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Thence, by a soft transition, we repair
and take a Salamander's name. 60 Soft yielding minds to Water glide away, And fip, with Nymphs, their elemental Tea. The graver Prude finks downward to a Gnome, In search of mischief still on Earth to roam. The light Coquettes in Sylphs aloft repair, And sport and Autter in the fields of Air.
Know farther yet; whoever fair and chafte Rejects mankind, is by fome Sylph embrac'd : For Spirits, freed from mortal laws, with ease Allume what sexes and what shapes they please. What guards the purity of melting Maids, In courtly balls, and midnight masquerades, Safe from the treach'rous friend, the daring spark, - The glance by day, the whisper in the dark, When kind occasion prompts their warm desires, When music softens, and when dancing fires ? 76
Quæ gratia currúm -
Virg. n. vi. P.
'Tis but their Sylph, the wise Celestials know, Tho' Honour is the word with Men below. Some nymphs there are, too conscious of their
face, For life predestin'd to the Gnomes embrace.
80 These swell their prospects and exalt their pride, When offers are disdain'd, and love deny'd : Then gay Ideas croud the vacant brain, While Peers, and Dukes, and all their sweeping train, And Garters, Stars, and Coronets appear, 85 And in soft sounds, Your Grace falutes their ear. 'Tis these that early taiat 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:
go, Oft, when the World imagine women ftray, 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 must 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 heart;
VER. 78. Tho' Honour is the word with Men below.) Parody of Homer.
Ver. 79. tro conscious of their face,] 1. e. too sensible
of their beauty,
Where wigs with wigs, with sword-knots fword.
Of these am I, who thy protection claim, 105 A watchful sprite, and Ariel is my name.
. Late, as I rang’d 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 disclose is all thy guardian can: Beware of all, but most beware of Man ! He said; when Shock, who thought she slept too long,
I15 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,
And now, unveild, the Toilet stands display'd,
125 To that she bends, to that her eyes she rears;
Ver. 121. And now, unveil'd, etc.] The translation of these verses, containing the description of the toilette, by our Author's friend Dr. Parnelle, deserve for their humour, to be here inserted. P.
Et nunc dilectum speculum, pro more retectum,
Th' inferior Priestess, at her altar's side,
VER. 145. The busy Syipbs, etc.] Antient Traditions of the Rabbi's relate, that several of the fallen Angels became amorous of Women, and particularly some;
among the rest Afael, who lay with Naamah, the wife of Noah, or of Ham ; and who continuing impenitent, still prefides over the Women's Toilets. Bereshi Rabbi in Genei. vi. 2. P.