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RAPE of the LOCK
CANTO V. D UT anxious cares the pensive nymph oj
press’d, And secret passions labour'd in her breaft. Not youthful kings in battle feiz'd alive, Not scornful virgins who their charms survive Not ardent lovers robb’d of all their bliss, Not ancient ladies when refus’d a kiss, Not tyrants fierce that unrepenting die, Not Cynthia when her manteau's pinn' awry E'er felt such rage, resentment and despair, As thou, fad Virgin! for thy ravish'd Hair.
VARIATIONS. Ver. 11. For that fad moment, etc.] All the lines hence to the 94th verse that describe the house of Spleen: in the first Edition ; instead of them followed only these,
While her rack'd Soul repose and peace requires,
The fierce Thalestris fan: the rising fires.
VER. I. Virg.
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On the rich quilt finks with becoming woe, 35
A constant Vapour o'er the palace flies ;
Unnumber'd throngs on ev'ry side are seen, Of bodies chang’d to various forms by Spleen. Here living Tea-pots stand, one arm held out, One bent; the handle this, and that the spout: A Pipkin there, like Homer's Tripod walks ; 51 Here sighs a Jar, and there a Goose-pye talks ;
NOTES. VER. 41. Dreadful as hermits dreams in haunted shades, Or bright as visions of expiring maids.] The poet by this comparison would insinuate, that the temptations of the mortified recluses in the Church of Rome, and the extatic visions of their female faints were as much the effects of hypochondriac disorders, the Spleen, or, what was then the fashionable word, the l'apours, as any of the imaginary transformations he speaks of alicrwards.
Men prove with child, as pow'rful fancy works,
Or change complexions at a losing game; 70 . If e'er with airy horns I planted heads. Or rumpled petticoats, or tumbled beds,
IMITATIONS. VER. 51. Homer's Tripod walks ; ] See Hom. Iliad xviii. of Vulcan’s walking Tripods. P.
Ver. 52. and there a Goose-pye talks.] Alludes to a real fact, a Lady of distinction imagined herself in this condition. P.
Or caus'd suspicion when no foul was rude,
The Goddess with a discontented air
Sunk in Thalestris' arms the nymph he found, Her eyes dejected and her hair unbound. 90 Full o’er their heads the swelling bag he rent, And all the Furies iffu'd at the vent. Belinda burns with more than mortal ire, And fierce Thalestris fans the rising fire. Owretched maid! The spread her hands, and cry'd, (While Hampton's echoes, wretched maid! reply'd)