Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ADVICE TO THE OLD BEAUX, by CHARLES SEDLEY



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ADVICE TO THE OLD BEAUX, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Scrape no more your harmless chins
Last Line: In vain we grant, if she refuse.
Subject(s): Mnemonics; Old Age


Scrape no more your harmless Chins,
Old Beaux, in hope to please;
You shou'd repent your former Sins,
Not study their Increase;
Young awkard Fops, may shock our Sight,
But you offend by Day and Night.
In vain the Coachman turns about,
And whips the dappl'd Greys;
When the old Ogler looks out,
We turn away our Face.
True Love and Youth will ever charm,
But both affected, cannot warm.
Summer-fruits we highly prise,
They kindly cool the Blood;
But Winter berries we despise,
And leave 'em in the Wood;
On the Bush they may look well,
But gather'd, lose both taste and smell.
That you languish, that you dye,
Alas, is but too true;
Yet tax not us with Cruelty,
Who daily pity you.
Nature henceforth alone accuse,
In vain we grant, if she refuse.






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