Poetical Works of John Dryden Volume 5
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... old plain Sabine's More...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... old plain Sabine's heart; Suppose that Nature, too, has done her part; Infus'd into his soul a sober grace, And blush'd a modest blood into his face, 405 (For Nature is a better guardian far, Than saucy pedants, or dull tutors are: ) Yet still the youth must ne'er arrive at man; (So much almighty bribes and presents can;) E'en with a parent, where persuasions fail, 470 Money is impudent, and will prevail. We never read of such a tyrant king, 453 Virginia was killed by her own father, to prevent her being exposed to the lust of Appius Claudius, who had ill designs upon her. The story at large is in Livy's third book; and it is a remarkable one, as it gave occasion to the putting down the power of the Decemviri, of whom Appius was one. Who gelt a boy deform'd, to hear him sing. Nor Nero, in his more luxurious rage, E'er made a mistress of an ugly page: 475 Sporus, his spouse, nor crooked was, nor lame, With mountain back, and belly, from the game Cross-barr'd: but both his sexes well became. Go, boast your springal, by his beauty curst To ills, nor think I have declar'd the worst: Mo His form procures him journey-work; a strife Betwixt town-madams, and the merchant's wife: Guess, when he undertakes this public war, What furious beasts offended cuckolds are. Adult'rers are with dangers round beset; 48S Born under Mars, they cannot scape the net; And from revengeful husbands oft have tried Worse handling, than severest laws provide: One stabs; one slashes; one, with cruel art, Makes colon suffer for the peccant part. 490 But your Endymion, your smooth, smockfac'd Unrivall'd, shall a beauteous dame enjoy: boy, Not so: one more salacious, rich, and old, Outbids, and buys her pleasure for her gold: Now he must moil, and drudge, for one he...