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Dance not upon the green but with some swain, Whose long endeavours may your favour gain. Nor be transported when some trifier's view Directs his giddy choice to light on you. Amend whatever may your charms disgrace, And trust not wholly to a conquering face. Nor be your motions rude, coquet, or wild, Shuffling or lame as if in nursing spoil'd. Slight not the advantage of a graceful mien, Tho' Paris judged the prize to beauty's queen, When Juno mov'd, Venus could scarce be seen.
Assert your power in paradise begun, Born to undo, be not yourselves undone, Contented and cheap, as easy to be won.
But if like sov'reigns you maintain your ground, The rebels at your feet will soon be found. And when with such authority you move, No new surprise, no prodigy 'twill prove ' To see one man, or the whole sex in love.
Every age regards itself as the most moral and the most immoral, and in every age there is an outcry as to the decay of matrimony.
An elaborate account of the place was written by John Byrom, who visited it in 1723, although his verses were not printed until three years later. It is in the form of an invitation to a friend to join him at the Wells.
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