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For, there's in lying such a charm, ... .
Full oft you find that heedless youths, f
* La scusa del peccato accresce il peccato.
+ There is some palliative for the petty untruths of chil. dren, who seek to evade the rod, through the medium of falsehood; as well as for the felon, who knows that confession must bring him to the gallows; but when we find vera. city neglected, where it would not only, in a great measure, obliterate the first offence, but save the guiltiness of a se. cond fault, (than which none is more mean and despicable) there can be no excuse whatsoever for its commission. Thus, the fool, though he laughs in his sleeve, having practised on others, by his falsehood, hath too frequently to rue the effects of the folly committed against himself: therefore let these words of Seneca be ever kept in remembrance: Quem pænitet peccasse, pene est innocens.
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Their faults to hide: whereas contrition,
L'ENVOY OF THE poet.
And errs anew, the former sin to hide,
His rashness, by the stroke of suicide.
THE POET'S CHORUS TO FOOLS. . Come, trim the boat, row on each Rara Avis, Crowds flock to man my Stultifera Nayis.
OF FOOLS WHOSE LABOUR CONSTITUTES. THEIR
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
To rise at dawn this fool takes pains; :
And boast bright wisdom's rules;
With other kindred fools.
To toil thro' foul and fair;
In hopes to kill an hare.*
* That pursuit must indeed be noble which has for its aim so glorious an achievement, as the slaughter of an animal in
Thro' new plough'd lands well drench'd with rains,
While wet o’ertops his boot,
So he his brace can shoot.
Jaded at dark he gains his doors,
And hies at length to bed;
offensive and timid like the hare; but indeed the avocations of these fools, are upon a par with the perspicuity of their understandings, which are invariably circumscribed to the capability of breaking in a pointer, shooting at a mark with precision, cleansing the lock and barrel of a fowling-piece, finding out the best covers, giving the view halloo, and sitting the longest at the table without getting dead drunk. These are sporting glories, which afford copious matter for conversation and exultation, even when the idiot has not an eye left to discern a partridge from a woodcock, or a hand steady enough to hit the great tun aţ Heidelbergh, though at the distance of one yard.
* Truly a very pretty and concise way of winding up or giving the ultimatum of a gentleman's education! yet it is
L'ENVOY OF THE POET.
Was giv'n but to th' instruction of the mind,
And in laborious follies pleasure find.
THE POET'S CHORUS TO FOOLS. Come, trim the boat, row on each Rara Avis, Crowds flock to man my Stultifera Navis.”
a true bill, ás sufficient instances are adduceable in every county of the united kingdoms of this realm, to Warrant the opinion of the poet.