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A Lover is, the more he's brave,
T' his Mistris, but the more a Slave ;
And whatsoever she commands,
Becomes a Favour from her hands
Which he’s oblig'd t’ obey, and must
Whether it be unjust, or just.
Then, when he is compelld by her
T? Adventures, he would else forbear,
Who, with his Honour, can withstand,
Since Force is greater than Command?
And when Neceffity's obey'd
Nothing can be unjust or bad :
And therefore, when the mighty Pow'rs
Of Love, our great Allie, and Tours,
Joyn’d Forces, not to be withitood
By frail enamour'd Flesh and Blood;
All I have done unjust or ill
Was in obedience to your Will :
And all the Blame that can be due
Falls to your Cruelty and you.
Nor are those Scandals I confest,
Against my Will and Interest,
More than is daily done of Course By all Men, when they're under Force. VVhence fome, upon the Rack, confess VVhat th' Hang-man and their Prompters please, But are no sooner out of Pain Than they deny it all again. But when the Devil turns Confessor, Truth is a Crime, he takes no Pleasure, To hear, or pardon, like the Founder Of Lyars, whom they all claim under, And therefore, when I told him none, I think it was the wiser done. Nor am I without Precedent, The first that on th' Adventure went : All Mankind ever did of Course, And daily does the same, or worse. For what Romance can shew a Lover, That had a Lady to recovet, And did not steer a nearer Course, To fall aboard in his Amours? And what at first was held a Crime, Has turn'd to Honourable in time.
To what a height did Infant Rome, By Ravishing of V Vomen come ? vyhen Men upon their Spouses seiz'd, And freely marry'd where they pleas'd : They ne'er Forswore themselves nor Ly'd, Nor in the Minds they were in, Dyd : Nor took the Pains t' address and fué, Nor plaid the Masquerade to wooe. Disdain'd to stay for Friends Consents, Nor juggled abont Settlements : Did need no License, nor no Priest, Nor Friends, nor Kindred to affift; Nor Lawyers, to joyn Land and Money, In th' Holy State of Matrimony, Before they settled Hands and Hearts, Till Alimony, or Death them parts: Nor would endure to stay until Th'had
very Bride's good Will. But took a wise and shorter Course, To win the Ladies, Down-right Force, And justly made 'em Prisoners then, As they have often since, us Men
With Acting Plays, and Dancing Jiggs,
The luckiest of all Love's Intrtigues :
And when they had them at their Pleasure,
Then talk'd of Love, and Flames, at leisure.
For after Mairimony's over,
He that holds out but Half a Lover,
Deserv's, for ev'ry Minute, more
Than half a Tear of Love before :
For which the Dames, in Contemplation
Of that best way of Application,
Prov'd Nobler Wives than e'er were known,
By Suit, or Treaty, to be won:
And such as all Pofterity
Could never equal, nor come nigh.
For Women first were made for Men,
Not Men for them. It follows then,
That Men have Right to every one,
And they no Freedom of their own:
And therefore Men have Pow'r to chuse,
But they no Charter to refuse.
Hence 'tis apparent, that what Course
So e'er we take to your Amours,
Tho by the Indirectest way,
'Tis no Injustice, nor Foul Play.
And that ġou ought to take that Courses
As we take you, for better or worse ;
And gratefully submit to those
Who you, before another, chose.
For why should every Savage Beast
Have freer Pow'r than he, in Grace
And Nature, o'er the Creature has?
Because the Laws he fince has made
Have cut off all the Power he had ;
Retrench'd the Abfolute Dominion
That Nature gave him over Woman;
When all his Pow'r will not extend,
One Law of Nature to suspend:
And but to offer to Repeal
The smallest Clause, is to Rebel.
This if Men rightly understood
Their Privilege, they would make good;
And not, like Sots, permit their Wives
T'encroach on their Prerogatives.