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But grant, in Public Men sometimes are shown, A Woman's feen in Private life alone :

200 Our bolder Talents in full light display'd ; Your Virtues

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fairest in the shade. Bred to disguise, in Public 'tis you hide;

’ There, none distinguish’twixt your Shame or Pride,

life :

VARIATIONS
After % 198. in the MS.

Fain I'd in Fulvia spy the tender Wife;
I cannot prove it on her, for my
And, for a noble pride, I blush no less,
Instead of Berenice, to think on Bess.
Thus while immortal Cibber only sings
(As * and H**y preach) for queens and kings,
The nymph, that ne'er read Milton's mighty line,
May, if the love, and merit verle, have mine.

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NOTES. vant to the late King, said to tain Examples and Illustrations

to the Maxims laid down; and whom he took at the Siege of tho' some of these have since Buda, and constantly kept a- been found, viz. the Characbout his person. P.

ters of Philomedé, Atosa, Cloe, Ibid. Dr. Stephen Hale, not and fome verses following, omore estimable for his useful thers are still wanting, nor can discoveries as a natural Philo- we answer that these are exactsopher, than for his exemplary ly inserted. Life and Pastoral Charity as a VER. 203. Bred to disguis, Parish Priest.

in Public 'tis you bide ;] There Ver. 199. But grant, in is something particular in the Public, &c.j In the former Edi- turn of this assertion, as makditions, between this and the ! ing their disguiling in public foregoing lines, a want of Con- the necctary effect of their benexion might be perceived, oc- | ing bred to disguise; but if we casioned by the omission of cer- confider that female Education

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Weakness or Delicacy; all fo nice,

205 That each may seem a Virtue, or a Vice.

In Men, we various Ruling Passions find; In Women, two almost divide the kind; Those, only fix'd, they first or last obey, The Love of Pleasure, and the Love of Sway. 210

That, Nature gives ; and where the lesson taught Is but to please, can Pleasure seem a fault?

VARIATIONS.
VER. 207. in the first Edition,

In fev'ral Men we sev'ral passions find;
In Women, two almoft divide the Kind.

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NOTES. is an art of teaching not to be, VER. 211. This is occafibut to appear, we

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oned partly by their Nature, reason to find fault with the partly their Education, and in exactness of the expression. some degree by Necessity. P. Ver. 206. That each may

VER. 211, 212.

and feem a Virtue or a Vice.] For where the leffon taught--- Is but Women are taught Virtue so to please, can, &c.] The deliartificially, and Vice so natu- cacy of the poet's address is rally, that, in the nice exercise here observable, in his manner of them, they may be easily of informing us what this Pleamistaken for one

another. sure is, which makes one of SCRIE.

the two objects of Woman's VER. 207. The former part ruling Pasion. He does it in having shewn, that the parti- an ironical apology for it, aricular Characters of Women are sing from its being a Pleasure more various than those of of the beneficent and communicaMen, it is nevertheless obser- tive kind, and not merely felfved, that the general Characte-ish, like those which the other ristic of the sex, as to the ru- sex generally pursues. ling Paffion, is more uniform. VER. 213. Experience this, P.

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Experience, this; by Man's oppression curst,
They seek the second not to lose the first.

Men, fome to Bus’ness, fome to Pleasure take;
But ev'ry Woman is at heart a Rake :
Men; some to Quiet, fome to public Strife ;
But ev'ry Lady would be Queen for life.

Yet mark the fate of a whole Sex of Queens!
Pow'r all their end, but Beauty all the means : 220
In Youth they conquer, with so wild a rage,
As leaves them scarce a subject in their Age:
For foreign glory, foreign joy, they roam ;
No thought of peace or happiness at home.
But Wisdom's triumph is well-tim'd Retreat, 225
As hard 'a science to the Fair as Great!
Beauties, like Tyrants, old and friendless growi,
Yet hate repose, and dread to be alone,

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NOTĖS. tinued: That the Second is, as finess :which being the peit were, forced upon them by culiar characteristic of a Rake, the tyranny and oppreflion of we must needs think that he man, in order to secure the includes (in his use of the word fift

here) ito more of the Rake's VER. 216. But ev'r* IV- ill qualities than are implied in man is at heart a Rake:) “Some this definition, of one who makes

men (says the Poet) take to pleasure his business. « business, fome to pleasure, Ver. 2.19. What are the “ but every woman would wil- Aims and the Fate of this Sex? • lingly inake pleasure her bua I. As to Power. P.

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Wom out in public, weary ev'ry eye,
Nor leave one figh behind them when they die. 230

Pleasures the sex, as children Birds, pursue,
Still out of reach, yet never out of view;
Sure, if they catch, to spoil the Toy at most,
To covet flying, and regret when loft :
At last, to follies Youth could scarce defend, 235

their Age's prudence to pretend; Alham'd to own they gave delight before, Reduc'd to feign it, when they give no more: As Hags hold Sabbaths, less for joy than spight, So these their

merry,
miserable Night;

240 Still round and round the Ghosts of Beauty glide, And haunt the places where their Honour dy'd.

See how the World its Veterans rewards! A Youth of Frolicks, an old Age of Cards; Fair to no purpose, artful to no end,

245 Young without Lovers, old without a Friend; A Fop their Passion, but their Prize a Sot, Alive, ridiculous, and dead, forgot!

Ah! Friend! to dazzle let the Vain design; To raise the Thought, and touch the Heart be thine !

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NOTES. VER.231.-II. As to Plea? true Interest. P.

VER. 249. Advice for their

sure. P.

That Charm shall

grow,

while what fatigues the Ring, Flaunts and goes down, an unregarded thing : So when the Sun's broad beam has tir'd the sight, All mild ascends the Moon's more fober light, Serene in Virgin Modesty the shines, 255 And unobserv'd the glaring Orb declines.

Oh! bleft with Temper, whose unclouded ray + Can make to-morrow chearful as to-day ;

She, who can love a Sister's charms, or hear Sighs for a Daughter with unwounded ear ; 260

NOTES. Ver. 253. So when the them, in gradually raising the Sun's broad beam &c.] One

imagery of the similitude in the of the great beauties obfervable lines preceding, by the use of in the poet's management of metaphors taken from the subhis Similitudes, is the ceremo-ject of it : nious preparation he makes for

while what fatigues the ring, Flaunts and goes down, an unregarded thing. And the civil dismiffion he gives and give place to others, and them by the continuance of the the reader is never offended fame metaphor, in the lines with the sudden or abrupt dirfollowing, whereby the traces

appearence of it, of the imagery gradually decay,

Oh! bleft with Temper, whose unclouded ray &c. . Another instance of the same kind we have in this epiftle, in the following lines,

Chufe a firm cloud before it fall, and in it
Catch, e'er me change, the Cynthia of this minute,
Rufa, whose eye quick-glancing o'er the Park,
Attracts each light gay Meteor of a Spark, &c.

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