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THE SAME FOR EVER! and describ'd by all
With Truth and Goodness, as with Crown and Ball.
Poets heap Virtues, Painters Gems at will, 185
And Thew their zeal, and hide their want of skill,
'Tis well---but, Artists ! who can paint or write,
To draw the Naked is your true delight,
That Robe of Quality so struts and swells,
None see what Parts of Nature it conceals: 190
Th’exactest traits of Body or of Mind,
We owe to models of an humble kind.
If QUEENSBERRY to strip there's no compelling,
'Tis from a Handmaid we must take a Helen.
From Peer or Bishop 'tis no easy thing 195
To draw the Man who loves his God, or King :
Alas! I copy (or my draught would fail)
From honest Mah’met, or plain Parfon Hale.

VARIATION S.
After Ver. 198. in the MS.

Fain I'd in Fulvia spy the tender Wife;
I cannot prove it on her, for my life:

NOTE s. facter; fo that the fatire falls pot on any particular Charafter, or Station ; but on the Character-maker only. See Note on Ver. 78 1 Dialogue 1738.

VER. 198. Mab'met, servant to the late King, said to be the son of a Turkish Balla, whom he took at the Siege of Buda, and constantly kept about his person. P.

VR 198. 1). Stiphen Hale; not more estimable for his use.. discoveries as a natural Philosopher, than for his ex: emplary life and paiioral charity as a parish priest.

200

But grant,

in Public, Men sometimes are shown, A Woman's seen in Private Life alone : Our bolder Talents in full light display'd ; Your Virtues open fairest in the shade. Bred to disguise, in Public 'tis you hide; There, none distinguish 'twixt your Shame or

Pride,

VARIATION S.

And, for a noble pride, I blush no less,
Jostead of Berenice to think on Bess.
Thus while immortal Cibber only fings,
(As * and H**y preach) for queens and kings,
The nymph, that ne'er read Milton's mighty line,

May, if the love, and merit verse, have mine. The Poet supposes it, not to be the love of verse, but of the fashion, which engages the Ladies in the pretty amuse. ment of reading Milton. He therefore promises that the Fair One, who is without AFFECTATION, and yet loves that sort of moral poetry which most effectually eradicates this ridiculous vice, shall have his verse, to make her amends for her unfashionable modesty.

NOT E s. VER: 199. But grant, in Public, &c.] In the former Editions, between this and the foregoing lines, a want of Connexion might be perceived, occafioned by the omission of certain Examples and Illustrations to the Maxims laid down; and though some of these have since been found, viz. the Characters of Pbilomedé, Atossa, Cloe, and some verses following, others are still wanting, nor can we answer that these are exactly inserted. P.

Ver. 203. Bred to disguise, in Public tis you hide ;] There is something apparently exceptionable in the turn of this

Weakness or Delicacy; all so nice, 205 That each may seem a Virtue, or a Vice.

In Men, we various Ruling Passions find; In Women, two almost divide the kind; Those, only fix'd, they first or last obey, The Love of Pleasure, and the Love of Sway. 210 That, Nature gives; and where the leffon

taught Is but to please, can Pleasure seem a fault?

VARIATIONS,
VER. 207. in the first Edition,

In sev'ral Men we sev'ral passions find;
In Women two almost divide the Kind.

NO TE s. assertion, which makes their disguising in public the natural effect of their being bred to disguise : but if we consider that female education is the art of teaching, not to be but to ap. pear, we shall have no season to find fault with the exactness of the expression.

VER. 206. That each may seem a Virtue, or a Vice.] For women are taught virtue so artificially, and vice so naturally, that, in the nice exercise of them, they may be easily mistaken for one another.

SCRIBL. VER. 207. The former part having fhewn, that the particular Charakters of Women are more various than those of Men, it is nevertheless observed, that the general Characteristic of the sex, as to the ruling Paffion, is more uniform. P.

Ver.211. This is occasioned partly by their Nature, partly their Education, and in some degree by Nicefity. P. Ver. 211, 212.and where the lesson taught

Is but to pleasi, can, &c.) The delicacy of the Poet's address is here observable, in his manner of informing us what this pleasure is, which makes

Experience, this ; by Man's oppression curst,
They seek the second not to lose the first.

Men, fome to Bus'ness, fome to Pleasure take; But ev'ry Woman is at heart a Rake:

216 Men, fome to Quiet, some to public Strife; But ev'ry Lady would be Queen for life.

Yet mark the fate of a whole Sex of Queens ! Pow'r all their end, but Beauty all the means: 220 In Youth they conquer, with so wild a rage, As leaves them scarce a subject in their Age: For foreign glory, foreign joy, they roam; No thought of peace or happiness at home. But Wisdom's triumph, is well-tim'd Retreat, 225 As hard a science to the Fair as Great!

NOT e s. one of the two objects of women's ruling pasion. He does it in an ironical apology for it, arising from its being a pleasure of the beneficent and communicative kind, and not merely selfish, like those which the other sex generally pursues.

Ver. 213. Experience, this, &c.] The ironical apology continued : that the second is, as it were, forced upon them by the tyranny and oppression of Man, in order to secure the firnt.

VER. 216. But ev'ry woman is at heart a Rake.] This line has given offence : but in behalf of the Poet we may observe, that what he says amounts only to this, “ Some men take to “ business, some to pleasure; but every woman would wil" lingly make pleasure her business;” which being the peculiar characteristic of a Rake, he uses that word, but of course includes in it no more of the Rake's ill qualities than is implied in this definition, of one who makes pleasure his business.

Ver. 219. What are the Aims and the Fate of this fex.I. As to Power. P.

It grows

Beauties, like Tyrants, old and friendless grown,
Yet hate repose, and dread to be alone,
Worn out in public, weary ev'ry eye,
Nor leave one sigh behind them when they die.

Pleasures the sex, as children Birds, pursue, 231
Still out of reach, yet never out of view;
Sure, if they catch, to spoil the Toy at most,
To covet flying, and regret when loft:
At last, to follies Youth could scarce defend, 235

their Age's prudence to pretend ; Afham’d to own they gave delight before, Reduc'd to feign it, when they give no more: As Hags hold Sabbaths less for joy than spight, So these their merry, miserable Night; 240 Still round and round the Ghosts of Beauty glide, And haunt the places where their honour dy'd.

See how the World its Veterans rewards ! A Youth of Frolics, an old Age of Cards; Fair to no purpose, artful to no end, 245 Young without Lovers, old without a Friend; A Fop their Passion, but their Prize a Sot, Alive, ridiculous, and dead, forgot!

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