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Experience, this; by Man's oppression currt,
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 :

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,

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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.

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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
It grows

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

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 !

250 NOTES. VER. 231. -- II. As to Plea VER. 249. Advice for their

true Interest. P.

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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.

yet, believe

She, who ne'er answers till a Husband cools,
Or, if she rules him, never shows she rules
Charms by accepting, by submitting sways,
Yet has her humour most, when she obeys;
Let Fops or Fortune fly which way they will; 265
Disdains all loss of Tickets, or Codille ;
Spleen, Vapours, or Small-pox, above them all,
And Mistress of herself, tho’ China fall.
And

me, good as well as ill,
Woman's at best a Contradiction ftill. 270
Heav'n, when it strives to polish all it can
Its last best work, but forms a softer Man;
Picks from each sex, to make the Fav'rite blest,
Your love of Pleasure, our desire of Rest:
Blends, in exception to all gen’ral rules, 275
Your Taste of Follies, with our Scorn of Fools:
Reserve with Frankness, Art with Truth ally'd,
Courage with Softness, Modesty with Pride ;

NOTES.

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 ;
Shakes all together, and produces-You. 280

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

eyes

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,

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