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Behold the conflicts of the generous steeds, Has not the emperor got some envoy here?
Don't the states general assist them all?
Should we not be in danger, if they fall? It is no treacherous or base piece of art,
If Savoy's duke and prince Eugene could incet Tapprove the side with which the fair takes part: In this solemnity, 'twould be complete. For equal passion equal minds will strike,
Think you that Barcelona could have stood Either in commendation or dislike.
Without the hazard of our noblest blood ?
Did many towns in Flanders then submit?
Oh, could my wish but fame eternal give,
The laurel on those brows should ever live!” If danger dares approach him, how we start !
The British worth in nothing need despair, Our frighted blood runs trembling to our heart : When it has such assistance from the fair. He takes the wounds, but we endure the smart. As Virtue merits, it expects regard ; And Nature by such instances does prove, And Valour flies, where Beauty's the reward. That we fear most for that which most we love. Therefore, if chance should make her saddle slide, Or any thing should slip, or be untied, Oh, think it not a too officious care
PART II. With eagerness to run and help the fair, We offer small things to the powers above : In love-affairs the theatre has part, 'Tis not our merit that obtains their love. That wise and most instructing scene of art, So when Eliza, whose propitious days
Where Vice is punish'd with a just reward, Revolving Heaveu does seem again to raise ; And Virtue meets with suitable regard ; Whose ruling genius show'd a master-stroke Where mutual Love and Friendship find return, In every thing she did, and all she spoke; But treacherous Insolence is biss'd with seorn, Was stepping o'er a passage, which the rain And Love's unlawful wiles in torment burn. Had fill’d, and seem'd as stepping back again; This without blushes whilst a virgin sees, Young Raleigh scorn'd to see his queen retreat, Upon some brave spectator Love may seize, And threw his velvet-cloak beneath her feet. Who, till she sends it, never can have ease. The queen approv'd the thought, and made him As thines that were the best at first greato.
By their corruption grow the worst; Mark when the queen her thanks divine would The modern stage takes liberties give
Unseen by our forefathers' eyes.
As bees from bive, from mole-bill ants;
All crowding to the comedy,
For to be seen, and not to see.
Yeť still they have some native shame:
And ev'n their impudence is mask'd : With stately steps, and eight well-chosen steeds, For Nature would be modest still, From every palace beauties may be seen,
And there's reluctancy in will. That will acknowledge none but her for queen.
Sporting and plays had barmless been, Then, if kind Chance a lovely maid has thrown And might by any one be seen, Next to a youth with graces like her own,
Till Romulus began to spoil them, Much she would learn, and many questions ask; Who kept a palace, callid Asylum; The answers are the lover's pleasing task.
Where bastards, pimps, and thieves, and pandars, “ Is that the man who made the French to f? Were listed all to be commanders. What place is Blenheim ? is the Danube nigh? But then the rascals were so poor, Where was 't that he with sword victorious stood, They could not cbange a rogue for whore; And made their trembling squadrons choose the And neighbouring jades resolv'd to tarry, flood ?
Rather than with such scrubs they'd marry. What is the gold adorns this roval state?
But, for to cheat thein, and be wiv'd, Is it not hammer'd all from Vigo's plate?
They knavishly a farce contriv'd. Don't it require a most prodigious care
No gilded pillars there were seen, To manage treasures in the height of war?
Nor was the cloth they trod on green. Must he not be of calmest truth possest,
No ghosts came from the cellar crying, Presides o'er councils of the royal breast?
Nor angels from the garret flying, Sea-fights are surely dismal scenes of war!
The house was made of sticks and bushes, Pray, sir, were e ver you at Gibraltar?
And all the floor was strcw'd with rushes:
The seats were raised with turf and sods, 6 Sir Walter Raleigh is well known to have been Whence heroes might be view'd, and gods, indebted to this little mark of gallantry for his Paris and Helen was the play, rise at court. N.
And how both of them ran away.
Romulus bade his varlets go
Take care how you from virtue stray; Invite the Sabines to his show.
For scandal follows the same way, Unto this opera no rate is :
And more than truth it will devise, They all were free to come in gratis:
Old poets did delight in lies, And they, as girls will seldom miss
Which modern ones now call surprise. A merry meeting, came to this.
Some say that Myrrha lov'd her father, There was much wishing, sighing, thinking, That Byblis lik'd her brother rather. Not without whispering, and winking.
And in such tales old Greece did glory: Their pipes had then no shaking touch:
Amongst the which, pray take this story. Their song and dance were like the Dutch:
Crete was an isle, whose fruitful nations The whole performance was by men,
Swarm'd with an hundred corporations, Because they had no eunuchs then.
And there upon Mount Ida stood But, whilst the music briskly play'd,
A renerable spacious wood, Romulus at his cue display'd
Within whose centre was a grove The sign for each mau to his maid.
Immortaliz'd by birth of Jove : “ Huzza !" they cry; then seize: some tremble In vales below a buil was fed, In real fact, though most dissemble.
Whom all the kine obey'd as head; Some are attempting an escape,
Betwixt his horns a tuft of black did
grow, And others softly cry, “ A rape!”
But all the rest of him was driven snow. Whilst some bawl out, " That they had rather (Our tale to truth does not confine us.) Than twenty pound lose an old father.”
At the same time one justice Minos, Some look extremely pale, and others red,
That liv'd hard-by, was married lately; Sume wish they'd ne'er been born, or now were dead, And, that his bride might show more stately, And others fairly wish themselves a-bed.
Whin through her pedigree he run,
Found she was daughter to the Sun.
And, as her father, she was bright.
This lady took up an odd fancy, Their rapes and lewdness without shame;
That with his bull she fain would dance ye. Their vice and villany's the same.
She'd mow him grass, and cut down boughs, Ill be their fate who would corrupt the stage,
On which his stateliness might browse.
Whilst thus she hedges breaks and climbs,
She'd rather trudge among the kine.
Then at her toilet she would say,
6 Methinks I look bizarre to day. Now learn those arts which teach you to obtain Sure my glass lies, I'm not so fair : Toose beauties which you see divinely reign.
Oh, were this face o'ergrown with hair!
But now I'm liker to a sow
Than, what I wish to be, a cow 'Tis then we purple view, and costly rem,
What would I give that I could lough! And with more admiration gaze on thein.
My bull-y cares for none of those Faults seek the dark; they who by moon-light woo, That are afraid to spoil their clothes: May find their fair-one as inconstant too.
Did he but love me, he'd not fail When Modesty supported is by Truth,
To take ine with my draggle-tail.” There is a bo'dness that becomes your youth.
Then tears would fall, and then she'd : la gentle sounds disclose a lover's care, 'Tis better than your sizhing and despair.
As would the Devil upon Dun.
Say, “ How she frisks it o'er the plain,
Runs on, and then turns back again! But harden'd Impudence sometimes will try
She seems a bear resolv'd to prance, At things which Justics cannot but deny.
Or a she-ass that tries to dance. Then, what that says is insolence and pride,
In vain she thinks hers If so fine : Is Prudence, with firm Honour for its guide.
She can't please bull-y, for he's mine. The lady's counsels often are betray'd
But 'tis revenge alone assuages By trustings crets to a servile maid,
My envy when the passion rages. The whole intrignes of whose insidious brain
Here, rascal, quickly yoke that cow, Are base, and only terminate in gain.
And see the shrivel'd carrion plough.
But second counsel's best: she dies :
'Tis thus my rivals P'll remove
lo in Egypt's worship’r now, To tender females than the Trojan horse.
Since Jove transform'd her to a cow,
'Twas on a bull Europa came
You in your scall did promise carriage, To that blest land which bears her name.
And gave me proofs of fature marriage; Who knows what fate's ordain'd for me
But then last night away did creep, The languishing Pasiphaë,
And basely left me fast asleep.” Had I a bull as kind as she !"
Then she is falling in a fit: When madness rages with unusual fire,
But don't grow uglier one bit. 'Tis not in Nature's power to quench desire;
The flood of tears rather supplies
The bubbies then are beat again :
Will come of me? oh; tell me that !”
Bacco was drawer at the Sun,
And had his belly like his tun: LET youth avoid the noxious heat of wine :
Por blubber-lips and checks all bloated,
And frizzled pate, the youth was note.
Six links and lanterns, 'cause 'twas dark yet, Reels, tumbles, lies, and is enforc'd to stay.
He press'd from Covent-Garden market: Then courage rises, when the spirit's fir'd,
Then his next captives were the waits, And rages to possess the thing desir'd:
Who play'd lest he should break their pates. Care vanishes through the exalted blood,
But, as along in state he passes, And sorrow passes in the purple flood;
He met a fellow driving asses: Laughter proceeds; nor can he want a soul,
For there are several folks, whose trade is Whose thoughts in fancied heaps of plenty roll. To milk them for consumptive ladies. Uncommon freedom lets the lips impart
Nothing would serve but get astride, Plain simple truth from a dissembling heart.
And the old bell-man too must ride. Then to some wanton passion be must run,
What with their hooting shunting yell, Which his discreeter hours would gladly sbun; The scene had something in't of Hell. Where he the time in thoughtless ease may pass, And who should all this rabble meet, And write his billet-dour upon the glass ;
But Gnossy, drabbling in the street? Whilst sinking eyes with languishment profess The fright destroy'd her speech and colour, Follies his tongue refuses to confess.
And all remembrance of her sculler. Then his good-nature will take t'other sup,
Her conduct thrice bade her be flying: If she'll first kiss, that he may kiss the cup.
Her fears thrice hinder'd her from trying..' Then something nice and costly he could eat,
Like bullrushes on side of brook, Supposing still that she will carve the meat.
Or aspin leaves, her joints all shook. But, if a brother or a husband's by,
Bacco cry'd out, “ I'm come, my dear; Whom the ill-natur'd world may call a spy,
l'll soon disperse all thoughts of fear: He thinks it not below him to pretend
Nothing but joys shall revel here." The open-heartedness of a true frierd;
Then, hugging her in brawny arm, Gives him respect surpassing his dezree:
Protested, “ She should have no harm : The person that is meant by all is she.
But rather would assure her, he
And that, encircled all around
With glass and candles many a pound, And all the lover's business is to keep
She should with bells command the bar, His thoughts from anger, and his eyes from sleep : And call her rooms Sun, Moon, and Star: He'll laugh ye, dance ye, sing ye, vault, look gay, That the good company were met, And ruffle all the ladies in his play.
And should not want a wedding-treat." But still the gentleman's extremely fine ;
In short, they married, and both made ré, There's nothing apish in him but the wine. He a free landlord, she a kind landlady. Many a mortal has been bit
The Spartan lords their villains would invite By marrying in the drunken fit.
To an excess of drink in children's sight: To lay the matter plain before ye,
The parent thus their innocence would save, Pray hearken whilst I tell my story.
And to the load of winc condemn the slave.
TRE season must be mark'd for nice address : Uulac'd her boddice, and her gown
A grant ill-tim'd will make the favour less. And petticoats hung dangling down:
Not the wise gardener more discretion needs Her shoes were slipt, her ancles bare,
To manage tender plants and hopeful seeds, And all around her flew her yellow hair.
To know when rain, when warinth, must guard “ Oh, cruel Theseus ! can you go,
his flowers, And leave your little Gnossis so?
Than lovers do to watch their most auspicious
As the judicious pilot views from far
This is a stratagem of Capid's war: The influences of each rising star,
She'd, like a Parthian, wound you from afar, Where signs of future calms or storms appear, And by this art your constancy would try: When fitti:g to be bold, and when to fear;
Ste's nearest much when seeming thus to fly. So Love's attendant by long art descries
Pursue the fair disdain through every place The rise of growing passion from the eyes. That with her presence she vouchsafes to grace. Love has its festival as well as last,
If to the play she goes, be there, and see Nor does its carnival for ever last.
How love rewarded makes the comedy. What was a visit, now is to intrude;
Fly to the park, if thither she'd retire; What's civil now, to-niorrow will be rude.
Perhaps some gentle breeze may fan the fire. Small signs denote great things: the happy man But if to court, then follow, where you'll find That can retrieve a glove, or falling fan,
Majestic Truth with sacred Hymen join'd. With grateful joy the benefit receives,
It is in vain some study to profess Whilst with desponding care his rival grieves. Their inclination by too nice a dress,
Whene'er it may secm proper you should write, As not content with maniy cleanliness. Lt Ovid the prevailing words indite :
Mein, shape, or manner, no addition needs : By Scrope", by Duke, by Muigrave, then be taught, There's someting careless that all art exceeds. And Dryden's equal numbers tune your thought. Adonis from his lonely solitudes, Subinissive voice and words do best agree
Rough Theseus landing from the bring floods, To their hard fortune, who must suppliants be. Hippolitus fresh huntinz from the woods, It was by speech like this great Priam won O'er heroines of race divine prevail'd, [fail'd. Acbiles suul, and so obtain'd his son.
Where powder'd wig and snuff-box might have Hope is an useful goddess in your case,
No youth that's wise will to his figure trust, And will increase your speed in Cupid's race. As if so fine to be accosted tirst. Though in its promises it fail soin: times,
Distress must ask, and gratefuily receive: Yet with fresh resolution stiil it climbs.
'Tis Heaven and Beauty's honour they can give. Though much is lost at play; yet Hope at last There's some have thought that looking pale and Drives on, and meets with some successful cast.
wan, Why then make haste; on paper ting’d with gold, With a submission that is less than man, By quill of dore, thy love-sick tale unfold. Might gain their end; but sunk in the attempt, Move sprightly, knowing 'tis for life yon push: And found, that which they merited, contempt. Your letter will not, though yourself might blush. Gain but admittance, half your story's told: 'Tis no ignoble maxim ļ would teach
There's nothing then remains but to be bold. The British youth-to study rules of speech : Venus and Fortune will assist your claim; That governs cities, that epacts our laws,
And Cupid dart the breast at which you aim. Gives s cret strength to justice in a cause.
No need of studied speech, or skilful rules: To that the crowd, the judge, the senate, yield: Love has an eloquence beyond the schools; 'Gainst that ev'n Beauty can't maintain the field. Where softest words and accents will be found Couceal your art, and let your words appear All flowing in, to form the charming sound. Common, not vulgar; not too plain, though clear. Of her you love bright images you'll raise : Show not your eloquence at the first sight; When just, they are not fattery, but praise. But from your shade rise by degrees of light. What can be said too much of what is good, Dreas thougbts as if Love's silence first were Since an immortai fame is Virtue's food ? broke,
For nine years' space Egypt had fruitless stood, And wounded heart with trembling passion spoke. Without the aid of Nile's prolific flood;
Suppose that your first letter is sent back; When Thrasius said, “That blessing to regain, Yet sbe may yield upon the next attack.
The gods require a stranger sbould be slain." If not; by art a diamond rough in hue
“ Be thou the man," (the fierce Busiris cries:) Shall brighten up all-glorious to the view.
“ P'll make th’adviser his own sacrifice; Soft water-drops the marble will destroy,
Nor can he blame the voice by which he dies." And ten years' siege prove conqueror of Troy.
Perillus, first and last of's trade,
With fire beneath, and water bot,
And gave him, like an honest fellow,
Than, “ He that thinks of ill, should feel it first." 7 Sir Car Scrope, one of those writers in the Curst be their arts, unstudied be their trade, reign of king Charles the second, that Mr. Pope Who female truth by falsehood would invade:
That can betray a friend or kinsman's names, The mob of gentlemen who write with ease.
And by that covert hide unlawful flames:
Whose eager passion finds its sure relief, He was created a baronet, January 16, 1666. The When terminating in another's grief! greater part of bis writings consist of translations Careless hereafter what they promise now, from Ovid, Virgil, and Horace, with some love To the Æolian winds comunit their vow; songs and lampouns. Some specimens of them Then cite th' example of the faithless Jove, are to be found in the Select Collection of Miscel-Who laughs, they say, at perjury in love. lany Poeins, 1780. He died some time in the year They think they have a thousand ways to please, 1680. N.
Ten thousand more to rob the mind of ease.
For, as the Earth in various birth abounds,
One said, her fingers were most fitting Their humour dances in fantastic rounds;
For the most fiddling work of knitting. Like Proteus, can be lion, river, bear,
Then one her wedding-bed would make, A tree, or any thing that's fram'd of air.
And all must help her for love's sake. Thus they lay snares, thus they set off their bait Zoe, undrest in might-gown tawdry, With all the fine allurements of deceit.
With clumsy fist must work embroidery; But they, who through this course of mischief Whilst others try her greasy clunches run,
With stoning currants in whole bunches, Will find that fraud is various, virtue one.
But there was one, call'd Dedamy, Achilles, a gigantic boy,
Mistrusted something by the by, Was wanted at the siege of Troy:
And, sighing, thus one night she said, His country's danger did require him,
“ Why, Zoe may n't we go to bed ?” And all the generals did desire him:
“Soon as you picase, good mistress Ded." For Discord, you must know, had thrown
The flecting months soon roll about; An apple where 'twas two to one;
Time came when murder all must out. But, if a stir was made about it,
Zoe, for fear of the old man, Two of the three must go without it:
Into the army quickly ran; And so it was; for Paris gave it
And sav'd the slitting of his nose, To Venus, who resolv'd to have it.
By timely changing of her clothes. (The story here would be too long :
Thus, whilst we Glory's dictates shan, But you may find it in the song.)
Into the snares of yice we run; Venus, although not over-virtuous,
And he that should his country serve, Yet still designing to be courteous,
And beauty by his worth deserve, Resolved to procure the varlet
In female softness wanton stays,
And what he shouid adore betrays.
But now, O happy youth, thy prize is found,
And all thy wishes with success are crown'd. The breach of hospitable laws:
Not lo Pæans, when Apollo's praisd; Though done to one, yet common grief
Not trophies to victorious Grecians rais'd; Made all unite to seek relief.
Not acclamations of exalted Rome, But, when they sought the country round, To welcome peace with her Augustus home; There's no Achilles could be found.
Can more delight a brave and generous mind, His mother was afraid t’have lost him,
Than it must you to see a beauty kind: And therefore thus she did accost himn :
The bays to me with gratitude you'll give, My pretty dear, let me persuade ye
Like Hesiod and like Homer make me live. This once for to become a lady.
Thus Pelops on triumphant chariot brought This petticoat and mantua take,
Hippodamy, with his life's danger bought. And wear this nightrail for my sake.
Thus prosperous Jason, rich with golden fleece, I've made your knots all of the smallest,
On Argo's vocal timber sail'd to Greece. Because you're somcthing of the tallest.
But stay, fond youth; the danger is not past: I'd have you never go unlac’d,
You're not arriv'd in port, nor anckor cast, For fear of spoiling of your waist.
From you my heart may still more bays deserve, Now languish ou me-scorn me now
If what by me you gain'd, by me you shall preSmile-frowp-run-laugh-I see 'twill do. Nor than the conquest is the glory less, (sene, You'd perfect all you now begin,
To fix the throne on that which yon possess. Only for poking out your chin.”
Now, Erato, divinest, softest Muse,
Whose name and office both do love infuse, To Lycomede, and there pretends
Assist my great design: if Venus' son, It was a daughter of a friend's,
That vagabond, would from his mother run, Who, grown full large by country feeding, And then, with soaring wings and body light, Was sent to her, to mend ber breeding.
Through the vast world's extent would take his Herself had now no child, nor no man
flight; To trust but him, poor lonely woman!
By artful bonds let me secure his stay, That might reward him well hereafter,
And make his universal power obey. If he would use her as his daughter.
Whilst I my art would thus improve, In choice of names, as Iris, Chloe,
And fondly thought to shackle Love, Psyche and Phillis, she took Zoe.
Two neighbours that were standing by, Th’ old man receiv'd her, and exprest
Tormented both with jealousy, Much kindness for his topping guest :
Told me it was in vain to try. Show'd her his girls; said, “ Whilst she'd stay, When one began his tale, as thus: His Zoe should be us'd as they."
“ Perhaps you've beard of Dedalus, At first there much reservdness past:
When Minos would have made hin stay, But, when acquaintance grew at last,
How through the clouds he found his was. They'd jest, and every one would show
He was a workman wise and good, Her works, which she could never do.
Building was what he understood.