Poetical recreations consisting of original poems, songs, odes, &c. with several new translations : in two parts
Barker, Jane.
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The Preference of a Single Life before Marriage. Written at the Request of a Lady.

SHE that intends ever in rest to be,
Both for the present and the future, free
From cares and troubles, intermix't with strife,
Must flee the hazard of a Nuptial Life:
For having once had touch of Cupid's Dart,
Once overcome by th' crafty Courtier's Art;
And brought at last unto the Nuptial Bed
Adieu to Ioy and Freedom, for they're led.
She's then involv'd in troubles without end,
Which always do's a Married Life attend:
When as before she might have liv'd at ease,
In Prayers, and Hymns and Psalms have pass'd her days;
Been chief Commandress of her Will and Mind,
And acted any thing her Will design'd;
Page  103She might go travel where and when she please,
To pass away the tedious time with ease:
But when once subject to the Iugal Band,
Her Wills confin'd, she's under a Command;
And to reside at home must be her lot,
Till Atropos unloose the Nuptial Knot.