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How many pictures of one nymph we view, All how unlike each other, all how true ! Arcadia's countess here, in ermin'd pride, Is there, Pastora by a fountain side: Here Fannia, leering on her own good man, And there a naked Leda with a swan. Let then the fair one beautifully cry, In Magdalen's loose hair and lifted eye; Or dress'd in smiles of sweet Cecilia shine, With simpering angels, palms, and harps divine; Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it, If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
Come, then, the colours and the ground prepare! Dip in the rainbow, trick her off in air ; Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.
Rufa, whose eye quick glancing o'er the park, Attracts each light gay meteor of a spark, Agrees as ill with Rufa studying Locke, As Sappho's diamonds with her dirty smock, Or Sappho at her toilet's greasy task, With Sappho fragrant at an evening mask: So morning insects, that in muck begun, Shine, buzz, and flyblow in the setting sun.
How soft is Silia! fearful to offend; The frail one's advocate, the weak one's friend. To her Calista prov'd her conduct nice, And good Simplicius asks of her advice. Sudden she storms ! she raves ! you tip the wink; But spare your censure; Silia does not drink.
All eyes may see from what the change arose ; All eyes may seema pimple on her nose.
Papillia, wedded to her amorous spark, Sighs for the shades—“How charming is a park!" A park is purchas’d; but the fair he sees All bath'd in tears—“Oh, odious, odious trees !”
Ladies, like variegated tulips, show; 'Tis to their changes half their charms we owe: Fine by defect, and delicately weak, Their happy spots the nice admirer take. 'Twas thus Calypso once each heart alarm’d, Aw'd without virtue, without beauty charmid; Her tongue bewitch'd as oddly as her eyes; Less wit than mimic, more a wit than wise : Strange graces still, and stranger flights, she had; Was just not ugly, and was just not mad; Yet ne'er so sure our passion to create, As when she touch'd the brink of all we hate.
Narcissa's? nature, tolerably mild, To make a wash would hardly stew a child ; Has e'en been prov'd to grant a lover's prayer, And paid a tradesman once to make him stare; Gave alms at Easter in a christian trim, And made a widow happy for a whim. Why then declare goodnature is her scorn, When 'tis by that alone she can be borne ? Why pique all mortals, yet affect a name? A fool to pleasure, yet a slave to fame:
? Duchess of Hamilton.
Now deep in Taylor and the Book of Martyrs, Now drinking citron with his grace and Chartres :
: Now conscience chills her, and now passion burns, And atheism and religion take their turns ; A very
heathen in the carnal part, Yet still a sad good christian at the heart.
See sin in state, majestically drunk, Proud as a peeress, prouder as a punk; Chaste to her husband, frank to all beside, A teeming mistress, but a barren bride. What then? let blood and body bear the fault; Her head's untouch'd, that noble seat of thought: Such this day's doctrine-in another fit She sins with poets through pure love of wit. What has not fir'd her bosom or her brain? Cæsar and Tallboy, Charles and Charlemagne. As Helluo, late dictator of the feast, The nose of haut-goût, and the tip of taste, Critiqu'd your wine, and analyz’d your meat, Yet on plain pudding deign'd at home to eat : So Philomedé,3 lecturing all mankind On the soft passion, and the taste refin’d, The address, the delicacy-stoops at once, And makes her hearty meal upon a dunce.
Flavia's a wit, has too much sense to pray; To toast our wants and wishes is her way; Nor asks of God, but of her stars, to give The mighty blessing while we live to live.'
3 Henrietta, usually called the young Duchess of Marlborough; to whom Congreve left the greater part of his fortune.
Then all for death, that opiate of the soul !
Turn then from wits, and look on Simo's mate;
Or who in sweet vicissitude appears
To kill those foes to fair ones, time and thought. | Woman and fool are two hard things to hit; For true no meaning puzzles more than wit.
But what are these to great Atossa's 5 mind? Scarce once herself, by turns all womankind !
- The Duchess of Montague.
Who with herself, or others, from her birth