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Tis but their Sylph, the wise Celestials know,
85 And in soft sounds, Your Grace falutes their ear. 'Tis these that early taint the female soul, Instruct the eyes of young Coquettes to roll, Teach Infant-cheeks a bidden blush to know, And little hearts to flutter at a Beau:
90 Oft, when the World imagine women stray, The Sylphs thro' mystic mazes guide their way, Thro' all the giddy circle they pursue, And old impertinence expel by new, What tender maid but mult a victim fall
95 To one man's treat, but for another's ball ? When Florio speaks what virgin could withstand, If gentle Damon did not squeeze her hand ? With varying vanities, from ev'ry part, They shift the moving Toyshop of their hearts
Ver.78. Tho? Honour is the word with Men below.] Parody of Homer.
VER. 79. too conscious of their face,] i. e, too sensible of their beauty,
Where wigs with wigs, with sword-knots sword.
Of these am I, who thy protection claim, 105 A watchful sprite, and Ariel is my name.
. Late, as I rang'a the crystal wilds of air, In the clear Mirror of thy ruling Star I saw, alas ! fome dread event impend, Ere to the main this morning sun descend, But heav'n reveals not what, or how, or where : Warn’d by the Sylph, oh pious maid, beware! This to disclofe is all thy guardian can: Beware of all, but most beware of Man ! He said; when Shock, who thought she slept
too long, Leap'd up, and wak'd his mistress with his tongue. 'Twas then Belinda, if report say true, Thy eyes first open'd on a Billet-doux ; Wounds, Charms, and Ardors, were no sooner read, But all the Vision vanish'd from thy head.
VER: 108. In the clear Mirror] The Language of the Platonists, the writers of the intelligible world of Spirits, etc. P.
Jam clypeus clypeis, umbone repellitur umbo,
Ver. 121. And now, unveild, etc.] The translation of these verses, containing the description of the toilette, by. our Author's friend Dr. Parnelle, deserve for their hu-. mour, to be here inserted. P.
Et nunc dilectum speculum, pro more. reteétum,
Th’ inferior Priestess, at her altar's fide,
VER. 145. The busy Sylphs, etc.] Antient Traditions of the Rabbi's relate, that several of the fallen Angels became amorous of Women, and particularly fome;
among the rest Afael, who lay with Naamah, the wife of Noah, or of Ham ; and who coatinuing impenitent, still prelides over the Women's Toilets. Berelhi Rabbi in Genel. vi. 2. P.
THE T H E
RAPE of the LOCK.
CAN TO II.
TOT with more glories, in th' etherial plain,
The Sun first rises o'er the purpled main, Than, issuing forth, the rival of his beams Launch'd on the bosom of the silver Thames. Fair Nymphs, and well-drest Youths around her shone,
S But ev'ry eye was fix'd on her alone. On her white breast a sparkling Cross the wore, Which Jews might kiss, and Infidels adore. Her lively looks a sprightly mind disclose, Quick as her eyes, and as unfix'd as those : Favours to none, to all she smiles extends ; Oft she rejects, but never once offends. Bright as the sun, her eyes the gazers strike,
, And, like the sun, they shine on all alike. Yet graceful ease, and sweetness void of pride 55 Might hide her faults, if Belles had faults to hide : If to her share some female errors fall, Look on her face, and you'll forget 'em all.
This VARIATIONS. VER. 4. Launch'd on the boom] From hence the poem continues, in the first Edition, co v. 46.
The rest the winds dispers'd in empty air, all after, to the end of this Canto, being additional. P.