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As came into her fancy first;
Nam'd half the rates, and lik'd the worst.
To fcandal next- -What awkward thing
Was marry'd to the Tunbridge beau,
In public with that odious knight!
They railly'd next Vaneffa's dress:
That gown was made for old queen Bess.
Dear Madam, let me fee
Don't you intend to put on red?
A petticoat without a hoop!
Sure, you are not asham'd to stoop!
With handfome garters at your knees,
No inatter what a fellow fees.
Fill'd with difdain, with rage inflam'd,
She's fair and clean, and that's the most :
I'll undertake, my little Nancy
I own, that out-of-fashion ftuff
The girl might pafs, if we could get her
(To know the world! a modern phrase
For vifits, ombre, balls, and plays.)
Thus, to the world's perpetual thame,
The Queen of Beauty loft her aim;
Too late with grief the understood,
Pallas had done more harm than good;.
Where ignorance begets difdain.
To copy her, few nymphs afpir'd;
So ftars beyond a certain height
With virtue, knowledge, taste, and wit,
She condefcended to admit :
With pleating arts she could reduce
Mens talents to their proper use ;
And with address each genius held
To that wherein it moft excell'd;
Thus, making others' wisdom known,
Could please them, and improve her own.
She plac'd it in the strongest view.
All humble worth the ftrove to raise ;
Although they came not in a coach:
But Cupid, full of mischief, longs
Thofe early feeds by Venus fown,
In fpite of Pallas, now were grown;
The boy made use of all his craft,
In vain difcharging many a fhaft,
Pointed at colonels, lords, and beaux :
For, placing ftill fome book betwixt,
The darts were in the cover fix'd,
Or, often blunted and recoil'd,
On Plutarch's Morals ftruck, were fpoil'd.
But not prevent, the Fates' decree :
Her fex, with univerfal voice,
Vanessa much esteem'd his wit,
Mean time the boy in fecret lurks;
And, while the book was in her hand,
Took aim, and shot with all his strength
A dart of fuch prodigious length,
Declin'd in health, advanc'd in years.
Nor farther looks, but thinks him young.