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Could'st thou resign the park and play, content, For the fair banks of Severn or of Trent; There might'st thou find some elegant retreat,
Some hireling senator's deserted seat;
And stretch thy prospects o'er the smiling land,
*And, while thy grounds a cheap repast afford,
There ev'ry bush with nature's musick rings;
And bless thine evening walk and morning toil.
1 -Sed, quamvis improbus annis,
Atque mero fervens, cavet hunc, quem coccina læna
Vitari jubet, et comitum longissimus ordo,
Multum præterea flammarum, atque ænea lampas.
* And, while thy beds.
Flush'd, as they are, with folly, youth, and wine;
Afar they mark the flambeau's bright approach,
Cruel with guilt, and daring with despair,
The midnight murd'rer bursts the faithless bar;
*And leaves, unseen, a dagger in your breast.
Scarce can our fields, such crowds at Tyburn die,
With hemp the gallows and the fleet supply.
Propose your schemes, ye senatorian band,
A single gaol, in Alfred's golden reign,
Held high the steady scale, but sheath'd the sword §;
m Nec tamen hoc tantum metuas: nam qui spoliet te, Non deerit, clausis domibus, &c.
n Maximus in vinclis ferri modus, ut timeas, ne
Vomer deficiat, ne marra et sarcula desint.
Felices proavorum atavos, felicia dicas
P His alias poteram, et plures subnectere causas: .
* And plants unseen.
+ A cant term in the house of commons for methods of raising money. The nation was discontented at the visits made by the king to Hanover. § Sustain'd the balance, but resign'd the sword.
Farewell!-When youth, and health, and fortune spent, Thou fly'st for refuge to the wilds of Kent; And, tir'd, like me, with follies and with crimes, In angry numbers warn'st succeeding times; Then shall thy friend, nor thou refuse his aid, Still foe to vice, forsake his Cambrian shade; In virtue's cause, once more, exert his rage, Thy satire point, and animate thy page.
-Ergo vale nostri memor et, quoties te
Me quoque ad Helvinam Cererem vestramque Dianam
VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES;
IN IMITATION OF
THE TENTH SATIRE OF JUVENAL.
LET observation, with extensive view,
How rarely reason guides the stubborn choice,
Impeachment stops the speaker's pow'rful breath,
But, scarce observ'd, the knowing and the bold Fall in the gen'ral massacre of gold;
Wide wasting pest! that rages unconfin'd,
And crowds with crimes the records of mankind;
Let hist'ry tell where rival kings command, And dubious title shakes the madded land, When statutes glean the refuse of the sword, How much more safe the vassal than the lord; Low sculks the hind beneath the rage of power, And leaves the wealthy traitor in the Tower, Untouch'd his cottage, and his slumbers sound, Though confiscation's vultures hover round d.
The needy traveller, serene and gay,
Walks the wild heath, and sings his toil away.
Now fears, in dire vicissitude, invade,
The rustling brake alarms, and quiv'ring shade ;
Thou, who could'st laugh where want enchain'd caprice,
e In the first edition, "the bonny traitor !" an evident allusion to the Scotch lords who suffered for the rebellion in 1745.
d Clang around
e New fears. Yet still the gen'ral cry.
f Ver. 23-37.
h Ver. 28-55.