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Here Fannia, leering on her own good man,
Come then, the colours and the ground prepare !
19 Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.
Rufa, whose eye quick-glancing o'er the Park,
25 With Sappho fragrant at an ev’ning Mask :
complaisance to the fex is obfervable in this instance, amongst others, that, whereas in the Characters of Men, he has sometimes made use of real names, in the Characters of Women always fi&titious.
VER. 20. Catch, ere she charge, the Cyntbia of this minute.] Alluding to the precept of Fresnoy,
formæ veneres captando fugaces. VER, 21. Instances of contrarieties, given even from such Characters as are most strongly marked, and seemingly therefore most consistent: As, I. In the Affected, ver: 21, etc.
So morning Insects that in muck begun,
How soft is Silia! fearful to offend ;
35 All eyes may see a Pimple on her nose.
Papillia, wedded to her am’rous spark,
Ver. 29, and 37. II. Contrarieties in the Soft-natured,
Narcifia's nature, tolerably mild, To make a wash, would hardly stew a child ; Has ev'n been prov'd to grant a Lover's pray'r, 55 And paid a Tradesman once to make him ftare ; Gave alms at Easter, in a Christian trim, And made a Widow happy, for a whim. Why then declare Good-nature is her scorn, When 'tis by that alone she can be born? 60 Why pique all mortals, yet affect a name ? A fool to Pleasure, yet a slave to Fame : Now deep in Taylor and the Bock of Martyrs, Now drinking Citron with his Grace and Chartres : Now Conscience chills her, and now Passion burns ; And Atheism and Religion take their turns ;
66 A very
Heathen in the carnal part,
See Sin in State, majestically drunk ;
70 Chaste to her Husband, frank to all befide, A teeming mistress, but a barren Bride.
charms consisted in the fingular turn of her vivacity ; con. sequently the stronger the exerted this vivacity, the more forcible must be her attraction. But the point, where it came to excess, would destroy all the delicacy, and expose all the coarseness of sensuality.
VER. 53. IV. in the W'bimsical.
VER. 57. – in a Cbriftian trim,] This is finely expressed, implying that her very charity was as much an exterior of Religion, as the ceremonies of the season. It was not even in a Cbristian bumour, it was only in a Cbriftian trim,
VER. 69. V. In the Lewd and Vicious.
What then ? let Blood and Body bear the fault,
Flavia's a Wit, has too much sense to pray ; To toast our wants and wishes, is her way ; Nor asks of God, but of her Stars, to give The mighty blefling, “ while we live, to live." 90 Then all for Death, that Opiate of the soul ! Lucretia's dagger, Rosamonda's bowl.
VER. 87. Contrarieties in the Witry and Refined.
VER. 89. Nor asks of God, but of ber Stars. Death, that Opiate of the soul! | See Note on ver, go. of Ep. to Lord
VER. 77. What has not fir'd, etc.] In the MS.
In whose mad brain the mixt ideas roll
Say, what can cause such impotence of mind?
Turn then from Wits; and look on Simo's Mate,
106 Or her, who laughs at Hell, but (like her Grace) Cries, “Ah! how charming, if there's no such place!” Or who in sweet viciffitude appears Of Mirth and Opium, Ratafie and Tears, The daily Anodyne, and nightly Draught, To kill those foes to Fair ones, Time and Thought. Woman and Fool are two hard things to hit; For true No-meaning puzzles more than Wit. But what are these to great Atosfa’s mind?
115 Scarce once herself, by turns all Womankind !
VER. 107. Or ber, wbo laughs at Hell, but (like ber Grace) -- Cries, “ Ab! bow charming, if tbere's no such place ! ] i.e. Her who affects to laugh out of fashion, and strives to disbelieve out of fear.