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This Nymph, to the destruction of mankind, Nourish'd two Locks, which graceful hung behind In equal curls, and well conspir’d to deck With shining ringlets the smooth iv'ry neck. Love in these labyrinths his flaves detains, And mighty hearts are held in flender chains. With hairy springes we the birds betray, 25 Slight lines of hair surprize the finny prey, Fair treffes man's imperial race insnare, And beauty draws us with a single hair.
Th' advent'rous Baron the bright locks admir'd; He saw, he wish'd, and to the prize aspir'd.
30 Resolv'd to win, he meditates the way, By force to ravish, or by fraud betray; For when success a Lover's toil a tends, Few ask, if fraud or force attain'd his ends.
For this, ere Phoebus rose, he had implord. 35 Propitious heav'n, and ev'ry pow'r ador’d, But chiefly Love-to Love an Altar built, Of twelve vaft French Romances, neatly gilt. There lay three garters, half a pair of gloves ; And all the trophies of his former loves; 40 With tender Billet-doux he lights the pyre, And breathes three am'rous sighs to raise the fire. Then proftrate falls, and begs with ardent eyes Soon to obtain, and long possess the prize:
The IMI VER. 25. With hairy /pringes] In allufion to Anacreon's manner.
VER. 28. with a fingle hair.] In allusion to those lines of Hudibras, applied to the fame purpose,
And tho' it be a two foot Trout,
IT AT IONS.
The pow’rs gave ear, and granted half his pray’r,
But now secure the painted vessel glides,
VER.45. The pow'rs gave ear,] Virg. Æn. xi.
Ye Sylphs and Sylphids, to your chief give ear, Fays, Fairies, Genii, Elves, and Dæmons hear! Ye know the spheres and various tasks assign'd 75 By laws eternal to th' aërial kind. Some in the fields of purest Æther play, And bask and whiten in the blaze of day. Some guide the course of wand'ring-orbs on high, Or roll the planets thro' the boundless sky. 80 Some less refin'd, beneath the moon's pale light Pursue the stars that shoot athwart the night, Or fuck the mists in groffer air below, Or dip their pinions in the painted bow, Or brew fierce tempests on the wintry main, 85 Or o'er the glebe distil the kindly rain. Others on earth o'er human race preside, Watch all their ways, and all their actions guide : Of these the chief the care of Nations own, And guard with Arms divine the British Throne.
Our humbler province is to tend the Fair, 91 Not a less pleasing, tho' less glorious care; To save the powder from too rude a gale, Nor let th’imprison's effences exhale ; To draw fresh colours from the vernal Aow'rs; 95 To steal from rainbows e'er they drop in show'rs A brighter wash; to curl their waving hairs, Aflift their blushes, and inspire their airs; Nay oft, in dreams, invention we bestow, To change a Flounce, or add a Furbelow.
This day, black Omens threat the brightest Fair That e'er deferv’d a watchful spirit's care; Some dire disaster, or by force, or flight; But what, or where, the fates have wrapt in night.
Whether the nymph'fhall break Diana's law, IOS
To fifty chosen Syłphs, of special note,
Whatever spirit, careless of his charge,
126 Or plung’d in lakes of bitter washes lie, Or wedg'd whole ages in a bodkin's eye:
Gums IMITATIONS. Ver. 119. - clypei dominus feptemplicis Ajax. Ovid.
VER. 121. about the silver bound] In allusion to the Mield of Achilles,
Thus the broad shield complete the Artif crown'd,
Gums and Pomatums shall his flight restrain,
He spoke; the spirits from the fails descend;