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Dare to have sense yourselves; assert the stage,
MR. ROWE’S JANE SHORE.
DESIGNED FOR RS, OLDFIELD.
PRODIGIOUS this! the frail-one of our play From her own sex should mercy find to-day! You might have held the pretty head aside, Peep'd in your fans, been serious, thus, and cried, The play may pass....but that strange creature, Shore, I can't....indeed now....I so hate a whore.... 6 Just as a blockhead rubs his thoughtless skull, And thanks his stars he was not born a fool; So from a sister sinner you shall hear, “How strangely you expose yourself, my dear!” 10 But let me die, all raillery apart, Our sex are still forgiving at their heart; And, did not wicked custom so contrive, We'd be the best good-natur'd things alive.
There are, 'tis true, who tell another tale, 15 That virtuous ladies envy while they rail;
Such rage without betrays the fire within;
25 He has a husband that will make amends : He draws him gentle, tender, and forgiving ; And sure such kind good creatures may be living. In days of old, they pardon'd breach of vows'; Stern Cato's self was no relentless spouse : Pla.... Plutarch, what's his name, that writes his life? Tells us, that Cato dearly lov'd his wife: Yet if a friend, a night or so, should need her, He'd recommend her as a special breeder. To lend a wife, few here would scruple make; 35 But, pray, which of you all would take her back? Tho' with the stoic chief our stage may ring, The stoic husband was the glorious thing. The man had courage, was a sage, 'tis true, And lov'd his country....but what's that to you? 40 Those strange examples ne'er were made to fit ye, But the kind cuckold might įnstruct the City:
There many an honest man may copy Cato,
TEMPLE OF FAME.
Written in the year 1711.
The hint of the following piece was taken from Chau
cer's House of Fame. The design is in a manner entirely altered, the descriptions and most of the par. ticular thoughts my own: yet I could not suffer it to be printed without this acknowledgment. The reader who would compare this with Chaucer, may be. gin with his third book of Fame, there being nothing in the two first books that answer to their title. P.
IN that soft season when descending show'rs