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Her joy in gilded chariots, when alive,
Know farther yet; whoever fair and chaste
Quæ gratia currûm
VER. 54, 55.
Virg. Æn, vi.
VER. 68. is by fome Sylph embrac'd:] Here again the Author refumes a tenet peculiar to the Roficrufian fyftem. But the principle, on which it is founded, was by no means fit to be employed in iuch a fort of poem.
When kind occafion prompts their warm defires, 75
Some nymphs there are, too confcious of their face, For life predeftin'd to the Gnome's embrace. These swell their prospects and exalt their pride, When offers are difdain'd, and love deny'd : Then gay Ideas croud the vacant brain, While Peers, and Dukes, and all their fweeping train, And Garters, Stars, and Coronets appear, And in foft founds, Your Grace falutes their ear. "Tis these that early taint the female foul, Inftruct the eyes of young Coquettes to roll, Teach infant-cheeks a bidden blush to know, And little hearts to flutter at a Beau.
Oft, when the world imagine women stray, The Sylphs thro' myftic mazes guide their way, Thro' all the giddy circle they pursue, And old impertinence expel by new. What tender maid but muft a victim fall To one man's treat, but for another's ball? When Florio speaks, what virgin could withstand, If gentle Damon did not squeeze her hand? With varying vanities, from ev'ry part, They shift the moving Toyshop of their heart; 100 Where wigs with wigs, with fword-knots fwordknots ftrive,
Beaux banish beaux, and coaches coaches drive.
This erring mortals Levity may call,
He faid; when Shock, who thought she slept too long, 115
Leap'd up, and wak'd his mistress with his tongue.
Wounds, Charms, and Ardors, were no fooner read,
VER. 108. In the clear Mirror] The Language of the Platonifts, the writers of the intelligible world of Spirits, etc.
VER. 113. This to difclofe, etc.] There is much pleafantry in the conduct of this fcene. The Roficrufian Doctrine was delivered only to Adepts, with the utmost caution, and under the most folemn feal of fecrecy. It is here communicated to a Woman, and in that way of conveyance a Woman mcft delights to make the fubject of her converfation, that is to fay, her Dreams.
And now, unveil'd, the Toilet ftands display'd,
First, rob'd in white, the Nymph intent adores,
To that she bends, to that her eyes she rears;
Some fold the fleeve, whilst others plait the gown;
of Women, and particularize fome; among the reft Afael, who lay with Naamah, the wife of Noah, or of Ham; and who continuing impenitent, ftill prefides over the Women's Toilets. Bereshi Rabbi in Genef, vi. 2.