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PRO. Blessings may be repeated while they cloy; But shall we starve, 'cause surfeitings destroy? And if fruition did the taste impair Of kisses, why should yonder happy pair, Whose joys just Hymen warrants all the night, Consume the day, too, in this less delight?
con. Urge not 'tis necessary; alas! we know The homeliest thing that mankind does is so. The world is of a large extent we see, And must be peopled; children there must be :So must bread too; but since there are enough Born to that drudgery, what need we plough?
PRO. I need not plough, since what the stooping Gets of my pregnant land must all be mine: shine But in this nobler tillage 'tis not so; For when Anchises did fair Venus know, What interest bad poor Vulcan in the boy, Famous Æneas, or the present joy? [been,
con. Women enjoy'd, whate'er before they've Are like romances read, or scenes once seen: Fruition dulls or spoils the play much more Than if one read or knew the plot before.
PRO. Plays and romances read and seen, do fall In our opinions; yet not seen at all, Whom would they please? To an heroic tale Would you not listen, lest it should grow stale ?
CON. 'Tis expectation makes a blessing dear; Heav'n were not heav'n if we knew what it were.
PRO. If'twere not heav'n if we knew what it were, "Twould not be heav'n to those that now are there.
Con. And as in prospects we are there pleas’d most, Where something keeps the eye from being lost, And leaves as room to guess; so here restraint Holds up delight, that with excess would faint.
PRO. Restraint preserves the pleasure we have got, But he ne'er has it that enjoys it not. In goodly prospects who contracts the space, Or takes not all the bounty of the place? We wish remov'd what standeth in our light, And Nature blame for limiting our sight; Where you stand wisely winking, that the view Of the fair prospect may be always new. [poor;
con. They who know all the wealth they have are He's only rich that cannot tell his store.
PRO. Not he that knows the wealth he has is poor, But he that dares not touch nor use his store.
FOR HAVING LOVED BEFORE.
THEY that never had the use
Then at Aurora, whose fair handi
THE NIGHT-PIECE: OR, A PICTURE DRAWN IN THE DARK.. Darkness, which fairest nymphs disarms, Defends us ill from Mira's charms: Mira can lay her beauty by, Take no advantage of the eye; Quit all that Lely's art can take, And yet a thousand captives make.
Her speech is grac'd with sweeter sound Than in another's song is found; And all her well-plac?d words are darts, Which need no light to reach our hearts.
As the bright stars and milky way, Show'd by the night, are hid by day; So we, in that accomplishi'd mind, Help'd by the night, new graces find, Which by the splendoar of her view, Dazzled before, we never knew.
While we converse with her, we mark
Like jewels to advantage set,
Yet, friended by the night, we dare
All near approaches threaten death;
So we the Arabian coast do know
PART OF THE
FOURTH BOOK OF VIRGIL'S ÆNEIS
Beginning at v. 437.
And ending with
All this her weeping sister' does repeat To the stern man?, whom nothing could entreat; Lost were her prayers, and fruitless were her tears! Fate and great Jove had stopp'd his gentle ears. As when loud winds a well-grown oak would rend Up by the roots, this way and that they bend His reeling trunk, and with a boisterous sound Scatter his leaves, and strew them on the ground, He fixed stands ; as deep his roots doth lie Down to the centre, as his top is high : No less on every side the hero prest, Feels love and pity shake his noble breast, And down his cheeks though fruitless tears do roll, Unmov'd remains the purpose of his soul. Then Dido, urged with approaching fate, Begins the light of cruel Heav'n to hate. Her resolution to dispatch and die, Confirm’d by many a horrid prodigy!