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A thousand Sylvansi, Demigods, and Gods,
That haunt our Mountains and our Alban Woods.
But if you'll prosper, mark what I advise,
Whom Age and long Experience render wife,
• And one whose tender Care is far above
All that these Lovers ever felt of Love,
(Far more than e'er can by your self be guest)
Fix on Vertumnus, and reject the rest.
For his firm Faith I dare ingage my own,
Scarce to himself, himself is better known.
To distant Lands Vertumntts never roves;
Like you, contented with his Native Groves \
Nor at first sight, like most, admires the Fair;»
For you he lives; and you alone lhall share >
His last Affection, as his early Care. >
Besides, he's lovely far above the rest,
With Youth Immortal and with Beauty blest,

Add, that he varies eVry Shape with ease,

...,f.. • And tries all Forms, that may Pomona please:

But what shou'd most excite, a mutual Flame,

Your Rural Cares, and Pleasures, are the fame.

To him your Orchards early Fruits are due,

(A pleasing OfPring when 'tis made by you;)

He values these j but yet (alas) complains,

That still the best and dearest Gift remains.

Not the lair ¥ruk that on yonvBranches glows

With that ripe red eh' Autumnal Sun bestows,

Nor tactful Herbs that in these Gardens rife,

Which the kind Soil With milky Sap supplies;

You, only you, can move the God's Desire:'

Oh crown so constant arid so pure a Fire!

Let soft Compassion touch your gentle Minds

Think, 'tis Vertumms begs you to be kind!

So may no Frost, when early Buds appear,

Destroy the Promise of the y9$hful Year;

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Nor W mds, when first; yovir flqrid ;Orchard blows.
Shake the light*Blossorps f?pm theiir t?lastedBoughs! ,

,. This when the various-God had urg'd in. vain, I
He strait aflum'd his I^ative Form again; ,• .
Suqlvand so bright an Aspect now he bears,,
As when thro' Clouds th'-emerging Sun appears,
And thence exerting his refulgent Ray,
Djspgls {he Darkness an4 reveals the-Day.
Force he prepaid, but eheck'd therash Design*
Forr when, appearing in a Form Diving:
The Nymph survey'd him, and beheld the Grace
Of charming Features and a youthful Face,
A sudden, Passion in her Breast did move,
Aftd the warm Maid eonfess'd a mutual Juqve*

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TN these gay Thoughts the Loves and Graces
1 And all the Writer lives in ev'ry Line;
His easie Art may happy Nature seem,
Trifles themselves are Elegant in him.' se I
Sure to charm all was his peculiar Fate, amin
Who without Flatt’ry pleas’d the Fair and Great ; :
Still with Efteem no less convers’d than read; 1
With Wit well-natur’d,and with Books well-bred;

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His Heart, his Mistress and his Friend didlhare;
His Time, the Muse, the Witty, and the Fair,
Thus wifely careless, innocently-gay*
Chearful, he pky'd the Trifle, JUfe, away,
fTill Death scarce felt did o'er his Pleasures creep,
As smilkig Infants sport themselves to Seep:
Ev'n Rival Wits did Fbiture's Fate deplore,
And the Gay mourtfdwfeo n^efjpourn'd before;
The truest Hearts for Voitare heaVd with Sighs;
Voiture was wept by all the brightest Eyes;
5Th« Smiles and Loves had dy'd\tiVoiiure\ Death
But that for ever ro his Lines they breath.

Let the M&fAfe of graver Mortals beP"'
Along, exact, and serious Comedy,
In ev'ry Scene some fjtbtal let it teach,
And, if it can? ar once both Please and Preach:

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