Sunday, December 19, 2010

Boothby: The Man and his Mistresses

Loving or lov'd, from their good-man,
Women take every thing they can.
One somewhat more than middle ag'd,
At once two mistresses engag'd;
One an experienc'd coquette,
Who knew with art to spread her net,
And seem much younger than she was;
T'other a blooming, buxom lass.
Each wishing to assimilate
Her man, began to pluck his pate,
As to be comb'd he doting sat;
The young the grey, the old the brown,
Till bald they left his addled crown.

Source: Boothby - Phaedrus 2.2.
Vir et Uxores Duae

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