Spoken by Mrs Knepp∘
Now you, the vigorous, who daily here
O'er vizard-mask in public domineer,
And what you'd do to her if in place where--∘
Nay, have the confidence to cry 'Come out,'∘
But to your well-dressed brother straight turn round,
And cry, 'Pox on her, Ned, she can't be sound!'
|Yet when she says 'Lead on,' you am not stout, ||5|
Then slink away, a fresh one to engage,
With so much seeming heat and loving rage,
Till she at last has seen you huffing come,
And talk of keeping in the tiring-room,
|You'd frighten listening actress on the stage; ||10|
Yet cannot be provoked to lead her home.
Next, you Falstaffs of fifty, who beset
And whilst to them you of achievements boast,
|Your buckram maidenheads, which your friends get;∘ ||15|
They share the booty, and laugh at your cost.
In fine, you essenced boys, both old and young,
Who would be thought so eager, brisk, and strong,
Whose purses for your manhood make excuse,
And keep your Flanders mares for show, not use;∘
|Yet do the ladies, not their husbands, wrong, ||20|
Encouraged by our woman's man today,
A Horner's part may vainly think to play,
That they may doubted be by few or none;
May kiss the cards at piquet, ombre, loo--∘
|And may intrigues so bashfully disown ||25|
And so be thought to kiss the lady too.
But, gallants, have a care, faith, what you do;
You, by experience, know you can deceive,
And men may still believe you vigorous;
|The world, which to no man his due will give, ||30|
But then, we women--there's no coz'ning us.
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Book title: Love in a Wood; The Gentleman Dancing-Master; The Country Wife; The Plain Dealer.
Contributors: William Wycherley - Author, Peter Dixon - Editor.
Publisher: Oxford University.
Place of publication: Oxford.
Publication year: 1996.
Page number: 282.
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