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Ir is affirmed by Sir John Hawkins, and denied by Mr. Boswell, that Mr. Savage is the Thales spoken of in line 2. The dispute is trivial. Dr. Johnson introduces a friend, whom he calls Thales, departing from London, because Juvenal describes his friend Umbricius departing from Rome.-L.

The readings at the bottom of the page are those of the first Edition.





-Quis ineptæ

Tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus ut teneat se ?—Juv.

THOUGH grief and fondness in my breast rebel,
When injur'd THALES bids the town farewell,
Yet still my calmer thoughts his choice commend,
I praise the hermit, but regret the friend,
Resolv'd at length, from vice and LONDON far
To breathe in distant fields a purer air,
And, fix'd on Cambria's solitary shore,
Give to St. David one true Briton more.

For who would leave, unbrib'd, Hibernia's land,
Or change the rocks of Scotland for the Strand?
There none are swept by sudden fate away,
But all, whom hunger spares, with age decay:
Here malice, rapine, accident, conspire,
And now a rabble rages, now a fire;
Their ambush here relentless ruffians lay,
And here the fell attorney prowls for
Here falling houses thunder on your head,
And here a female Atheist talks you dead.


a Quamvis digressu veteris confusus amici,
Laudo tamen, vacuis quòd sedem figere Cumis
Destinet, atque unum civem donare Sibyllæ.
b-Ego vel Prochytam præpono Suburæ.

Nam quid tam miserum, tam solum vidimus, ut non
Deterius credas horrere incendia, lapsus
Tectorum assiduos, et mille pericula sævæ
Urbis, et Augusto recitantes mense poetas?

While THALES waits the wherry that contains Of dissipated wealth the small remains,


On Thames's banks, in silent thought we stood.
Where Greenwich smiles upon the silver flood-;
Struck with the seat that gave ELIZA* birth,
We kneel, and kiss the consecrated earth;
In pleasing dreams the blissful age renew,
And call Britannia's glories back to view ;·
Behold her cross triumphant on the main,
The guard of commerce, and the dread of Spain,
Ere masquerades debauch'd, excise oppress'd,
Or English honour grew a standing jest.

A transient calm the happy scenes bestow,
And for a moment lull the sense of woe.
At length awaking, with contemptuous frown,
Indignant THALES eyes the neighb'ring town.

Since worth, he cries, in these degenerate days
Wants even 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 sooths to double my distress,
And every moment leaves my little less ;.

While yet my steady steps no

staff sustains,

And life still vig'rous revels in my veins;
Grant me, kind Heaven, to find some happier place,
Where honesty and sense are no disgrace;

Some pleasing bank where verdant osiers play,
Some peaceful vale with Nature's paintings gay;
Where once the harass'd Briton found repose,
And safe in poverty defied his foes;

c Sed, dum tota domus rhedâ componitur unâ, Substitit ad veteres arcus.

Hic tunc Umbritius: Quando artibus, inquit, honestis
Nullus in urbe locus, nulla emolumenta laborum,

Res hodie minor est, heri quam fuit, atque eadem cras
Deteret exiguis aliquid; proponimus illuc

Ire, fatigatas ubi Dædalus exuit alas;
Dum nova canities.--

e et pedibus me

Porto meis, nullo dextram subeunte bacillo.

Queen Elizabeth, born at Greenwich.

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