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Without capacity of Bail,
But of a Cart's or Hörse's Tail
And did not doubt to bring the Wretches,
To fervé fot Pendulums to Watches ;
Which modern Virtùofo’s fa
Incline to Hanging every way.
Besides he swore, and fwore 'twas true,
That e're he went in Quest of you,
He fet a Figure to discover
If you were fled to Rye' or Dover;
And found it clear, that, to betray
Your felves and me, you fled this way;
And that he was upon pursuit,
To take you somewhere hereabout.
He vow'd h' had had Intelligence
Of all that past before and since :
And found, that e'er you came to him,
Y' had been engaging Life and Limb,
About a Case of tender Conscience,
Where both abounded in your own Sense ;
Till Ralpho, by his Light and Grace,
Had clear'd all Scruples in the Case;
And prov'd that you might swear, and own
Whatever's by the Wicked done,
For which, most basely to requite
The Service of his Gifts and Light,
You strove t'oblige him by main force,
To scourge his Ribs instead of yours;
But that he stood upon his Guard,
And all your Vapouring out-dar'd;
For which, between you both, the Feat
Has never been perform'd as yet.
While thus the Lady talk'd, the Knight
Turn’d the Outside of his Eyes to white,
( As Men of Inward Light are wort
To turn their Opticks in upon't, )
He wonder'd how she came to know
What he had done, and meant to do:
Held up his Affidavit Hand,
As if h had been to be Arraiga'd:
Caft tow’rd the Door a ghastly look,
In dread of Sidrophel, and spoke.
Madam, If but one word be true
Of all the Wizard has told yoụ,
Or but one single Circumstance
In all th’ Apocryplial Romance,
May dreadful Earthquakes swallow down
This Vessel, that is all your own;
Or may the Heavens fall, and cover
These Reliques of your constant Lover.
You have provided well, quoth sbe,
( I thank you for your self and me;
And shewn your Presbyterian Wits
Jump punctual with the Jesuits.-
A most compendious way and civil,
At once to cheat the World, the Devil,
And Heav'n and Hell, your Selves and Those
On whom you vainly think t'impose.
Why then ( quoth be ) may Hell surprize.
That Trick (said she') will not pass twice:
I've learn'd how far I'm to believe
Your pinning Oaths upon your Sleeve..
But there's a better way of Clearing
you would prove,than downright Swearing; For if you have perform d the Feat, The Blows are visible as yet
Enough to serve for Satisfaction
Of nicest Scruples in the A&tion. :),!!!
And if you can produce those Knobs,
Although they're but the Witches Drubs,
I'll pass them all upon account,
As if your natural Self had don't. iii
Provided that they pass th? Opinion "1.5"
Of able Juries of old Women,
Who, us’d to judge all matter of Facts
For Belies, may do so for Backs.
Madam, (quoth he ) your Love's a Million,
To do, is lefs, than to be willing,
As I am, were it in my pow'r
T'obey, what you command, and more,
But for performing what
I thank y' as much as if I did.
You know I ought to liave a care
To keep my Wounds for taking Air :41
For Wounds, in those that are all Heart,
Are dangerous in any. Part.
· I find (quoth sbe) my Goods and Chattels Are like to prove but meer drawn Battels ;
For still the longer we contend,
We are but farther off the End.
But granting now we should agree,
What is it you expect from me?
Your plighted Faith ( quoth he) and Word
You past in Heaven on Record,
Where all Contracts, to have and t'hold,
Are everlastingly. inrolla.
And if ’tiś counted Treason, here :)
To raze Records, 'tis much more there,
Quoth fhe, There are no Bargains driv’n,
Nor Marriages clapp'd up in Heaven,
And that's the reason, as fome guess,
There is no Heav'n in Marriages;
Two things that naturally press)!***
Too narrowly, to be at ease. :1.97
Their bus'ness there is only Love,
Which Marriage is not like t’improve,
Love, that's too generous, t'abide
To be against its Nature tyd: 5.?,
For where'tis of it self inclin'd, 41)
It breaks loose when it is confin'd; ;