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THE

WORKS

OF

ALEXANDER POPE, Esq;

WITH HIS LAST

CORRECTIONS, ADDITIONS,

AND

IMPROVEMENTS;

TOGETHER WITH

ALL HIS NOTES.

VOL. II.

Printed for W. Cavil, T. Martin, T. FRENCH,

and J. Wren.

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From CHAUCER.
EHOLD the woes of matrimonial life,

And hear with rev’rence an experienc'd wife!
To dear-bought wisdom give the credit due,
And think, for once, a woman tells
In all these trials I have borne a part,

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I was myself the scourge that caus'd the smart;
For, fince fifteen, in triumph have I led
Five captive husbands from the church to bed.

Christ saw a wedding once, the Scripture says;
And saw but one, 'tis thought, in all his days; 10
Whence some infer, whose conscience is too nice,
No pious Christian ought to marry twice.

But let them read, and solve me, if they can,
The words address'd to the Samaritan :
Five times in lawful wedlock she was join'd; 15
And sure the certain stint was ne'er defin'd.

Increase and multiply, was Heav'n's command,
And that's a text I clearly understand.
This
too,

“ Let men their fires and mothers leave
F" And to their dearer wives for ever cleave." 20
More wives than one by Solomon were try'd,
Or else the wisest of mankind's bely'd.
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