Poetical recreations consisting of original poems, songs, odes, &c. with several new translations : in two parts
MUsing on Cares of humane Fate,
In a sad Cypress Grove;
A strange dispute I heard of late,
'Twixt Vertue, Fame, and Love.
A Pensive Shepherd ask'd advice,
And their Opinions crav'd,
How he might hope to be so wise,
To get a place beyond the Skies,
And how he might be sav'd.
Nice Vertue preach'd Religions Laws,
Paths to Eternal Rest;
To fight his Kings and Countries Cause,
Fame Counsell'd him was best.
Page 148But Love oppos'd their noisy Tongues,
And thus their Votes out-brav'd;
Get, get a Mistress, fair and young,
Love fiercely, constantly and long,
And then thou shalt be sav'd.
Swift as a thought the Am'rous Swain
To Sylvia's Cottage flies,
In soft Expressions told her plain
The way to Heav'nly Ioys.
She who with Piety was stor'd,
Delays no longer crav'd;
Charm'd by the God whom they ador'd.
She smil'd and took him at his Word;
And thus they both were sav'd.