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Money's the Mytholcgique Senfe, \

445 The real Subllance of tlie Shadov/, '

Which all Addrefs, and Courtfhip's made to. !

Thought he, I undcrftand your Play^ \

And how to quit you your own Way j ':

He that will win his^ nuift do :

430 As Love does, when he bends his Bow : ■

With one Hand thruft the Lady from, .;

And with the other pull her Home. ' \

I grant, quoth he. Wealth is a great i

. Provocative to am'rous Heat : • / ]

455 It is all Philters^ and high Diet, \

That makes Love rampant, and to fly out ; \

'Tis Beauty always in the Flower, i

That buds and bloffoms at Fourfcore : i

■Tis that by which the Sim and Moc7t^ \

460 At their own Vv^eapons are out-done : !

That makes Knights Errant fall in Trances, :

And lay about 'em in Romances : ]

}^. 43P. As sour O'Wf: Secretary Jlbcrius.'] Alheri us Magnus \\2.% \

Bifhop of /'^,3///'/o«, he fiourifh'd about the year 1260. and wrote '

a book De Secretis Mulierum. See a further account of him, Fn- '<

brie i Bibliothec. Gr^sc. Jib. 6. cap. 9. vol. 13. p. 45. ]

3^.4.4^,444. Though Lo've be o.ll the tVor id's prttotce.—Moneis '

the mythologique Senfe.] See this exemplify 'd, in the cafe of Id/e and ]

Tarico. Spedator, N" xi. ]

f. 46<). Jt their oivn Weapons are oiadone] i. e. The fplendour I
pf Gold is more refulgent, than the rays of tliofe luminaries. ' \

(Mr. W.) "* ^ j

^. 4f^5» '

PART 11. CANTO I. 305

'Tis Virtue^ Wit, and Worib, and all

That Men Divine and Sacred call :
465 For what is Worih in any Thing,

But fo much Money as 'twill bring ?

Or what but Riches is there known.

Which Man can folely call his own ;

In which, no Creature goes his half,
470 Unlefs it be to fquint and laugh ?

I do confefs, with Goods and Land,

rd have a Wife at fecond Hand ;

And fuch you are : Nor is't your Perfbn

My Stomach's ktfo /harp, zndjierce on ;
475 But 'tis (your better Part) your Riches,

T hat my enamour'd Heart bewitches ;

J^. 465, 466. For wuhat is Worth in aTzy Thing, — But fo much
Money as 'tzviU bring ?] A covetous Perfon (fays the TatUr, N°
122) \n Senecas Epijiles, is reprefented as ipeaklng the common
Sentiments of thofe, who are poflefs'd with that Vice, in the fol-
lowing Soliloquy. " Let me be call'd a Bafe Man, fo I am called
" a Rich one : if a Man is Rich, who aflcs if he be good ? the
" Queftion is. How much we have ; not from whence, or by what
•* Means we have it : Every one has fo much Merit as he has
" Wealth, For my part. Let me be Rich, Oh ye Gods f or let
*' me die : The man dies happily, who dies increafing his Treafure -•
*' There is more pleafure in the Poflelllon of Wealth, than in that
" of Parents, Children, Wife, or Friend?,"

jj-. 470. Unlefs it he to fquint, &c.] * Plim in his Natural Hi-
Jlory affirms, that Uni animalium homini oculi depra'vantur, unde
Cognomina Strabonum ij Pastorum, lib. xi. cap. 37.

ir. 471, 472. 1 do confefs, ^th Goods and Land, — Pdhavea
Wife at fecond-handf^ By this one might imagine, that he was much
of the mind of a Rakiih Gentleman ; who being told by a Friend,
(who was defirous of having him married, to prevent his doing
worfe) That he had found out a proper Wife for him : his Anfwer
was. Prithee, whofe Wife is Ihe ? Captain Plume feems to have been
in the fame way of thinking. {Recruiting O^cer, by Far^uhaty
aft 1. pag. 14.)

)^. 475. But ''tis {your better part) your Riches,'\ Petruchio (fee
Shakefpears, Taming the Shreiu, Works vol. 2. p. 2gi.) argues
upon this head in the following manner. " Signior Hortenfo, 'twixt
'* fuch Friends as us, few words fuffice ; and therefore, if you know

Y 4 « one

3o6 HU D I B RA S,

Let me your Fortune but poflefs.
And fettle your Perfon how you pleafe.
Or make it o'er in Truji to th' Deiil
480 You'll find me reafonable and civil.

Quoth fhe, I like this Plainnefs better.
Than falib Mock-Tajfion^ Speech, or Letter,
Or any Feat of ^lahn or Sowning,
But Hanging of your felf, or Drowning ;

*' one Rich enough, toht?etruchio\Wik [As Wealth is tb^ Bur-
" then of my tuooing Dance)

" Be fhe as foul as was Florentius''s Love,
" As old as Sybyl, and as curft and fhrewd
*' As Socrates's Xantippe, or a worfe,
'' She moves me not, or not removes at leaft,
" Affedions edge in me : were ftie as rough
*' As are the fwelling Adriatic Seat,
*' 1 come to wive it wealthily in Padua,
** Ifijuealthify, then happily at Padua.

Grumio. — " Why give him Gold enough, and marry him to a
*' Puppet, or an Aglet-Baby, or an Old Trot with ne'er a Tooth in
*' her head, though fhe have as many Difeafcs as two and fifty
" Horfes. Why nothing comes amifs, fo Money comes withal."
(fee Cacofogo in Fletcher ^, Rule a Wife, and ha^ue a Wife, ed.
1640. pag. 31.)

ir. \'J'J, 47 S. Let me your Fortune butpojfefs, — And fettle your Per-
fon ho~M you pleafe, '\ Much of this Call was Efq; Sullen, (fee Far-
quharz Beaux-Stratagem, a£l 4. p. 70.) who offered his Wife to
an other, with a Venifion Pafly into the bargain. But when the
Gentleman deflred to have her Fortune. "Her Fortune! (fays
Sullen) " why Sir, I have no quarrel with her Fortune, I only hate
" the Woman, Sir, and none but the Woman fhall go." And under
this difpofition. Sir Hudibras would have been glad to have em-
braced the Offers of that Lady (fee Earl of Strafford's Letters, vol.
I. p. 262.) *' who offered the Earl of Huntington 500/. a year
*• during his Life, and 6000/. to go to Church and marry her : and
*' then at the Church-door to take their leaves, and never fee each
" other after." or the old French Marchionefs oi De L — v/ho mar-
ried the young Marquis de L /. fee Baron de Polintz. Memoirs,

vol. 2. p. 285.

3^.483. Sonvnit/g,1 Thus it ftands in all Editions to 1684.

inclufive, altered to Snuooning 1 700*

3^- 497'


485 Your only Way with me, to break
Your Mind is breaking of your Neck :
For as when Merchants break, o'erthrown
Like Nine-pins^ they ftrike others down :
So, that would break my Hearty which done,
490 My tempting Fortune is your own.
Thefe are but Trifles, ev'ry Lover
Will damn himfelf, over and over.
And greater Matters undertake
For a lefs worthy Mifirefs fake :
495 Yet th' are the only Ways to prove
Th* unfeign'd Realities of Love ;
For he that hangs, or beats out's Brains,
The Devil*s in huii if he feigns.

Quoth Hudibras^ This Way's too rough
500 For meer Experimejit^ and Proof -,
Itis nojefting, trivial Matter,
To' fwing i' th' Air, or douce in Water^
And, like a Water-Witch, try Love •,
That's to deftroy, and not to prove :
505 As if a Man fhould be difTefted,
To find v/hat Part is difaffefted :
Your better Way is to make over
In Trufi^ your Fortune to your Lover ;

f. 497, 498. For he that hangs, or beats out's Brains, — The De-
tviPs inhim, if he feigns .} No one could have thought otherwife,
but Young Clincher, (fee Farquhars Conftant Couple, edit. 1728. p.
55.) who when )iiQ met Errand the Porter, that had exchanged
Cloths with his Elder Brother, to help him out of a fcrape, and was
told by him, *' That his Brother was as Dead as a Door-Nail, he
*' having given him feven Knocks on the Head with a Hammer :
*' put this Query, Whether his Brother was dead in Law, that he
*• might take polieffion of his Eftate ? or Yoxmg Love I'efs: fee the
Dialogue between him, and his Elder Brother in Difguife. [Scornful
Lady, by Beaumont and Fletcher, aft 2.)

■^, 507, 508. Tour better ivay, is to make over — In trufl, your
Fgrtunt to your Lover.'] This was not {nuch unlike the Highway-


Tnifi^ is a 'Trial, if it break,

510 'Tis not fo defp'rate as a Neck :

Befide, th' Experimenf s, more certain.
Men venture ISJecks to gain a Fortune :
The Soldier does it ev'ry Day
CEight to the Week) for Six-pence Pay >

515 Your Pettifoggers damn their Souls,

• To fhare with Knaves, in cheating Fools :
And Merchants, vcnt'ring through the Main»
Slight Pirats, Rocks, and Horns, for Gain :
This is the Way I advife you to,

520 Truft me, and fee what I will do.

Quoth fhe, I fhould be loth to run
My felf all th' Hazard, and you none.
Which muft be done, unlefs fome Deed
Of your's aforefaid do precede ;

525 Give but your felf one gentle Swing
For Trial, and I'll cut the String :

jnan^s advice to a Gentleman upon the Road : Sir, he fleafsd to
leave your Watch, yo-ur Money and Rings 'v^ith me^ or by — you vjili
he robb''d^

f. 513, 514. The Soldier doss it e'v'ry day, — [Eight to the Week)
for Six-pence pay.'\ (thele two, and the four following lines, added
1674.) If a Soldier received Six-pence a day, he would receive
Seven Six-pences for Seven Days, or one Week's pay : but if Six-
pence per Week of this Money be kept back for Shoes, Stockings,
i^c. then the Soldier muft ferve one day more, viz. Eight to the
Week, before he will receive Seven Sixpences, or One Week's pay
clear. (Dr. W. W^)

f. 517. Add Merchants venfring through the Main.'\ See SpeC'
iator, N''450.

■p, 525, 526. Give hut your felf one gentle Svjing — For trial,
and Til cut the String :] 'Tis plain from Hudibras'z refufai to com-
ply with her Requeft, that he would not have approv'd that An-
tique Game invented by a People among the Thracians, who hung
up one of their Companions in a Rope, and gave him a Knife to
cut himfelf down ; which if he fail'd in, he was fuffer'd to hang till
he was dead, (Memoin of Martin Scriblerus, book i. sh. 6.)

f' S3r»



Or give that rev' rend Head a Maul,
Or two, or three, againft a Wall j
• To fliew you are a Man of Mettle,
30 And I'll engage my felf to fettle.

Quoth he, My Head's not made ofBrafs,
As Friar Bacon's Noddle was :

3^. 531, 532. ^toth he. My Head's not made of Brafs, — As
Friar Bacons Noddle ivas ;] * The Tradition of Friar Bacon and
the Brazen Head, is very commonly known ; and, confidering
the Times he liv'd in, is not much more ftrange than what another
great Philofopher, of his Name, has fince deliver'd of a Ring,
that being ty'd in a String, and held like a Pendulum in the middle
of a Silver Bowl, will vibrate of it felf, and tell exadly againft the
Sides of the Divining Cup, the fame Thing with, Time is, lime
■Tvflj,&c." See the Story oi Friar 5^f(7K banter'd by Chaucer, in his
Yeoman s Tale, fol. 57. edit. 1602. 'tis explain'd by Sir 'Iho. Browne,
Vulgar Errours, b. 7, ch. 17. f. 7. in the following manner.
" Every Ear, (lays he) is fiU'd with the Story of Friar Bacon, that
" made a Brafcn Head to fpeak thefe Words : Ti?ne is. Which
" though they want not the like relation, is farely too licerally re-
" ceived ; and was but a myftical Fable, concerning that Philojo-
" phers great Work, wherein he eminently laboured ; implying
•' no more by the Copper Head, than the Veflel, where it was
" wrought : and by the Words // fpake ; than the Opportunity to
*' be watch'd about the Tempus Ortus, or Birth of the Myftical
" Child, or Philofophical King of Lullhis : the rifing of the Tora
'•' FoUata of Arrioldus; when the Earth fufficiently impregnated
'♦ with the Water, 2S.zsxiAQt\i White, 2iVid. Sple^ident ; which not ob-
" fcrved, the Work is irrecoverably loft, according to that of Fetrus
" Bonui ; Ibi eft O per is Perfcfiio, aut Ajinihilatio, quoniam ipfa die
*' oriantur Element a ftmplicia, depurata, quce egent ftatim compofitione,
" antequam 'volent ab igne. Now letting flip this Critical Opportunity,
" he mifs'd the intended Treafure : vvhich had he obtained, he
*' might have made out the tradition, of making a Brazen Wall about
" England, that is, the moft powerful Defence, or ftrongeft Fortifica-
'• tion, which Gold could have efteded." (vid. Wieri Lib. Apologetic
de Prejiig. Daemon, Sec. Mr, Stotu [Hiftory, republiih'd by Ho-jjes, p.
302.) makes mention oiz Head of Earth, made at Oxford, by the Art
of Necromancie in the Reign oiEd'wardihe Second, " That at a time
*' appointed, fpake thefe words : Caput decide tur ; The Headfhall be
*' cut of: Caput ekvabitur ; The Head fiall he Lift up : Pedes ele-
" 'vabuntur fupra Caput ; The Feet fhall be lifted above the Head.""^
See an account of Inchantsd Heads, [Don fixate, vol. 4. ch.
62. pag. 626. Biftory of Valentine andOrfan,{:.hz^, 20. p. 9S, ^'«cC.


310 HU D 1 E RA S,

Nor (like the Indian's Skull) fo tough.
That, Authors fay, *twas Mujket-proof :

^25 As it had need to be, to enter *

As yet, on any new Jdventwe :
You fee what Bangs it has endur*d,
That would, before new Feats, be cur'd ;
But if that's all ycu ftand upon,

540 Hereftrike me Luck, it Jliall be done.

and Naud.-rtis''s Hijiory of Magic, tranflated by Davies, cha. 47. who
pretends to account rationally for thefe Miraculous Heads, ch. 18.
pag. 249.

f. 533, 534. A'or like the Indian's Skull fo tough — That Authors
fay, ""inxias Mufket-proof.'\ Oviedo, in his General Hifioyy of the Indies.
(fee Pur chafe his Pilgrims, part 5. p. 993.) obferves, " That
•' Indian Skulls, are four times as thick as other men's : {o that
*' coming to Handy -llrokes with them, it fhall be requifite not to
*' ftrike them on the Head with Swords, for many Swords have
" been broken on their Heads with little hurt done." Dr. Buliver
obferves (from Purchafe, fee, Artificial Changeling, fcene i. p.
•* 42.) That Blockheads and Loggerheads are in requeft in Brafil,
*' and Helmets are of little ufe, every one having a natural Mu-
*• rian of his Head ; for the Brafilians Heads fome of them
" areas hard as the Wood that grows in the Country, for they
*• cannot be broken." R. Higden {in his Polychronicon, tranflated
hy Tre-viza, lib. 2. ch. I. folio. 58.) mentions and Englilhman,
one Thomas Heyward of Barkley, " who had in the Moold of his
" Hede PoUe, and Forehede, but one Bone, all hole, therefore he
" maye well fuffre greete Blows above his Hede without hurt."
(the Skull of a Man above three quarters of an Inch thick, found
at St. Katharine'^ Cree Church. See Stoav^s Survey of London, by
Mr. Strype, book 2. p. 65.) The Author of the printed Notes, on
the contrary obferves, " That there are American Indians, among
" whom there are fome whofe Skulls are foft, to ufe their Authors
*' vjoxds,'''' ut Digito perforari poffunt.''''

f. 539, 540. But if thafs all you fiand upon, — Kere fir ike me
Luck, it fhall he done-\ This exprelHon ufed by Beaumont and Flet-
cher, Scornful Lad;, aft 2. And this unpolite way of courting,
feems to be banter'd, by Shakefpear. (i^' Part of Henry 6 '\ aft. 5.
vol. 4. p. 195 )

" So worthlefs Peafants bargain for their Wives,
" As Market- men for Oxen, Sheep, and Horfe j
*• But Marriage is a matter of more worth."

3^. 5S2.

PART 11. CANTO I. 311

Quoth fhe, the Matter's not fo far gone

As you fuppofe. Two TFords f a Bargain ;

That may be done, and time enough,

"When you have given downright Proof 5
545 And yet 'tis no Fantajiick Pique

I have to Love, nor coy Brjlike ;

*Tis no imphcit, nice Aver/ton

T' your Converfation, Mein, or Per/on,

But a juft Fear, left you fhould prove
550 Falfe, and perfidious in Love :

For if I thought you could be true,

I could love twice as much as you.
Qiioth he, my Faith as Adamantine^

As Chains of Dejiiny, I'll maintain :
^^^ True as Apollo ever fpoke.

Or Oracle from Heart of Oak ;

A nd if you'll give my Flame but vent.

Now in clofe hugger-mugger pent.

And {hine upon me but benignly,
560 With that one, and that other Pigsney^

f. 552. / coudlo've tnvice as much as you."] The Widow is
practicing Coquetry, and Diffimulation, in the higheft perfeflion ;
fhe rallies, and fooths the Knight, and in Ihort plays all the Arts
of her Sex upon him : He alas ! could not penetrate through the
Difguife ; but the falfe Hopes fhe gives him, make him joyous,
and break out into rapturous Affeverations of the Sincerity of his
Love : the Extacy he feems to be in, betrays him into grofs Incon-
fiflencies ; the Reader may compare his Speech which immediately
follows ; with what goes before > . 473, Sec. but this Humour and
Flight in him may be excufed, when we refledl, that there is na
other way to be reveng'd of a Coquet, but by retorting Fallacies
and Coquetry. (Mr. B.)

if. 553, 554. Sluoth he, my Faith as Adamantine, — As Chains of
Dejiiny, P II maintain,"] See Spanijh Mande'vite, 4'^ Dif, fol. 1 01, &c.

jr. 556. Or Oracle, &c.] * J«/i//?r's Oracle in Epirus, near the
City of Dodona, Ubi Nemus erat Jo-vi facrum, ^ernsum tot urn, in
quo Jo'vis Dodonai templum fiiijfe narraturP

^' 559» 560. And Jhine upon me hut benignly. — With that one,
4uid fiat other Pigsnejf.] S^e.Pigsnej Skinneri Eijmo/ogicen Lingua



The Sun and Day Iliall fooner part.

Than Love^ or you, Ihake off my Heart j

The Sun that fhall no more difpence

His own, hut your bright Influence j
^G^ I'll carve your Name on Barks of 'Trees^,

With True-loves-knGts^ and Flouripes ;

That {hall infufe Eternal Sfrmg^

And everlafting flouriiliing :

Drink ev'ry Letter on't in Stum,
570 And make it briflv Champaign become :

Where-e'er you tread, your Foot fnall kt

The Primrofe and the Violet ;

AW Spices^ Perfumes, and fweet Powders,

Shall borrow from your Breath their Odors -,
£75 Nature her Charter fhall renew.

And take all hiijes of things from you ;

The World depend upon your Eye,

And when you frown upon it, die :

Only our Loves Hiall ftill furvive,
580 New Worlds, and Natures to out-Jive \

Anglican. J unit Etymolog. Anglican. Don fixate, vol. 2. cb. p.
45. vol. 3. ch. 5. p. 44. vol. 4. ch. 68. p. 697.

■jr. 565. r II car've your Name on Barks of Threes. '\ See Don Quixotef
vol. I. ch. 4. p. 195. vol. 4. ch. 73. p. 720.

^, 569. Drink e'v'r^ Letter ont in Stum."] alluding to the anci-
ent, cuftomary way of drinking a Miftrefs's Health ; by tak-
ing down fo many Cups or Glaffes of Wine, as there were Let-
ters in her Name.

Naevia fax Cyathis. feptem Jufiina bibatur,
Quinque Lycas, Lyde quatuor, Ida tribus.
Omnis ab infufo numeretur arnica Falerno, &c.

Martiatis EpigraTnmat.Yih. i. 72. i, 2, 3. cum Not. Vincent. Collet.
in Us. Delphini. Paris l6%0.

Det numerum Cyathis inftantis Litera Rufi

Epigram, lib. 8.51. See Gaytons Notes upon Don fixate, book 4.
ch. 5. p. 196,


And like to Heralds Moons, remain „i^

All Crefeents, without Change or Wane.
Hold, hold, quoth flie, no more of this.

Sir Knight^ you take your Aim amifs :
585 For you will find it a hard Chapter,

To catch me with Poetique Rapture,

In which your Majiery of ylrt

Doth Ihev/ it felf, and not your Heart :

Nor will you raife in mine Comhujlion,
590 By dint of high Heroick Fuftion :

She that with Poetry is won.

Is but a Dejk to write upon *,

And v/hat Men fay of her, they mean

No more, than on the thing they lean*
555 Some with Arabian Spices ftrive

T' embalm her cruelly alive ;

Or feaf on her, as French Cooks ufe

Their Haiit-govfts, Bouillies, or RagQufis c

Ufe her fo barbaroufly ill,
600 To grind her Lips upon a JV'f///,

Until the Facet Doublet doth

Fit their Rhimes rather than her Mouth :

f. 581, 582. ^nd like the Heralds Moons, remain — All Cr ef cent i,
ivithout Change ar Wane.~\ Set Guillim's Difplay of Heraldry.

i/, 598. Their liaut-goujls, Bouillies,or Ragoujls'] Haut-gout, Fr,
High Relijh: Bouillon, Fr. Broth, made of ffcveral forts of boil'd
meat, Ragoo, Ragout, Fr. a high feafon'd Difh of meat ; a Sauce
or feafoning to whet the Appetite. Baily''s Di.lionary. Haiti'
gujis, Buollies, or Ragvjls, in all editions to 1704. inclufive.

■p. 600. To grind her Lips upon a Mill."] The meaning is this ;
The Poets ufed to call their Millrefles Lips PoliJh''d Rubies : now
the Ruiy is polifh'd by a Mill. (Mr. W.)

f 601. Until the Facet Doublet doth, &c.] Facet Doublet {igm-
fies a falfe-coiour'd Stone, cut in many Faces, or Sides, the French
fay, IJne Diamante tat lie a facette. Why the Falfe^ tones •s.x&csWzd.
Doublets may be leen in Tournefo}t\ account of the Mojaic Work
in the Sanda Sophia, at Conjiantjnople. " Les Incruft^tions de la

" Gakritf


Her Mouth compar'd t* an OyJler\^ with
A Row of P earl in\, flead of Teeth ;

•' Galerie font des Mojalque faites la plus'part avec ces dez de verre,
" qui fe detachent tous les jours de leur ciment. Maisleur Couleur
** eft inalterable, les dez de verre font de Veritable Doublets, car
** la feuille coloree de difFerente maniere eft converte d'une piece
*• de verre fort mence coUee doar deffus." vol. 2. p. 1 89. — <^o.The
Humour of this term is, in calling the Rubies of the Lips Falfe
Stones. (Mr. VV.)

i/. 603, 604. Her Mouth compardt^ an Oyjiers, ivith — A Roixj
ofPearlint, ftead of Teeth.'] Tliis defcription, is probably a fr.;er
upon Don fixate, for his high-flown Compliments upon his
Miftrefs. vol. 4. chap. 73. p. 720. " The curling Locks of her
*' bright flowing Hair of pureft Gold ; her fmooth Forehead,
*' The ElyJianPlain : Her Brows areTwo Celeftial Bows ; her Eyes,
" Two glorious Suns ; her Cheeks, Two Beds of Rofes ; her Lips
" are Coral ; her Teeth are Pearl, her Neck is Alabafter ; her
" Breafts, Marble : her Hands, Ivory : and Snow would lofe it's
*' whitenefs near her Bofom. fee more vol. i. b, 2. ch, 5. vol. 3.
ch. I I.' p. g8. (fee Califto\ Defcription of his Miftrefs Melibea,
Spanijh Ba^.vd, aft i . p. 9, lo.) This piece of Grimace is expofed
in Lovers; Don ^dxote, vol. 4. ch. 38. p. 376. in a Tr aft,
intitled. Female Preeminence ; by Henry Cornelius Jgrippa, tranflated
by Henry Care, 1670. p. 15. &C. by Dr. Echard, Obfer'vation
upon the Anfv:er to Grounds and Reafons, Sec. 7'*^ edit. p. 132. j^na-
tomyof Melancholly, by Democritus 'Junior, p. 518. and with great
humour, by John Taylor, the Water Poet, in his Poem, intitled,
A Whore ; Works, p. 1 10. in the following lines.
To (eek to merit e'ver I 'ving Bayes,
For fordid Stuff ( Like Ovid's lufiful Layes)
With falfe be^witching Verfes to entice
Frail Creatures from fair Vertue tofoule Vice,
Whofe Flattery makes a Whore to feem a Saint,
That flinks like Carrion, nvith her Pox and Paint :
Comparing her i^jjith falfe and odious Lies)
To all thai s in, or underneath the Skies;
Her Eyes to Sunnes, that do the Sunne eclipfe.
Her Cheeks are Rofes, [Rubies are her Lips)
Her White and Red, Carnation mixt luith SnaiUf
Her Teeth, to Oriental Pearls a Ro'vj,
Her Voice, like Muficke of the hea'venly Spheres i
Her Hair, like thrice refined Golden Wires,
Her Breath morefvjeet, than aromatick Drugs ;
" , hike Mounts of Alabafler, are her Dugs :

Her Bracelets, Rings, her Scarfs, her Fa?:, her Chain,
Are Subjeils to infpire a Poet's Brain.

i, 608.


605 Others make Poftes of her Cheeks,

Where Red and Whit eft Colours mix •,
In which the Lilly, and the Rofe,
For Indian Lake, and Cerufe goes.
The Sun, and Moon, by her bright Eyes

610 Edips'd, and darken'd in the Skies,
Are but Uack Patches, that Die wears,
Cut into Suns, and Moons, and Stars :

f. 60S. For Indian Lake, and Ceruje ^-c] Lake, a fine Qnmhn
fort of Paint. Ceruje, a Preparation of Lead with Vinegar, com-
monly called White Lead : Baily. fee Ceniffe, Junii Etymologic.

f. 6o(), 6\o. The Sun and Moon, by her bright E,es — Eclipsed,
and darken'd in the Skies."] Shake fpear fin his Romeo and Juliet, adl,
2. vol. 7. p. 153-) has fomething like this.

Rom. — " But foft ! What Light tliro' yonder Window breaks ?
*• It is the Eaft, and JuUet is the Sun.
" Arife, fair Sun, and kill tbe envious Moon,
** Who is already lick, and pale with grief,
*' That thou her Maid, art far more fair than Ihe,
" Be not her Maid, fince She is envious.
" Her veftal Livery is but fick,
*• And nought but fools do wear it — caft it off.

f.^il. Are hut black Patches thatjhe wears,'] Sir Kenelm Digly
makes mention of a Lady of his acquaintance, who wore many-
Patches : upon which he ufed to banter her, and tell her that the
next Child fhe fhould go with, whilft the folicitude and care of
thofe Patches was fo ftrong in her Fancy, would come into the
World with a great Black Spot in the midll: of it's Forehead ; which
happened accordingly. Treatife of Bodies, c\i. 27. p. 40/t. Difcourfe
of the Ponder of Sympathy, edit. 1660. p. 182, &c.) Humorous is
the account of the opinion of the Indian Kings, concerning the
Patches worn by our EngUJh Ladies, {Spedator, N° 50.) " As for
" the Women of the Country — they look like Angels, and would
*' be more beautiful than the Sun, were it not for the little black
** Spots that break out in their Faces : and fometimes rife in very

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