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PRYTHEE die and set me free,
Kind and brisk, and gay like me ;
I pretend not to the wife ones,
'Tis not cheeks, nor lips, nor eyes,
That I prize,
Quick conceits, or fharp replies,
If wife thou wilt appear and knowing,
To what I'm doing.
Pr'ythee why the room fo dark?
Not a fpark
Left to light me to the mark;
And to fee, and to fee,
As well as handle.
Why fo many bolts and locks,
Coats and fmocks,
And thofe drawers with a pox ?
I could wish, could nature make it,
Itself were naked.
But if a mistress I must have,
Wife and grave,
Let her fo herself behave
All the day long Sufan civil,
Pap by night, pap by night,
FRIENDSHIP and SINGLE LIFE,
LOVE and MARRIAGE.
OVE! in what poison is thy dart
Dipt, when it makes a bleeding heart?
It is not thou, but we are blind,
Love to our citadel reforts,
What fubtle witchcraft man constrains,
May not a prison, or a grave,
Like wedlock, honour's title have?
How happy he that loves not, lives!
How unconcern'd in things to come!
Secure from low and private ends,
Danger and honour are his joy;
Then he lays-by the public care,
Nor fire, nor foe, nor fate, nor night,
Who bravely twice renew'd the fight.
Though ftill his foes in number grew,
But death in all her forms appears,
For whom he leads, and whom he bears.
*His father and fon.
Love, making all things elfe his foes,
This was the cause the poets fung,
Her father, not her fon, art thou:
Love is as old as place or time;
Grandfire of father Adam's crime.
Well may'st thou keep this world in awe;
'Tis he commands the powers Phoebus refigns his darts, and Jove His thunder, to the God of Love.
To him doth his feign'd mother yield;
He clips Hope's wings, whofe airy bliss
But less than nothing, if it mifs.
When matches Love alone projects,
The cause transcending the effects,
That wild-fire's quench'd in cold neglects.
Whilft those conjunctions prove the best,
Though Solomon with a thousand wives,
Old Rome of children took no care,
Love, drowfy days and ftormy nights
Well-chosen friendship, the most noble
But when th' unlucky knot we tie,
The wolf, the lion, and the bear,