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Go on, brave youth, thy generous vigor try, Corinna's husband kiss'd her in my fight;
I beat the saucy fool, and seiz'd my right.
He that submits to this is better skill'd.
Expose not, though you find her guilty flame, 610 Machaon's art was false, but mine is sure. 545 Left the abandon modesty and shame ;
Whild thus I sung, inflam'd with nobler fire, Conceal her faults, no secret crimes upbraid;
Nothing's so fond as a suspected maid,
Discover'd love increases with despair, And on his head a laurel wreath he wore ;
When both alike the guilt and scandal share: Around he cast diffusive rays of light,
550 All sense of modesty they lose in time, Confeffing all the god to human right,
Whilst each encourages the other's crime. Thou master of lascivious arts, he said,
In hcaven this story 's fram’d above the rest, To my frequented fane thy pupils lead:
Amongst th' immortal drolls a standing jeft: And there inscrib'd in characters of gold,
How Vulcan two transgressing lovers caught, 620 This celebrated sentence you 'll behold.
555 And every god a pleas'd spectator brought. Firî know yourself; who to himself is known,
Great Mars for Venus felt a guilty flame, Shall love with conduct, and his wishes crown.
Neglected war, and own'd a lover's name; Where Nature has a handsome face bestow'd,
To his delires the Queen of Love inclin'd; Or graceful shape, let both he often thow'd:
No nymph in heaven's fo willing, none so kind. 625 Let men of wit and humour Glence (hun, 560 Oft the lascivious fair, with scornful pride, The artist fing, and soldier bluster on;
Would Vulcan's foot and footy hands deride, Of long harangues, ye eloquent take heed,
Yet both with decency their passion bore, Nor thy damn'd works, thou teazing poet, read. And modeftv conccal'd the close amour. Thus Phebus (pake: A just obedience give, But by the sun betray'd in their embrace, And these injunctions from a god receive.
(For what escapes the sun's observing rays?) I mysteries unfold; to my advice
He told th' affronted god of his disgrace. 1 Attend, ye vulgar lovers, and grow wise.
Ah foolish fun! and much unskill'd in love
Thou hast an ill example set above!
The crafty spouse around his bed prepares
Nets that deceive the eye, and secret snares: Or berries on the circling ivy breed;
A journey feigns, th' impatient lovers met, As thells on Candy Thores, as stars above,
And naked were exposid in Vulcan's net. So aumerous are the fure fitigues of love. 575 | The gods deride the criminals in chains, The lady's gone abroad, you 're told; though seen, And scarce from tears the Queen of Love refrains : Ditruft your eyes, believe her not within.
Nor could her hands conceal her guilty face, Her lodgings on the promis'd night are close;
She wants that cover for another place.
To surly Mars a gay spectator said,
At length, kind Neptune, freed by thy desires,
Mars goes for Crete, to Paphos lhe retires, A nobler subject now inspires my Muse:
Their loves augmented with revengeful fires : Approaching joys I fing; ye youths draw near,
Now conversant with infamy and shame, Listen ye happy lovers and give ear :
They set no bounds to their licentious flame. The labour 's great, and daring is my song,
But, honest Vulcan, what was thy pretence, Labours and great attempts to Love belong.
To act so much unlike a god of sense ? As from the sacred oracles of Jove
They fin in public, you the shame repent, Receive these grand mysterious truths in love.
Convinc'd that loves increase withopunishment. Look down when she the ogling spark invites,
'Though in your power, a rival ne'er expose, Nor touch the conscious tablets when the writes.
Never his intercepted joys disclose; Appear not jealous, though the 's much from home,
This I command, Venus commands the same, 660 Let her at pleasure go, unquestion 'd come. 595
Who hates the snares me once sustain'd with shame. This crafty husbands to their wives permit,
What impious wretch will Ceres' rites expose, And learn, when she 's engag'd, to wink at it. Or Juno's folemn mysteries disclose! I my own frailties modestly confess;
His witty torments Tantalus deserves, And, blushing, give those precepts I transgress; That thirsts in waves, and viewing banquets starves. 665 Sball I, with patience, the known signal hear, 600 But Venus moft in secrecy delights; Reire, and leave a happy rival there!
Away, ye bablers, from her filent rites ! What? tamely suffer the provoking wrong,
No pomp her mysteries attends, no noise! And be afraid to use my hands or tongue!
No sounding brass proclaims the latent joys !
With folded arms the happy pair possess,
If fading youth checkers her hair with white, Nor should the fond betraying tongue confess Experience makes her perfect in delight; Those raptures, which no language can express. In her embrace sublimer joys are found, When naked Venus cast her robes aside,
A fruitful foil, and cultivated ground! The parts obscene her hands extended hide;
The hours enjoy while youth and pleasures lait, No girl on propagating beasts will gaze, 675 Age hurries on, and Death pursues too fast.
740 But hangs her head, and turns away her face. Or plough the seas, or cultivate the land, We darken'd beds and doors for love provide; Or wield the sword in thy adventurous hand; What nature cannot, decent habits hide.
Or much in love thy nervous strength employ,
The labour 's great, but greater far the gains.
For years and practice do alike improve;
Their arts repair the injuries of time, From public view they decently retird, 685 And fill preserve them in their charming prime ; 750 And secretly perform’d what love inspir’d.
In vary'd ways they act the pleasure o'er, Now scarce a modish fop about the town,
Not pictur'd postures can initruct you more. But boasts with whom, how oft, and where 'twas done ; | They want no courtihip to provoke delight, They taste no pleasure, relish no delight,
But meet your warmth with eager appetite; Till they recount what pofsid the happy night. 690 Give me enjoyment, when the willing dame 753 But men of honor always thought it base,
Glows with desires, and burns with equal fame. To prostitute each kinder nymph's embrace :
I love to hear the soft transporting joys, To blaft her fame, and vainly hurt his own,
The frequent fighs, the tender murmuring voice: And furnish scandal for a lewd iampoon.
To see her eyes with vary'd pleasure move, And here I must some guilty arts accuse,
And all the nymph confess the power of love.
760 And disingenuous shifts that lovers use,
Nature's not thus indulgent to the young, 'To wrong the charte, and innocent abuse.
These joys alone to riper years belong: When long repuls’d, they find their courtship vain, Who youth enjoys, drinks crude unready wine, Her character with infamy they stain:
Let age your girl and sprightly juice refine, Deny'd her person, they debauch her fame, 700 Mellow their sweets, and make the taste divine, And brand her innocence with public shame.
To Helen who'd Hermione prefer, Go, jealous fool, the injur'd beauty guard,
Or Gorgé think beyond her mother fair; Let every door be lock'd, and window barr’d!
But he that covets the experienc'd dame, The suffering nymph remains expos'd to wrong; Shall crown his joys, and triumph in his filame: Her name 's a prostitute to every tongue : 705 For malice will with joy the lie receive,
One conscious bed receives the happy pair: 770 Report, and what it wilhes true, believe.
Retire, my Muse; the door demands thy care,
What charming words, what tender things are said! With care conceal whate'er defects you find, What language flows without thy useless aid! To all her faults seem like a lover blind.
There shall the roving hand employment find, Naked Andromeda when Perfeus view'd, 710 Inspire new flames, and make ev'n virgins kind. 775 He saw her faults, but yet pronounc'd them good. Thus Hector did Andromache delight, Andrornache was tall, yet some report
Hector in love victorious, as in fight. Her Hector was so blind, he thought her short. When weary from the field Achilles came, At first what 's naufeous, leffens by degrees,
Thus with delays he rais'd Briseïs' ftame. Young loves are nice, and difficult to please. 715Ah, could chofe arms, those fatal hands delight, 786 The infant plant, that bears a tender rind,
Inspire kind thoughts, and raise thy appetite! Reels to and fro with every breath of wind :
Couldlt thou, fond maid, be charm'd with his embracce But shooting upward to a tree at last,
Stain'd with the blood of half thy royal race?
Nor yet with speed the Aceting pleasures waste, And make them lovely to your eyes appear ;
Still moderate your love's impetuous haste: Unusuai fcents at first may give offence;
The bashful virgin though appearing coy, Time reconciles chim to the vanquish'd senfe ; Detains your hand, and hugs the proffer'd joy. Her vices foften with some kinder phrafe ;
Then view her eyes with humid lustre bright, If she is swarthy as the negro's face,
Sparkling with rage, and trembling with delight: Call it a graceful brown, and that complexion praise.
Her kind complaints, her melting accents hear, 790 The ruddy lass must be like Venus fair,
The eye she charms, and wounds the listening ear. Or like Minerva that has yellow hair.
Desert not then the clasping nymph's embrace, If pale and meagre, praise her thape and youth,
But with her love maintain an equal pace : Active when small, when gross she's plump and smooth. Raise to her heights the transports of your foul, Every excess by softening terms disguise,
And fly united to the happy goal.
795 And in some neighbouring virtue hide each vice. Observe these precepts when with leisure blest,
No threatening fears your private hours moleft; Nor ask her age, consult no register,
When danger 's near, your active force employ, Under whose reign she's born, or what's the year! And urge with eager speed the hafty joy:
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Then ply your oars, then practice this advice, Soo CHAT man renown'd! what British worthy's praise And ftrain with whip and fpur, to gain the price.
Inspires the Muse! and consecrates her lays !
Record thy Aston's celebrated name,
Illustrious actions to thy care belong,
And form the beauties of heroic song;
Nor ever grac'd harmonious numbers more.
Nor stain, my Muse, with thy officious tears,
The bright example for succeeding years ;
Whilst others in dejected notes complain,
Sublime thy song, attempt a nobler strain.
With verse affuage his pious off-spring's care,
And calm the sorrows of the weeping fair:
Dispel the shades that fate untimely spread, 15 l arms provide against the scornful fair;
And cease to mourn for the immortal dead. Thus Vulcan arm'd Achilles for the war.
815 Whatever youth shall with my aid o'ercome,
Where outstretch'd Britain in the ocean 's loft, And lead his Amazon in triumph home;
And Dee and rapid Mercy bound the coast; Let him that conquers, and cnjoys the dame,
There hills arise with fylvan honors crown'd, In gratitude for his instructed Aame,
There fruitful vales and shady streams abound, Inscribe the spoils with my auspicious name.
Not Median groves, nor Tempe's boasted plain,
Nor where Pactolus' [ands inrich the main,
Can yield a prospect fairer to the sight,
Here Lupus and his warlike chiefs obtain'd 25
Their laws preserv'd, and liberties their own.
Nor would confound the urns from whence they rose: 30 LATE OF ASTON IN CHESHIRE, 1704.
But by degrees uniting in a stream,
Thus Atrove the Britons with the Norman race,
Fierce with their wrongs, and conscious of disgrace: 35
But when the fury of their arms was o'er, MADAM,
Whom thirst of empire had engag'd before, S when the eagle, with a parent's love, Now Friendship binds, and Love unites the more.
From whom a long descent of worthies shine, With heaven's full luftre lhe allures him on,
Just to the glories of their martial line ; Firft to admire, and then approach the fun;
Admiring fame their matchless force records, 40 Unweary'd he surveys the orb of light,
5 Their bounteous minds, and hospitable boards. Charm'd by the object to maintain his flight.
Where Weever haftens to receive the Dane, To you th' aspiring Muse her labour bringe,
Refreshing with united streams the plain;
A rising fabric, with majestic grace, Thus tries its fate, and thus expands her wings :
Demands the tribute of thy lofty praise,
45 Tempted to gaze on your auspicious light,
There Aston stands conspicuous to the sight; This hafty birth to you directs its flight;
To Afton, Muse, direct thy pleasing flight! The beauties of your mind transported views,
From far the pompous cdifice behold, Admiring fings, and pleas'd her flight pursues.
Just the proportions, and the structure bold. Permit these loose, unfinish'd lines to claim Beauty is there with elegance express'd,
50 The kind protection of your parent's name:
Improv'd with art, with native grandeur bless’d. Thoegh void of ornaments, and every grace, 15 What nobler object could the worthy find, Accept the piece, as facred to your race.
To fignalize the greatness of his mind : Where you behold your great forefathers fame, Than to adorn, with so august a frame, And trace the springs from whence your virtues came : The place that gave his ancestors a name? 55 Survey the triumphs, and the honors view,
Delightful scene! thy patron's early care, That by a long descent devolve on you.
Who rais'd thee up magnificently fair : In vain the Muse her vanquish'd pencil tries,
He form'd thy beauties, and encreas'd thy store, Where unexhausted stores of beauty rise;
Great in thyself, but in thy founder more. Languid and faint her labours must appear,
From generous Hudard, whose victorious sword 60 Whilft you transcend her fairest character.
Made Aston ftoop beneath a foreign lord, So bright in you your father's graces shine, 25 Twenty fucceffive chiefs descended down; And all the virtues of your ancient line;
Illustrious all, and matchless in renown. That none with pleasure can the copy view,
When injur'd barons durft by arms restrain While the original survives in you.
Their sovereign's pride, on the embattled plain; 65
And rival roses, with impetuous rage,
But though so many pious worthies join,
Immortal shade! to endless ages rest! With joys, that never rebel tarted, bleft: As champion for the sacred'ft race of men, Accept this tribute from a grateful pen; Firm to the church, and loyal to the crown Is more than fame, and fanctifies renown.
Nor wonder then so many graces joind, To form the perfect beauties of his mind: He from his ancestors deriv'd them down, Improving virtues by defcent his own.
And first thy Afton's matchless form survey, From early youth to nature's last decay: The lively features of his beauty trace, And give each lineament its native grace.
Grandeur and sweetness in his perfon joind, Auguft his presence, and his alped kind; His lotty stature and diftinguith'd mnien, Contets d the greatness of a foul within; For.generous natures purify their clay, And o'er the body spread a lucid ray: Through every part informing spirits fly, Difuain reitraint, and sparkle at the eye. Such generai luftre, such relittlefs grace, His limos adora'd, and triumph'd in his face.
But as the earth in her capacious reins, The nendid treasure of her mines contains : With fading powers the paints the surface o'er, Furiavad idines with usexhausted itore; So lovely forms are on mankind bestow'd, Oaly to dignity the foul's abode; Within the beams of iparkling wit we find, The churns of fenfe, and treafures of the mind. Indulgent Nzure thus her bounty thow'd, Thus every ibining faculty bestowd:
With stores inrich'd his intellectual leat, 13°
Where aged Cham in fam'd meanders flows,
His early youth a soft retirement chose : 70
To reft beneath the venerable shade,
The flowing springs of knowledge to receive, 75 And take impresions fast as art could give.
Auspicious Cham! not all thy boafted race 140 Of tuneful youths, that celebrate thy praise;
That in the various spheres of learning shine, 80
Belov'd by Phæbus and the sacred Nine;
And next the flowing robe employ'd his care,
And bulky volumes of the painful bar; 85 Though wealth and fame the coilfome search attend,
Yet he pursued it for a nobler end.
His justice through the gloomy mifts survey'd, 90 | And reason found by subtleties betray'd;
With eloquence he smooth'd the rugged way,
He Nature in her dark recesses sought,
And with Philofophy sublim'd his thought. 95
In all the various parts of learning skill'd,
His piercing faculties, serenely bright,
Nor were his hours to books alone confin'd,
Whether he urg'd the courser to his speed, 115 Or temper'd with his skill, the fiery steed;
When foaming at the ring he fpurns the sands,
Or whether, to the sportive dance inclind, 120
In lively measures he the concert join'd:
His flowing wit, with folid judgment join'de 12; Talents united rarely in a mind,
Had all the graces and engaging art,
His inoffensive tongue, from flander free, His passion such, if not extended more,
195 By interest rai 'd or with ambition Itain'd : Raise admiration, or inspire with love.
The tender piety his ad ions show'd,
255 Sententious and instructive his discourse,
From duty sprung. from fond affe&tion flow'd. He urg'd his reasons with refiftless force.
Untainted with the stain of either vice, A lively eloquence adorn d his thought,
Of lavish waste, or grasping avarice: Ant happy turns of wit nccurred unsought : 200 Nor squander's wealth, nor with a sordid breast, Expressive words his flowing sense convey d,
Condemns to hoards the trealures he pora jult were his thoughts, and powerful to persuade.
260 But, goddess, now a nobler scene survey, His hospitable roof, with plenty stor’d, Expand thy wings, thy brightest charms display! Enjoy'd the bl fings of a Imiling board : What various beauties here distract thy fight! 265 Heaven, that had bless'd him with a large incrcase, What virtues that surmount thy towering flight ! Gave him a foul defervirg to poffefs. As nameless stars, that form the galaxy,
The father s loyalty d scended down, With urdiftinguish'd luftre gild the sky;
Fodear'd hy fuffcri.gs, to his rival son. So here the graces that adorn'd his mind,
As Hannibal pursued the Roman itate, And with concenter'd rays their beauties join’d: 2 10
llith dou' le portions of his father's hate : Whole lucid numbers but repelthy ligh:,
Such fix'd arcision in his bofom sprung, And, thus united, form one glorious orb of light And arm’d his foul against our fu lions, young; His riper years to wisdom he apply'd,
A murder'd prince, and Daughter d rarent's fate, Each path pursued, and every conquest try'd: On the rebeilous race entail aliis lare: viilen, the darling attribute alone, 215 Firm to the crown his duty he ret inut, Biwnich th' .Ilinighry's more diftin&tly known : Airdo'er his heart his rightful monarch reign'd. And, when contrasted to a narrow (pan,
View beauties yet of a fablimer kine', 275 Becomes the noble faculty of mau
The heavenly off-spring of a pious mind: Through books he trac d her in the pleasing Charms that from innocence and virtue flow, chace,
That in religion all their splendor owe; Raluca'd their stores, and still maintain'd his Where no obscuring spots their lustre hide, pare.
By crimes un'ainted, undef rm d with pride. 280 With crowds, and busy men, he strove to find
Bless'd Charity, the pure etherial ray, The Hying fair, the object of his mind:
Thit heaven itself docs to our breasts convey ; Throag'a (perious arts, through all their vain dis
In larger portions to his bofom came, guile,
And o'cr his 'oul diffus'd a fronger flame. Hefw ditinguish'd, and obtain'd the prize.
In liim the wretched always found relief, 2.95 Ha mind, with each superior talent fraught, 225 atron of want, redreset of their grief: For courciis form'd his enterprizing thought : To him th afflicted never sued in vain, Quick of dispatch, discreet in every trust, He felt their miseries, and eay'd their pain. Rigdy honest and severely just.
In midst of plenty fre from fenfurae vice, bough kindnes in his generous hofum reign'd, Nor more induly'd than nature weuld suffice : 290 The dignity of power he fill maintain’d: 230 | The calm and equal temper of his soul Nine e'er discharg'd afsirs 'with more address, Did every guilty appetite control; Serv'd better public posts or fought them less. Within their womb the vicious foods fuppress’d, His conftancy appear d in every ftate,
And strangled forming patrons in his breast. Fx'! and unmov'd as the d.crees of fure :
The Church in him enjoy'd a faithful son, 295 No fuduating doubts his mind distress'd, 235
Whofe duty with his early years begun: So hook the strong foundations of his brcakt. I virtuous life his just obedience show'd, His rcfolution borc him ftill above
And froni religion his ailection flow'd ; The ran effects of enmity or love :
Long application fix'd his heart fecure, Turn on the basis of himself he stood,
He search'd her doctrines, and he found them Oi right tenacious, permanent in good. 240
30 Hence Pow'd a courage unallay'd with fear, The liturgy employ d his daily care, A mind undaunted, and a conscience clear: Hi, public wornip, and his private prayer: With innocence and virtue for a guide,
Toill its rites conformity he paid, Successfully he stem'd th’impetuous tide. The service lov’d, and discipline obey'd. Intrepid thus he revolutions bore,
245 Such strong devotion such celestial fira, 30$ Nor deviated from paths he trod before":
luftam'd his heart, and did his breast inspire : The power of fortune fill disdain'd co own, As is religion had engrofs'd the whole, Nor courted smiles, nor funk beneath her frown. And heaven remain’d the object of his soul.
He ferr'd his country, with regards above Descend, my Muse', here stop thy pleasing flight, The common views of mercenary love:
250 For mournful prospects gloomy shades of aight.310 VOL. V