Poetical recreations consisting of original poems, songs, odes, &c. with several new translations : in two parts
AN ODE of ANACREON Paraphras'd. Beauties Force.
I Wonder why Dame Nature thus
Her various gifts dispences,
She ev'ry Creature else but us
With Arms or Armour fences.
Page 139The Bull with bended horns she arms,
With hoofs she guards the Horse;
The Hare can nimbly run from harms,
All know the Lyon's force.
The Bird can danger fly on's Wing,
She Fish with Fins adorns;
The Cuckold too, that harmless thing,
His patience guards, and's horns:
And Men she Valiant makes, and wise,
To shun or baffle harms;
But to poor Women she denies
Armour to give, or Arms.
Instead of all, she this do's do;
Our Beauty she bestows,
Which serves for Arms, and Armour too,
'Gainst all our pow'rfull Foes:
And 'tis no matter, so she doth
Still beauteous Faces yield;
We'll conquer Sword and Fire, for both
To Beauty leave the Field.