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Their downy Breaft: The Swan with arched Neck;
Between her white Wings mantling, proudly rows
Her State with oary Feet; yet off they quic
The Dank, and, rising on stiff Pennons, tow'r
The mid aerial Sky. Others on Ground
Walk'd firm : The crested Cock, whose Clarion sounds
The silent Hours; and th'other, whose gay Train
Adorns him, colour'd with the florid Hue
Of Rainbows and starry Eyes:
Then the Earth,
Op'ning her fertile Womb, teem'd at a Birth
Innam'rous living Creatures, perfe& Forms,
Limb'd and full grown: Out from the Ground up-rose,
As from his Lair, the wild Beast where he wons
In Forest wild, in Thicket, Brake or Den ;
Among the Trees in Pairs they rose, they walk'd ;
The Cattle in the Fields and Meadows green:
Those rare and solitary, these in Flocks,
Paft'ring at once, and in broad Herds up-fprung.
The graffy Clods now calv'd; Now half appear'd
The tawny Lion, pawing to get free
His hinder Parts; then fprings as broke from Bonds,
And rampant shakes his brinded Mane: The Ounce,
The Libbard, and the Tyger, as the Moal
Rising, the crumbled Earth above them threw
In Hillocks : The swift Stag from under Ground
Bore up his branching Head. Scarce from his Mold
Behemoth, biggest born of Earth, upheav'd
His Vastne Is : Fleec'd the Flocks, and bleating rose,
As Plants: Ambiguous between Sea and Land,
The River-Horse and scaly Crocodile.
At once came forth whatever creeps the Ground,
Infe& or Worm: Those wav'd their limber Fans
For Wings, and smallest Lineaments exa&t,
In all the Liv'ries deck'd of Summer's Pride,
With Spots of Gold and Purple, Azure.and Green:
These as a Line their long Dimension drew,
Streaking the Ground with finuous Trace. Not all
Minims of Nature ; fome of Serpent kind,
Wond'rous in Length and Corpulence, involvid
Their snaky Folds, and added Wings. First crept
The parcimonious Emmet; provident
Of Future; in small Room large Heart enclos'd ;
Pattern of just Equality
Swarming next appear'd
The Female Bee, that feeds her Husband Drone
Deliciously, and builds her waxen Cells,
With Honey ftor's.
The Serpent, subtleft Beast of all the Field,
Of huge Extent sometimes, with brazen Eyes,
And hairy Main terrifick.
Now Heav'n in all her Glory shin'd, and rowld
Her Motions, as the Great forft Mover's Hand
First wheel'd their Course. Earth in her rich Attire
Confummate lovely smild: Air, Water, Earth,
By Fowl, Fisk, Beast, was flown, was swum, was walk'd
There wanted yet the Master-work, the End
Of all yet done ; a Creature, who not prone,
And brute as other Greatures, but endud
With Sanctity of Reason, might erect
His Stature, and upright with Front serene
Govern the reft, self-knowing, and from thence
Magnanimous to correfpond with Heav'n:
He form'd chee, Adan, thee, O Man,
Duft of the Ground, and in thy Nostrils breath'd
The Breath of Life.
Here finish'd he, and all that he had made
View'd, and behold! all was intirely Good,
Answ'ring his great Idea! Up he rode,
Follow'd with Acclamations, and the Sound
Symphonious of Ten thousand Harps that tun'd
Angelick Harmonies; the Earth, the Air
The Heav'ns and all the Constellations rung,
The Planets in their Station lift'ning ftood,
While the bright Pomp ascended jubilant.
Thus Heav'n from Nothing rais'd his fair Creation,
And then with wond'rous Joy beheld its Beauty,
Well-pleas'd to see the Excellence he gave. Row. Fair. Pa.
He sung che secret Seeds of Nature's Frame,
How Seas, and Earth, and Air, and a&tive Flame
Fell thro' the mighty Void, and in their Fall
Were blindly gather'd in this goodly Ball.
The tender Soil, then stiff'ning by degrees,
Shut from the bounded Earth the bounding Seas:
Then Earth and Ocean various forms disclose,
And a new Sun to che new World arose.
And Mitts, condens'd to Clouds, obscure the sky,
And Clouds, diffolv'd, the thirsty Ground supply:
The rising Trees the lofty Mountains grace,
The lofty Mountains feed the savage Race;
Yet few, and Strangers in th'unpeopla Place. Dryd. Virg.
CRIES or Shrieks.
Now Peals of Shours came thund'ring from afar,
Cries, Threats, and loud Laments, and mingled War. Dr. Virg.
The House is fill'd with loud Laments and Cries,
And Shrieks of Women rend the vaulted Skies. Dryd. Virg.
The fearful Matrons raise a screaming Cry,
Old feeble Men with fainter Groans reply :
A jarring Sound results, and mingles in the Sky.
Like that of Swans remurm'ring to the Floods,
Or Birds of diff'ring Kinds in hollow Woods:
First from the frighted Court the Yell began,
Redoubled thence from House to House it ran :
The Groans of Men, with Shricks, Laments, and Cries,
Of mixing Women, mount the vaulted Skies. Dryd. Virg.
A Shout that struck the golden Stars ensu'd. Dryd. Virg.
CRUSH'D to Pieces.
The Overthrow, Crushing, to Dust pounded the Crowd below: Nor Friends their Friends, norses their Sons could know. Nor Limbs, nor Bones, nor C cass did remain, But a mash'd Heap, a Hotchpotch of the Slain ; One vast Destruction ; not the Soul álone ; But Bodies, like the Soul, invisibly are flown.. Dryd. Juv.
As Ovation was allow'd
For Conquest, purchas'd without Blood;
So Men decree these lesser Shows
For Vi&’ry, gotten without Blows,
By Dint of tharp hard Words, which some
Give Battel wich, and overcome.
Thefe, mounted in a Chair Curule,
Which Moderns call a Cucking-Stool,
March proudly to the River's Side,
And o'er the Waves in Triumph ride;
Like Dukes of Venice, who are said
The Adriatick Sea to wed ;
And have a gentler Wife, than those
For whom the State decrees these Shows. Hud.
CUCKOLD. See Jealousie.
O Curse of Marriage !
That we can call those delicate Creatures ours,
And not their Appetites! I had rather be a Toad,
And live upon the Vapour of a Dungeon,
Than keep a Corner in the thing I love.
For others Uses. Yet 'tis the Plague of great ones;
Prerogativ'd are they less than the Base;
"Tis Destiny unshunnable like Death!
I had been happy if the gen'ral Camp,
Pioneers and all, had rafted her sweet Body,
So I had nothing known.
I swear 'tis better to be much abus'd,
Than but to know't a little.
What Sense had I of her stol'n Hours of Luft?
I saw't not, thought it not, ic harm'd not me:
I slept the next Night well, was free and merry
I found not Casio's Kisses on her Lips.
He that is robb’d, not wanting what is fol'n,
Let him not know'c, and he's not robb'd ac,all. Shak. Othello
Inquisitive as jealous Cuckolds grow,
Rather than not be knowing, they will know,
What, being known, creates their certain Woe. Rock.
Ingrateful Wretch! that never thanks his Maker.
CUNNIN G-M A N and Quack.
He deals in Destiny's dark Counsels,
And fage Opinions of the Moon sells
To whom all People far and near,
On deep Importances repair ;
When Brass and Pewter hap to stray,
And Linnen flinks out of the way;
When Geese and Pullen are seduc'd,
And Sows of Sucking-Pigs are chous'd,
When Cattle feel Indifpofition,
And need th'Opinion of Physician;
When Murrain reigns in Hogs or Sheep,
And Chicken languish of the Pip;
When Yest and outward Means do fail,
And have no Pow'r to work on Ale;
When Butter does refuse to come,
proves cross and humoursom:
To him with Questions and with Urine;
They for Discov'ry flock, or Curing.
CURSE. See Imprecations,
I curse chee not: For who can better curse the Plague or Devil, Than to be what they are : That Curse be chine, Dr. Don. Set
And let the greatest, fiercest, fouleft Fury, Let Creon haunt himself.
Hear me, juft Heavens!
Curses this wretched Head
With never ceasing Vengeance: Let Despair,
Dangers or Infamy, nay all surround me.
Starve me with Wantings : Let my Eyes ne'er fee
A Sight of Comfort, nor my Heart know Peace:
But dafn my Days with Sorrows, Nights with Horrours,
Wild as my own Thoughts are.
Otw. Ven. Pref.
Let Mischiefs multiply, let ev'ry Hour
Of my loath'd Life yieid me Increase of Horrour:
Oh let the Sun to these unhappy Eyes
Ne'er shine again, but be eclips'd for ever!
May ev'ry thing I look on seem a Prodigy,
To fill my Soul with Terrours, till I quite
Forget I ever had Humanity,
And grow a Curser of the Works of Nature. Otw. Orph.
Whip me, ye Devils,
Blow me about in Winds, roast me in Sulphur;
Waih me in steep-down Gulphs of liquid Fire. Shak. Othel.
Let Heav'n kiss Earth : Now let nor Nature's Hand
Keep the wild Flood confin’d ; let Order die ;
And let the World no longer be a Stage
To feed Contention in a ling'ring Ačt:
But let one Spirit of the first-born Cain
Reign in all Bosoms; that each Heart being set
On bloody Courses, the rude Scene may end,
And Darkness be the Burier of the Dead.
(Shak. Hen. 4. Part 2
Now Hell's bluest Plagues
Receive her quick with all her Crimes upon her:
Let her fink ipotted down ; let the dark Hoft
Make Room, and point and hiss her as the goes :
Let the most branded Ghosts of all her Sex
Rejoice, and cry, here comes a blacker Fiend.
(Shak. Troil, and Cress. O all tormenting Dreams, wild Horrours of the Night, And Hags of Farcy, wing him thro' the Air ; From Precipices hurl him headlong down; Charybdis roar, and Death be set before hiin.
Lee Oedip. Kind Heav'n! let heavy Curses Gall his old Age; Cramps, Aches rack his Bones, And bitrerest Disquier wring his Heart. Oh let him live till Life becomes a Burden; Let him groan under't long, linger an Age In the worit Agonies and Pangs of Death, And find it's Ease but late.
Otw. Ven. Pres: But Curses stick not : Could I kill with Curling, By Heav'n I know not thirey Heads in Vinice