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The choicest of its curses shed '
To sum up all the rage of Fate,
In the two things I dread and hate; 20
Mayst thou be false, and I be great'
Thus, on his Celia's panting breast,
Fond Celadon his soul express'd;
While with delight the lovely maid
Receiv'd the vows, she thus repaid:
Hope of my age, joy of my youth,
Blest miracle of love and truth !
All that could e'er be counted mine,
My love and life, long since are thine:
A real joy I never knew, 30
Till I believ'd thy passion true:
A real grief I ne'er can find,
Till thou prov'st perjur'd or unkind.
Contempt, and poverty, and care,
All we abhor, and all we fear,
Blest with thy presence, I can bear.
Through waters, and through flames I'll go,
Sufferer and solace of thy woe:
Trace me some yet unheard-of way,
That I thy ardour may repay; 40
And make my constant passion known,
By more than woman yet has done.
Had I a wish that did not bear
The stamp and image of my dear;
I'd pierce my heart through every vein,
And die to let it out again.
No: Venus shall my witness be,
(If Wenus ever lov'd like me)
That for one hour I would not quit
My shepherd's arms, and this retreat, 50
To be the Persian monarch's bride,
Partner of all his power and pride;
Or rule in regal state above,
Mother of gods, and wife of Jove.
O happy these of human race
But soon, alas! our pleasures pass.
He thank’d her on his bended knee;
Then drank a quart of milk and tea:
And leaving her ador'd embrace,
Hasten’d to court, to beg a place. 60
While she, his absence to bemoan,
The very moment he was gone,
Call'd Thyrsis from beneath the bed
Where all this time he had been hid.
While men have these ambitious fancies;
And wanton wenches read romances;
Our sex will—What? out with it. Lie ;
And theirs in equal strains reply.
The moral of the tale I sing
(A posy for a wedding ring) 70
In this short verse will be confin'd:
Love is a jest, and vows are wind.
* Could not be kept from Jove's embrace R** By doors of steel, and walls of brass. The reason of the thing is clear; Would Jove the naked truth aver: Cupid was with him of the party, And show'd himself sincere and hearty: For, give that whipster but his errand, He takes my Lord Chief Justice' warrant; 10 Dauntless as death away he walks; Breaks the doors open; snaps the locks; Searches the parlour, chamber, study; Nor stops till he has culprit's body. Since this has been authentic truth, By age deliver'd down to youth; Tell us, mistaken husband, tell us, Why so mysterious, why so jealous? Does the restraint, the bolt, the bar Make us less curious, her less fair? 20 The spy, which does this treasure keep, Does she ne'er say her prayers, nor sleep? Does she to no excess incline? Does she fly music, mirth, and wine? Or have not gold and flattery power To purchase one unguarded hour? Your care does farther yet extend: That spy is guarded by your friend.— But has this friend nor eye, nor heart?
May he not feel the cruel dart, 30
Which, soon or late, all mortals feel?
May he not, with too tender zeal,
Give the fair pris'ner cause to see,
How much he wishes she were free?
May he not craftily infer
The rules of friendship too severe,
Which chain him to a hated trust;
Which make him wretched, to be just 2
And may not she, this darling she,
Youthful and healthy, flesh and blood, 40
Easy with him, illus’d by thee,
Allow this logic to be good 2
Sir, will your questions never end?
I trust to neither spy nor friend.
In short, I keep her from the sight
Of every human face.—She'll write.—
From pen and paper she's debarr'd.—
Has she a bodkin and a card?
She'll prick her mind.—She will, you say:
But how shall she that mind convey? 50
I keep her in one room: I lock it:
The key (look here) is in this pocket.
The key-hole, is that left? most certain,
She'll thrust her letter through—Sir Martin.
Dear angry friend, what must be done?
Is there no way?—There is but one.
Send her abroad; and let her see,
That all this mingled mass, which she,
Being forbidden, longs to know,
Is a dull farce, an empty show, 60
Powder, and pocket-glass, and beau;
A staple of romance and lies,
False tears, and real perjuries:
Where sighs and looks are bought and sold ;
And love is made but to be told ;
Where the fat bawd, and lavish heir
The spoils of ruin’d beauty share:
And youth, seduc’d from friends and fame,
Must give up age to want and shame.
Let her behold the frantic scene, 70
The women wretched, false the men:
And when, these certain ills to shun,
She would to thy embraces run;
Receive her with extended arms:
Seem more delighted with her charms:
Wait on her to the park and play:
Put on good humour; make her gay :
Be to her virtues very kind;
Be to her faults a little blind;
Let all her ways be unconfin'd; 80
And clap your padlock—on her mind.
WoANS CARVEL, impotent and old, At Married a lass of London mould : § Handsome 2 enough; extremely gay: * Lov’d music, company, and play: High flights she had, and wit at will; And so her tongue lay seldom still: For in all visits who but she, To argue, or to repartee?