1702 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Charles Sedley

Daniel Kenrick, "To Sir Charles Sedley, upon his Poem call'd, The Happy Pair" 1702; The Grove; or a Collection of Original Poems (1721) 216.



When Father Adam, in his Happy State,
First set himself a Wooing for a Mate,
Virtue, not Portion, was the End he sought;
For Eve was never lov'd, for what she brought.
But pure Affection perfected the Match,
Conducted by gay Freedom and Dispatch:
So justly were they call'd the Happy Pair,
Tho' neither had a Shirt or Smock to wear:
And undisturb'd could Marriage-Joys pursue,
Extended on the Turf, from which they grew.