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Shoved from the wall perhaps, or rudely press'd
By his own son, that passes by unbless'd :
Still to his wench he crawls on knocking knees,
And envies every sparrow that he sees.

A salmon's belly, Helluo, was thy fate;
The doctor call'd, declares all help too late.

'Mercy!' cries Helluo, 'mercy on my soul ! 240 Is there no hope ?- Alas!--then bring the jowl.'

The frugal crone, whom praying priests attend, Still strives to save the hallow'd taper's end, Collects her breath, as ebbing life retires, For one puff more, and in that pull expires.

'Odious ! in woollen ! 'would a saint provoke,' Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke; 'No, let a charming chintz and Brussels lace Wrap my cold limbs, and shade my lifeless face; One would not, sure, be frightful when one's deadAnd--Betty-give this cheek a little red.' 251

The courtier smooth, who forty years had shined An humble servant to all human kind, Just brought out this, when scarce his tongue could

stir, 'If-where I'm going-I could serve you, sir !

'I give and I devise,' old Euclio said, And sigh’d, 'my lands and tenements to Ned.'

'Your money, sir ?'— My money, sir, what all ? Why,-if I must'-then wept, 'I give it Paul.' 'The manor, sir ?'-—'The manor ! hold,' he cried, 260 'Not that, -I cannot part with that,'--and died.

And you ! brave Cobham, to the latest breath, Shall feel your ruling passion strong in death: Such in these moments as in all the past, Oh, save my country, Heaven !' shall be your last

EPISTLE II.
TO A LADY.

ARGUMENT.

Of the Characters of Women. That the particular characters of women are not so st: ongly

marked as those of men, seldom so fixed, and still moro inconsistent with themselves, ver. 1, &c. Instances of contrarieties given, even from such characters as are more strongly marked, and seemingly, therefore, most consistent: as, I. In the affected.-2. In the soft nalured. 3. In the cunning and artful.-4. In the whimsical.-5. In the lewd and vicious.—6. In the witty and refined.—7. In the stupid and simple, ver. 21 to 207. The former part having shown that the particular characters of women are more various than those of men, it is nevertheless observed that the general characteristic of the sex, as to the ruling passion, is more uniform, ver. 207. This is occasioned partly by their nature, partly by their educa. tion, and in some degree by necessity, ver. 211. What are the aims and the fate of this sex :-1. As to power. As to pleasure, ver. 219. Advice for their true interest.The picture of an estimable woman, with the best kind of contrarieties, ver. 249 to the end.

There is nothing in Mr. Pope's works more highly finished than this epistle : yet its success was in no proportion to the pains he took in composing it. Something he chanced to drop in a short advertisement prefixed to it on its first publication, may, perhaps account for the small attention given to it. He said that no one character in it was drawn from the life. The public believed him on his word, and expressed little curiosity about a satire, in which there was nothing personal.

NOTHING so true as what you once let fall, Most women have no characters at all.'

Matter too soft a lasting mark to bear,
And best distinguish'd by black, brown, or fair.

How many pictures of one nymph we view,
All how unlike each other, all how true!
Arcadia's countess, here, in ermined pride
Is there, Pastora by a fountain side.
Here Faunia, leering on her own good man,
And there, a naked Leda with a swan.

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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 fail, and in it
Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute. 20

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 fly-blow in the setting sun.

How soft is Silia! fearful to offend;
The frail-one's advocate, the weak-one's friend, 30
To her, Calista proved 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 see-a pimple on her nose.

Papilia, wedded to her amorous spark, Sighs for the shades-How charming is a park!' A park is purchased, but the fair he sees All bathed in tears—'Oh odious, odious trees !'

Ladies, like variegated tulips, show, Tis to their changes half their charms they owe Fine by defect, and delicately weak, Their happy spots the nice admirer take. 'Twas thus Calypso once each heart alarm’d, Awed without virtue, without beauty charm’d; Her tongue bewitched 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; 50 Yet ne'er so sure our passions 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; Hlas e'en been proved 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 good-nature is her scorn, When 'tis by that alone she can be borne ? 60 Why pique all mortals, yet affect a name? A fool to pleasure, yet a slave to fame : 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 her heart.

See sin in state, majestically drunk, Proud as a peeress, prouder as a punk;

70 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 wil. What has not fired her bosom or her brain ? Cæsar and Tall-boy, Charles and Charlemagne

As Helluo, late dictator of the feast,
The nose of haut-gout, and the tip of taste, 80
Critiqued your wine, and analysed your meat,
Yet on plain pudding deign'd at home to eat:
So Philomedé, lecturing all mankind
On the soft passion, and the taste refined,
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.' 90

Then all for death, that opiate of the soul !
Lucretia's dagger, Rosamonda's bowl.
Say, what can cause such impotence of mind ?
A spark too fickle, or a spouse too kind.
Wise wretch! with pleasure too refin'd to please ;
With too much spirit to be e'er at ease;
With too much quickness ever to be taught;
With too much thinking to have common thought :
You purchase pain with all that joy can give,
And die of nothing but a rage to live.

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Turn then from wits, and look on Simo's mate;
No ass so meek, no ass so obstinate:
Or her that owns her faults but never mends,
Because she's honest, and the best of friends:
Or her whose life the church and scandal share,
For ever in a passion or a prayer :
Or her who laughs at hell, but (like her grace)
Cries, 'Ah! how charming if there's no such place :'
Or who in sweet vicissitude appears,
Of mirth and opium, ratafie and tears,

110 The daily anodyne, and nightly draught 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 tho to great Atossa's mind ? Scarce once herself, by turns all womankind;

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