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Where sprightly Females, to the Middle bare,
Trip lightly o'er the Ground, and frisk in Air;
Whose pliant Limbs in various Postures move,
And twine and bound, as in the Rage of Love.
Such Sights, the languid Nerves to Action Air,
And jaded Lust [prings forward with this Spur.
Virtue 31 would shrink to hear this Lewdness told,
Which Husbands, now, do with their Wives behold i
A needful Help, to make 'em both approve
The dry Embraces of long-wedded Love,
ln Nuptial Cinders, this revives the Fire,
And turns their mutual Loathing to Desire.
But she, who by her Sex's Charter, must
Have double Pleasure paid, feels double Luft;
Apace she warms with an immod'ratę Heat,
Strongly her Bosom heaves, and Pulses beat ;

31 Virtue wou'd shrink to hear this Lowdness told

Which Husbands, now, do with their Wives behold.
These Lines in Juvenal,

Spectant hos nupta, juxta recubante marito,

Quod pudeat narrasse aliquem præfentibus ipfis. in some late Editions, are pla- y of this Translation, wou'd ro ced nearer the latter end of have follow'd, after Line 5,6. this Satyr: And in the order | in Page 176, viz.

Such Shows as these were not for us design'd,

But vig'rous Touth to active Sports enclin'd. But I have continued them in like Exercises ; I cannot conthis Place after Lubin, Belides ceive where the extraordinary the Example of the learned cause of Shame lay in Female Holyday for the same Position ; Spe&tators: But it was a maagreeing better here, in my nifest Immodefty for 'em to Mind, with the Sense both be- lye by their Husbands, and see fore and after. For the Me- the lewd Actions of their own galensian Games confifting Sex in the manner describd. chiefly of Races, and such

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With glowing Cheeks, and trembling Lips she lies,
With Arms expanded, and with naked Thighs,
Sucking in Paffion both at Ears and Eyes.
But this becomes not me, nor my Estate ;
These are the vicious Follies of the Great.
Let him who does on lv'ry Tables dine,
Whose Marble Floors with drunken Spawlings fine;
Let him lascivious Songs and Dances have :
Which, or to see, or hear, the lewdest Slave,
The vilest Prostitute in all the Stews,
With Bashful Indignation wou'd refuse.
But Fortune, there, extenuates the Crime ;
What's Vice in me, is only Mirth in him:
The Fruits which Murder, Cards, or Dice afford,
A Vestal ravish'd, or a Matron whor'd,
Are laudable Diversions in a Lord.

But my poor Entertainment is design'd
T' afford


Pleasures of another kind:
Yet with your Taste your Hearing shall be fed,
And Homer's Sacred Lines, and Virgil's read;
Either of whom does all Mankind excel,
Tho' which exceeds the other, none can tell.
It matters not with what ill Tone they're Sung;
Verse fo fublimely good, no Voice can wrong.

Now then be all thy weighty Cares away,
Thy Jealousies and Fears, and, while you may,
To Peace and soft Repofe give all the Day,
From Thoughts of Debt, or any worldly ill,
-Be free ; be all uneasy Passions still.
What tho' thy Wife do with the Morning Light,
(When thou in vain haft toild and drudg'd all Night)
Steal from thy Bed and House, abroad to roam,
And having quench'd her Flame, comes breathless home,
Fleck'd in her face, and with disorder's Hair,
Her Garments ruffled, and her Bosom bare ;



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th Ears Atill tingling, and her Eyes on fire,
f drown'd in Sin, Atill burning in Desire :
iilft you are forc'd to wink, and seem content,
elling with Passion, which you dare not vent;
1, if you wou'd be free from Night-alarms,
1 must seem fond, and doating on her Charms,
ce her (the last of Twenty) to your Arms.
Let this, and ev'ry other anxious Thought,
th' entrance of my Threshold be forgot ;
thy domestick Griefs at home be left,
e Wife's Adultry, with the Servants Theft;
d (the most racking Thought, which can intrude)
get falfe Friends and their Ingratitude.
Let us our peaceful Mirth at home begin,
hi'e 32 Megalensian Shows are in the 33 Circus seen :
ere (to the Bane of Horses) in high State
e 34 Pretor sits, on a triumphal Seat :
inly with Enfigns, and with Robes adorn'd,
if with Conquest, from the Wars return'd.
is Day all Rome, (if I may be allow'd,
ithout Offence to such a num'rous Crowd,

say all Rome) will in the Circus sweat; cho's already do their Shouts repeat : ethinks I hear the Cry Away, away, 835 Green have won the Honour of the Day.

Oh, 12 Games in Honour of Cy- | Mayor or Sheriff. He was to ; the Mother of the Gods. oversee these Sports, and face : was call'd jezeéan phong, in great State, while they were igna Mater, and from thence actings to the Destruction of :se Games Megalesia, or Lu- many Horses, which were spoilMegalenses; they began up- ed in running the Races. the 4th of April, and con 35 In running the Races ia ued fix Days.

the Circus, with Horses in Cha33 The Place where those riots, there were four diftinét imes were celebrated. Factions, known by their Li04 An Officer not unlike our veries : Which were Green, a



Oh, should these Sports be but onc Year forborn,
Rome wou'd in Tears her lov'd Diversion mourn ;
For that would now a Cause of 36 Sorrow yield,
Great as the loss of 37 Canna's fatal Field.
Such Shows as these were not for us design'd,
But vig'rous Youth to active Sports inclin'd.
On Beds of Roses laid, let us repose,
While round our Heads refreshing Ointment flows ;
Our aged Limbs we'll bask in Phoebus' Rays,
And live this Day devoted to our Ease.
Early to-day we'll to the Bath repair.
Nor need we now the common 38 Cenfure fear :
On Festivals, it is allow'd no Crime
To Bathe, and Eat, before the usual time:
But that continu'd, wou'd a loathing give,
Nor could you thus a Week together live:
For, frequent Use would the Delight exclude;
Pleasure's A Toil, when constantly pursu’d.

kind of Russet Red, White, and I had for such shows. Blue. One of these Factions 37 A small Town, neat was always favour'd by the which Hannibal obtained a Court, and at this time pro- great Victory over the Roo bably the Green. Which makes mans : In that Battle were our Poet fancy he hears the Nain 40000 Men, and so ma• Shouts, for Joy of their Par- ny Gentlemen that he sent ty. Afterward Domitian added three Bushels full of Rings to Iwo more, the Golden and Pur- Carthage, as a Token of his ple Fađions.

Vi&tory. 36 Reflecting on the immo. 38 See the Notes at Fig. derate Fondness the Romans 1 19,


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