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And bis refulgent Queen, with pow'rs combin'd
Of broken troops an easy conquest find.
Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, in wild disorder seen,
With throngs promiscuous strow the level green.
Thus when difpers'd a routed army runs, 8 i
As Asia's troops, and Afric's sable sons,
With like confusion different nations fly,
Of various habit, and of various dye,
The pierc'd battalions dis-united fall, 8$

In heaps on heaps; one fate o'erwhelms them all.

The Knave of Diamonds tries his wily arts, And wins (oh shameful chance!) the Queen of

At this, the blood the virgin's cheek forsook,
A livid paleness spreads o'er all her look; 90

She fees, and trembles at th' approaching ill,
Just in the jaws of ruin, and Codille.
And now, (as oft in some distemper'd State)
On one nice Trick depends the gen'ral fate. 94
An Ace of Hearts steps forth: The King unseen
Lurk'dinherhand, and mourn'd his captiveQueen}
He springs to vengeance with an eager pace,
And falls like thunder on the prostrate Ace.

The nymph exulting fills with shouts the sky; The walls, the woods, and long canals reply. 100

O thoughtless mortals! ever blind to fate, Too soon dejected, and too soon elate. Sudden, these honours shall be snatch'd away, And curs'd for ever this victorious day.

For lo! the board with cups and spoons is crown'd, The berries crackle, and the mill turns round; 106 On shining altars of Japan they raise The silver lamp; the fiery spirits blaze: From silver spouts the grateful liquors glide, While China's earth receives the smoaking tyde: At once they gratify their scent and taste, 111 And frequent cups prolong the rich repaste. Strait hover round the Fair her airy band; Some, as (he sipp'd, the fuming liquor fann'd,


Ver. 105. Sudden the board,etc.'] From hence, the first Edition continues to t 134. P.


Ver. ior.

Nescia mens hominum fati sortisque future,
Etservare modum, rebus fublata secundis!
Turno tempus erit, magno cum optaverit emptum
Intactum Pallanta; et cum spolia ista diemque
Oderit Virg.

Some o'er her lap their careful plumes display'd,
Trembling, and conscious of the rich brocade. 116
Coffee (which makes the politician wife,
And fee thro' all things with his half-shut eyes)
Sent up in vapours to the Baron's brain
New stratagems, the radiant Lock to gain. 120
Ah cease, rash youth! desist ere 'tis too late, .
Fear the just Gods, and think of Scylla's Fate!
Chang'd to a bird, and sent to flit in air,
She dearly pays for Nisus' injur'd hair! 124

But when to Mischief mortals bend their will.
How soon they find fit instruments of ill?
Just then, Clarissa drew with tempting grace
A two-edg'd weapon from her mining case:
So Ladies in Romance assist their Knight,
Present the spear, and arm him for the fight. 13 D
He takes the gift with rev'rence, and extends
The little engine on his finger's ends; t
This just behind Belinda's neck he spread,
As o'er the fragrant steams she bends her head.


Ver. 122. and think o/Scylk'sFate f] Vide Ovid Mctanw viii. P.


Swift to the Lock a thousand Sprites repair, 13 5
A thousand wings, by turns, blow back the hair;
And thrice they twitch'd the diamond in her ear;'
Thrice she look'd back, and thrice the foe drew

Just in that instant, anxious Ariel sought
The close recesses of the Virgin's thought; 140
As on the nosegay in her breast reclin'd,
He watch'd th' Ideas rising in her mind,
Sudden he view'd, in spite of all her art,
An earthly Lover lurking at her heart.
Amaz'd, confus'd, he found his pow'r expir'd,
Resign'd to fate, and with a sigh retir'd.

The Peer now spreads the glitt'ring Forfex wide,
T'inclose the Lock; now joins it, to divide.
Ev'n then, before the fatal engine clos'd,
A wretched Sylph too fondly interpos'd; 150


Ver. 134. In the first edition it was thus,.

As o'er the fragrant stream.{he bends her.head. F

First he expands the glitt'ring Forfex wide' •.•;. -

T' inclose the Lock; then joins it to divide:
The meeting points the sacred hair dissever,
From the fair head for ever and for ever: j> 154.
All that is between was added afterwards.'' 'P. '-'"

Fate urg'd the sheers, and cut the Sylph in twain,
(But airy substance soon unites again)
The meeting points the sacred hair difiever
From the fair head for ever, and for ever! 154

Then flash'd the living light'ning from her eyes,
And screams of horror rend th' affrighted ikies.
Not louder shrieks to pitying heav'n are cast,
Whenhufbands,or when lapdogs breathe their last;
Or when rich China vessels fall'n from high,
In glitt'ring dust, and painted fragments lie! 160

Let wreaths of triumph now my temples twine,
(The Victor cry'd) the glorious Prize is mine!
While fish in streams, or birds delight in air,
Or in a coach and six the British Fair,
As long as Atalantis shall be read, 165

Or the small pillow grace a Lady's bed,


Ver. 152. But nirysub/ianu'] See Milton, lib. vi. of Satan
cut asunder by the Angel Michael. P.

Ver. 165. Jti/lantii] A famous bcokwritten about that time
by a woman: full of Court, and Party-scandal: and in a loose
effeminacy of style and s ntimcnt, which well suited the de-
bauched taste of the better vulgar.


Ver. 163, 170.

Dum jug.i montis aper, fluvios dum piscis amabit,
Semper ho;ios, nomenque tuum, laudesque manebunt. Virg.

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