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In vain Tour Lord like young Vespasian mourn’d,
When the fierce Flames the Sanctuary burn'd:
And I prepard to pay in Verses rude.
A most detested Ait of Gratitude:
Ev'n this bad been Your Elegy, which now
Is offer'd for Your Health, the Table of my
Tour Angel sure our Morley's Mind inspir’d,
To find the Remedy Your Ill requir'd;
As once the Macedon, by Jove's Decree,
Was taught to dream an Herb for Ptolomee:
Or Heav'n, which had such Over-cost bestow'd,
As scarce it could afford to Flesh and Blood,
So lik'd the Frame, he would not work anew,
To save the Charges of another You.
Or by his middle Science did he steer,
And saw some great contingent Good appear,
Well worth a Miracle to keep You here:
And for that End, preferu'd the precious Mould,
Which all the future Ormonds was to hold;
And meditated in his better Mind
from You, who may redeem the
failing Kind. Bless'd be the Pow'r which has at once restor'd The Hopes of loft Succession to Your Lord,
Joy to the first and last of each Degree,
Virtue to Courts, and what I long’d to fees
To You the Graces, and the Muse to me.
O Daughter of the Rose, whose Cheeks unite
The difforing Titles of the Red and White;
Who Heav'ns alternate Beauty well display,
The Blush of Morning, and the Milky Way;
Whose Face is Paradise, but fenc'd from Sin:
For God in either Eye has plac'd a Cherubin.
All is Your Lord's alone; ev'n absent, He
Employs the Care of Chaft Penelope.
For him Tou waste in Tears Your Widow'd Hours,
For him Your curions Needle paints the Flow'rs;
Such Works of Old Imperial Dames were tanght;
Such, for Ascanius, fair Elisa wrought.
The soft Recesses of Your Hours improve
The Three fair Pledges of Tour Happy Love:
All other Parts of Pious Duty done,
You owe Tour Ormond nothing but a Son;
To fill in future Times his Father's Place,
And wear the Garter of his Mother's Race.
N Days of old, there liv'd, of mighty
A valiant Prince; and Thefens was
his Name: A Chief, who more in Feats of Arms excelld The Rising nor the Setting Sun beheld,
Of Athens he was Lord; much Land he won,
And added Foreign Countries to his Crown:
In Scythia with the Warrior Queen he strove,
Whom first by Force he conquer’d, then by Love;
Hebrought in Triumph back the beauteous Dame,
With whom her Sister, fair Emilia, came.
With Honour to his Home let Theseus ride,
With Love to Friend, and Fortune for hisGuide,
And his victorious Army at his Side.
I pass their warlike Pomp, their proud Array,
Their Shouts, their Songs, their Welcome on the
But, were it not too long, I would recite
The Fears of Amazons, the fatal Fight
Betwixt the hardy Queen, and Heroe Knight.
The Town besieg'd, and how much Blood it cost
The Female Army, and th' Athenian Host;
The Spousals of Hippolita the Queen;
What Tilts and Turneys at the Feast were feen;
The Storm at their Return, the Ladies Fear:
But thefe, and other Things, I must forbear.
The Field is fpacious I design to low,
With Oxen far unfit to draw the Plow :
The Remnant of my Tale is of a Length
Totire your Patience, and to waste my Strength;
And trivial Accidents shall be forborn,
That others may have time to take their Turn;
As was at first enjoin'd us by mine Hoft :
That he whose Tate is best, and pleases moft,
Should win his Supper at our common Cost.
And therefore where I left, I will pursue
This ancient Story, whether false or true,
In hope it may be mended with a new.
The Prince I mention'd, full of high Renown,
In this Array drew near th' Athenian Town;
When in his Pomp and utmost of his Pride,
Marching, he chanc'd to cast his Eye aside,
And saw a Quire of mourning Dames, who lay
By Two and Two across the common Way:
At his Approach they rais'd a rueful Cry,
And beat their Breafts,and held their Hands on high,
Creeping and crying, till they seiz'd at last
His Courfer's Bridle, and his Feet embrac'd.
Tell me, faid Theseus, what and whence you are, And why this Funeral Pageant you prepare?