And from the hipp'd discourses gather,
That politics go by the weather:
Then seek good humor'd tavern chums;
And play at cards, but for small sums;
Or with the merry fellows quaff,
And laugh aloud with them that laugh ;
Or drink a joco-serious cup,
With souls who've took their freedom up,
And let my mind, beguiled by talk,
In Epicurus' garden walk,
Who thought it heaven to be serene ;
Pain, hell, and purgatory, Spleen.

Sometimes I dress, with women sit,
And chat away the gloomy fit;
Quit the stiff garb of serious sense,
And wear a gay impertinence,
Nor think nor speak with any pains,
But lay on fancy's neck the reins;
Talk of unusual swell of waist
In maid of honor loosely laced,
And beauty borrowing Spanish red,
And loving pair with separate bed,
And jewels pawn'd for loss of game,
And then redeem'd by loss of fame;
Of Kitty (aunt left in the lurch
By grave pretence to go to church)
Perceived in hack with lover fine,
Like Will and Mary on the coin :
And thus in modish manner we,
In aid of sugar, sweeten tea.

Permit, ye fair, your idol form, Which ev’n the coldest heart can warn,


to romp.

May with its beauties grace my line,
While I bow down before its shrine,
And your throng'd altars with my lays
Perfume, and get by giving praise.
With speech so sweet, so sweet a mien,
You excommunicate the Spleen,
Which, fiend-like, flies the magic ring
You form with sound, when pleased to sing :
Whate'er you say, howe'er you move,
We look, we listen, and approve.
Your touch, which gives to feeling bliss,
Our nerves officious throng to kiss ;
By Celia's pat, on their report,
The grave air'd soul, inclined to sport,
R ounces wisdom's sullen pomp,
And loves the floral

But who can view the pointed rays
That from black eyes scintillant blaze ?
Love on his throne of glory seeins
Encompass'd with satellite beams;
But when blue eyes, more softly bright,
Diffuse benignly humid light,
We gaze, and see the smiling loves,
And Cytherea's gentle doves,
And, raptured, fix in such a face,
Love's mercy-seat and throne of grace.
Shine but on age, you melt its snow;
Again fires long extinguish'd glow,
And, charm'd by witchery of eyes,
Blood long congealed liquefies !
True miracle, and fairly done
By heads which are adored while on;
But oh, what pity 'tis to find
Rych beauties, both of form and mind,

By modern breeding much debased,
In half the female world at least !
Hence I with care such lotteries shun,
Where, a prize miss’d, I'm quite undone ;
And ha’n’t, by venturing on a wife,
Yet run the greatest risk in life.

Mothers and guardian-aunts, forbear Your impious pains to form the fair, Nor lay out so much cost and art But to deflower the virgin heart; Of every folly-fostering bed, By quickening heat of custom bred, Rather, than by your culture spoil'd, Desist and give us nature wild, Delighted with a hoyden soul, Which truth and innocence control. Coquets, leave off affected arts, Gay fowlers at a flock of hearts ; Woodcocks to shun your snares have skill; You show so plain you strive to kill. In love the artless catch the

game, And they scarce miss who never aim.

The world's great Author did create
The sex to fit the nuptial state,
And meant a blessing in a wife
To solace the fatigues of life ;
And old inspired times display
How wives could love, and yet obey ;
Then truth, and patient of control,
And housewife arts adorn'd the soul!
And charms, the gift of nature, shone ;
And jealousy, a thing unknown:

Veils were the only masks they wore ;
Novels, (receipts to make a whore)
Nor ombre, nor quadrille, they knew,
Nor Pam's puissance felt at loo.
Wise men did not, to be thought gay,
Then compliment their power away:
But lest, by frail desires misled,
The girls forbidden paths should tread,
Of ignorance raised the safe high wall;
We sink haw-haws that show them all.
Thus we at once solicit sense,
And charge them not to break the fence.

Now, if untired, consider, friend, What I avoid to gain my end.

Law-licensed breaking of the peace, To which vacation is disease; A gipsey diction scarce known well By th' inagi who law-fortunes tell, I shun; nor let it breed within Anxiety, and that the Spleen; Law, grown a forest, where perplex The mazes and the brambles vex; Where its twelve verderers every day Are changing still the public way: Yet if we miss our path and err, We grievous penalties incur; And wanderers tire, and tear their skin, And then get out where they went in.

I never game, and rarely bet; Am loth to lend, or run in debt. No comptre-writs me agitate ; Who moralizing pass the gate,

And there mine eyes on spendthrifts turn,
Who vainly o'er their bondage mourn.
Wisdom, before beneath their care,
Pays her upbraiding visits there,
And forces Folly through the grate
Her panegyric to repeat.
This view, profusely when inclined,
Enters a caveat in the mind :
Experience join'd with common sense,
To mortals is a providence.

Passion, as frequently is seen,
Subsiding settles into Spleen.
Hence, as the plague of happy life,
I run away from party strife.
A prince's cause, a church's claim,
I've known to raise a mighty flame,
And priest, as stoker, very free
To throw in peace and charity.
That tribe whose practicals decree
Small beer the deadliest heresy;
Who, fond of pedigree, derive
From the most noted whore alive;
Who own wine's old prophetic aid,
And love the initre Bacchus made,
Forbid the faithful to depend
On half-pint drinkers for a friend,
And in whose gay red-letter'd face
We read good living more than grace :
Nor they, so pure, and so precise,
Immaculate as their white of eyes,
Who for the spirit hug the Spleen,
Phylacter'd throughout all their mien,

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