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I shall be nam'd among the famousest
The public marks of honor and reward,
Conferr'd upon me, for the piety
Which to my country I was judg'd to' have shown. At this whoever envies or repines,
I leave him to his lot, and like my own.
CHO. She's gone, a manifest serpent by her sting Difcover'd in the end, till now conceal'd.
SAMS. So let her go, God fent her to debase me, And aggravate my folly, who committed To fuch a viper his most facred trust
Of fecrefy, my safety, and my life.
CHO. Yet beauty, though injurious, hath ftrange After offenfe returning, to regain Love once poffefs'd, nor can be eafily Repuls'd, without much inward paffion felt And fecret fting of amorous remorse.
SAMS. Love-quarrels oft in pleafing concord end, Not wedlock-treachery indangering life.
CHO. It is not virtue, wifdom, valor, wit, Strength, comeliness of shape, or ampleft merit
That woman's love can win or long inherit;
Harder to hit,
(Which way foever men refer it)
Thy paranymph, worthless to thee compar'd,
Nor both fo loofly difally'd
Their nuptials, nor this laft fo treacherously
Or value what is beft
In choice, but ofteft to affect the wrong?
That either they love nothing, or not long?
Once join'd, the contrary fhe proves, a thorn
With dotage, and his fenfe deprav'd
To folly' and fhameful deeds which ruin ends.
Favor'd of Heav'n who finds
One virtuous rarely found,
That in domeftic good combines :
Happy that house! his way to peace is smooth:
And all temptation can remove,
Most shines and moft is acceptable above.
Gave to the man defpotic power
So fhall he leaft confufion draw
On his whole life, not sway'd
By female ufurpation, or dismay'd.
But had we best retire, I fee a storm?