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But grant, in Public Men sometimes are shown,
205 That each may seem a Virtue, or a Vice.
In Men we various Ruling Passions find;
That, Nature gives; and where the lesson taught
215 But every
Woman is at heart a Rake:
Yet mark the fate of a whole Sex of Queens !
Thus while immortal Cibber only fings (As Clarke and Hoadly preach) for queens and kings, The Nymph that ne'er read Milton's mighty line,
May, if she love, and merit verse, have mine,
in the first Edition,
In Youth they conquer with so wild a rage,
Pleasures the sex, as children Birds, pursue, 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 It grows their Age's prudence to pretend; Alham'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 Frolicks, an old Age of Cards; Fair to no purpose, artful to no end,
245 Young without Lovers, old without a Friend ; A Fop their Paffion, but their Prize a Sot, Alive, ridiculous, and dead, forgot!
Ah! Friend! to dazzle let the Vain design; To raise the thought, and touch the Heart be thine ! 2 50
That Charm shall grow, while what fatigues the Ring,
255 And unobserv’d the glaring orb declines.
Oh! bleft with Temper, whose unclouded ray
And yet, believe me, good as well as ill,
Be this a Woman's Fame: with this unblest,
290 Kept Dross for Duchesses, the world shall know it, To you gave Sense, Good-humour, and a Poet,
Of the Use of RICHES. THAT it is known to few, most falling into one of
the extremes, Avarice or Profusion, ver. 1, &c. The Point discussed, whether the invention of Money has been more commodious or pernicious to Mankind, ver. 21 to 77. That Riches, either to the Avaricious or the Prodigal, cannot afford Happiness, scarcely Necessaries, ver. 89 to 160. That Avarice is an absolute Frenzy, without an End or Purpose, ver. 113, &c.
152. Conjectures about the Motives of Avaricious men, ver. 121 to 153. That the conduct of men, with respect to Riches, can only be accountedfor by the Order of Providence, which works the general Good out of Extremes, and brings all to its great End by perpetual Revolutions, ver. 161 to 178. How a Miser acts upon Principles which appear to him reasonable, ver. 179. How a Prodigal does the fame, ver. 199. The due Medium, and true use of Riches, ver. 219. The Man of Ross, ver. 250. The fate of the Profuse and the Covetous, in two examples; both miserable in Life and in Death, ver. 300, &c. The Story of Sir Balaam, ver. 339 to the end.