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Experience, this; by Man's oppression currt,
Men, fome to Bus'ness, fome to Pleasure take; But ev'ry Woman is at heart a Rake :
216 Men; some to Quiet, some 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,
it were, forced upon them by culiar characteristic of a Rake, the tyranny and oppreslion of we must needs think that he man, in order to secure the includes (in his use of the word fift
here) tio more of the Rake's Ver. 216. But ev'rt IVo- 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 make pleasure her bi -I. As to Power. P.
Wom out in public, weary ev'ry eye,
Pleasures the sex, as children Birds, pursue,
their Age's prudence to pretend; Atham'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
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 !
250 NOTES. VER. 231. -- II. As to Plea VER. 249. Advice for their
true Interest. P.
That Charm shall
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
She, who ne'er answers till a Husband cools,
me, good as well as ill,
Ver. 269. The Picture of her being mistaken for any of his an estimable Woman, with acquamtance. And having thus the best kind of contrarieties, made his Woman, he did, as the created out of the poet's ima- ancient poets were wont, when gination ; who therefore feign- they had made their Muse, ined those circumstances of a voke, and address his poem Husband, a Daughter, and to, her. love for a Sister, to prevent
Fix'd Principles, with Fancy ever new ;
Be this a Woman's Fame : with this unbleft, Toasts live a scorn, and Queens may die a jest. This Phæbus promis'd (I forget the year) When those blue
first open'd on the sphere; Ascendant Phæbus watch'd that hour with care, Averted half your Parents' fimple Pray'r ; 286 And gave you Beauty, but deny'd the Pelf That buys your sex a Tyrant o'er itself. The gen'rous God, who Wit and Gold refines, And ripens: Spirits as he ripens Mines, 290 Kept Dross for Duchesses, the world shall know it, To you gave Sense, Good-humour, and a Poet.
NOTES. VER. 285. &c. Ascendants servation is conveyed under the Phæbus watch'd that hour with sublime classical machinery of care, Averted half your Pa- Phæbus in the afcendant, rents' fimple Pray’r; And gave watching the natal hour of his you Beauty, but deny'd the Pelf ] favourite, and averting the ill The poet concludes his Epistle effects of her parents mistaken with a fine Moral, that deserves fondness : For Phæbus, as the the serious attention of the pub- god of Wit, confers Genius; lic: It is this, that all the ex and, as one of the astronomical travagances of these vicious influences, defeats the advenCharacters here described, are titious byas of education. much inflamed by a wrong
In conclusion, the great MoEducation, hinted at in ý 203; ral from both these Epistles toand that even the best are ra gether is, that the two rarest ther secured by a good natural things in all Nature are a Disthan by the prudence and pro INTERESTED Man, and vidence of parents; which ob REASONABLE WOMAN,