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On a Gentleman and his Wife visiting a Lady. He sleeping the while. Extempore. Spoke by Morpheus.

1 Pardon, fair Nymph, I durst exert my Power,
2 Invade your Rights in a facetious Hour;
3 With gentle Slumbers seal those wondring Eyes,
4 That might; unweary'd on such Beauties gaze:
5 My Strength had fail'd had not your Forces joyn'd,
6 And your own conquering Charms first struck him blind;
7 Your softer Graces did his Soul intrance,
8 Or I in vain should to the Sence advance.
9 All the Mysterious One I did not seize,
10 But spar'd that part which was most like to please;
11 She whose diverting Tongue could entertain,
12 With choice Collections from each Poet's Brain:
13 But see my Fetters could not bind him long,
14 He humbly sues for Pardon and a Song,
15 From your soft Voice which turns the Soul to Ear,
16 And drousie as I am, I'll stay to hear:
17 If I with Nods should to the Tune keep time,
18 It is at worst, but a complaisant Crime:
19 Oh with what Joy! my Godhead I'd forsake,
20 Might you for ever Sing, and I for ever Wake.


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Title (in Source Edition): On a Gentleman and his Wife visiting a Lady. He sleeping the while. Extempore. Spoke by Morpheus.
Themes: humour
Genres: heroic couplet

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Egerton, Sarah Fyge, 1668-1723. Poems on Several Occasions, Together with a Pastoral. By Mrs. S. F. [poems only] London: printed, and are to be sold by J. Nutt, near Stationers-Hall, 1703, p. 52. [20],117,[3],15,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T125148)

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