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Didft thou e'er ftrive (once more fincerely


With Friends and Wine to drive thy Cares away?

And have e'en thefe Endeavours prov'd in vain? Will neither Friends nor Wine remove thy Pain?

Doft thou fit penfive, full of Thought, repine, And, in thy Turn, forget the circling Wine? From hence a real Paffion you may prove, For if Wine drowns your Flame, you do not love.

Art thou a tame, refign'd, fubmiffive Swain? Canft thou bear Scorn, Repulfes, and Difdain?

Can no ill Treatment nor unkind Returns Quench the ftrong Flame, which in thy Marrow burns?

But do they rather aggravate thy Smart,
And give a quicker Edge to every Dart?
Does not each fcornful Look, or angry Jeft
Drive the keen Paffion deeper in thy Breast?
Do not her poignant Questions and Replies,
Thy partial Ears agreeably furprize?

From hence a real Paffion you may prove, For if you can refent, you do not love. Whole live-long Days you have enjoy'd her

Sight; Say, were your Eyes e'er fated with Delight?

Did not you wish next Moment to return? Did not your Breast with stronger Ardours burn?

Did not each View another View provoke ?
And every Meeting give a deeper Stroke?

From hence a real Paffion you may prove,
For there is no Satiety in Love.

Perhaps you judge it an imprudent Flame, And therefore live at Distance from the Dame; But what is the Effect? does Abfence heal Those Wounds, which smarting in her Sight, you feel?

Does not to her your Mind unbidden ftray? Does not your Heart confefs her distant Sway? Does not each rifing Thought inhance your Pain?

And don't you long to fee her once again? From hence a real Paffion you may prove, For that which Abfence cancels is not Love.

Suppofe, once more, your Parents or your

Either for peevish or prudential Ends, Should thwart thy Choice, thy promis'd Bliss oppose,

Would'ff thou for her engage all these thy Focs?

Would'st thou defpife an angry Father's Frown, And scorn the noisy Cenfures of the Town?


Could't thou, poffefs'd of her, with Patience fee

The Coxcomb's Finger pointed forth at thee?
Would it not vex you, as you pass along,
To hear the little Spleen of every Tongue?
"There goes the fond young Fool, who t'other

"In heedless Wedlock threw himself away; "And, to indulge the rafh ungovern'd Heat "Of a vain Paffion, loft a good Eftate?Would not fuch Infults grate thy tender Ear? Could'ft thou befides, without Compunction, bear

The fcornful Smile and the difdainful Sneer? From hence a real Paffion you may prove, For he, who loves with Reafon, does not love.

Still muft I touch thee in a tend'rer Part; Would not a happy Rival stab thy Heart? Could'st thou behold the Darling of thy Breaft With Freedom by another Youth carest ? Say, could'ft thou to thy dearest Friend afford A Kiss, a Smile, or one obliging Word? Say, at the public Ball or private Dance, When the brisk Couples artfully advance, Could't thou, unmov'd with Indignation, ftand, If to another she refign'd her Hand? Would your Heart reft at Eafe? or would it fwell

With all the Pains, the sharpest Pains of Hell?


From hence a real Paffion you may prove, For, without Jealousy, you cannot love. To the last Question of thy trusty Friend (Tho' many more might still be afk'd) attend. To purge her Virtue, or revenge her Wrongs, (For Beauty is the Theme of busy Tongues) Should Blood be call'd for in the doubtful Strife,

Would'ft thou with Pleasure part with Bloodor Life?

Would'st thou all Dangers in her Caufe defpife,
And meet unequal Foes for fuch a Prize?
Would it not plant new Courage in thy Heart,
And double Vigour to thy Arm impart ?
To fcreen thy Mistress from the slightest Harms,
Would'st thou not purchase Death, and would
not Death have Charms ?

From hence a real Paffion you may prove, For never yet was Coward known to love. By these Prescriptions judge your inward Part,

Put all these Queftions closely to your Heart; And if by them your Flame you can approve, Then will I own that you fincerely love.


The Cock and the DOVES.


Infcribed to a Friend.


N Farmer's Yard, one Summer's Day, A Pair of Doves, like Nature gay, Sat Bill to Bill; with scornful Eye, And haughty Port, a Cock went by: He went, but foon return'd again, And twenty Hens compos'd his Train. He crow'd, and near the Doves he drew, And rang'd his Females full in View: The Doves, of all regardless ftill, Their Attitude was Bill to Bill; The Cock, impatient of the Sight, With humbled Vanity and Spight, Thus taunting, cry'd: Methinks all Day, • Two faithful Doves can bill and play! If bleft, indeed, as ye pretend,


• Your Bliss is vaft, and without End! But I'm convinc'd 'tis all Pretence, Can one to one fuch Joys difpenfe?


I, with a thousand Beauties bleft,
Careffing all, by all carefs'd;

• Not I can boast more Bliss than you,
If these pretended Joys are true :

• Hence, with your oftentatious Loves, I hate all hypocritic Doves.'

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