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A constant bounty, which no friend has made;
Nature well known, no prodigies remain ;
Yet in this search the wisest may mistake, If second qualities for first they take. When Catiline by rapine swell's his store, When Cæsar made a noble dame a whore, In this the lust, in that the avarice, Were means, not ends;, ambition was the vice. That very Cæsar, born in Scipio's days, Had aim'd, like him, by chastity at praise. Lucullus, when frugality could charm, Had roasted turnips in the Sabine farm. In vain the observer eyes the builder's toil, But quite mistakes the scaffold for the pile.
In this one passion man can strength enjoy,
Old politicians chew on wisdom pass’d,
Behold a reverend sire, whom want of
grace Has made the father of a nameless race, Shoved from the wall, perhaps, or rudely press'd By bis own son, that passes by unbless'd; Still to his wench he crawls on knocking knees, And envies every sparrow that he sees.
A salmon's belly, Helluo, was thy fate; The doctor call'd, declares all help too late.
Mercy! (cries Helluo) mercy on my soul ! Is there no hope?— Alas !—then bring the jowl.'
The frugal crone, whom praying priests attend, Still strives to save the hallow'd taper's end, Collects her breath, as ebbing life retires, For one puff more, and in that puff expires.
Odious! in woollen ! 'twould a saint provoke, (Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke) No, let a charming chintz and Brussels lace Wrap my cold limbs and shade
lifeless face : One would not, sure, be frightful when one's dead And-Betty--give this cheek a little red.'
The courtier smooth, who forty years had shined An humble servant to all humankind, (stir, Just brought out this, when scarce his tongue could • If-where I'm going—I could serve you, sir?'
• I give and I devise (old Euclio said, And sigh’d) my lands and tenements to Ned.
money, sir?— My money, sir, what, all ? Why—if I must-(then wept) I give it Paul.' • The manor, sir !~ The manor ! hold, (he cried) • Not that I cannot part with that'--and died. And
you, brave Cobham! to the latest breath Shall feel your ruling passion strong in death; Such in those moments as in all the past, O save my country, Heaven !' shall be your last.
To a Lady
OF THE CHARACTERS OF WOMEN.
argument. That the particular characters of women are not so strongly
marked as those of men, seldom so fixed, and still more inconsistent with themselves.- Instances of contrarieties given, even from such characters as are more strongly marked, and seemingly, therefore, most consistent: as, 1. In the affected.--2. In the soft-natured.-3. In the cunning and artful.—4. In the whimsical.--5. In the lewd and vicious.-6. In the witty and refined.--7. In the stupid and simple. The former part having shown that the particular characters of women are more various than those
'it is nevertheless observed that the general characteristic of the sex, as to the ruling passion, is more uniform.-- This is occasioned partly by their nature, partly by their education, and in some degree by necessity.What are the aims and the fate of this sex:-1. As to power.—2. As to pleasure.—Advice for their true interest. -The picture of an estimable woman, with the best kind of contrarieties.
NOTHING so true as what you once let fall,
Most women have no characters at all :
How many pictures of one nymph we view,
Let then the fair one beautifully cry,
Come then, the colours and the ground prepare!
Rufa, whose eye quick-glancing o'er the Park, Attracts each light gay meteor of a spark, Agrees as ill with Rufa studying Locke, As Sappho's diamonds with her dirty smock, Or Sappho at her toilet's greasy task, With Sappho fragrant at an evening mask: So morning insects, that in muck begun, Shine, buz, and fly-blow, in the setting sun.
How soft is Silia! fearful to offend; The frail one's advocate, the weak one's friend. To her Calista proved her conduct nice, And good Simplicius asks of her advice. Sudden she storms! she raves ! you tip the wink; But spare your censure; Silia does not drink. All eyes may see from what the change arose; All eyes may see-a pimple on her nose.
Papilia, wedded to her amorous spark, Sighs for the shades— How charming is a park! A park is purchased; but the fair he sees All bathed in tears—Oh, odious, odious trees!'
Ladies, like variegated tulips show; '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, Awed without virtue, without beauty charm'd; Her tongue bewitch'd as oddly as her
eyes; Less wit than mimic, more a wit than wise : Strange graces still, and stranger flights, she had; Was just not ugly, and was just not mad; Yet ne'er so sure our passion to create, As when she touch'd the brink of all we hate.
Narcissa's nature, tolerably mild, To make a wash would hardly stew a child; Has e'en been proved to grant a lover's prayer, 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. Why then declare good-nature is her scorn, When 'tis by that alone she can be borne ? Why pique all mortals, yet affect a name? A fool to pleasure, yet a slave to fame : Now deep in Taylor and the Book of Martyrs, Now drinking citron with his grace and Chartres: Now conscience chills her, and now passion burns, And atheism and religion take their turns; A very heathen in the carnal part, Yet still a sad good Christian at the heart.
See sin in state, majestically drunk, Proud as a peeress, prouder as a punk; Chaste to her husband, frank to all beside, A teeming mistress, but a barren bride. What then ? let blood and body bear the fault; Her head's untouch'd, that noble seat of thought: Such this day's doctrine-in another fit She sins with poets through pure love of wit. What has not fired her bosom or her brain ?Cæsar and Tallboy, Charles and Charlemagne.