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Was it for this you took fuch conftant care
She faid; then raging to Sir Plume repairs, And bids her Beau demand the precious hairs: (Sir Plume of amber snuff-box justly vain, And the nice conduct of a clouded cane) With earnest eyes, and round unthinking face, 125 He first the fnuff-box open'd, then the case,
And thus broke out---" My Lord, why, what the "devil?
"Z--ds! damn the lock! 'fore Gad, you must be
Plague on't! 'tis past a jeft--nay prithee, pox!
VER. 121. Sir Plume repairs,] Sir George Brown. He was the only one of the Party who took the thing seriously. He was angry that the Poet fhould make him talk nothing but nonsense; and in truth, one could not well blame him.
VER. 133. But by this Lock,] In allufion to Achilles's oath in Homer, II. i. P.
That while my noftrils draw the vital air,
But Umbriel, hateful Gnome! forbears not fo; He breaks the Vial whence the forrows flow. Then fee! the nymph in beauteous grief appears, Her eyes half-languishing, half-drown'd in tears; On her heav'd bofom hung her drooping head, Which, with a figh, fhe rais'd; and thus she said, For ever curs'd be this detefted day, Which fnatch'd my best, my fav'rite curl away! Happy! ah ten times happy had I been,
If Hampton-Court these eyes had never feen! 150 Yet am not I the first mistaken maid;
By love of Courts to num'rous ills betray'd.
In some lone ifle, or diftant Northern land; Where the gilt Chariot never marks the way, 156 Where none learn Ombre, none e'er taste Bohea!
VER. 141. But Umbriel, hateful Gnome! forbears not fo; He breaks the Vial whence the forrows flow.] Thele two lines are additional; and affign the cause of the different operation on the Paffions of the two Ladies. The poem went on before without that distinction, as without any Machinery to the end
There kept my charms conceal'd from mortal eye,
See the poor remnants of these flighted hairs!
And in its fellow's fate forefees its own;
RAPE of the LOCK.
HE faid: the pitying audience melt in tears. But Fate and Jove had stopp'd the Baron's ears. In vain Thalestris with reproach affails,
For who can move when fair Belinda fails?
Say why are Beauties prais'd and honour'd most, The wife man's paffion, and the vain man's toast?
VER. 7. Then grave Clariffa, etc.] A new Character introduced in the fubfequent Editions, to open more clearly the MORAL of the Poem, in a parody of the speech of Sarpedon Glaucus in Homer, P.
VER. 9. Say why are beauties, etc.]
Why boaft we, Glaucus! our extended reign,