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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 Passion, but their Prize a Sot, Alive, ridiculous, and dead, forgot!

Ah! Friend ! to dazzle let the Vain design ; 249 To raise the Thought, and touch the Heart be thine! That Charm shall grow, while what fatigues the

Ring, Flaunts and goes down, an unregarded thing : So when the Sun's broad beam has tir’d the fight, All mild ascends the Moon's more sober light, Serene in Virgin Modesty she shines,

255 And unobserv'd the glaring Orb declines.

Oh! blest with Temper, whose unclouded ray Can make to-morrow chearful as to-day;


Ver, 249. Advice for their true Interest. P.


She, who can love a Sister's charms, or hear
Sighs for a Daughter with unwounded ear; 260
She, who ne'er answers till a Husband cools,
Or, if the rules him, never shows she rules;
Charms by accepting, by submitting fways,
Yet has her humour most, when she obeys ;
Let Fops or Fortune fly which way they will; 265
Disdains all loss of Tickets, or Codille ;
Spleen, Vapours, or Small-pox, above them all,
And Mistress of herself, tho’ China fall.

And yet, believe me, good as well as ill,
Woman's at best a Contradiction still.

Heav'n, when it strives to polish all it can
Its last best work, but forms a softer Man;
Picks from each sex, to make the Fav'rite bleft,
Your love of Pleasure, our desire of Rest":
Blends, in exception to all gen’ral rules, 275
Your Taste of Follies, with our Scorn of Fools :



Ver. 269. The Picture | Sifter, to prevent her being of an estimable Woman, mistaken for


of his acwith the best kind of con- quaintance. And having trarieties, created out of the thus made his Woman, he poet's imagination; who did, as the ancient poets therefore feigned those cir- were wont, when they had cumstances of a Hufand, a made their Mufe, invoke, Daughter, and love for a I and address his poem to, her.

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Referve with Frankness, Art with Truth ally'd,
Courage with Softnefs, Modesty with Pride ;
Fix'd Principles, with Fancy ever new;
Shakes all together, and produces You. 280

Be this a Woman's Fame: with this unbleft,
Toasts live a fcorn, and Queens may die a jeft.
This Phæbus promis’d (I forget the year)
When those blue eyes first open'd on the sphere;
Ascendant Phæbus watch'd that hour with care,
Averted half your Parents' fimple Pray'r ; 286


Ver. 285. &c. Afcendant dèr the sublime classical maPhoebus watch'd that hour chinery of Phoebus in the with care, Averted half ascendant, watching the nayour. Parents' fimple Pray'r; tal hour of his favourite, And gave you Beauty, but and averting the ill effects of deny'the Pelf:] The poet her parents mistaken fondconcludes his Epistle with a ness : For Phæbus, as the fine Moral, that deserves the god of Wit, confers Genius; serious attention of the pub and, as one of the astronolic: It is this, that all the mical influences, defeats the extravagances of these vi- adventitious byas of educacious Characters here de- tion, scribed, are much inflamed

In conclusion, the great by a wrong Education, hint- Moral from both these Epied at in x 203 ; and that ftles together is, that the even the best are rather fe. two rarest things in all Nacured by a good natural than ture are a DISINTERESTED by the prudence and provi. Man, and a REASONABLE vidence of parents ; which WOMAN. observation is conveyed un


And gave you Beauty, but deny'd the Pelf
That buys your sex a Tyrant o'er itself.
The gen'rous God, who Wit and Gold refines,
And ripens Spirits as he ripens Mines, 290
Kept Dross for Duchesses, the world shall know it,
To you gave Sense, Good-humour, and a Poet.


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THAT it is known to few, most falling into one of the

extremes, Avarice or Profufion, 1, &c. The Point discuss’d, whether the invention of Money has been more commodious, or pernicious to Mankind, x 21 to 77. That Riches, either to the Avaricious or the Prodigal, cannot afford Happiness, scarcely Necessaries, * 89 to 160. That Avarice is an absolute Frenzy, without an End or Purpose, $ 113, &c. 152. Conjectures about the Motives of Avaricious men, $ 121 to 153.' That the condučt of men, with respect to Riches, can only be accounted for by the ORDER OF PROVIDENCE, which works the general Good out


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