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All this is right; But for the Course
You take to do't by Fraud, or Force :
'Tis so ridiculous, as soon
As told, 'tis never to be done.
No more than Setters can betray,
That tell what Tricks they are to play,
Marriage, at best, is but a Vow;
Which all Men either break, or bow ;
Then what will those forbear to do,
Who perjure, when they do but wooe?
Such as before-hand, swear and lye,
For Earnest to their Treachery :
And rather than a Crime confess,
With greater strive to make it less :
Like Thieves, who, after Sentence past,
Maintain their Innocence to th' last;
And when their Crimes were made appear
As plain as VVitnesses can swear;
Yet, when the VVretches come to die,
Will take upon their Deaths a Lye,
Nor are the Vertues, you confess’d.
T' your Ghostly Father, as you guess?d;
So slight, as to be justifi'd,
By b'ing, as shamefully denyd.
As if you thought your VVord would pafs
Point-blank, on both sides of a Case;
Or Credit were not to be lost,
B’ a Brave Knight-Errant of the Poft,
That eats, perfidiously, his Word,
And swears his Ears thr' a two Inch Board :
Can own the same thing, and disown;
And perjure Booty, Pro and Con:
Can make the Gospel ferve his turn,
And help him out to be forfworn;
VVhen’tis laid hands upon and kiss’d,
To be betray'd, and sold, like Christ.
These are the Vertues, in whose Name,
A Right to all the VVorld you claim:
And boldly challenge a Dominion,
In Grace and Nature o'er all VVomen.
Of whom, no less will satisfie,
Than all the Sex, your Tyranny.
Although you'll find it a hard Province,
yYith all your crafty Frauds and Covins,
To govern such a num'rous Crew,
Who, one by one, now govern you :
For if you all were Solomons,
And Wife and Great as he was once ;
You'll find th' are able to subdue,
(As they did him) and baffle you.
And if you are impos'd upon,
'Tis by your own Temptation done!
That with your Ignorance invite,
And teach us how to use the slight.
For when we find y' are still more taken
With false Attracts of your own making;
Swear that's a Rose, and that a Stone,
Like Sots, to us that laid it on :
And what we did but slightly prime,
Most ignorantly daub in Rhime:
You force us in our own Defences,
To copy Beams and Influences ;
To lay Perfections on the Graces,
And draw Attracts upon our Faces:
And in compliance to your Wit,
Your own false Jewels counterfeit.
For, by the Practice of those Arts,
VVegain a greater share of Hearts :
And those deserve in Reason most,
That greatest Pains and Study cost
Or great Perfections are, like Heav'n,
Too rich a Present to be given.
Nor are those Mafter-stroaks of Beauty
To be perform'd without Hard Duty.
Which, when th' are nobly done and well,
The simple Natural excel,
How fair and sweet's the Planted Rose,
Beyond the Wild in Hedges grows?
For without Art, the Noblest Seeds
Of Flowers degenerate into V Veeds :
How dull and rugged, e'er 'tis ground
And polishd, looks a Diamond?
Tho Paradise were e'er so fair,
It was not kept fo without Care.
The whole VÞorld, without Art and Drefs,
V Vould be but one great Wilderness ;
And Mankind but a Savage Herd,
For all that Nature has confer'd.
W' enjoy as large a Pow'r unseen;
To govern him, as he does Men:
And in the Right of our Pope Joan
Make Emp'rors at our Feet fall down.
Or Joan de Pucel's braver Name,
Our Right to Aims and Conduct claim.
Who, though a Spinster, yet was able,
To serve France for a Grand Constable.
We make, and execute all Laws ;
Can judge the Judges, and the Cause.
Prescribe all Rules of Wright or wrong,
To th’ Long Robe, and the Longer Tongue.
'Gainst which the World has no Defence;
But our more pow'rful Eloquence.
We manage things of greatest weight
In all the World's Affairs of State,
Are Ministers of War and Peace,
That sway all Nations how we please.
We rule all Churches, and their Flocks,
Heretical, and Orthodox.
And are the Heavenly Vehicles
O’ch’ Spirit, in all Conventicles: