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These are the Motives, which t’induce,
Or fright us into Love, you use;
A pretty new way of Gallanting;
Between Solliciting and Ranting ;
Like sturdy Beggars; that intreat
For Charity at once, and threat.
But since you undertake to prove
Your own Propriety in Love,
As if we were but Lawful Prize
In War, between two Enemies;
Or Forfeitures, which ev'ry Lover
That would but fue for, might recover,
It is not hard to understand
The Myft'ry of this bold Demand:
That cannot at our Persons aim,
But something capable of Claim.
'Tis not those paultry Counterfeit
French Stones, which in our Eyes you set,
Bụt our Right Diamonds, that inspire,
And fet your Am’rous Hearts on fire :
Nor can those false St. Martin's Beads,
Which on our Lips you lay for Reds;
And make us wear, like Indian Dames,
Add Fuel to your scorching Flames,
But those true Rubies of the Rock,
Which in our Cabinets we lock.
I'is not those Orient Pearls, our Teeth,
That you are so transported with;
But those we wear about our Necks,
Produce those Amorous Effects.
Nor is't thofe Threads of Gold, our Heir
The Perriwigs you make us wear ;
But those bright Guinea's in our Chests,
That light the Wild-fire in your Breasts.
These Love-Tricks I've been vers’d in so,
That all their sly Intrigues I know,
And can unriddle by their Tones,
Their Mystick Cabals, and Jargoms.
Can tell what Passions, by their Sounds,
Pine for the Beauties of my Grounds;
What Rapture's fond, and Amorous
O'th' Charms and Graces of my House ;
Wliae Extasie, and scorching Flame
my Money, in my Name.
VVhat from th' unnatural Desire
To Beasts and Cattel, take its Fire;
VVhat tender Sigh, and trickling Tear,
Longs for a Thousand Pound a Tear;
; And Languishing Transports are fond Of Statute, Mortgage, Bill and Bond.
These are th' Attra&ts which most Men fall Inamour'd, at first sight, withal. To these th’ Address with Serenades, And Court with Balls and Masquerades ; And
yet, for all the yearning Pain:
Y' have suffer'd for their Loves, in vain:
I fear they'll prove so nice and
To have, and thold, and to enjoy;
That all your Oaths, and Labour lost,
They'll ne'er turn Ladies of the Post
This is not meant to disapprove
Your Judgment in your Choice of Love ;
VVhich is so wise, the greatest part
Of Mankind study't as an Art,
For Love should, like a Deodand,
Still fall to th' Owner of the Land,
And where there's Substance, for its Ground
Cannot but be more firm, and sound,
Than that which has the flighter Basis
Of Aiery Vertue, Wit and Graces :
VVhich is of such thin Subtilty,
I steals and creeps in at the Eye,
And, as it can't endure to stay,
Steals out again, as nice a way:
But Love, that its Extraction owns
From solid Gold, and precious Stones;
Must, like its shining Parents, prove
As Solid, and as Glorious Love.
Hence 'tis, you have no way t express
Our Charms and Graces, but by these :
For, what are Lips, and Eyes, and Teeth,
VVhich Beauty invades, and conquers with ?
But Rubies, Pearls and Diamonds,
VVith which, as Philters, Love Commands?
This is the way all Parents prove,
In managing their Childrens Love;
That force 'em t inter-marry and wed,
if th' were Bur’ing of the Dead,
Caft Earth to Earth, as in the Grave,
To join in Wedlock all they havę;
And when the Settlement's in force,
Take all the rest, for Better, or Worse ;
For Money has a Power above
The Stars and Fate, to manage Love :
Whose Arrows, Learned Poets hold,
That never miss, are tipp'd with Gold.
And though some say, the Parents Claims
To make Love in their Childrens Names;
Who many times, at once, provide
The Nurse, the Husband, and the Bride.
Feel Darts and Charms, Attracts and Flames;
And wooe, and contract, in their Names;
And as they Christen, use to marry 'em,
And, like their Gollips, answer for 'em ;
Is not to give in Matrimony,
But sell and proftitute for Money.
'Tis better than their own Betrothing,
VVho often do't for worse than nothing.
And when th' are at their own Dispose,
V Vith greater disadvantage chuse.