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1The elephant, when radiant
2Devoutly bows; with elevated eyes
3He offers up his morning sacrifice.
4Some may perhaps this
5But of all
creatures3, I would worship light.
Their4valor too the
Orient kingdoms try5,
7For in the field they’ll bravely fighting die;
the Indians these beasts do hire6
9To launch their ships, when one begins to tire,
10They’ll bring another to lift in his place;
11But rather than he’ll live to know disgrace,
12He’ll draw and shove not only till he tires,
13But straining, bursts; and so his soul expires,
14As rather choosing to
15Than live and let another take his glory.
16For chastity this
17For when he hath a lovely female found
18And mutual flames do in their bosoms glow,
19They modestly into the
20There, free from company that might annoy,
21They innocently each other do enjoy.
22Yet he’s so
tender of11his reputation
23He kills his female if he
24By this the
gallants13of our age may see,
atheists14, worse than beasts they be.
Like them in noble actions15, strive to exceed
27Each other: this
want16did make us bleed
our brave king17. For had you valiant been,
29So sad a change as this we ne’er had seen.
30For had not
lords in noble breeding failed18,
Tinkers and cobblers19never had prevailed.
But20we our wants and losses may
33But sin alone, that
sets us on the score22.
34Then yet be chaste, and those you choose in youth,
35Love constantly, for
36Neglect them not, to
drink, rant, throw the die24,
37For to temptation then
common meetings26they fool out their days
39At balls and taverns, seeing
40To censure you in earnest I am
you want or valor, wit29, or both.
42Your ladies are so
lavish of their fames30,
43They have quite
outgone our wanton city dames31.
44For honor’s sake look
to’t32; for shame at least!
45You see a
wittol33is below a beast.