When young "Careless w'unlock to ev'ry Guest our Hearts"

— Pack, Richardson (1682-1742)

Place of Publication
Printed for E. Curll
1718, 1719
When young "Careless w'unlock to ev'ry Guest our Hearts"
Metaphor in Context
Fancy not Reason rules our wayward Mind.
We seek not Virtue in the Man we Love,
But such affect, who Like what we Approve.
With forc'd Complacency, and venal Smiles,
The Harlot thus, and Parasite Beguiles.
The dear Dissemblers we with Pride believe,
Nor think such civil Creatures can Deceive.
When young, Unskilful of the World's false Arts,
Careless w'unlock to ev'ry Guest our Hearts;
Till better Taught, we by Experience find,
Smooth Looks are Artifice, and Vows are Wind.
Then Craftier grown (as Cullies turn to Rooks)
We try, perhaps, the Cheat on other Folks;
Revenge the Suff'rings of our heedless Youth;
And to our Int'rest sacrifice our Truth.
Searching "heart" and "guest" in HDIS (Poetry)
At least 4 entries in ECCO and ESTC (1719, 1721, 1726).

See Miscellanies in Verse and Prose. (London: Printed for E. Curll in Fleetstreet, [1718] [1719]). <Link to ESTC>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.