The error, doubtless, might unpleasant be:
To any thing but this I will agree,
To give you pleasure, Damon, so adieu;
Then Reynold from the antlered corps withdrew.
SaidDamon, gentlemen, ’tis pretty clear,
So wise as Reynold, none of us appear;
But let’s console ourselves;—’tis very plain,
The same are others:—to repine were vain.
Atlength, such numbers on their rolls they bore;
Calista liberty obtained once more,
As promised formerly, and then her charms
Again were taken to her spouse’s arms.
LetReynold’s conduct, husbands, be your line;
Who Damon’s follows surely will repine.
Perhaps the first should have been made the chief;
Though, doubtless, that is matter of belief.
No mortal can from danger feel secure;
To be exempt from spilling, who is sure?
Nor Roland, Reynold, nor famed Charlemain,
But what had acted wrong to risk the stain.
ETEXT EDITOR’S BOOKMARKS:
Fools or brutes, With whose ideas reason never suits He, who laughs, is always well received When mourning ’s nothing more than change of dress
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