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Vol. II. facing p.87.
Jam. Wale Delin
Old as he was, and void of Eye-sight too, What cou'd alas! a helpless Husband do.
Jan : & May.
HERE liv'd in Lombardy, as authors write, of old, a wife and worthy knight;
Of gentle manners, as of gen'rous race,
But in due time, when fixty years were o'er, He vow'd to lead this vitious life no more; Whether pure holiness inspir'd his mind, Or dotage turn'd his brain, is hard to find; But his high courage prick'd him forth to wed, And try the pleasures of a lawful bed.
JANUARY AND MAY.] This tranflation was done at fixi teen or feventeen years of Age. P.
This was his nightly dream, his daily care, 15
These thoughts he fortify'd with reasons still, (For none want reasons to confirm their will.) 20 Grave authors fay, and witty poets fing, That honeft wedlock is a glorious thing: But depth of judgment moft in him appears, Who wifely weds in his maturer years. Then let him chufe a damfel young and fair, 25 To bless his age, and bring a worthy heir; To footh his cares, and free from noife and ftrife, Conduct him gently to the verge of life. Let finful batchelors their woes deplore, Full well they merit all they feel, and more: 30 Unaw'd by precepts, human or divine, Like birds and beafts, promifcuoufly they join Nor know to make the prefent bleffing laft, To hope the future, or esteem the past: But vainly boaft the joys they never try'd, And find divulg'd the fecrets they would hide.. The marry'd man may bear his yoke with eafe.. Secure at once himself and heav'n to please; And pass his inoffenfive hours away, In blifs all night, and innocence all day: