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From hence, ye Beauties, undeceiv'd,
Not all that tempts your wand'ring eyes
ADVICE to a LADY.
THE Counsels of a friend, Belinda, hear,
Such truths as women seldom learn from men :
Hard is the fortune that your sex attends; Women, like princes, find no real friends: All who approach them their own ends pursue : Lovers and ministers are never true. Hence oft from reason heedless beauty strays, And the most trusted guide the most betrays : Hence, by fond dreams of fancy'd power amus'd, When most you tyrannize, you're most abus'd.
What is your sex's earliest, latest care, Your heart's supreme ambition? To be fair: For this the toilet ev'ry thought employs, Hence all the toils of dress, and all the joys: For this, hands, lips, and eyes are put to school, And each instructed feature has its rule: And yet how few have learnt, when this is given, Not to disgrace the partial boon of heaven? How few with all their pride of form can move? How few are lovely, that were made for love? Do you, my Fair, endeavour to possess An elegance of mind, as well as dress Be that your ornament, and know to please By graceful Nature's unaffected case..
Nor make to dang'rous wit a vain pretence, But wisely rest content with modest sense; For wit, like wine, intoxicates the brain, Too strong for feeble woman to sustain ;Of those who claim it, more than half have none, And half of those who have it are undone.
Be still superior to your sex's arts, Nor think dishonesty a proof of parts: For you the plainest is the wisest rule; A cunning woman is a knavish fool.
Be good yourself, nor think another's shame Can raise your merit, or adorn your fame.
Virtue is amiable, mild, serene,
Without, all beauty, and all peace within:
Seek to be good, but aim not to be great,
To rougher man ambition's task resign: 'Tis ours in senates or in courts to shine, To labour for a sunk corrupted state, Or dare the rage of envy, and be great. One only care your gentle breasts should move; Th' important business of your life is love: To this great point direct your constant aim, This makes your happiness, and this your fame.
Be never cool reserve with passion join'd; With caution chuse; but then be fondly kind. The selfish heart, that but by halves is given, Shall find no place in love's delightful heaven; Here sweet extremes alone can truly bless, The virtue of a lover is excess.
A maid unask'd may own a well-plac'd flame;
Short is the period of insulting pow'r;
Blest is the maid, and worthy to be blest,
And asks no power, but that of pleasing most :
But lest harsh care the lover's peace destroy,
Soon will the flatt'ring dream of bliss be o'er,
Yet may you rather feel that virtuous pain,
Ev'n in the happiest choice, where fav'ring heaven Has equal love and easy fortune giv'n, Think not, the husband gain'd, that all is done; The prize of happiness must still be won; And oft the careless find it to their cost, The Lover in the Husband may be lost; The Graces might alone his heart allure ; They and the Virtues meeting must secure.
Let ev'n your Prudence wear the pleasing dress Of care for him, and anxious tenderness.
From kind concern about his weal or woe,
Thus I, Belinda would your charms improve,.
The LADY'S LOOKING-GLASS..
CELIA and I the other day
But, oh the change! the winds grew high;
And trembling vows she'll ne'er again
Once more at least look back, said I';
But when vain doubt and groundless fear Do Celia's lovely bosom tear; When the big lip and wat'ry eye Tell me the rising storm is nigh; 'Tis then thou art yon angry main, Deform'd by winds, and dash'd by rain; And the poor sailor, that must try Its fury, labours less than I.
Shipwreck'd, in vain to land I make, While love and fate still drive me back; Forc'd to doat on thee thy own way, I chide thee first, and then obey. Wretched when from thee, vext when nigh, I with thee, or without thee, die.
THE pride of every grove I chose,
The scent less fragrant than her breath. The flowers she wore along the day;
And ev'ry nymph and shepherd said, That in her hair they look'd more gay Than glowing in their native bed..