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.
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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