1 Euery Dame affects good fame, what ere her doings be : But true prayse is Vertues Bayes, which none may werae but she. Borrow'd guise fits not the wise, a simple look is best : Natiue grace becomes a face, though ne'er so rudely drest. Now such new-found toyes are sold these women to disguise, That before the yeare growes old the newest fashion dyes. 2 Dames of yore contended more in goodnesse to exceede, Then in pride to be enui'd for that which least they neede : Little Lawne then seru'd the Pawne, if Pawne at all there were; Home-spun thread, and houshold bread then held out all the yeare : But th'attyres of women now weare out both house and land, That the wiues in silkes may flow at ebbe the Good-men stand. 3 Once agen Astrea then from heau'n to earth descend, And vouchsafe in their behalfe these errours to amend : Aid from heau'n n.use make all eeu'n, things are so out of frame; For let man striue all he can, hee needes must please his Dame. Happy man content that giues, and what hee giues enioyes ; Happy Dame content that liues, and breakes no sleepe for toyes.
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