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Both join'd together with such Art,
That nothing elle but Death can part.
Those Heav'nly Attracts of yours, your Eyes,
And Face, that all the World Surprize,
That dazle all that look upon ye !
And scorch all other Ladies Tawny;
Those Ravishing and Charming Graces,
Are all made up of two half Faces,
That in a Mathematiek Line, 1.11
Like those in other Heavens, join,
Of which if either grew alone,
"Twould fright as much to look upon:
And so would that sweet Bud, your Lip,
Without the other's Fellowship. Is 10
Our Noblest Senses act by Pairs, tis
Two Eyes to see, to hear two Earsi : 1
Th' Intelligencers of the Mind,
To wait upon the Soul designd;
But those that fetve the Body alone,
Are single, and confin’d to one.in
The World is but two Parts, that meet,
And close at th Equinoctial, fat;:;?
And so are all the Works of Nature,
Stamp'd with her Signature on Matter :
Which all her Creatures, to a Leaf,
Or smallest Blade of Grass, receive. -
All which sufficiently declare
How ’ntirely Marriage is her Care,
The only Method that she uses,
In all the Wonders she produces.-
And those that take their Rules from her,
Can never be deceiv'd, nor err.
For what secures the Civil Life
But pawns of Children, and a Wife ;
That lię, like Hostages, at stake,
To pay for all. Men undertake ;
To whom it is as necessary,
As to be born and breath, to marry.
So Universal, áll Mankind.
In nothing else is of one mind.
For in what stupid Age, i or Nation,
Was Marriage ever out of Fashion ?
Unless among the Amazons,
Or Vestal Friars, and Cloister'd Nuns'; is!
Or Stoicks, who, to bar the Freaks
And loose Excesses of the Sex,
Preposterously would have all Women
Turn’d up to all the World in common.
Though Men would find such mortal Fewds
In sharing of their publick Goods,
'Twould put them to more Charge of Lives,
Than they're supply'd with now by Wives;
Until they graze, and wear their Cloaths,
As Beasts do, of their Native Growths :
For simple wearing of their Horns,
Will not fuffice to serve their turns.
For what can we pretend t'inherit,
Unless the Marriage-deed will bear it?
Could claim no Right to Lands or Rents,
But for our Parents Settlements.
Had been but younger Sons o'th'Earth,
Debarr'd it all, but for our Birth,
What Honours, or Estates of Peers
Could be preservd, but by their Heirs ?
And what Security maintains
Their Right and Title, but the Banes?
What Crowns could be Hereditary,
If greatest Monarchs, did not Marry,
And with their Conforts confummate
Their weightiest Interests of State ?
For all th’ Amours of Princes are
But Guarrantees of Peace or War.
Or what bur Marriage has a Charm,
The Rage of Empires to difarm,
Make Blood and Desolation cease,
And Fire and Sword unite in Peace,
When all their fierce Contests for Forage
Conclude in Articles of Marriage !
Nor does the Genial Bed provide
Less for the Interests of the Bride ;
Who else had not the least pretence
T'as much as due Benevolence;
Could no more Title take upon her
To Virtue, Quality, and Honour,
Than Ladies Errant, unconfin'd,
And Feme-Coverts tall Mankind,
All Women would be of one piece,
Thę Virtuous Matron, and the Miss;
The Nymphs of Chaste Diana's Train,
The fame with those in Lewkner's Lane;
But for the difference Marriage makes
'Twixt Wives, and Ladies of the Lakes.
Besides, the Joys of Place and Birth;
The Sex's Paradise on Earth;
A Privilege fo Sacred held,
That none will to their Mothers yield;
But rather than not go before,
Abandon Heaven at the Door.
And if th' indulgent Law allows
A greater Freedom to the Spouse;
The Reason is, Because the Wife
Runs greater Hazards of her Life;
Is trusted with the Form and Matter
Of all Mankind by careful Nature, 3 che
Where Man brings nothing but the Stuff,
She frames the wondrous Fabric of
Who therefore, in a streight, may 'freely
Demand the Clergy of her Belly,
Ard make it fave her, the fame way,
It seldom misses to betray,