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WRITTEN BY SIR SAMUEL GARTH.
HAT odd fantastic things we women do !
Who would not liften when young lovers woo? But die a maid, yet have the choice of two ! Ladies are often cruel to their coft: To give you pain, themselves they punish most. Vows of virginity should well be weigh’d; Too oft they're cancel'd, though in convents made. Would you revenge such rash resolves---you may Be spiteful---and believe the thing we fay, We hate you when you're easily said nay. How needless, if you knew us, were your fears ! Let love have eyes, and beauty will have ears. Qur hearts are form’d as you yourselves would chuse, Too proud to ask, too humble to refuse ; We give to merit, and to wealth we sell : He sighs with most success that settles well. The woes of wedlock with the joys we mix : 'Tis best repenting in a coach and fix.
Blame not our conduct, since we but pursue Those lively lessons we have learnt from you. Your breasts no more the fire of beauty warms, But wicked wealtb usurps the power of charms.
What pains to get the gaudy thing you hate,
eyes shall utter what the lips conceal :
C Ο Ν Τ Ε Ν Τ S
A D D IS ON’S
PO E M S.
Page 3 Poem to Mr. Dryden,
5 A Poem to his Majesty—presented to the Right Hon.
Sir John Somers, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, 1695.
7 To the King
9 Translation of all Virgil's Fourth Georgic, except the Story of Aristæus
17 Song for St. Cecilia's Day, at Oxford Account of the greatest English Poets. To Mr. Henry Sacheverell
34 Letter from Italy, to the Right Hon. Charles Lord Halifax, 1701
40 Milton's Style imitated, in a Translation of a Story out of the Third Æneid
46 The Campaign, a Poem, to his Grace the Duke of Marlborough
51 Cowley's Epitaph on himself
The Vesta!, from Ovid de Faftis, Lib. III. El. 1.
Ellay on Virgil's Georgics