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(d) Since Worth, he cries, in thefe degen❜rate Days Wants ev❜n the cheap Reward of empty Praise; In those curs'd Walls, devote to Vice and Gain, Since unrewarded Science toils in vain ; Since Hope but fooths to double my Diftrefs, And ev'ry Moment leaves my Little lefs; While yet my steady Steps no (e) Staff sustains, And Life ftill vig'rous revels in my Veins; Grant me, kind Heaven, to find some happier Place, Where Honesty and Sense are no Disgrace; Some pleafing Bank where verdant Ofiers play, Some peaceful Vale with Nature's Painting gay; Where once the barrafs'd Briton found Repose, And fafe in Poverty defy'd his Foes; Some fecret Cell, ye Pow'rs, indulgent give. (f) Let live here, for
has learn'd to
Here let thofe reign, whom Pensions can incite
(g) Let fuch raife Palaces, and Manors buy, Collect a Tax, or farm a Lottery,
(d) Hic tunc Umbricius: Quando artibus, inquit, honeflis
Ire, fatigatas ubi Dadalus exuit alas,
Dum nova canities
et pedibus me
Porto meis, nullo dextram fubeunte bacillo. (f) Cedamus patriâ: vivant Arturius iftic
Et Catulus: maneant qui nigrum in candida vertunt. (8) Queis facile eft ædem conducere, flumina, portus, Siccandam eluviem, pertandum ad bufta cadaver. --Muhera nunc edunt.
With warbling Eunuchs fill a licens❜d Stage,
Heroes, proceed, what Bounds your Pride fhall
What Check reftrain your Thirst of Pow'r and Gold?
Behold rebellious Virtue quite o'erthrown,
Behold our Fame, our Wealth, our Lives your own.
Well may they rife, while I, whofe ruftick Tongue
Live unregarded, unlamented die.
(k) For what but focial Guilt the Friend endears? Who fhares Orgilio's Crimes, his Fortune shares.
(b) Quid Rome faciam? mentiri nefcio: librum,
(e) Fere ad nuptas, que mittit adulter,
(4) But thou, fhould tempting Villainy prefent All Marlb'rough hoarded, or all Villiers spent, Turn from the glitt'ring Bribe thy fcornful Eye, Nor fell for Gold, what Gold could never buy, The peaceful Slumber, felf-approving Day, Unfullied Fame, and Confcience ever gay.
(m) The cheated Nation's happy Fav'rites, fee! Mark whom the Great carefs, who frown on me! LONDON! the needy Villain's gen'ral Home, The common Shore of Paris and of Rome; With eager Thirft, by Folly, or by Fate, Sucks in the Dregs of each corrupted State. Forgive my Transports on a Theme like this; (n) I cannot bear a French Metropolis.
(0) Illuftrious EDWARD! from the Realms of
The Land of Heroes and of Saints survey;
Hifs'd from the Stage, or hooted from the Court,
Tanti tibi non fit opaci
Omnis arena Tagi, quodque in mare volvitur aurum,
(m) Quæ nunc divitibus gens acceptissima noftris,
(0) Rufticus ille tuus fumit trechedipna, Quirine, Et cromatico fert niceteria collo.
(p) Obfequious, artful, voluble and gay, On Britain's fond Credulity they prey. No gainful Trade their Industry can 'scape; (9) They fing, they dance, clean Shoes, or cure a Clap; All Sciences a fafting Monfieur knows, And bid him go to Hell, to Hell he goes.
(r) Ah! what avails it, that, from Slav'ry far, I drew the Breath of Life in English Air Was early taught a Briton's Right to prize, And lifp the Tales of HENRY's Victories; If the gull'd Conqueror receives the Chain, And Flattery fubdues when Arms are vain? () Studious to please, and ready to fubmit, The fupple Gaul was born a Parasite : Still to his Int'reft true, where-e'er he goes, Wit, Brav'ry, Worth, his lavish Tongue beftows; In ev'ry Face a thousand Graces fhine, From ev'ry Tongue flows Harmony divine. (t) These arts in vain our rugged Natives try, Strain out with fault'ring Diffidence a Lye, And gain a Kick for aukward Flattery.
Besides, with Juftice this difcerning Age Admires their wond'rous Talents for the Stage:
(p) Ingenium velox, audacia perdita, ferme Promptus
(9) Augur, fchoenobates, medicus, magus, omnia novit, Græculus effuriens in cœlum, fi jufferis, ibit.
(r) Ufque adeo nihil eft, quod noftra infantia cœlum Haufit Aventini?
(s) Quid, quod adulando gens prudentiffima laudat Sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici ?
(t) Hæc eadem licet & nobis laudare: fed illis Creditur.
(u) Well may they venture on the Mimick's Art;
And view each Object with another's Eye;
Your Tafte in Snuff, your Judgment in a Whore ;
For Arts like these preferr'd, admir'd, carefs'd,
This, only this, the rigid Law pursues,
(u) Natio commedia eft. Rides? majore cachinno Concutitur, &c.
(x) Non fumus ergo pares: melior qui femper omni
Si bene ructavit, fi rectum minxit amicus.