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But let that fashion more to modesty
Tend, then assurance : modesty doth set
The face in her just place, from passions free,
'Tis both the minules, and bodies beauty met ;

But modesty no vertue can we sce;
That is the faces onely chastity.

Where goodnesse failes, 'twixt ill and ill that stands :
Whence 'tis, that women though they weaker be,
And their desire more strong, yet on their hands
The chastity of men doth often lye:

Lust would more common be then any one,
Could it, as other sins, be done alone.

All these good parts a perfect woman make :
Adde love to me, they make a perfect wife:
Without her love, her beauty should I take,
As that of pictures ; dead; that gives it life:

Till then her beauty like the sun doth shine
Alike to all; that makes it, only mine.

And of that love, let reason father be,
And passion mother; let it from the one
His being take, the other his degree;
Selfe-love (which second loves are built upon)

Will make me (if not her) her love respect;
No man but favours his owne worths effect.

As good and wise ; so be she fit for me,
That is, to will, and not to will, the same:
My wife is my adopted selfe, and she
As me, so what I love, to love must frame :

For when by mariage both in one concurre,
Woman converts to man, not man to her.


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IIE span of my daies measur'd, here I rest,

That is, my body; but my soule, his guest,
Is hence asceruled: whither, neither time,
Nor faith, nor hope, but only love can clime ;
Where being now enlightned, she doth know
The truth of all mien argue of below:

Only this dust doth here in pawne remaine,
T'hat, when the world dissolves, she come again.




A Good Woman.



GOOD woman is a comfort, like a

She lacks of him nothing but heat. Thence is her sweetnesse of

disposition, which meets his stoutnesse more pleasingly; so wooll meets iron easier than iron; and turnes resisting into embracing. Her greatest learning is religion, and her thoughts are on her owne sex, or on men, without casting the difference. Dishonesty never comes neerer than her eares, and then wonder stops it out, and saves vertue the labour. She leaves the neat youth, telling his lushious tales, and puts back the serving-mans putting forward, with a frown: yet her kindness is free enough to be seen, for it hath no guilt about it: and her mirth is cleare, that you may looke through it, into vertue, but not beyond. She hath not behaviour at a certaine, but inakes it to her occasion. Shee hath so much knowledge as to love it; and if she have it not at home, she will fetch it, for this sometimes in a pleasant discontent she dares chide her sex, though she use it never the worse. She is much within, and frames outward things to her mind, not her mind to them. Shee weares good clothes, but never better ; for shee finds no degree beyond decencie. Shee hath a content of her owne, and so seekes not an husband, but finds him. She is indeed most, but not much of description, for she is direct and one, and hath not the variety of ill. Now she is given fresh and alive to a husband, and she doth nothing more than love him, for she takes him to that purpose. So his good becomes the businesse of her actions, and she doth her selfe kindnesse upon him. After his, her chiefest vertie is a good husband. For shee is hee.

A Very woman.

VERY woman, is a dow-bakt man, or a she meant well towards man, but fell

two bowes short, strength and unulerstanding. Her vertue is the hedge, modesty, that keepes a man from climbing over into her faults.

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