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NUMB. 2.
Changing HEART.
By Cowley

MArgaritta first possest,
If I remember well my Breast,
Margaritta first of all;
But when a while the wanton Maid
With my restless Heart had plaid,
Martha took the flying Ball.

Martha soon did it resign
To the Beauteous Katherine,
Beauteous Katherine gave Place,
Though loth and angry she to part
With the Possession of my Heart
To Elisas conquering Face.

Elisa till this Hour might reign,
Had she not Evil Counsels taen;
Fundamental Laws she broke,
And still new Favourites she chose,
Till up in Arms my Passions rose,
And cast away the Yoke.

Mary then and gentle Ann
Both to reign at once began,
Alternately they swayd;
And sometimes Mary was the Fair,
And sometimes Ann the Crown did wear,
Sometimes I Both obeyd.

Another Mary then arose,
And did rigorous Laws impose,
A mighty Tyrant she!
Long, alas, should I have been
Under that Iron-Sceptred Queen,
Had not Rebecca set me free.

When fair Rebecca set me free,
Twas then a golden Time for me,
But soon those Pleasures fled;
For the gracious Princess dyd
In her Youth and Beautys Pride,
And Judith reigned in her stead.

One Month, 3 Days and half an Hour,
Judith held the Sovreign power,
Wondrous beautiful her Face,
But so weak and small her Wit
That she to govern was unfit,
And so Susannah took her Place.

But when Isabella came
Armd with a resistless Flame,
And th Artillery of her Eye,
Whilst she proudly marchd about
Greater Conquests to find out,
She beat out Susan by the Bye.

But in her Place I then obeyd
Black-eyd Bess her Vice-Roy Maid,
To whom ensud a Vacancy;

Thousand worse Passions then possest
The Inter-regnum of my Breast,
Bless me from such an Anarchy!

Gentle Henrietta then
And a third Mary next began,
Then Joan, and Jane, and Audria,
And then a pretty Thomasine,
And then another Katherine,
And then a long et cetera.

But should I now to you relate
The Strength and Riches of their State,
The powder, patches, and the pins,
The Ribbons, Jewels, and the Rings,
The Lace, the paint, and Warlike things
That make up all their Magazines:

If I should tell the Politick Arts
To take and keep Mens Hearts,
The Letters, Embassies, and Spies,
The Frowns, and Smiles, and Flatteries,
The Quarrels, Fears and Perjuries,
Numberless, Nameless Mysteries!

And all the little Lime-Twigs laid
By Maschiavill the Waiting-Maid;
I more voluminous should grow,
(Chiefly if I like them should tell
All change of Weathers that befel)
Than Holinshead or Stow.

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