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The rears;

He said; when Shock, who thought she slept too long,

115 Leap'd up, and wak'd his mistress with his tongue. 'Twas then, Belinda, if report say true, Thy eyes first open'd on a Billet-doux ; Wounds, Charms, and Ardors, were no sooner read, But all the Vision vanilh'd from thy head. 120

And now, unveil'd, the Toilet stands display'd,
Each filver vase in myftic order laid.
First, rob’d in white, the Nymph intent adores,
With head uncover'd, the Cosmetic pow'rs.
A heav'nly Image in the glass appears,

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To that she bends, to that her eyes
Th' inferior Priestess, at her altar's fide,
Trembling, begins the sacred rites of Pride.
Unnumber'd treasures ope at once, and here
The various off'rings of the world appear ; 13.
From each fhe nicely culls with curious toil,
And decks the Goddess with the glitt'ring spoil.
This casket India's glowing gems unlocks,
And all Arabia breathes from yonder box,
The Tortoise here and Elephant unite,

135 Transform'd to combs, the speckled and the white. Here files of pins extend their shining rows, Puffs, Powders, Patches, Bibles, Billet-doux. Now awful beauty puts on all its arms; The fair each moment rises in her charms, 140 Repairs her smiles, awakens ev'ry grace, And calls forth all the wonders of her face: Sees by degrees a parer blush arise, And keener lightnings quicken in her eyes.

seal of secrecy. Is is here communicated to a Woman, and in that way of conveyance a Woman most delights to make the subje&t of her conversation, that is to fay, her Dreams,

The busy Sylphs surround their darling care, 145
These set the head, and those divide the hair,
Some fold the sleeve, whilst others plait the gown ;
And Betty's prais'd for labours not her own.

VER. 145. The busy Sylpbs, etc.) Ancient Traditions of the Rabbi's relate, that several of the fallen Angels became amorous of Women, and particularize fome; among the rest Asael, who lay with Naamah, the wife of Noah, or of Ham ; and who con. tinuing impenitent, still presides over the Women's Toilets, Berelai Rabbi in Genes, vi. 2,

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RAPE of the LOCK.

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yoT with more glories, in th etherial plain,

Than, issuing forth, the rival of his beams
Launchid on the bofom of the filver'd Thames.
Fair Nymphs, and well-dress'd Youths, around her fhone,
But ev'ry eye was fix'd on her alone.

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On her white breaft a sparkling Cross the wore,
Which Jews might kifs, and Infidels adore.
Her lively looks a sprightly mind disclose,
Quick as her eyes, and as unfix'd as those :
Favours to none, to all the smiles extends ;
Oft fhe rejects, but never once offends.
Bright as the sun, her eyes the gazers strike,
And, like the sun, they shine on all alike.
Yet graceful ease, and sweetness void of pride, 15
Might hide her faults, if Belles had faults to hide :
If to her share some female errors fall,
Look on her face, and you'll forget 'em all.

This Nymph, to the destruction of mankind, Nourih'd two Locks, which graceful hung behind 20 In equal curls, and well confpir'd to deck With shining ringlets the smooth iv'ry neck.

VARIATIONS.

VER. 4. Launch'd on the bosom] From hence the poem continues, in the first edition, to ver. 46.

The rest the winds dispers'd in err.pty air ; all after, to the end of this Canto, being additionale

Love in these labyrinths his flaves detains,
And mighty hearts are held in fender chains.
With hairy springes we the birds betray,

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Slight lines of hair surprize the finny prey,
Fair treffes man's imperial race insnare,
And Beauty draws us with a single hair.

Th’advent'rous Baron the bright locks admir'd; He saw, he wilh'd, and to the prize aspir’d. 30 Resolv'd to win, he meditates the way, By force to ravish, or by fraud betray ; For when success a Lover's toil attends, Few ask, if fraud or force attain'd his ends.

For this, ere Phæbus rose, he had implor'd 35
Propitious heav'n, and ev'ry pow'r ador'd ;
But chiefly Love-to Love an altar built,
Of twelve vast French Romances, neatly gilt.
There lay three garters, half a pair of gloves;
And all the trophies of his former loves.
With tender billet doux he lights the pyre,
And breathes three am'rous fighs to raise the fire.
Then proftrate falls, and begs with ardent eyes
Soon to obtain, and long possess the prize :
The pow'rs gave ear, and granted haif his pray'r, 45
The rest, the winds dispers’d in empty air.

But now secure the painted vessel glides,
The sun.beams trembling on the floating tides:
While melting music feals upon the sky,
And soften'd sounds along the waters die;

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Smooth flow the waves, the Zephyrs gently play,
Belinda smil'd, and all the world was gay.
All but the Sylph---with careful thoughts oppreft,
Th' impending woe sat heavy on his breast.

IMITATIONS.
VER. 45. Tbe porw'rs gave ear,] Ving. Æn. xi.

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He fummons Atrait his Denizens of air;

55 The lucid squadrons round the fails repair: Soft o'er the shrouds aërial whispers breathe, That seem'd but Zephyrs to the train beneath. Some to the sun their insect wings unfold, Waft on the breeze, or fink in clouds of gold; бо Transparent forms, too fine for mortal fight, Their fluid bodies half dissolv'd in light. Loose to the wind their airy garments few, Thin glitt'ring textures of the filmy dew, Dip'd in the richest tincture of the skies, Where light disports in ever-mingling dyes, While ev'ry beam new tranfient colours flings, Colours that change whene'er they wave their wings. Amid the circle on the gilded mast, Superior by the head, was Ariel plac'd;

70 His purple pinions op'ning to the fun, He rais’d his-azure wand, and thus begun.

Ye Sylphs and Sylphids, to your chief give ear, Fays, Fairies, Genii, Elves, and Dæmons hear! Ye know the spheres, and various taks allign'd 75 By laws eternal to th' aërial kind. Some in the fields of purest æther play, And bask and whiten in the blaze of day. Some guide the course of wand'ring orbs on high, Or roll the planets thro' the boundless sky, 80 Some less refin'd, beneath the moon's pale light Pursue the stars that shoot athwart the night, Or fuck the mifts in grosser air below, Or dip their pinions in the painted bow, Or brew fierce tempests on the wintry main,

85 Or o'er the glebe difil the kindly rain. Others on earth o'er human race preside, Watch all their ways, and all their actions guide:

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