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This Nymph, to the destruction of mankind, Nourish'd two Locks, which graceful hung behind In equal curls, and well conspir’d to deck With shining ringlets the smooth iv'ry neck. Love in these labyrinths his flaves detains, And mighty hearts are held in flender chains. With hairy springes we the birds betray, 25 Slight lines of hair surprize the finny prey, Fair treffes man's imperial race insnare, And beauty draws us with a single hair.

Th' advent'rous Baron the bright locks admir'd; He saw, he wish'd, and to the prize aspir'd.

30 Resolv'd to win, he meditates the way, By force to ravish, or by fraud betray; For when success a Lover's toil a tends, Few ask, if fraud or force attain'd his ends.

For this, ere Phoebus rose, he had implord. 35 Propitious heav'n, and ev'ry pow'r ador’d, But chiefly Love-to Love an Altar built, Of twelve vaft French Romances, neatly gilt. There lay three garters, half a pair of gloves ; And all the trophies of his former loves; 40 With tender Billet-doux he lights the pyre, And breathes three am'rous sighs to raise the fire. Then proftrate falls, and begs with ardent eyes Soon to obtain, and long possess the prize:

The IMI VER. 25. With hairy /pringes] In allufion to Anacreon's manner.

VER. 28. with a fingle hair.] In allusion to those lines of Hudibras, applied to the fame purpose,

And tho' it be a two foot Trout,
'Tis with a single bair pulld out.



The pow’rs gave ear, and granted half his pray’r,
The rest, the winds dispers'd in empty air.

But now secure the painted vessel glides,
The sun-beams trembling on the floating tides:
While melting music steals upon the sky,
And soften’d sounds along the waters die ;

Smooth flow the waves, the Zephyrs gently play,
Belinda smild, and all the world was gay.
All but the Sylph-with careful thoughts opprest,
Th' impending woe fat heavy on his breast.
He summons strait his Denizens of air;
The lucid squadrons round the fails repair ;
Soft o'er the shrouds aërial whispers breathe,
That seem'd but Zephyrs to the train beneath.
Some to the sun their insect-wings unfold,
Waft on the breeze, or sink in clouds of gold;
Transparent forms, too fine for mortal sight, 61
Their fluid bodies half dissolv’d in light.
Loose to the wind their airy garments flew,
Thin glitt'ring textures of the filmy dew,
Dipt in the richest tincture of the skies,
Where light disports in ever-mingling dyes,
While ev'ry beam new transient colours Alings,
Colours that change whene'er they wave their wings.
Amid the circle, on the gilded mast,
Superior by the head, was Ariel plac'd; 70
His purple pinions op'ning to the sun,
He rais'd his azure wand, and thus begun.




VER.45. The pow'rs gave ear,] Virg. Æn. xi.

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Ye Sylphs and Sylphids, to your chief give ear, Fays, Fairies, Genii, Elves, and Dæmons hear! Ye know the spheres and various tasks assign'd 75 By laws eternal to th' aërial kind. Some in the fields of purest Æther play, And bask and whiten in the blaze of day. Some guide the course of wand'ring-orbs on high, Or roll the planets thro' the boundless sky. 80 Some less refin'd, beneath the moon's pale light Pursue the stars that shoot athwart the night, Or fuck the mists in groffer air below, Or dip their pinions in the painted bow, Or brew fierce tempests on the wintry main, 85 Or o'er the glebe distil the kindly rain. Others on earth o'er human race preside, Watch all their ways, and all their actions guide : Of these the chief the care of Nations own, And guard with Arms divine the British Throne.

Our humbler province is to tend the Fair, 91 Not a less pleasing, tho' less glorious care; To save the powder from too rude a gale, Nor let th’imprison's effences exhale ; To draw fresh colours from the vernal Aow'rs; 95 To steal from rainbows e'er they drop in show'rs A brighter wash; to curl their waving hairs, Aflift their blushes, and inspire their airs; Nay oft, in dreams, invention we bestow, To change a Flounce, or add a Furbelow.

This day, black Omens threat the brightest Fair That e'er deferv’d a watchful spirit's care; Some dire disaster, or by force, or flight; But what, or where, the fates have wrapt in night.



Whether the nymph'fhall break Diana's law, IOS
Or fome frail China jar receive a flaw;
Or stain her honour, or her new brocade;
Forget her pray'rs, or miss a masquerade ;
Or lose her heart, or necklace at a ball ;
Or whether Heav'n has doom'd that Shock muft

Haste then, ye fpirits! to your charge repair :
The flutt'ring fan be Zephyretta's care ;
The drops to thee, Brillante, we consign;
And, Momentilla, let the watch be thine;
Do thou, Crispilla, tend her fav’rite Lock; 115
Ariel himself shall be the guard of Shock.

To fifty chosen Syłphs, of special note,
We trust th' important charge, the Petticoat:
Oft have we known that feven-fold fence to fail,
Tho' ftiff with hoops, and arm'd with ribs of whale;
Form a strong line about the silver bound, 121
And guard the wide circumference around.

Whatever spirit, careless of his charge,
His post neglects, or leaves the fair at large,
Shall feel sharp vengeance soon o'ertake his fins,
Be stop'd in vials, or transfix'd with pins ;

126 Or plung’d in lakes of bitter washes lie, Or wedg'd whole ages in a bodkin's eye:

Gums IMITATIONS. Ver. 119. - clypei dominus feptemplicis Ajax. Ovid.

VER. 121. about the silver bound] In allusion to the Mield of Achilles,

Thus the broad shield complete the Artif crown'd,
With his last band, and pour'd the Ocean round:
In living Silver leem'd the waves to roll,
And beat the Buckler's verge, and bound the whole.


Gums and Pomatums shall his flight restrain,
While clog'd he beats his filken wings in vain;
Or Alum styptics with contracting pow'r
Shrink his thin essence like a rived flow'r :
Or, as Ixion fix'd, the wretch shall feel
The giddy motion of the whirling Mill,
In fumes of burning Chocolate shall glow,
And tremble at the sea that froths below!

He spoke; the spirits from the fails descend;
Some, orb in orb, around the nymph extend;
Some thrid the mazy ringlets of her hair;
Some hang upon the pendants of her ear;
With beating hearts the dire event they wait,
Anxious, and trembling for the birth of Fate.





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