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Hear and believe thy own importance know, 35
Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.
Some secret truths, from learned pride conceal’d,
To Maids alone and Children are reveald:
What tho' no credit doubting Wits may give?
The Fair and Innocent shall still believe.
Know then, unnumber'd Spirits round thee fly,
The light Militia of the lower sky:
These, tho' unseen, are ever on the wing,
Hang o'er the Box, and hover round the Ring.
Think what an equipage thou hast in Air, 45
And view with scorn two Pages and a Chair.
As now your own, our beings were of old,
And once inclos'd in Woman's beauteous mould;
Thence, by a soft transition, we repair
From earthly Vehicles to these of air.
Think not, when Woman's transient breath is fled,
That all her vanities at once are dead;

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NOTE s.

Ver. 47. As now your own, etc.] He here forfakes the Rofierusian system ; which, in this part, is too extravagant even for Poetry; and gives a beautiful fiction of his own, on the Platonic Theology of the continuance of the passions in another state, when the mind, before its leaving this, has not been purged and purified by philosophy; which furnilhes an occasion for much useful fatire,

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Succeeding vanities she still regards,
And tho' she plays no more, o'erlooks the cards.
Her joy in gilded chariots, when alive,

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And love of Ombre, after death survive.
For when the Fair in all their pride expire,
To their firft Elements their Souls retire:
The Sprites of fiery Termagánts in Flame

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, 65
And sport and flutter in the fields of Air.

Know farther yet; whoever fair and charte
Rejects mankind, is by fome Sylph embrac'd :
For Spirits, freed from mortal laws, with ease
Affume what sexes and what shapes they please.

NOTES. VIR. 68. is by some Sylph embrard] Here again the Author resun ies a tenet peculiar to the Roficrusian system. But the princ iple, on which it is founded, was by no means fit to be employed in such a sort of poem.

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V'ER. 54, 55.

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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
'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,
WhilePeers,andDukes,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 taint the female soul,
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NOTES. Ver.78. Tho' honour is the word with Men below.] Parody of Homer.

Ver. 79. too conscious of their face,) i. e. too sensible of their beauty Vol.I,

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Succeeding vanities she still regards,
And tho' the plays no more, o’erlooks the cards.
Her joy in gilded chariots, when alive,

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And love of Ombre, after death survive.
For when the Fair in all their pride expire,
To their firft Elements their Souls retire:
The Sprites of fiery Termagants in Flame
Mount up and take a Salamander's name. bo
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 alo‘ît repair,
And sport and futter in the fields of Air.

Know farther yet; whoever fair and Rejects mankind, is by fome Sylph er For Spirits, freed from mortal law Aflume what sexes and what the

NOTE VI:R. 68. is by fome Sylph em resun ies a tenet peculiar to principle, on which it is foun ployed in such a sort of poet

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What guards the purity of melting Maids,
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The glance by day, the whisper in the dark,
When kind occasion prompts their warm desires,
When music softens, and when dancing fires ? 76
'Tis but their Sylph, the wise Celestials know,
Tho'Honour is the word with Men below.
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