chapter  25
To my Lady Morland at Tunbrige.
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I As when a Conqu’rour does in Triumph come, And proudly leads the vanquish’d Captives home, The Joyful People croud in ev’ry Street, And with loud shouts of Praise the Victor greet; 5 While some whom Chance or Fortune kept away, Desire at least the Story of the Day; How brave the Prince, how gay the Chariot was, How beautiful he look’d, with what a Grace; Whether upon his Head he Plumes did wear; 10 Or if a Wreath of Bays adorn’d his Hair: They hear ’tis wondrous fine, and long much more To see the Hero then they did before. So when the Marvels by Report I knew, Of how much Beauty, Cloris, dwelt in you; 15 How many Slaves your Conqu’ring Eyes had won, And how the gazing Crowd admiring throng: I wish’d to see, and much a Lover grew Of so much Beauty, though my Rivals too. I came and saw, and blest my Destiny; 20 I found it Just you should out-Rival me. ’Twas at the Altar, where more Hearts were giv’n To you that day, then were address’d to Heav’n. The Rev’rend Man whose Age and Mystery Had rendred Youth and Beauty Vanity, 25 By fatal Chance casting his Eyes your way, Mistook the duller Bus’ness of the Day, Forgot the Gospel, and began to Pray. Whilst the Enamour’d Crowd that near you prest, Receiving Darts which none could e’er resist, 30 Neglected the Mistake o’th’ Love-sick Priest. Ev’n my Devotion, Cloris, you betray’d, And I to Heaven no other Petition made, But that you might all other Nymphs out-do In Cruelty as well as Beauty too. 35 I call’d Amyntas Faithless Swain before, But now I find ’tis Just he should Adore. Not to love you, a wonder sure would be, Greater then all his Perjuries to me. And whilst I Blame him, I Excuse him too; 40 Who would not venture Heav’n to purchase you? But Charming Cloris, you too meanly prize The more deserving Glories of your Eyes, If you permit him on an Amorous score, To be your Slave, who was my Slave before. 45 He oft has Fetters worn, and can with ease Admit ’em or dismiss ’em when he please. A Virgin-Heart you merit, that ne’er found It could receive, till from your Eyes, the Wound; A Heart that nothing but your Force can fear, 50 And own a Soul as Great as you are Fair.