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Here Fannia, leering on her own good man,
Come then, thecolours and the ground prepare!
eye quick-glancing o'er the Park, Attracts each light gay meteor of a Spark,
NO TE S. But notwithstanding all the Poet's caution and complaisance, this general satire, or rather, moral analysis of human nature, as it appears in the two sexes, will be always received very differently by them. The Men bear a general satire most heroically; the women with the utmost impatience. This is not from any stronger consciousness of guilt, for I believe the sum of Virtue in the female world does (from many accidental causes) far exceed the sum of Virtue in the male ; but from the fear that such representations may hurt the sex in the opinion of the men : whereas the men are not at all apprehensive that their follies or vices would prejudice them in the opinion of the women.
VER. 20. Catuh, ere she change, the Cynthia of this Minute.] Alluding in the expression to the precept of Fresnoy,
“ formæ veneres captando fugaces. VER. 21. Instances of contrarieties, given even from such characters as are most strongly marked, and seemingly therefore most consistent : As, 1. In the Affected, Ver. 21, &c. P.
Agrees as ill with Rufa studying Locke,
How soft is Silia! fearful to offend;
Papillia, wedded to her am'rous spark,
NOT E s.
« Tho' Artemisia talks, by fits,
“ Reads Malbranche, Boyle, and Locke:
And wear a cleaner smock."
Ladies, like variegated Tulips, show; 41 '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, 45 Aw'd without Virtue, without beauty charm'd; Her Tongue bewitch'd as odly as her Eyes ; Less Wit than Mimic, more a Wit than wise. Strange graces still, and stranger flights The had, Was just not ugly, and was just not mad; 50 Yet ne'er so sure our passion to create, As when the touch'd the brink of all we hate.
Narciffa's nature, tolerably mild, To make a wash, would hardly stew a child; Has ev'n been prov'd to grant a Lover's pray'r, 55 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.
NOT E s. Ver.45: III. Contrarieties in the Cunning and Artful. P.
VER. 52. As when she touch'd the brink of all we hate.] Her charms consisted in the fingular turn of her vivacity ; consequently, the stronger she exerted this vivacity, the more forcible was her attraction. But when her vivacity rose to that height in which it was most attractive, it was upon the brink of Excess; the point where the delicacy of fensuality disappears, and all the coarseness of it stands exposed.
Ver. 53. IV. In the Whimsical. P.
VER.57.-in aCbriftian trim.] This is finely expressed; implying that her very charity was as much an exterior of Reli
Why then declare Good-nature is her scorn,
his Grace and Chartres:
Heathen in the carnal part,
See Sin in State, majestically drunk;
75 She fins with Poets thro'
Love of Wit, What has not fir'd her bosom or her brain ? Cæfar and Tall-boy, Charles and Charlema’ne.
In whose mad brain the mixt ideas roll
NOT E. S.
VER, 69, V. In the Lewd and Vicious.' P.
As Helluo, late Dictator of the Feast,
Flavia's a Wit, has too much sense to pray;
VER.89. Nor asks of God, but of her Stars, Death, that Opi.