as to their proper place, arise These must not sleep in darkness and in death. All various fcunds from carth, and fcas, and fries, She said : in air the trembling muisticais, Cr spoke aloud, or whitper'd in the car; And on the winds triumphant fuell the notes ; Nor ever 1 konce, rest, or peace, is here, 433 So foft, though bigh, so loud, and yet so clear, As on the imooth expanfe of cry:ial lakes Ev’ali te ing Angelslan from his ven to bear: The inking tone at Irit a circle makes; To faribit toores tv'Ambrosial ipirit fier, 376 The tremoli giuriace, by the motiou itird, Sweet to tlie world, and grateful to the fies. Spreads in a fecond circle, then a third;,
Next these a youthful train their vows exprefs’l, Wide, and more wide, the Heating rings advare, With feathers crown'd, with gay embroidery Fill all the watery plain, and to the margin dance: dref'd:
Thus every voice and found, when first they breat, Hither, they cry'd, dire& your eyes, and see 390 On neighbouring air a toft imprelion make; The men of pleasur, dreis, ard gallantry; Another ambient circle then they incve; Ours is the place at banqueti, balls, a.id plays ; That, in its turn, impels the next above ; 445 Sprightly on big'at, polite are all our days ; Through undulating air the founds are fent, Courts weir.quit, rhere 'tis nur plea'ng care And spread o’er at the fluid clement. To pay du: vilts, are adau fs the fair:
There various news I heard of love and strife, lo fact, tis true, no r.y.ph we could pericale, But ill is fancy vanquitt'd every raid;
Oi peace a:d war, balth, fcknets, death, and
live, Of un nown Ducheffes lewd tales we 'ell,
Of lots and gain, offa ride and of store, Yet, would the world believe us, all were well.
Orforms at fed, and trav.): 0, the thors, The joy let others have, and we the name,
350 Of prodigies, and portents fien in air, And what we wait in pleasure, grant in fa:ne. The Queen affents, the trumpet rends the kies, of turns of virture, changes in the fiate,
Oprus and plagues, and tiar; with blazing hair, And at each blait a Lacy's honour Jies.
The falls of favorites, pro eas of the great, 455 Pleas'd with ris ftrauge fuccefs, vast numbers of old mismarazenienti, ta vations new :
prest Around the thrine, and made the same request :
All neither wholly alfe, nor w hr!ly true. What you (ine ryd), unlearn'l in arts to pleali,
Above, below, without, within, around, S'aves to your cives, ardev'n fatigued with sale,
Coorus'd, unnumber'd multiukes are jourd, Who lose a langth of undeserving days,
Wbo pais, repass, advance, ai u glide away; la Would you ulurp the lover's dear-bought praise ?
Hoits rais’d by tear, and phanto.ns of 4 day: To juft contempt, ye vain pretender, fall, 4oe
Alirologers, that future latcs foreihew, The people's falile, and the icorn of al.
Projectcri, quac-s, and lawyers not a few; Straight the black clarion fe as a horrid found,
Aud prieits, and party zcalois, numerous bands Lour laughs burit out, and bitter scotts fly round, With home-bor: lies, or tales from for go hands; V hipers are board, with taunt reviling loud,
Each tai'd aloud, or in tome scoret place, Arc fc rnfullir run through all the crowd.
And will impatience itar'd in every face, La't, those who bouf of mighty mischiefs done, The flying runours gather' di tey rol'd, E.Gave their country', or ufurp a throne ;
Scarce any tale was foundr hcard tla.) tokd ; Or who their glory's dire foundation lay'd
And all v bo teku it added fomething 14 W, 473) O» fovereigns ruii'l, or on friends betray'd;
a!I wbo hear it inade e. largeme. to 10w C.Jo, thinking viliains, whonn rofaith could fix, In every ear it fprvad, on every tougue it grow. 0 crooked ccull; and dark politics; 411
Thusi yang cait and west, and north a dicutb, Othese a gloomy tribe surround the throne,
Nepretravel'd with incicale froin nimith tomouth, And beg to 102 e th'ijimortal treasons known.
So from a ipark, that kindled fri by clance, 475 The trumpet rouri, long Haky faines expire, With gatheriog force the quickening fames ad. Tiith sparks that seem's to set the world on fire. At the dread sound, pale modal. food a rhafi,
Till to the cloud, their curling heads aspire, and the nature frenobled with the blait. And towers and temples link in noods of fre. Tui lizing heard and foco, some power un When thus si pe lies are to periection sprung, known
Full grown, and fit to grace a inortal torgive, 443 Straisht changed the scene, and iiatsh'd ma fram Through thousand veits, impatient, forth they The tbroic.
LOV, Id.croiy view opard a forudur: fan, 420 Apd ruin ia millions on the world below, ]rs lite uncertain, if in earth or air;
Taare (is alot, and points them out their course, with raviimation turned the manion roun'!; Thuldate determines, and prescribes their force: With cearckis poise ihu ringing Wails rasound;
some to remain and some' to perish fonu ; 435 But in due time, when fixty years were o'er, Or wane and wax alternate like the moon, He vow'd to lead this vicious life no more : Around, a thousand winged wonders fly, Whether pure holiness inspir d his mind, Borne by the trumpet's blait, and scatter'd throw Or dotage turn'd his brain, is bard to find; the iky.
But his high courage pr.ck'd him
forth to wed, There, at one pariage, oft you might furvey And try the pleasures of a lawful bed. A lie and truth conten«ting for the way; 490 This was his nightly-dream, his daily care, And long 'twas doubtful, both fo closely pert, And to the heavenly powers his constant prayer, Which firit should i Tue through the narrow vent : Once e'er he dy'd, to taite the blissful life Ai luat agreed, together out they tly,
Of a kind husband and a loving wife. Icicparable now, the truth and lye;
These thoughts he for ily'd with reason ftill, The strict companions are for ever join'd, 495 (For none want realon to confrm thei. will). 20. And this or that unmix'd, no mortal e'er shall find. Grave authors say, and witty poets fing, Wbile thus I ftood, intent to see and hear, That honeft wedlock is a glorious thing : Che cams, methought, and whisper'd in my car : But depth of judgment moit in him appears, Vi hat could thus high thy rash ambition raise ? Who wisely weds in his maturer years. Art thou, fond youth, a candidate for praise ? 500 Then let him chufe a dainsel young and fair,
'Tis true, said I, not void of hopes I came, To bless his age, and bring a worthy heir; For w ko fo fond as youthful bard; of fame? To footh his cares, and, free from noise and strife, Put few, alas ! the casual blolling boaft,
Conduct himn gently to the verge of life. So hard to gain, 1o easy to be loit.
Let finful batchelors their woes deplore, How vain that fecond life in others breath,
Full well they merit all they fecl and more : 30 Th'estate which wits inherit after death!
Unaw'd by precepts human or divine, Fale, health, and lite, for this they must refgn,
Like birds and beasts promiscuoully they join : (Unsure the tenure, but how valt the fine !) Nor know to make the present blessing lait, The great man's curse, without the gains, endure, To hope the future or e teem the past: Be envy'd, wretched, and be flatter'd, poor;
But vainly boast the joys they never try'd, 35 All luckleis wits their enemies proteft,
And frid divulg'd the fecrets they would hide. And all succetsful, jealous friends at best. The mary'd man may bear his yoke with ease, Nor Fame I fight, nor for her favours call;
Secure at once himself and heaven to please ;
In bliss all niglıt, ard innocence all day : 49 As soothing Folly, or exalting vice :
Though fortune change, his conftant (poufe re. Oh! if the Mufe mult Hatter lawless sway,
mains, Acd follow ftill where fortune leads the way ;
Augments his joys, or mitigates liis pains. Or if no baris bear my riting name,
But what so pure which envious tongues will But the fall'n ruins or another's fame ;
fpare? Then, teach me, heaven! to fcorn the guilty bays, Some wicked wits have libell'd all the fair. Drive from my breait that wretched luit of praise; With matchless impudence they style a wife 45 L'oblemile'd let me live, or die unknown;
The dear-bought curse, and lawful plague of lile ; Oh grant an honest fame, or grant me none ! A bosom-ferpent, a dometiic evil,
A night invason, and a mid-day devil.
All other goods by fortune's hand are given,
A wise is the peculiar gift of heaven.
55 MI AY:
Abundantly supplies us all our life :
Our grandfre Adam, ere of eve possessid,
60 With mournful looks the blissful scenes survey'd, FROM CHAUCER.
And wander'd in the solitary shade:
The Maker faw, took pity, and bestow'd HERE liv'd in Lombardy, as Authors write, Woman, the last, the beit reserv'd of God.
In days of oid, a wise and worthy Knight; A wife! ah, gentie ce ities, can he Of gentle manners, as of gencrous race,
That has a wife, ever feel aclversity? Lleit with much fenfe, more riches, and some grace; Would men but follow what the sex advise, Yet, led astray by Venus' soft delights, 5. All things would prosper, all the world grow He scarce could rule fome idle appetites :
wife. For long ago, let Priests say what they could, 'Twas by Rebecca's aid that Jacob won Vica's linful laymer were but fiefh and blood. His father's blefing from an elder fon :
Abusive Nabal ow'd his forfeit life
Old as I am, ny lusty limbs appear
*35 to the wife co. duct of a prudent wife :
Like winter greens, that fourih all the year. Heroic judith, as old Hebrews Tow.
Now, Sirs, you know to what I land inclin'd, Preserved the Jews and ew the Assyrian foe : Let overy frieod with freedom [peak his mind, At Heiter's suit, the perfecuting sword
He faidd; the re't in different parts divide; Was fheatb'd, and Israel liv'd to bless the Lord, The knotty point was urg'd on eitber fide:
Thele weighty motives, january the fage Marriage, the theme on which they all declaipid, Maturely ponder'd is his riper age ;
Some prais'd with wit, and some with reaico Ard, charm’d with viriuons joys and rober life, blam'd; Would try that Christian comfort, call'd a wife, Till, what with proofs, objections, and replies, His friends were summo.'d on a point so nice, Each wondrous positive, and wondrous wife, 'to pass in ir judgment, and to giv: advice; There fell between his brothers a debate; But tx'd before, and well resolv'd was he ; Placeho this was call'd a..d just in tbat, (As men that ark advice are wont to be.)
Firit to the Knight Placebo thus begun My frie ds, he cry'd (aid cait a mournful look (Mild were his looks, and plealing was his tons): Around the rooin, ad ligh'd before he spoke): Such prudence, Sir, in all your words appears, Bc.eath the weigh of three core years I bend, As plainly proves, experience dwells with years! And wora wth cares, and halteni. g to my end; Yet you pursue sage Solomon's advice, 151 How I have liv d, alas ! you now too well, To work by countel when attairs are nice : In worldly tollies, which I blush to tell ; 90 But with the Wise Mau's leave, I inuft proteft, But gracious heaven has ope'd my eyes at last, So may my soul arrive at eale and reft With due regret I view my vices past,
As itill I hold your own advice the best. 135 And, as the precept of the Church decrees, Sir, I have liv'da' ourtier all my days, Will take a wife, a. d live in holy ease.
And ftudy'd inen, their manners, and their ways; But, fonce by counsel all things thould be donc, And bave obsery'd this useful maxim ftill, And many beads are wiser ill than one;
To let my betters always have their will. Chuse you for me, who beli A all be content Nay, it
my Lord affirm'd that black was white, When my dei re's approv'd by your consent. My word was this, Your bonour's in :be right. One cautio yet is needful to be told,
Th’arning Wit, who dcems himself to wie, To guide your choice; this wile muft 1.0t be old: As his mista en patron to advise, There goes a saying, and 'twas threwdly said, Let him not care to vent his dangerous thought, Old fish at table but young flesh in bed.
A noble fool was never in a fault.
165 My soul abhors the tafteleis, dry embrace This, Sir, aftcais not you, whose every word Of a liale virgia with a wirter face :
Is weigh'd with judg nent, and befits a Lord: In that cold feason Love but treats his guest 104 Your will is mine ; and is (I will maintain) With bean-straw, and tough forage at the best Pleasing to God, and should be fo to man ! No crafty widows frall approach my bed; At least, your courage all the world must praise, These are too wise for bachelors to wed; Who dare to wed is yo ir declining days. 171 As subtle clerks by many schools are made, Indulge the vigour of your mounting blood, Twice marry'd dames are mistresses o'th' trace: Adlet grey fonks be indolently good, But young and tender virgins, rul'd with ease, Who pait all pleasure, damn the joys f sense, We form like wax, and mould them as we please. With reverend dulness, and grave impotence: 175
Conceive me, Sirs, nor take my sense amuiss; Juriin, who flent sat, and lieard the mail, 'Tis what concerns my soul's eter, al bliss : Thus, with a philosophic frown, began. Since it I found no pleasure in my :pouse, 115
A leathen author of the fir it degree, As ieh is frail, and who (God help me) knows? (Who, though not Faith, bad Sense as well as we) Then I ft ould live in lewd adultery,
Bids us be certain our concerns to trust
180 And link doworight to Satan when I die? To those of generous principles, and just. Or were I curs'd with an unfruitful bed,
The venture's greater, I'll presuine to say, The righteous end were lost, for which I wed; To give your person, than your goods away : To raise up seed to bless the powers above, 121. And therefore, Sir, as you regard your reft, And not for pleasure only, or for love.
First learn your lady's qualities at leat: Think not I doat; 'tis time to take a wife, Whether the 's chatte or rampant, proud or civil, When vigorous blood forbids a chafter life : Meck as a saint, or haughty as the devil; Those that are bleft with store of grace divine, 125 Whether an easy, fond, familiar fool, May live like faints, by heaven's confent and mine. , Or such a wit as no man e'er can rule.
And since I speak of wedlock, let me say, 'Tis true, perfe&tion none must hope to find 190 (As, thank iny stars, in modeft truth I may) In all this world, much less in womankind; Mly limbs are aclive, ftill I'm found at heart, But, if her virtues prove the larger share, And a new vigour (prings in every part 130 Bless the kind fates, and think your fortune rare, Think not my virtue lost, though time has med Ah, gentle Sir, take warning of a friend, These reverend honours on my hoary head; Who knows too well the state
you thus comiend: Thus trees are crown'd with blossoms white as And, spite of all his praises, muft declare, 195 snow,
All he can find is bondage, coft, and care. Tbc vital sap rben rising from below :
Heaven knows, I thed full many a private tear, Chafte, though not rich'; and, though not nobly
To país my age in fanclity and eale ;
And than the powers, I may poNeis alone But, by the immortal powers, I feel the pain, The lovely prize, and I are my bliss with none ! And he that smarts has reason to complain. 205 If you, my friends, this virgin can procure, Do what you lift, for me ; you must be lage, My joys are full, my happiness is sure. And cautious fure ; for wisdom is in age :
One only doubt remains: Full oft I've heard, but at theíe years, to venture on the air; By casuifts grave, and deep divincs averr’d, Ry him who made the ocean, earth, and air, That 'tis too much for human race to know 270 To please a wife, when her occasions call, The bliss of heaven abnue, and carth below. Fould busy the most vigorous of us all.
Now Dould the nuptial pleasures prove so great, And trust me, Sir, the chaftct you can chule To match the blefii gs oi the ruture itate, Will an: obfervance, and exact her dues.
Thrse endless joys were ill-exchang’d for these ; liwhat I speak my noble Lord offend,
Then clear this doubt, and set my mind at calc. diy tedious sermon here is at an end.
215 This Jusin heard, nor could his spleen control, Tis well, 'tis wondrous well, the Knight re Touch'd to the quic'', and tic ked at the oul. plies,
Sir Knight, he cry'd, if this be all you dread, Mloft worthy kinsman, faith you 're mighty wise! Heaven put it paft your doubt, whene'er you We, Sir, are fools, and must relign the cause
wed; To heathenih authors, proverbs, aud old saws. And to my fervent prayers so far consent, 280 He spoke with fcorn, and turu'd another way : That, ere the rites are o'er, you may repent! What does my friend, my dear Placebo, fay? Good Heaven, no doubt, the nuptial ftate ana Ifay, quoth he, by heaven the man 's to blame,
proves, To fander wives, and wedlock's holy name. S'nce it chastises still what best it loves.
At this the council rose, without delay; Then be not, Sir, abandon'd to despair; Each, in his own opinion, went his way; 225 Seek, and perhaps you'll find among the fair, With full consent, that, all disputes appea'd, One that may do your bufiness to a hair; The knight Ihould marry, wbcu aud where he Not ev'n in with, your happiness delay, plas'd.
But prove the scourge to lath you on your way : Who now but January exults with joy? Then to the lies your mounting foul shall go, The charms of wedlock all his soul employ; Swift as an arrow soaring from the bow ! Each nymph by turns his wavering mind posest, Provided fill, you moderate your joy, And reigni'd the snort-liv'd tyrant of his breast; Nor in your pleasures all your might canploy, While fancy pictur'd every lively part,
Let reason's rule your strong desres alnie, And each bright image wanderd oer bis heart. Nor please too lavishly your gentle mate. Thus, in fome public Forum fix'd on higli, Old wives there are, of julgment mo't acuite, A Mirrour shows the figures inoving by ;
Who folve these questions beyond all difpute; Still one by one, in (wiit succession, pass
Consult with those, and te of beiter chear; The gliding shadows o'er the polith'd glass. Marry, do penance, and dismiss your fear. This Lady's charms the nice it could no: blame,
So faid, they rose, nor inore the work delay'd; But vile suspicions had aspers'd her fame; The match was ofler), the proposals made. gro That was with ferse, but not with virtue, bleft;
The parents, you may thin, would soon con. And one had grace, that wanted all the reít, 241
ply; Thus doubting long what nymph he tould obey, | The Old have interest ever in their eye. He fix'd at last upon the youthful May.
Nor was it hard to move the 1 ady' mind; Her faults he knew not, Love is always blind, When fortune favours, fill the Far are kind, But every charm revolv'd within his mind: 245
I pass each previous citlemer t and deed, 305 Her tender age, her form divinely fair,
Too long for me to write, or you to read; Her easy motion, her attraxive air,
Nor will with quairt impertience display ller sweet behaviour, her enchanting face, Her moving softness, and majettic grace.
The pomp, the pageantry, the rroud array.
The time approachd, to Church the parties went Much in his prudence did our knight rejoice,
At once with car: al and devout intent:
310 And thought no mortal could dispute his choice :
Forth came the Priel, and bade th' obedient wiie Once more in haste he funnion'd every friend,
Like Sarah or Rcbecca lead her life; And told them all, their pains were at au e d.
Then pray'd the powers the fruitful bed to bleis, Heaven, that (said he) inspir'd me first to wed,
A. d made all fure enough with holineis. Provides a comfort worthy of my hed:
Ado w the palace-gates are open'd wide, let none oppose th'election, fince on this
Thequefte appear in order, kde by de,
Ardulac'lin' at the liridegroomnand she bride.
The hreat'; feites ootes are card around, Young, branitou?, artless, innocent, and wife ;
And the fi.rill trumpets mix their Silver feuid;
The vaulted roofs with echoing mufic ring, 326 By this the feets were spread, the bride un. These touch the vocal stops, and those the trem dressid, bling string.
The room was sprinkled, and the bed was Not thus Amph on tun'd the warbling lyre,
bleis'd. Nor Joab the founding clarion could inspire, What next ensued beseems me not to say ; Nor fierce Theodomas, whose sprightly strain "Tissuug, he labour'd till the dawning day, Could swell the soul to rage, and fire the martial | Then briskly sprung from bed, with heart fo train,
light, Bacchus hinself, the nuptial feast to grace, As all were nothing he had done by night; (5o Poets fing) was present on the place : And spp'd his cordial as he sat upright. And lovely Venus, Goddess of delight,
He kisse his balmy spouse with wanton play, Shook high her fiaming torch in open fight, And feebly sung a lusty roundelay : And danc'd around, and senild on every Knight: Then on the couch his weary limbs he cast; 399 Pleas'd her best servant would his courage try,,
For every labour must have rest at last. No less in wedlock than in liberty.
But anxious cares the pensive Squire oppref'd, Full many an age old Hymen had not spy'd Sleep ficd his eyes, and peace forsook his bréali: So kind a bridegroom, or so bright a bride. The raging flames that in his bosom dwell, Ye bards ! renown'd among the tuneful throng He wanted art to hide, and means to tell ; For gentle lays, and joyous nuptial fong i 356 Yet hoping iime the occa fon miglyt betray, Think not your foiteit nurber can display Compos'd a fonnet to the lovely May ; The matchless glories of this blissful day ; Which, writ and folded with the nicest art, The joys are such as far transcend your rage, He wrapp'd in flk, aod laid upon his heart. When teoder youth has wedded stooping age.
When now the fourth revolving day was ruin The beauteous dame fat smiling at the board, ('Twas June, and (ancer had receir'd the Sur) And darted amorous glances at her Lord. Forth from her chamber came the beauteou. Not Hefter's felf, who le charmıs the Hebrews fing, bride; E’er look'd so lovely on her Persian King; The good old Knight mov'd flowly by her side. Bright as the rising fan in summer's day, 345 High mass was fung : they feafted in the ball : And frein and blooming as the month of May! The fervants round stood ready at their call. 455 The joyful Knight survey'd her by his f.de, The Squire alone was absent from the board, Nor envy'd Paris with the Spartan vride : And much his fickness grievid bis worthy Still as his mind revolvod with vast delight
Lord, Th entrancing raplures of th’-approaching night, who pray'd his spouse, attended with jer Restless he fate, invoking every power
train, To speed his biifs, and bafte the happy hour. To visit Damian, and divert bis pain. Meantiine the vigorous dancers beat the ground, Th' obliging dames obey'd with one con le al; And fongs were sung, and flowing bowls went They left the ball, and to his lodging went.. round.
The female tribe surround him as he lay, With odorous (pices they perfum'd the place, 355 And close bel die him fate the gentle May : And mirth and pleasure thone in every face. Where, as ihe try'd his pulfe, he softly drew Dainian alone of all the menial train,
A beaving sigh, and ca'l a mournful view ! Sad in the midst of triumphs, figh'u for pain ; Thien gave his bill, and brib's the powers divina, Tarian alone, the Knight's obsequious squire, With secret vows, to fayour his defign. Consun'd at beart and fed a secret fire.
Who trudious now but di contented May ? T'iis lovely Mistress all liis soul possess d ;
On her fost couch uneasily fre lay : I le look'l, he languish'd, and could take no rest: Che lumpish huband (or'd away the night, 4:9 His task perform’d, he fadly went his way, Till coughs awak'd hiin near the morning light. Tel on his bed, and loath'd the light of day. What then he did I ll not presume to tell, There let him lie, till his relecting danie 355 Yor if she thought hersel in heaven or hell : Weep in her tur!, and wafie in cqual Name. Honest and dull in nup'ial bed they lay,
The verry fun, as caracd Poets write, Till the bell toll'd, and all arose to pray. 425 Forfork th' Horizon, and rolld down the light; Were it by forceful destiny decreed, While glittering stars his absent beams supply, Or did from chance, or nature's power proAnd night's dark mantle overspread the fiy. 370 ceed; Then rose the guets; and, as the time requir'd, Or that fome fiar, with aípest kind to love, Eac'ı şairi his thanks, and decently retird. Shed its selected influence from above; I he fne once gone, our Kright prepar'd + Whatever was the cause, the tender dame
relt the first motions of an infant Arme; So keen he was, and eager to possess :
Receiv'd the imprellions of the love-lick Squire, But frit thought fit th' affhance to receive, 375 And wafied in the fort infeátious fre. Which grave Phyfcians fcruple not to give ; Ye fair, draw near, let Day's example Satyrion near, with her Eringos food, Cantharides, to fre his lazy blood,
Your gentle mind; to pity those who love! 453 Whore ule o!! Pard's describe in luscious rhymes, Fad fome fierce tyrant in her ite:d bcen found, And Critics lcarnd explain to modern times, Th: poor adorer Turc hud hung', or drown's: