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The Falcon
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I RECOLLECT, that lately much I blamed,
The sort of lover, avaricious named;
And if in opposites we reason see,
The liberal in paradise should be.
The rule is just and, with the warmest zeal,
To prove the fact I to the CHURCH appeal.

IN Florence once there dwelled a gentle youth,
Who loved a certain beauteous belle with truth;
O’er all his actions she had full controul;–
To please he would have sold his very soul.
If she amusements wished, he’d lavish gold,
Convinced in love or war you should be bold;
The cash ne’er spare:–invincible its pow’rs,
O’erturning walls or doors where’er it show’rs.
The precious ore can every thing o’ercome;
‘Twill silence barking curs: make servants dumb;
And these can render eloquent at will:–
Excel e’en Tully in persuasive skill;
In short he’d leave no quarter unsubdued,
Unless therein the fair he could include.

SHE stood th’ attack howe’er, and Frederick failed;
His force was vain whenever he assailed;
Without the least return his wealth he spent:
Lands, houses, manors of immense extent,
Were ev’ry now and then to auction brought;
To gratify his love was all he thought.

THE rank of ‘squire till lately he had claimed;
Now scarcely was he even mister named;
Of wealth by Cupid’s stratagems bereft,
A single farm was all the man had left;
Friends very few, and such as God alone,
Could tell if friendship they might not disown;
The best were led their pity to express;
‘Twas all he got: it could not well be less;
To lend without security was wrong,
And former favours they’d forgotten long;
With all that Frederick could or say or do,
His liberal conduct soon was lost to view.

WITH Clytia he no longer was received,
Than while he was a man of wealth believed;
Balls, concerts, op’ras, tournaments, and plays,
Expensive dresses, all engaging ways,
Were used to captivate this lady fair,
While scarcely one around but in despair,
Wife, widow, maid, his fond affection sought;
To gain him, ev’ry wily art was brought;
But all in vain:–by passion overpow’red,
The belle, whose conduct others would have soured,
To him appeared a goddess full of charms,
Superior e’en to Helen, in his arms;
From whence we may conclude, the beauteous dame
Was always deaf to Fred’rick’s ardent flame.

ENAMOURED of the belle, his lands he sold;
The family estates were turned to gold;
And many who the purchases had made,
With pelf accumulated by their trade,
Assumed the airs of men of noble birth:–
Fair subjects oft for ridicule and mirth!

RICH Clytia was, and her good spouse, ’tis said,
Had lands which far and wide around were spread;
No cash nor presents she would ever take,
Yet suffered Frederick splendid treats to make,
Without designing recompense to grant,
Or being more than merely complaisant.

ALREADY, if my mem’ry do not fail,
I’ve said, the youth’s estates were put to sale,
To pay for feasts the fair to entertain,
And what he’d left was only one domain,
A petty farm to which he now retired;
Ashamed to show where once so much admired,
And wretched too, a prey to lorn despair,
Unable to obtain by splendid care,
A beauty he’d pursued six years and more,
And should for ever fervently adore.
His want of merit was the cause he thought,
That she could never to his wish be brought,
While from him not a syllable was heard,
Against the lovely belle his soul preferred.