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Old as he was, and void of Espezight What coud alas'a helplefi“Husband dom
Jan: & May
HERE liv'd in Lombardy, as Authors write,
In days of old, a wise and worthy knight; Of gentle manners, as of gen'rous race,
, Bleft with much sense, more riches, and some grace. Yet, led astray by Venus' soft delights,
5 He scarce could rule some idle appetites: For long ago, let Priests say what they cou'd, Weak sinsul.laymen were but flesh and blood.
But in due time, when fixty years were o’er,
pure holiness infpit'd his mind,
try the pleasures of a lawful bed.
NOTES JANUARY AND MAY.] This Translation was done at fixteen or seventeen years of Age. P.
This was his nightly dream, his daily care, 15
These thoughts he fortify'd with reasons still,
To hope the future, or esteem the past :