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T In days of old, a wile and worthy knight;

HERE liv'd in Lombardy, as authors write,

In days of old, a wise and worthy knight;
Of gentle manners, as of gen'rous race,
Bleft with much sense, more riches, and some grace.
Yet led astray. by Venus' soft delights,

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He scarce could rule some idle appetites :
For long ago, let Priests say what they cou'd,
Weak sinful laymen were but flesh and blood.

But in due time, when fixty years were o'er,
He vow'd to lead this vitious life no more;
Whether pure holiness inspir'd his mind,
Or dotage turn’d his brain, is hard to find;
But his high courage prick'd him forth to wed,
And try the pleasures of a lawful bed.

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NOTES. JANUARY AND MAY.] This Translation was done at fixteen or seventeen years of Age. P.

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This was his nightly dream, his daily care, 15
And to the heav’nly pow’rs his constant pray'r,
Once, ere he dy'd, to taste the blissful life
Of a kind husband and a loving wife.

These thoughts he fortify'd with reasons still,
(For none want reasons to confirm their will.) 20
Grave authors say, and witty poets sing,
That honest wedlock is a glorious thing:
But depth of judgment most in him appears,
Who wisely weds in his maturer years.
Then let him chuse a damsel young and fair,

25 To bless his age, and bring a worthy heir ; To sooth his cares, and, free from noise and strife, Conduct him gently to the verge

of life. Let sinful batchelors their woes deplore, Full well they merit all they feel, and more: 30 Unaw'd by precepts, human 'or divine, *Like birds and beasts, promiscuously they join : Nor know to make the present blessing last, To hope the future, or esteem the past: But vainly boast the joys they never try'd, 35 And find divulg'd the secrets they would hide. The marry'd man may bear his yoke with ease, Secure at once himself and heav'n to please ;

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