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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,
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
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.
yoT with more glories, in th etherial plain,
Than, issuing forth, the rival of his beams
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.
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,
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
But now secure the painted vessel glides,
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: