"But now you'll enquire, can they all quarter there? / Why, Madam, my Heart's large enough, never fear. / There's room for my Phillis, / And soft Amarillis: / And Cælia the Fair, / Who need not despair / Of a good Lodging there:"
— Brown, Thomas (bap. 1663, d. 1704)
To shew such a forward frank Lover as I,
So faithful and true where my Promise is past,
At the first so sincere, and so warm at the last.
Imprimis, I've sworn true Allegiance to Phillis,
And the same I have done to divine Amarillis.
Then to Cælia the fair, I my Heart did resign,
Next I laid down the Trifle at Iris's Shrine.
Calista then gently put in for the Prize,
Nor did the coy Sylvia my Offering despise.
But now you'll enquire, can they all quarter there?
Why, Madam, my Heart's large enough, never fear.
There's room for my Phillis,
And soft Amarillis:
And Cælia the Fair,
Who need not despair
Of a good Lodging there:
With Iris, Calista, and Sylvia beside.
Yes, Madam, this oft by Experience I've try'd.
So large is the Place, and so plenteous my Store,
I with ease can provide for six Mistresses more,
Nay, if you distrust me, e'en send me a Score.