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The Magnificent
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SOME wit, handsome form and gen’rous mind;
A triple engine prove in love we find;
By these the strongest fortresses are gained
E’en rocks ‘gainst such can never be sustained.
If you’ve some talents, with a pleasing face,
Your purse-strings open free, and you’ve the place.
At times, no doubt, without these things, success
Attends the gay gallant, we must confess;
But then, good sense should o’er his actions rule;
At all events, he must not be a fool.
The stingy, women ever will detest;
Words puppies want;–the lib’ral are the best.

A Florentine, MAGNIFICENT by name,
Was what we’ve just described, in fact and fame;
The title was bestowed upon the knight,
For noble deeds performed by him in fight.
The honour ev’ry way he well deserved;
His upright conduct (whence he never swerved,)
Expensive equipage, and presents made,
Proclaimed him all around what we’ve pourtrayed.

WITH handsome person and a pleasing mien,
Gallant, a polished air, and soul serene;
A certain fair of noble birth he sought,
Whose conquest, doubtless, brilliant would be thought;
Which in our lover doubly raised desire;
Renown and pleasure lent his bosom fire.

THE jealous husband of the beauteous fair
Was Aldobrandin, whose suspicious care
Resembled more, what frequently is shown
For fav’rites mistresses, than wives alone.
He watched her every step with all his eyes;
A hundred thousand scarcely would suffice;
Indeed, quite useless Cupid these can make;
And Argus oft is subject to mistake:
Repeatedly they’re duped, although our wight,
(Who fancied he in ev’ry thing was right,)
Himself so perfectly secure believed,
By gay gallants he ne’er could be deceived.

TO suitors, howsoe’er, he was not blind;
To covet presents, greatly he inclined.
The lover yet had no occasion found,
To drop a word to charms so much renowned;
He thought his passion was not even seen;
And if it had, would things have better been?
What would have followed? what had been the end?
The reader needs no hint to comprehend.

BUT to return to our forlorn gallant,
Whose bosom for the lady’s ‘gan to pant;
He, to his doctor, not a word had said;
Now here, now there, he tried to pop his head.
But neither door nor window could he find,
Where he might glimpse the object of his mind,
Or even hear her voice, or sound her name;
No fortress had he ever found the same;
Yet still to conquer he was quite resolved,
And oft the manner in his mind revolved.
This plan at length he thought would best succeed,
To execute it doubtless he had need
Of ev’ry wily art he could devise,
Surrounded as he was by eagle-eyes.

I THINK the reader I’ve already told,
Our husband loved rich presents to behold;
Though none he made, yet all he would receive;
Whate’er was offered he would never leave.

MAGNIFICENT a handsome horse had got,
It ambled well, or cantered, or would trot;
He greatly valued it, and for its pace,
‘Twas called the Pad; it stept with wond’rous grace:
By Aldobrandin it was highly praised;
Enough was this: the knight’s fond hopes were raised;
Who offered to exchange, but t’other thought,
He in a barter might perhaps be caught.
‘Tis not, said he, that I the horse refuse;
But I, in trucking, never fail to lose.

ON this, Magnificent, who saw his aim;
Replied, well, well, a better scheme we’ll frame;
No changing we’ll allow, but you’ll permit,
That for the horse, I with your lady sit,
You present all the while, ’tis what I want;
I’m curious, I confess, and fort it pant.
Besides, your friends assuredly should know
What mind, what sentiments may from her flow.
Just fifteen minutes, I no more desire:
What! cried the other, you my wife require?
No, no, pray keep your horse, that won’t be right.
But you’ll be present, said the courteous knight.
And what of that? rejoined the wily spouse.
Why, cried Magnificent, then naught should rouse
Your fears or cares, for how can ill arise,
While watched by you, possessed of eagle-eyes?