And bravely drove his rivals down
With coach and fix, and house in town.
The bashful nymph no more with ftands,
Because her dear pappa commands.
The charming couple now unites :
Proceed we to the marriage-rites.

Imprimis, at the temple-porch
Stood Hymen with a flaming torch :
The smiling Cyprian goddess brings
Her infant loves with purple wings ;
And pigeons billing, sparrows treading,
Fair emblems of a fruitful wedding.
The muses next in order follow,
Conducted by their 'squire, Apollo :
Then Mercury with silver tongue,
And Hebe, goddess ever young.
Behold, the bridegroom and his bride
Walk hand in hand, and side by side;
She by the tender Graces dreft,
But he by Mars, in scarlet veft.
The nymph was cover'd with her flammeum to
And Phoebus sung th' epithalamium f.
And last, to make the matter sure,
Dame Juno brought a priest demure.
Luna || was absent, on pretence
Her time was not till nine months hence.

The rites perform’d, the parson paid,
In ftate return'd the grand parade;
With loud huzza's from all the boys,
That now the pair must crown their joys.

But still the hardest part remains.
Strephon had long perplex'd his brains,



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t A veil which the Roman brides covered themselves with when they were going to be married,

A marriage-Song.
Diana goddess of midwives.



How with so high'a nymph he might
Demean himself the wedding-night:
For as he view'd his person round,
Mere mortal flesh was all he found:
His hand, his neck, his mouth and feet,
Were duly wash'd to keep them sweet;
(With other parts that shall be nameless,
The ladies elfe might think me shameles.)
The weather and his love were hoz;
And should'he struggle, I know what-
Why, let it go, if I must tell it-
He'll sweat, and then the nymph may smell it.
While the, a goddess, dy'd in grain,
Was unsusceptible of stain;
And, Venus-like, her fragrant kin
Exhald ambrosia from within.
Can such a deity endure
A mortal human touch impure ?
How did the humbled fwain deteft

His prickly beard, and hairy breaft!-
| His nightcap border'd round with lace.

Could give no foftnefs to his face.
Yer if the goddess could be kind,
What endless raptures muft he find!
And goddesses have now and then
Come down to visit mortal men;
To visit and to court them too :
A certain goddefs, God knows who,
(As in a book he heard it read),
'Took Col'nel Peleus to her bed.
But what if he should lose his life
By vent'ring on his heav'nly wife?
For Strephon could remember well,
That once he heard a schoolboy tell,
How Semele of mortal race
By thunder died in Jove's embrace:





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And what if daring Strephon dies
By lightning shot from Chloe's eyes.

While these reflections fill'd his head,
The bride was put in form to bed :
He follow'd, stript, and in he crept,
But awfully his distance kept.

Now ponder will, ye parents dear ;
Forbid your daughters guzzling bear;
And make them ev'ry afternoon
Forbear their tea, or drink it soon ;
That ere to bed they venture up,
They may discharge it ev'ry sup;
If not, they must in evil plight
Be often forc'd to rise at night.
Keep them to wholsome food confin'd,
Nor let them tafte what causes wind :
('Tis this I the fage of Samos means,
Forbidding his disciples beans).
O! think what evils must ensue ;
Miss Moll the jade will burn it blue :;
And when she once has

She cannot help it for her heart;
But out it flies, ev’n when she meets
Her bridegroom in the wedding-sheets.
Carminative † and diurétic ||
Will damp all passion fympathetic ;
And love such nicety requires,
One blast will put out all his fires.
Since husbands

get behind the fcene,
The wife should Itudy to be clean;
Nor give the smallest room to guess
The time when wants of nature press;



the art,




# A well-known precept of Pythagoras, not to eat beans; which has been variously interprcted, and is supposed to contain some afe legorical meaning: + Medicines to break wind. | Medicines to provoke urine,

Proceeding on, the lovely goddess
Unlaces next her steel-ribb'd bodice,
Which, by the operator's skill,

Press down the lumps, the hollows fill.
Up goes her hand, and off the slips
The bolsters that fupply her hips.
With gentlest touch she next explores
Her shancres, issues, running fores;

30 Effects of many a sad disaster, And then to each applies a plaifter: But must, before she goes to bed, Rub off the daubs of white and red, And smooth the furrows in her front

35 With greasy paper stuck upon't. : She takes a bolus ere she sleeps ; And then between two blankets creeps. With pains of love tormented lies; Or if the chance to close her eyes, Of Bridewell and the Compter dreams, And feels the lash, and faintly screams; Or by a faithless bully drawn, At some hedge tavern lies in pawn; Or to Jamaica seems transported Alone *, and by no planter courted; Or, near Fleet-ditch's oozy brinks, Surrounded with a hundred stinks, Belated, seems on watch to lie, And snap some cully passing by ; Or, ftruck with fear, her fancy runs On watchmen, constables, and duns, From whom she meets with frequent rubs ; But never from religious clubs; Whose favour she is sure to find,

55 Because she pays them all in kind,




Et longam incomitata videtur

Ire viam,



CORINNA wakes. A dreadful fight!
Behold the ruins of the night!
A wicked rat her plaifter stole,
Half eat, and draggd it to his hole.
The crystal eye, alas ! was miss'd;
And puss had on her plumpers p- -ss'd.
A pigeon pick'd her issue-peas :
And shock her treffes fill'd with fleas.

The nymph, tho' in this mangled plight,
Must ev'ry morn her limbs unite.
But how shall I describe her arts
To recollect the fcatter'd parts?
Or shew the anguish, toil, and pain,
Of gath'ring op herself again?
The bashful mufe will never bear
In such a scene to interfere.
Corinna in the morning dizend,
Who fees, will fpue; who smells, be poison d.




Written in the year 1731.

F Chloe all the town has rung,

By ev'ry fize of poets sung:
So beautiful a nymph appears
But once in twenty thousand years ;
By nature form'd with nicest care,

5 And faultless to a single hair.

This poem has among others been censured for in delicacy; but with no better reason than a medicine would be rejected for its ill taste. By attending to the marriage of Strephon and Chloe, the reader is necessarily led to consider the effect of that gross familiarity in which it is to be feared many married persons think they have a right to indulge themselves : he who is the picture, feels the force of the precept, not to disgust another by his practice: and let it never be forgotten, that nothing quenches desire like indelicacy; and that when desire has been ihus quenched, kindness will inevitably grow cold. Hawkes.

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