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Would you enjoy soft nights, and solid dinners ? Faith, gallants, board with saints, and bed with finners. Well, if our Author in the Wife offends,

25 He has a Husband that will make amends: be draws him gentle, tender, and forgiving, And sure such kind good creatures may be living. In days of old they pardon'd breach of vows, Stern Cato's self was "no relentless spouse :

30 Plu-Flutarch, what's his name, that writes his life? Tells us, that Cato dearly lov'd his Wife : Yet if a friend, a night or fo, should need her, He'd recommend her as a special breeder. To lend a wife, few here would scruple make, 35 Eut, pray, which of you all would take her back? Tho'with the Stoic Chief our Stage may ring, The Stoic Husband was the glorious thing. The man had courage, was a fage, 'tis true, And lov'd his country - but what's that to you? 40 Those strange examples ne'er were made to fit ye, But the kind cuckold might instruct the City : There many an honest man may copy Cato, Who ne'er saw naked sword, or look'd in Plato. If, after all, you think it a disgrace

45 That Edward's Miss thus perks it in your face; To see a piece of failing flesh and blood, In all the rest fo impudently good; Faith let the modest Matrons of the town Come here in crouds, and stare the strumpet down. 50

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AY, lovely youth, that doft my heart command,

Can Phaon's eyes forget his Sappho’s hand? Must then her name the wretched writer prove, To thy remembrance loft, as to thy love? Ask not the cause that I new numbers chuse, 5 The lute neglected, and the Lyric muse; Love taught my tears in fadder notes to flow, And tun’d my heart to Elegies of woe. I burn, I burn, as when thro' ripen'd corn By driving winds the spreading flames are born. Phaon to Ætna's scorching fields retires, While I consume with more than Ætna's fires !

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Protinus est oculis cognita noftra tuis ? An, nifi legiffes auétoris nomina Sapphûs,

Hoc breve nescires unde movetur opus ? Forsitan et quare mea fint alterna requiras

Carmina, cum lyricis fim magis apta modis. Flendus amor meus est: elege a flebile carmen ;

Non facit ad lachrymas barbitos ulla meas.
Uror, ut, indomitis ignem exercentibus Euris,

Fertilis accenfis mesfibus ardet ager.
Arva Phaon celebrat diversa Typho dos Ætnae,

Me calor Ætnaeo non minor igne coquit.

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No more my soul a charm in music finds,
Music has charms alone for peace ful minds.
Soft scenes of folitude no more can please,

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Love enters there, and l’m my own disease.
No more the Lesbian dames my passion move,
Once the dear objects of my guilty love ;
All other loves are loft in only thine,
Ah youth ungrateful to a flame like mine!
Whom would not all those blooming charms surprise,
Those heav'nly looks, and dear deluding eyes ?
The harp and bow would you like Phæbus bear,
A brighter Phæbus Phaon might appear;
Would you with ivy wreath your flowing hair, 25
Not Bacchus' self with Phaon could compare:
Yet Phæbus lov’d, and Bacchus felt the flame,
One Daphne warmd, and one the Cretan dame;
Nymphs that in vcrfe no more could rival me,
Than ev’n those Gods contend in charms with thee. 30

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Nec mihi, dispositis quae jungam carmina nervis,

Proveniunt; vacuae carmina mentis opus. Nec me Pyrrhiades Methymniadesve puellae,

Nec me Lesbiadum caetera turba juvant. Vilis Anactorie, vilis mihi candida Cydno :

Non oculis grata est Atthis, ut ante, meis ; Atque aliae centum, quas non fine crimine amavi:

Improbe, inultaruin quod fuit, unus habes. Ed in te facies, sunt apti lufibus anni.

O facies oculis in diosa meis ! Sume fidem et pharetram ; fies manifeftus A polio:

Accedant capiti cornua; Bacchus eris. Et Phæbus Daphnen, et Gnosida Bacchus amavit ; Nec norat lyricos illa, vel illa modos,

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The Muses teach me all their fofteit lays,
And the wide world resounds with Sappho's praise.
Tho' great Alcæus more sublimely fings,
And Atrikes with bolder rage the founding strings,
No less renown attends the moving lyre,

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Which Venus tunes, and all her loves inspire ;
To me what nature has in charms deny'd,
Is well by wit's more lasting flames supply'd.
Tho' fhort my ftature, yet my name extends
To heav'n itself, and earth's 3oteft ends.
Brown as I am, an Ethiopian dame
Inspir’d young Perseus with a gen’rous flame;
Turtles and doves of diff’ring hues unite,
And gloffy jet is pair'd with shining white.
If to no charms thou wilt thy heart resign, 45
But such as merit, fuch as equal thine,
By none, alas ! by none thou canst be mov'd,
Phaon alone by Phaon must be lov'd!

At mihi Pegafides blandissima carmina dictant;

Jam canitur toto nomen in orbe meum.
Nec plus Alcaeus, confors patriaeque lyraeque,

Laudis habet, quamvis grandius ille fonet.
Si mihi difficilis formam natura negavit ;

35 Ingenio formae damna repetendo meae. Sum brevis ; at nomen, quod terras impleat omnes,

Eft mihi; menfuram nominis ipfa fero. Candida fi non fum, placuit Cepheïa Perseo

Andromede, patriae fusca colore fuae:
Et variis albae junguntur faepe columbae,

Et niger a viridi turtur amatur ave.
Si, nifi quae facie poterit te digna videri,

45 Nulla futura tua est ; nulla futura tua eft. At me cum legeres, etiam formosa' videbar;

Unam jurabas usque decere loqui.

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