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* The rhymes first put down by a gentleman, for the author to fill up as she pleas'd.

1 Cloe, coquet and debon—air,
2 Haughty, flatter'd, vain, and fair;
3 No longer obstinately coy,
4 Let loose her soul to dreams of joy.
5 She took the husband to her arms,
6 Resign'd her freedom and her charms;
7 Grew tame, and passive to his will,
8 And bid her eyes forbear to kill.
9 But mighty happy still at heart,
10 Nor room was there for pain, or smart.
11 At length she found the name of wife
12 Was but another word for strife.
13 That cheek, which late out-blush'd the rose,
14 Now with unwonted fury glows.
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15 Those tender words, "my dear, I die,"
16 The moving tear, and melting sigh,
17 Were now exchang'd for something new,
18 And feign'd emotions yeild to true.
19 Reproach, debate, and loss of fame,
20 Intrigues, diseases, duns, and shame.
21 No single fault He strives to hide;
22 Madam has virtue, therefore pride.
23 Thus both resent, while neither spares,
24 And curse, but cannot break their snares.


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Title (in Source Edition): MATRIMONY.
Author: Mary Jones
Genres: satire

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Jones, Mary, d. 1778. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. By Mary Jones. Oxford: Printed; and delivered by Mr. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, Mr. Clements in Oxford, and Mr. Frederick in Bath, MDCCL., 1750, pp. 49-50. vi,[1],xlv,[1],405p. (ESTC T115196) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 1723].)

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