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The sin was of our native growth, 't is true; As for reforming ns, which some pretend,
That work in England is without an end :
Yet, if you can bnt bear the present stage, Who standing as at Cyprus, in her shrine,
We hope much better of the coming age. The strumpet was ador'd with rites divine. . What would you say, if we should first begin Ere this, if saints had any secret motion,
To stop the trade of love behind the scene : 'Twas chamber-practice all, and close devotion. Where actresses make bold with married men ? I pass the peccadillos of their time;
For while abroad so prodigal the dolt is, Nothing but open lewdness was a crime.
Poor spouse at home as ragged as a colt is. A monarch's blood was venial to the nation, In short, we 'll grow as moral as we can, Compar'd with one foul act of fornication.
Save here and there a woman or a man: Now, they would silence us, and shut the door, But neither you, nor we, with all our pains, That let in all the bare-fac'd vice before.
Can make clean work; there will be some remains
While you have still your Oats, and we our Hairs.
JIND OF VOL. VIII.
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