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A Collection of Emblemes

Ancient and Moderne: Quickened VVith Metricall Illvstrations, both Morall and Divine: And disposed into Lotteries, That Instruction, and Good Counsell, may bee furthered by an Honest and Pleasant Recreation. By George Wither

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Illvstr. XXVII.

[Their foolish Guise, I never could affect]

Where Hellen is, there, will be Warre;
For, Death and Lust, Companions are.

Their foolish Guise, I never could affect,
Who dare, for any cause, the Stewes frequent:
And, thither, where I justly might suspect
A Strumpet liv'd, as yet, I never went.
For, when (as Fooles pretend) they goe to seeke
Experience, where more Ill then Good, they see;
They venture for their Knowledge, Adam-like;
And, such as his, will their Atchievements bee.
Let, therefore, those that would loose Trulls detest,
Converse with none, but those that modest are;
For, they that can of Whoredome make a Iest,
Will entertaine it, ere they be aware.
Chast-Company, and Chast-Discourse, doth make
The Minde more pleased with it, ev'ry day;
And, Frequent viewes of Wantonnesse, will take
The Sense and Hatred, of the Vice away.
Some, I have knowne, by Harlots Wiles undone,
Who, but to see their Fashions, first pretended;
And, they that went for Company, alone,
By suddaine Quarrells, there, their Dayes have ended.
For, in the Lodgings of a Lustfull Woman,
Immodest Impudence hath still her Being;
There, Furie, Fraud, and Cruelties are common:
And, there, is Want, and Shame, and Disagreeing.
Ev'n Beauty, of it selfe, stirres loose Desires,
Occasioning both Iealousies, and Feares;
It kindleth in the Brest, concealed Fires,
Which burne the Heart, before the Flame appeares:
And, ev'ry day, experienced are wee;
That, there, where Hellen is, Troyes Fate will bee.