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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, For less than rent the dungeons of the Strand; There prune thy walks, support thy drooping flowers, Direct thy rivulets, and twine thy bowers ; * And, while thy grounds a cheap repast afford, Despise the dainties of a venal lord : There ev'ry bush with nature's musick rings; There ev'ry breeze bears health upon its wings; On all thy hours security shall smile, And bless thine evening walk and morning toil.
Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, And sign your will, before you sup from home. * Some fiery fop, with new commission vain, Who sleeps on brambles, till he kills his man; Some frolick drunkard, reeling from a feast, Provokes a broil, and stabs you for a jest. Yet e'en these heroes, mischievously gay, Lords of the street, and terrours of the way;
h Si potes avelli Circensibus, optima Soræ,
1- Possis ignavus haberi
k Ebrius, ac petulans, qui nullum forte cecidit,
-Sed, quamvis improbus annis,
* And, while thy beds.
Flush'd, as they are, with folly, youth, and wine ;
m In vain, these dangers past, your doors you close, And hope the balmy blessings of repose; Cruel with guilt, and daring with despair, The midnight murd'rer bursts the faithless bar; Invades the sacred hour of silent rest, * 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, Whose ways and meanst support the sinking land : Lest ropes be wanting in the tempting spring, To rig another convoy for the king #.
°A single gaol, in Alfred's golden reign, Could half the nation's criminals contain ; Fair justice, then, without constraint ador’d, Held high the steady scale, but sheath'd the sword S; No spies were paid, no special juries known, Blest age! but ah! how diff'rent from our own!
P Much could I add,but see the boat at hand, The tide, retiring, calls me from the land :
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 marræ et sarcula desint.
• Felices proavorum atavos, felicia dicas Sæcula, quæ quondam sub regibus atque tribunis Viderunt uno contentam carcere Romam.
p His alias poteram, et plures subnectere causas : Sed jumenta vocant
* 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,
-Ergo vale nostri memor et, quoties te
VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES;
IN IMITATION OF
THE TENTH SATIRE OF JUVENAL.
Let observation, with extensive view,
But, scarce observ'd, the knowing and the bold
a Ver. 1--11.
b Ver. 12-22.
Let hist’ry tell where rival kings command,
The needy traveller, serene and gay,
Yet still one gen'ral crys the skies assails,
Once more, Democritus, arise on earth, With cheerful wisdom and instructive mirth, See motley life in modern trappings dress’d, And feed with varied fools th' eternal jest: Thou, who could'st laugh where want enchain'd caprice, Toil crush'd conceit, and man was of a piece; · Where wealth, unlov’d, without a mourner died ; And scarce a sycophant was fed by pride ; Where ne'er was known the form of mock debate, Or seen a new-made mayor's unwieldy state ; Where change of fav’rites made no change of laws, And senates heard, before they judg'd a cause ; How would'st thou shake at Britain's modish tribe, Dart the quick taunt, and edge the piercing gibe?
c In the first edition, “the bonny traitor !” an evident allusion to the Scotch lords who suffered for the rebellion in 1745. Clang around e New fears.
r Ver. 23-37. & Yet still the gen'ral cry.
h Ver. 28–55.