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The sin was of our native growth, 't is true; As for reforming ns, which some pretend,
The scandal of the sin was wholly new.

That work in England is without an end :
Misses they were, but modestly conceal'd; Well may we change, but we shall never mend.
Whitehall the naked Venus first reveal'd.

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.



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