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And like the Soul, its Harbourer,
Debar'd the Freedom of the Air,
Disdains against its Will to ftay,
But struggles out, and flies away:
And therefore never can comply,
T'endure the Matrimonial Tye,
That binds the female and the Male,
Where th' one is but the other's Bail
Like Roman Gaolers, wheq,they slept, ;
Chain'd to the Prisoners they kept.
Of which the True and Faithfull’ft Lover
Gives best Security, to suffer.
Marriage is but a Beast, some say,
That carries double in foul way;
And therefore 'tis not to b’admir'd
It should so suddenly be tir'd:
A Bargain at a venture made
Between two Partners in a Trade;
( For what's inferr'd by T'have, and T'hold,
But something past away, and fold?)
That as it makes but one of two,
Reduces all things elfe as low:
And at the best is but a Mart
Between the one and th' other part,
That on the Marriage-day is paid,
Or hour of Death, the Bet is laid,
And all the rest of Better or Worse
Both are but Losers out of Purse.
For when upon their ungot Heirs
Th'entail themselves, and all that's theirs,
What blinder Bargain e'er was driv'n,
Or Wager laid at fix and seven ;
To pass themselves away, and turn
Their Childrens Tenants e'er they're born?
Beg one another Idiot
To Guardians, e'er they're begot;
Or ever shall, perhaps, by th' one,
Who's bound to vouch 'em for his own,
Though got b’Implicit Generation.
And General Club of all the Nation :
For which she's fortify'd no less,
Than all the Island, with four Seas:
: Exacts the Tribute of her Dow'r,
In ready Insolence and Pow'r;
And make him pass away, to have And hold, to her, himself, her Slave, More wretched than an ancient Villain, Condemn’d to Drudgery and Tilling; While all he does upon the By, She is not bound to Justifie, Nor at her proper Cost and Charge Maintain the Feats he does at large. Such hideous Sots were those obedient Old Vassals tò ther Ladies Regent; To give the Cheats the eldest Hand In foul Play, by the Laws o'th'Land ; For which so many a legal Cuckhold Has been run down in Courts, and truckld, A Law that most unjustly yokes All Johns of Stiles' to Joans of Nokes, Without distinction of Degree, Condition, Age or Quality; Admits no Pow'r of Revocation, Nor valuable Consideration, Nor Writ of Error, nor Reverse Of Judgment paft for better or worse;
Will not allow the Privileges That Beggars challenge under Hedges, Who,when they'regriev'd can make dead Horses Their Spiritual Judges of Divorces ; While nothing else but Rem in Re Can set the proudeft Wretches free; A Slavery beyond enduring, But that 'tis of their own procuring : As Spiders never seek the Fly, But leave him, of himself, t'apply ; So Men are by themselves betray'd, To quit the Freedom they enjoy'd, And run their Necks into a Nooze. They'd break'em after, to break loose. As fome, whom Death would not depart, Have done the Feat themselves by Art. Like Indian-Widows, gone to Bed In flaming Curtains to the Dead: And Men as often dangled for't, And yet will never leave the Sport. Nor do the Ladies want excuse For all the Stratagems they use,
To gain th' Advantage of the Set,
And lurch the Am'rous Rook and Cheat.
For as the Pythagorean Soul
Runs through all Beafts, and Fish, and Fowi,
And has a Smack of ev'ry one :
So Love does, and has ever done.
And therefore, though 'tis ne'er fo fond,
Takes strangely to the Vagabond.
'Tis but an Ague that's reverst,
Whose hot Fit takes the Patient first,
That after burns with Cold as much
As Ir'n in Greenland does the Touch ;
Melts in the Furnace of Desire,
Like Glass, that's but the Ice of Fire ;
And when his Heat of Fancy's over,
Becomes as hard and frail a Lover.
For when he's with Love.powder laden,
And Prim'd and Cock'd by Miss, or Madam,
The smallest Sparkle of an Eye
Gives Fire to his Artillery ;
And off the loud Oaths go, but while
They're in the very Act, recoil.