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not that---I cannot part with that’---and dy'd.
And you, brave Cobham ! to the latest breath shall feel your ruling passion strong in death;. şuch in those moments as in all the past,
Ob! save my country, Heav'n!" shall be your last.
TO A LADY.
Of the Characters of Women. Nothing so true as what you once let fall, “ Most women have no characters at all:” matter too soft a lasting mark to bear, and best distinguish'd by black, brown, or fair. • How many pictures of orie nymph we view, all how unlike each other, all how true! Arcadia's Countess here, in ermin'd pride, is there Pastora by a fountain side: here Fannia, leering on her own good man, and there a naked Leda with a swan). Let then the fair-one beautifully cry, in Magdalene's loose hair and lifted eye, or dress'd in smiles of sweet Cecilia shine, with simp'ring angels, palms, and harps divine, whether the charmer sinner it or saint it, if folly grow romantic I must paint it.
Come then, the colours and the ground prepare! dip in the rainbow, trick her off in air; chuse a firm cloud before it fall, and in it catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute. 20
Rufa, whose eye quick-glancing o'er the Park, attracts each light gay meteor of a spark, agrees as ill with Rufa studying Locke as Sappho's diamonds with her dirty smock,
or Sappho at her toilette's greasy task
How soft is Silia! fearful to offend; the frail one's advocate, the weak one's friend: 30 to her Calista prov'd her conduct nice, and good Simplicius asks of her advice. Sudden she storins! she raves ! you tip the wink; but spare your censure; Silia does not drink. All eyes may see from what the change arose; . 35 all eyes may see---a pimple on her nose.
Papillia, wedded to her am'rous spark, sighs for the shades, “ How charming is a park!” A park is purchas'd; but the fair he sees all bath'd in tears, “ Oh, odious, odious trees !”
Ladies like variegated tulips, shew, 't is to their changes half their charms we owe: fine by defect, and delicately weak, their happy spots the nice admirer take. 'T was thus Calypso once each heart alarm'd, 45 aw'd without virtue, without beauty charın'd; her tongue bewitch'd as oddly as her eyes ; less wit than mimic, more a wit than wise: strange graces still, and stranger flights, she had; was just not ugly, and was just not mad; . 50 yet ne'er so sure our passion to create as when she touch'd the brink of all we hatę.
Narcissa's nature, tolerably mild, to make a wash would hardly stew a child, has ev'n been prov'd to grant a lover's pray'r, 55 and paid a tradesman once to make him stare; gave alms at Easter in a Christian trim, and made a widow happy for a whim.
Why then declare good natnre, isher scorn, when 't is by that alone she can be borne? 60 Why pique all mortals, yet affect a name, a fool to pleasure, yet a slave to fame? Now deep in Taylor and the book of Martyrs, now drinking citron with bis Grace and Chartres : now Conscience chills her, and now Passion burns, and Atheism and Religion take their turns; 66 a very Heathen in the carnal part, yet still a sad good Christian at her heart. .. See Sin in state, majestically drunk, proud as a peeress, prouder as a punk;
70 chaste to her husband, frank to all beside, a teeming mistress, but a barren bride. What then? let blood and body bear the fault, her head's untouch'd, that noble seat of thought. Such this day's doctrine; in another fit
75 she sins with poets through pure love of wit. What has not fir'd ber bosom or her braio ? Cæsar and Tall-boy, Charles and Charlemagne: As Helluo, late dictator of the feast, the nose of haut-goût, and the tip of taste, critiqu'd your wine, and analyz'd your meat, yet on plain pudding deign'd at home to eat; so Philomedé, lect'ring all mankind on the soft passion, and the taste refin'd, th' address, the delicacy--- stoops at once, and makes her hearty meal upon a dunce.
Flavia's a wit, has too much sense to pray: 'to toast our wants and wishes is her way; . nor asks of God, but of her stars, to give the mighty blessing “ while we live to live," Then all for death, that opiate of the soul ! Lucretia's dagger, Rosamonda's bowl.:
Say, what can cause such impotence of mind ? a spark too fickle, or a spouse too kind... Wise wretch! with pleasures too refin'd to please : with too much spirit to be e'er at ease; with too much quickness ever to be taught; with too much thinking to have common thought; you purchase pain with all that joy can give, and die of nothing but a rage to live.
Turn then from wits, and look on Simo's mate; no ass so meek, no ass so obstinate; or her that owns her faults but never mends, because she's honest and the best of friends; or her whose lise the church and scandal share, 105 for ever in a passion or a pray'r; or her who laughs at hell, but (like her Grace) cries, " Ah! how charming, if there's no such place !" or who in sweet vicissitude appears of mirth and opium, ratafie and tears, the daily anodyne and nightly draught, to kill those foes to fair-ones, time and thought: Woman and fool are too hard things to hit; for true no-meaning puzzles more than wit.
But what are these to great Atossa's mind? 115 scarce once herself, by turns all womankind! who with herself, or others, from her birth finds all her life one warfare upon earth; shines in exposing knaves and painting fools, yet is, whate'er she hates and ridicules: 120 no thought advances, but her eddy brain wbisks it about, and down it goes again. Full sixty years the world has been her trade, the wisest fool much time has ever made. From loveless youth to unrespected age,
125 no passion gratify'd, except her rage
so much the fury still out-ran the wit, the pleasure miss'd her, and the scandal bit: Who breaks with her, provokes revenge from hell, but he's a bolder man who dares be well. 130 Her ev'ry turn with violence pursu'd, nor more a storm her hate than gratitude: to that each passion turns or soon or late; love if it makes her yield must make her hate. Superiors ? death! and equals? what a curse! 135 but an inferior not dependent? worse. Offend her, and sbe knows not to forgive; oblige her, and she'll hate you while you live; but die, and she'll adore you, then the bust and temple rise, then fall again to dust. 140 Last night her lord was all that's good and great; a koave this morning, and his Will a cheat. Strange! by the means defeated of the ends, by spirit robb'd of pow'r, by warmth of friends, by wealth of followers! without one distress sick of herself through very selfishness! Atossa, curs’d with ev'ry granted pray'r, childless with all her children, wants an heir: to heirs unknown descends the unguarded store, or wanders, Heaven directed, to the poor. 150
Pictures like these, dear Madam! to design, asks no firm hand and no unerring line; some wand'ring touches, some reflected light, some flying stroke, alone can hit tliem right: for how should equal colours do the knack? 155 Chameleons who can paint in white and black?
• Yet Chloe sure was form'd without a spot;" nature in her then err'd not, but forgot. !! With ev'ry pleasing, ev'ry prudent part, “say, what can Chloe want!".--She wants a heart.