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Mary then, and gentle Anne,
Alternately they sway'd;
And sometimes both I obey'd.
Another Mary then arose,
A mighty tyrant she !
Had not Rebecca set me free.
When fair Rebecca set me free,
But soon those pleasures fled :
And Judith reigned in her stead.
One month, three days, and half an hour, Judith held the sovereign power :
Wond'rous beautiful her face ! But so wear wd small her wit, That she to govern was unfit,
And so Susanna took her place.
But when Isabella came,
And th' artillery of her eye;
She beat out Susan by tlie bye.
But in her place I then obey'd
To whom ensued a vacaney:
Bless me from such an anarchy!
Gentle Henrietta then,
Then Joan, and Jane, and Audria;
And then a long et cætera.
But should I now to you relate,
The powder, patches and the pins;
That make up all their magazines;
If I should tell the politic arts
The letters, embassies, and spies, The frowns, and smiles, and flatteries, The quarrels, tears, and perjuries,
(Numberless, nameless, mysteries)
And all the little lime-twigs laid,
I more voluminous should grow
Than Holinshed or Stow.
But I will briefer with them be, Since few of them were long with me.
A higher and a nobler strain My present emperess does claim, Helenora, first o'th' name;
Whom God grant long to reign!
THE DESPAIRING LOVER.
Distracted with care
When in rage he came there,
And that he could die
OF AN ADJUDGED CASE NOT TO BE FOUND IN
ANY OF THE BOOKS.
Between Nose and Eyes, a strange contest
arose, The spectacles set them unhappily wrong; The point in dispute was, as all the world knows, To which the said spectacles ought to belong.