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The task were endless all the rest to trace:
Yet grant the were a Venus for her Face,
And Shape, yet others equal Beauty share;
And time was, you could live without the fair :
She does no more, in that for which you woo,
Than homelier Women full as well can do.
Besides she daubs, and stinks so much of paint,
Her own Attendants cannot bear the scent,
But laugh behind, and bite their Lips to hold;
Mean time excluded, and expos’d to cold,
The whining Lover stands before the Gates,
And there with humble adoration waits :
Crowning with flow'rs the threshold and the floor,
And printir.g kisses on th’obdurate Door:
Who, if admitted in that nick of time,
If some unfav’ry Whift betray the crime,
Invents a quarrel straight, if there be none,
Or makes some faint Excuses to be gone:
And calls himself a doating Fool to serve,
Ascribing more than Woman can deserve.
Which well they understand like cunning Queans ;
And hide their naktiness behind the Scenes,
From him they have allur’d, and would retain;
But to a peircing Eye, 'tis all in vain : -
For common Sense brings all their Cheats to view,
And the false light discovers by the true :
Which a wise Harlot owns, and hopes to find
A pardon for defe&ts, that run thro' all the kind.
Nor always do they feign the sweets of Love,
When round the panting Youth their pliant Limbs

they move;
And cling, and heave, and moisten ev'ry kiss,
They often share, and more than share the bliss :
From every part, ev'n to their inmoft Soul,
They feel the trickling Joys, and run with vigour

to the Goal.
Stirr'd with the same impetuous desire (quire:
Birds, Beafts, and Herds, and Mares, theis Males re-

Because the throbbing Nature in their Veins
Provokes them to asswage their kindly Pains :
The lusty leap th' expecting Female stands,
By mutual Heat compell’d to mutual Bands.
Thus Dogs with lolling Tongues by love are ty’d;
Nor shouting Boys, nor blows their Union can divide:
At either end they strive the link to loose į
In vain, for stronger Venus holds the noose.
Which never would those wretched Lovers do,
But that the common Heats of Love they know;
The pleasure therefore must be shar'd in common


And when the Woman's more prevailing juice
Sucks in the Man's, the mixture will produce
The Mother's likeness; when the Man prevails,
His own resemblance in the Seed he feals,
But when we see the new begotten Race
Refeat the Features of each Parent's Face,
Then of the Father's and the Mother's Blood,
The juftly temper'd Seed is understood :
When both conspire, with equal ardour bent,
From every Limb the due proportion sent,
When neither party foils, when neither foild,
This gives the blended Features of the Child.
Sometimes the Boy, the Grandfire's image bears ;
Sometimes the more remote Progenitor he fares ;
Because the genial Atomes of the Seed
Lie long conceal'd e'er they exert the breed :
And after sundry Ages past, produce
The tardy likeness of the latent juice.
Hence Families such different Figures take, [Make.
And represent their Ancestors in Face, and Hair, and
Because of the same Seed, the Voice, and Hair,
And hape, and face, and other members are,
And the same antick Mould the likeness does

Thus oft the Father's likeness does prevail
In Females, and the Mother's in the Male,

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For since the Seed is of a double kind,
From that where we the most resemblance find,
We may conclude the strongest Tincture sent,
And that was in conception prevalent.
Nor can the vain decrees of Pow'rs above
Deny produ&tion to the act of Love,
Or hinder Fathers of that happy Name,
Or with a barren Womb the Matron shame;
As many think, who ftain with vi&tims Blood
The mournful Altars, and with Incense load :
To bless the now’ry Seed with future Life,
And to impregnate the well-labour'd Wife.
In vain they weary Heav'n with Prayer, or fly
To Oracles, or Magick Numbers try:
For Barrenness of Sexes will proceed,
Either from too. Condens’d, or watry Seed ;;
The watsy Juice too soon diffolves away,
And in the parts proje&ted will not stay ;
The too Condens’d, unfoul'd, unwieldly Mass
Drops short, nor carries to the destin'd place :
Nor pierces to the parts, nor, though injected home;
Will mingle with the kindly moisture of the Womb.
For Nuptials are unlike in their Success,
Some Men, with fruitful Seed some Women bless ;.
And from some Men some Women fruitful are;
Just as their Constitutions join or jar:
And many, seeming barren Wives have been,
Who, after match'd with more prolifick Men,
Have filld a Family with pratling Boys :
And many not supply'd at home with joys,
Have found a Friend abroad, to ease their finart,
And to perform the Sapless Husband's part.
So much it does import, that Seed with Seed
Should of the kindly mixture make the Breed:
And thick with thin, and thin with thick should join,
So to produce and propagate the Line.
Of such concernment too is Drink and Food,
T'incrassate, or attenuate the Blood..

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Of like importance is the Posture too,
In which the genial feat of Love we do :
För as the Females of the four-foot kind,
Receive the leapings of their Males behind;
So the good Wives, with Loins uplifted high,
And leaning on their Hands the fruitful stroke

may try :
For in that posture will they best conceive :
Not when supinely laid they frisk and heave ;
For active Motions only break the blow,
And more of Strumpets than of Wives they show;
When answering stroke with stroke, the mingled

Liquors flow. Endearments eager, and too brisk a bound, Throws off the Plow-share from the furrow'd ground, But common Harlots in Conjun&ion heave, Because 'tis less their Business to conceive Than to delight, and to provoke the deed ; A trick which honeft Wives but little need. Nor is it from the Gods, or Cupid's dart , That many a homely Woman takes the Heart ; But Wives well humour'd, dutiful, and chaste, And clean, will hold their wandring Husbands fast, Such are the Links of Love, and such a Love will

last. For what remains, long habitude, and use, Will kindness in domestick Bands produce: For Custom will a strong Impression leave; Hard Bodies, which the lightest stroke receive, In length of time, will moulder and decay, And stones with drops of Rain are wafh'd away.


Tum porrò puer, &c.
HUS like a Sailor by the Tempest hurld


Naked he lies, and ready to expire ;
Helpless of all that human Wants require :
Expos’d upon unhospitable Earth,
From the first moment of his hapless Birth.
Straight with foreboding Cries he fills the Room ;
(Too true presages of his future Doom.)
But Flocks and Herds, and every savage Beast
By more indulgent Nature are increas'd.
They want no Rattles for their froward mood,
Nor Nurse to reconcile them to their food,
With broken words; nor Winter blasts they fear,
Nor change their Habits with the changing Year:
Nor, for their Safety, Citadels prepare ;
Nor forge the wicked Instruments of War:
Unlabour'd Earth her bounteous Treasure grants,
And Nature's lavish Hand supplies their common


D A P H N I S. From Theocritus Idyll

. 27.

'HE Shepherd Paris bore the Spartan Bride

But I by free consent can boast a Bliss,
A fairer Helen, and a sweeter kiss.

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