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And stout Rinaldo gain'd his Bride
By Courting of her Back and Side.
But since those Times and Feats are over,
They are not for a Modern Lover:
When Mistresses are too cross-grain'd,
By such Addresses to be gain’d,
And if they were, would have it out,
With many other kind of Bout.
Therefore I hold no Course s' infesible,
As is of force to win the Jezebel,
To storm her Heart, by th’Antique Charm
Of Ladies Errant, force of Arms;
But rather strive by Law to win her,
And try the Title you have in her.
Your Case is clear, you have her Word,
And me to witness the Accord ;
Besides two more of her Retinue,
To testifie what pass'd between you ;
More probable, and like to hold,
Than Hand, or Seal, or breaking Gold :
For which so

many

that renounc'd Their plighted Contracts, have been trounc'd;

And

And Bills upon Record been found,
That forc'd the Ladies to compound,
And that, unless I miss the Matter,
Is all the Business you look after :
Besides, Encounters at the Bar,
Are braver now, than those in Wär,
In which the Law does Execution,
With less Disorder and Confusion :
Has more of Honour in't, fome hold,
Not like the New way, but the Old ;
When those the Pen had drawn together,
Decided Quarrels with the Feather,
And winged Arrows kill'd as dead,
Nay more than Bullets now of Lead:
So all the Combats now, as then,
Are manag'd chiefly by the Pen;
That does the Feat, with braver Vigours,
In Words at length, as well as Figures.
Is Judge of all the World performs
In voluntary Feats of Arms.
And whatsoe'er's achiev'd in Fight,
Determines which is Wrong or Right;

For

For whether you prevail or Lose,
All must be try'd there in the close.
And therefore'tis not wise to shuñ,
What you must trust to, e'er y' have done.

The Law, that settles all you do,
And marries where you did but wooe;
That makes the most perfidious Lover,
A Lady, that's as false, recover :
And if it judge upon your side,
Will soon extend her for your Bride;
And put her Person, Goods or Lands,
Or which you like best, int' your Hands.

For Law's the Wisdom of all ages,
And manag’d by the ablest Sages,
Who though their Bus’ness at the Bar
Be but a kind of Civil War,
In which th' engage with fiercer Dudgeons,
Than e'er the Grecians did and Trojans,
They never manage the Contest,
T'impair their publick Interest;
Or by their Controversies lessen
The Dignity of their Profession:

Not

Not like us Brethren, who divide
Our Common-wealth, the Cause and Side,
And though w’are all as near of Kindred,
As th’ Outward Man is to the Inward i
We agree in nothing but to wrangle.
About the slightest fingle fängle,
While Lawyers have more sober Sense,
Than t argue at their own Expence,
But make their best Advantages,
Of other's Quarrels, like the Swiss :
Andout of Foreign Controversies,
By aiding both sides, fill their Purses ;
But have no Int'rest in the Cause,
For which th' engage, and wage the Laws:
Nor further Prospect than their Pay,
Whether they lose or win the Day.
And though th' abounded in all Ages,
With sundry learned Clerks, and Sages ;
Though all their Business be Dispute,
Which way they canvas every Suit;
Th' have no Disputes about their Art,
Nor in Polemicks controvert:

While

While all Professions else are found,
VVith nothing but Disputes t'abound,
Divines of all sorts, and Physicians,
Philosophers, Mathematicians,
The Galenist, and Paracelsian
Condemn the way each other deal in;
Anatomists dissect and mangle;
To cut themselves out VVork to wrangle ;
Astrologers dispute their Dreams,
That in their Sleeps they talk of Schemes ;
And Heralds stickle, who got who,
So many hundred Years ago. .

But Lawyers are too wise a Nation
T'expose their Trade to Disputation;
Or make the bufie Rabble Judges,
Of all their secret Piques, and Grudges;
In which whoever wins the day,
The whole Profession's sure to pay.
Besides, no Mountebank, nor Cheats
Dare undertake to do their Feats;
VVhen in all other Sciences,
They swarm, like Insects, and increase.

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