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not flop fhort of the Grave." So that we fee, what

fome of his Friends would not believe, his thoughts in

profe and verfe were the fame.

VER 170. Or, in a jointure, I'anijh from the heir :~\ The

exprefiion well defcribes the furprize an heir muft be in,

to find himfelf excluded by that Inftrument which was
I



tf IMITATIONS Book II.

Nunc mihi, nunc alii. ' quocirca vivite fortes,
Fortiaque advcrfis opponitc peclora rebus.

NOTES.

made to fecure his fucceflion. For Butler humouroufly
defines a Jointure to be the al whereby Parents

turn

Their Childrens Tenants, ere they're born.
VER. 177. proud Buckingham s &V.] Villers Duke of
Buckingham. P.



Sat. II. OF HORACE. 77

And Hemfley, once proud Buckingham's delight,
Slides to a Scriv'ner or a city Knight.
6 Let lands and houfes have what Lords they will^
Let Us be fix'd, and our own matters ftill. 1 86

NOTES.

VER. 179. Let lands and houfes, ffc.] The turn of his
imitation, in the concluding part, obliged him to diver-
fify the fentiment. They are eqally noble : but Horace's
is exprefled with the greater force.



VOL. IV. H



THE



FIRST EPISTLE



OF THE



O F



HORACE.



H ?.



ioo IMITATIONS Book I.



EPISTOLA I.

"JRIMA dicle mihi, fumma, dicende camena,

b Spectatum fatis, et donatum jam rude, quaerie,
Maecenas, iterum antiquo me includere ludo.
Non eadem eft aetas, non mens. c Veianius, armis
* Hcrculis ad poftem Hxis, latet abditus agro ;
Ne populum ' extrema toties exoret arena.

f Eft mihi purgatam crebro qui perfonet aurem ;
Solve g fenefcentem mature fanus cquum, ne
Peccet ad extrcmum ridendus, et ilia ducat*

NOTES.

VER. 3. Salbatbofmy days?] i. e. The 49 th year, the
age of the Author.

VER. 8. Hang their old Trophies o'er the Garden gates,"] An
occasional ftroke of Satire on ill-placed ornaments. He
)& more openly ridituled them in his Ej>t/tte an



p. I. O F H O R A C E. 101

EPISTLE I.

ToL. BOLINGBROKE.



ST. JOHN, whofe love indulg'd my labours paft,
Matures my prefent, and {hall bound my laft f
Why b will you break the Sabbath of my days ?
Now fick alike of Envy and of Praffe.
Public too long, ah let me hide my Age ! 5

See Modeft ' Gibber now has left the Stage :
Our Gen'rals now, d retir'd to their Eftates,
Hang their old Trophies o'er the Garden gates,
In Life's cool Ev'ning fatiate of Applaufe,
Nor e fond of bleeding, ev'n in BRUNSWICK'S caufe.
f A voice there is, that whifpers in my ear, 1 1
('Tis Reafon's voice, which fometimes one can hear)
" Friend Pope ! be prudent, let your * Mufe take

" breath,
ee And never gallop Pegafus to death ;

NOTES.

<f Load feme vain Church with old theatric ftate,
" Turn Arcs of Triumph to a garden gate.
VER. 10. ev'n in BrunfivcicRs caufe.'] In the former Edi -
tions it was Britain} caufe. But the terms are fynoni-
mous.

H 3



102 IMITATIONS Book II.

Nunc itaque et h verfus, et caetera .ludicra pono :
Quid ' verum atque decent ^ euro et rogo, et omnis

in hoc fum :

k Condo, et compono, quae mox depromere poflim.
Ac ne forte roges, ' quo me duce t quo Lare tuter :
Nullius addi&us jurare in verba magiftri,
m Quo me cunque rapit tempeftas, defcror hofpes.
Nunc agilis fio, et merfor n clvilibus undls y
Virtutis verae cuftos, rigidufque fatelles :

NOTES.

VER. 16. You limp, like Blackmore on a Lord Mayor *
hcrfe^ The fame of this heavy Poet, however problema-
tical elfewhere, was univerfally received in the City of
London. His verification is here exaftly defcribed : ftiff,
and not ftrong j ftatery and yet dull, like the fober and
flow-paced Animal generally employed to mount the Lord
Mayor : and therefore here humouroufly oppofed to Pe-
gafus.

VER. 26. Andboufe with Montagne now, and novaivitb
Locke,] /'. e. Chufe either an afiive or a contemplative life,
as is moft fitted to the feafon and circumftances.- For he
regarded thcfe Writers as the beft Schools to form a man
for the worlvi ; or to give him a Knowledge of himfdf :



Ep. I. OF HORACE. 103

" Left ftiff, and ftately, void of fire or force, 15
*' You limp, like JBlackrnore on a Lord Mayor's
horfe."

Farewell then h Verfe, and Love, and ev'ry Toy,
The Rhymes and Rattles of the Man or Boy ;
What ' right, what true, what fit we juftly call,
Let this be all my care for this is All : 20

To lay this k harveft up, and hoard with hafte
What ev'ry day will want, and moft, the laft.

But afk not, to what ' Doctors I apply ?
Sworn to no Mafter, of no Seel: am I :
As drives the m ftorm, at any door I knock : 25

And houfe with Montague now, or now with Locke,
Sometimes a n Patriot, active in debate,
Mix with the World, and battle for -the State,
Free as young Lyttelton, her Caufe purfue,
Still true to Virtue, and as warm as true : 30

NOTES.

Montagne excelling in his obfervations on focial and civil
life ; and Locke, in developing the faculties, and explain-
ing the operations of the human mind.

VER, 30. Still true to Virtue with driftippus, or St. Pau/,]
It was the Poet's purpofe in this place to give us the pic-
ture of his own mind; not that of Horace's, who tells
us, he fometimes went with Zeno, and fometimes with
drijlippus ; the extremes of whofe different fyftems Tully
thus juftly cenfures : " Ut quoniam Ariftiftus, quad ani-
" mum nullum habeamus, corpus folum tuetur ; Zeno
" quafi corporis fimus expertes, animum folum compledH -
" tur." But neither truth nor decency would fuffer our
Poet to fay, that, to fuit himfelf to the times, he went

H 4



io 4 IMITATIONS Book I.

Nunc in * Ariftippi p frtim praecepta relabor,

Et mihi res, non me rebus, fubjungeresonor.

q Utnox longa, quibus mentitur arnica : diefque
Lenta videtur opus debentibus ; ut piger annus
Pupillis, quos dura premit cuftodia matrum :
Sic mihi tarda r fluunt ingrataque tempora, quae fpcm
Confiliumque tnorantur agendi gnaviter r id, quod
Aeque pauperibus prodeft, locupletibus aeque,

Aeque negleclum pueris fenibufque nocebit.

* Omnis Ariftippum deeuit color, et flatus, et res. P.

N O T B 3.

into either of thefe follies. To mew us, therefore, he took
no more from the Stoics than their fmcerity and warmth
for the interefts of Virtue, he compares himfelf to a friend,
in whom he obferved that warmth. And by joining St.
Paul with drijlippus lie would infmuate, that he took no
more from the Cyrenaic fedl than a charitable compliance
to occafions, for the benefit of his neighbour. Thus in
Serving himfelf of his friend to temper the rigidity of one
feft of philofophy, while the Apoltie is employed to reclify
the loofenefs of the other, he brings Mr. Lyttclton and St.
Paul acquainted ; for thofe who correft oppofite extremes
muft needs meet ; and fo we fee the Patriot in a new point
pfview; which is, in a virtuous accommodation of him-
felf to feafons and circumftances.

VER. 32, Indulge my candor Back to my native Modera-
tion jhde,] An honeft and ufeful infmuation, that though



p. I. OF HORACE. 105

Sometimes with-Ariftippus, or St. Paul,
Indulge my candor, and grow all to all;
Back to my P native Moderation flide,
And win my way by yielding to the tide.

i Long, as to him who works for debt, the day, 35
Long as the Night to her whofe Love's away.
Long as the Year's dull Circle feems to run,
When the brifk Minor pants for twenty-one :
So flow th' ' unprofitable moments roll,
That lock up all the Functions of my foul ; 40

That keep me from myfelf ; and (till delay
Life's inftant bufinete to a future day :
That f taflc, which as we follow, or defpife,
The cldeft is a fool, the youngeft wife.
Wh,ich done, the pooreft can no wants endure ; 45;
And which not done, th richeft muft be poor.

NOTES.

Parties in the State profecute their ends on ever fo true
principles, and with ever fo good intentions, yet oppo-
fition is apt to make the moft fcrupulous Leaders of them
fometimes violate both candor and moderation. However,
by the expreflion, of indulging his candor, he would infi-
nuate too, that, when he allowed the leaft to it, he ever
violated Truth ; and, \>y Jliding back to bis native modera-
tion, that he always kept within the Bounds of Reafon,
But the general Senfe of the whole paflage is, that when
he went with the Stoics, who advifea/aMc life, the cha-
rader of his civil virtue was rigid ; when he went with the
Cyrenaics, who encourage a private, that of his facial
was indulgent.

VER. 45. can no wants e ndure ;] i.e. G
Badly exprefled.



io6 IMITATIONS Book 1,

1 Re/lot^ ut his ego me ipfe regain v folerque ele-
mentis :

w Non poflls oculo quantum contendere Lynceus ;
Non tamen idcirco contemnas lippus inungi :
Nee, quia defperes invidli menabra Glyconis,
Nodofa corpus nolis prohibere cheragra.
Eft quadam prodire x tenus, fi non datur ultra.

y Fervet avaritia, miferoque cupidine pe&us ?
Sunt verba et vscts, quibus hunc lenire dolorem
Poflis, et z mngnam morbi deponere partem.
Laudis amore tumcs ? funt * certa piacula, quae te
Ter pure le&o poterunt recreare libello.

b Invidus, iracundus, iners, vinofus, c amator ;
Nemo d adeo ferns eft, ut non mitefcere poflit,
Si modo culturae patientem commodet aurem.

NOTES.

VER. 51. /// do what Mead] Mr. Pope hig}
efteemed and loved this worthy man, whofe unaffected hi
inanity and benevolence have ftifled much of that em
which his eminence in his profeflion would otherwife have
drawn out. Speaking of his obligations to this great Phy-
ftcian and others of the Faculty, in a Letter to Mr. Allen,
about a month before his death, he fays, " There is no
" end of my kind Treatment from the Faculty, they are in



p. I. OF HORACE. 107

1 Late as it is, I put myfeif to fchool,
And feel fome v comfort, not to be a fool.
w Weak tho' I am of limb, and ftiort of fight,
Far from a Lynx, and not a Giant quite ; 50

I'll do what Mead and Chefelden advife,
To keep thcfe limbs, and to preferve thefe eyes.
Not to x go back, is fomewhat to advance,
And men muft walk at leuft before they dance.

Say, does thy y blood rebel, thy bofom move 55
With wretched Av'rice, or as wretched Love ?
Know, there are Words, and Spells, which can con-
troll

z Between the Fits this Fever of the foul :
Know there are Rhymes, which frefh and frefli ap-

ply'd

Will cure the arrant'ft Puppy of his Pride. 60

Be b furious, envious, flothrul, mad, or drunk,
c Slave to a Wife, or Vafial to a Punk,
A Switz, a High-dutch, or a Low-dutch d Bear j
All that we afk is but a patient Ear.

NOTES.

" general the moft amiable companions, and the bell
" friends, as well as the mofl learned Men I know."
VER. 58. Between the Fits ] The fcnfe of

magnam morbi deponere partem
is here very happily expreffed. And

Ter pure leclo etc.

in the following line, as happily varied. But the whole
paflage, which defcribes the ufe and efficacy of fatire, is
admirably imitated.



log IMITATIONS Book I.

Virtus eft, vitium fugere -, et fapientia prima,
Stultitia caruifle. vides, quae f maxima credis
tfie mala, exiguum cenfum, turpcmque repulfam,
Quanto dcvites animi capitifque laborc.
jmpigcr extremes curris mercator ad Indos,
Per & mare pauperiem fugiens, per faxa, per igncs :
Ne cures b ea, quaeyfo//* miraris et optas,
Difcere, et audire, et meliori credere non vis ?
Quis circum pagos et circum compita pugnax
Magna coronari contemnat Olympia, cui fpcs,
Cui fit conditio dulcis fine pulvere palmae ?
" ' Vilius eft auro argentum, virtutibuS aurum.

NOTES*.

VER. 70. Scared at the fpefire of pale Poverty!] Tho'
this has all the fpirit, it has not all the imagery of the
Original ; where Horace makes Poverty purfue, and keep
pace with the M>fer in his flight.

Per mare Pauperiem fugiens, per faxa, per ignes.
But what follows,

Wilt thou do nothing, etc.
far furpafles the Original.

VER. 77. Here Wifdom calls: etc.] All from hence to j>
1 1 o, is a pretty clofe tranflation : but in general done
with fo mafterly a fpirit, that the Original, tho' one of
:ic moft finifhed paifages in Horace, looks only like the
imitaiic}! of it.

Vz R . 78. A Gold to Silver, Virtut is to Gold.] This per-



Ep. I. OF HORACE. icg

e 'Tis the firft Virtue, Vices to abhor j
A nd the firft Wifdom, to be Fool no more.
But to the world no f bugbear is fo great,
As want of figure, and a fmall Eftate.
To either India fee the Merchant fly,
Scar'd at the fpeftre of pale Poverty ! 70

See him, with pains of body, pangs of foul,
Burn through the Tropic, freeze beneath the Pole !
Wilt thou do nothing for a nobler end,
Nothing, to make Philofophy thy friend ?
To flop thy foolifli views, thy long defires, 75

And s eafe thy heart of all that it admires ?

b Here, Wifdom calls : j " Seek Virtue firft, be bold !
As Gold to Silver, Virtue L? to Gold."

NOTES.

haps is the mod faulty line in the whole collection. The
Original is,

Vilius eft auro argentum, virtutibus aurum.

which only fays, that as Silver is of lefs value than Gold^ j
Gold is of lefs value than Virtue : in which Jimple inferiority,
and not the proportion of it, is implied. For it was as con-
trary to the Author's purpofe, as it is to common fenfe,
to fuppofe, that Virtue was but juft as much better than
gold, as gold is better than filver. Yet Mr. Pope, too
attentive to his conftant object, coacifenefs, has, before he
was aware, fallen into this abfurd meaning. However
this, and many other inaccuracies in his works, had been
correfted, had he lived ; as many, that now firft appear
in this Edition, were actually corrected a little before his
death.

And here 1 cannot but do juftice to one of his man/
good qualities, a very rare one indeed, and what none



no IMITATIONS Book I.

* k O cives, civcs ! quaerenda pecunia primum eit ;

Virtus poft nummos : haec ' Janus futrmus ab imo
Prodocet : haec recinunt juvenes diclata fenefque,'

* Laevo fufpenfi loculos tabulamque lacerto.

Eft " animus tibi, funt mores, eft liiigua fidefque :
Sed quadringentis fex feptem millia dcfint,

Plebs eris. p at pueri ludentes, Rex eris, a'tunt,

NOTES.

but a truly great genius can afford to indulge ; I mean his
extreme readineis, and unfeigned pleafure, in acknow-
ledging his miftakes : this, with an impatience to reform
them, he poflefled in a greater degree, and with lefs af-
feftation than any Man I ever knew.

VER. 82. From /oiv St. James" 1 ! up to high St. Paul,"] i. e.
This is a doftrine in which both Whigs and Tories agree.

VER. 83. From him nvkc/e quills Jl and quiver d at his ear,]
They who do not take the delicacy of this fatire, may
think the figure of Jlanding quivered, extremely hard and
quaint ; but it has an exquifite beauty, infinuating that
the pen of a Scrivener is as ready as the quill of a porcu-
pine, and as fatal as the (hafts of a Parthian. i^ui'ver'd
tit his ear, which defcribes the pofition it is ufually found
in, alludes to the cuftom of the American canibals, who



Ep. I. OF HORACE. in

There,London's voice : k " Get Money, Money ftill j
" And then.let Virtue follow, if ftie will." 80

This, this the faving do&rine, preach'd to all,
From ' low St. James's up to high St. Paul ;
From him whofe m quills fraud quiver'd at his ear,
To him who notches flicks at Weftminften

Barnard in n fpirit, fenfe, and truth abounds ; 85
" Pray then, what wants he ?" Fourfcore' thoufand

pounds ;

A Penfion, or fuch Harnefs for a flave
As Bug now has, and Dorimant would have.
Barnard, thou art a Cit, with all thy worth ;
But Bug and D * 1, Their Honours, and fo forth. 90

Yet ev'ry p child another fong will fmg,
tc Virtue, brave boys ! 'tis Virtue makes a King."
True, confcious Honour is to feel no fin,
He's arm'd without that's innocent within j

NOTES.

make ufe of their hair (tied in a knot on the top of their
heads) for a quiver for their foifond arrows.

VER. 84. notches flicks} Exchequer Tallies.

VER. 85. Barnard in fpirit, ftnfe, and truth abounds^ Sir
John Barnard. It was the Poet's purpoie to fay, that this
great man (who does fo muck honour to his Country) ha4
a fine genius, improved and put in ufe by a true under-
itanding ; and both, under the guidance of an integrity
fuperior to all the temptations of intereit, honours, or any
meaner pafTtun. Many events, fince the paying this tri-
bute to his virtue, have fhewn how much, and
ficu/ar/y it was due to him.



ii2 IMITATIONS Book I,

Si re&e facies. Hie 1 murus aheneus efloy
Nil confcire fibi, nulla pallefcere culpa.

r Rofcia, die fodes, melior lex, an puerorum eft
Naenia, quae regnum rete facientibus ofFert,
Et maribus * Curtis et decantata Camillis ?

* Ifne tibi melius fuadet, qui, " Rem facias ; rem,
ct Si poffis, re&e ; fi non, quocunque rnodo rem."
Ut v propius fpe&es lacrymofa pocmata Pupi !
An, w qui fortunae te refponfare fuperbae
Liberum et eredlum, * praefens hortatur et aptat ?

y Quod fi me Populus Romanus forte roget, cuf
Non, ut z porticibus, fie judiciis fruar ifdem ;
Ncc fequar aut fugiam, quae diligit ipfe vel odit :
Olim quod a vulpes aegroto cauta leoni

NOTES.
ViR. 95. Jfc tbit thy Screen , ami this thy Wall of Brafi i\

Hie murus aheneus efto.

Dacier laughs at an able Critic, who was fcandalized,
that the antient Scholiafts had not explained what Horace
meant by a wall ofbrafs ; for, fays Dacier, " Chacun fe
" fait des difficultez a fa mode, et demande des remarques
" proportionnees a fon gout :" he then fets himfelf in
good earneft about this important inquiry j and, by a
paflage in Vcgetius, luckily difcovers, that it fignified an

2



Ep. I. OF HORACE.

Be this thy 1 Screen, and this thy Wall of Brafs ; 95
Compar'd to this a Minifter's an Afs.

1 And fay, to which (hall our applaufe belong,
This new Court jargon, or the good old fong ?
The modern language of corrupted Peers,
Or what was fpoke at ' CRESSY and POITIERS ?
1 Who counfels beft ? who whifpers, " Be but great,
" With Praife or Infamy leave that to fate j 102
" Get Place and Wealth, if pofiible, with grace ; v
" If not, by any means get Wealth and Place."
For what ? to have a ' Box where Eunuchs fmg,
And foremoft in the Circle eye a King. 106

Or v he, who bids thee face with fteddy view -^
Proud Fortune, and look fhallow Greatnefs thro' : \,
And, w while he bids thee, fets th' Example too ? j
If y fuch a Doctrine, in St James's air, no

Shou'd chance to make the well-dreft Rabble flare j
If honeft S * z take fcandal at a Spark,
That lefs admires the z Palace than the Park :
Faith I mail give the anlwer a Reynard gave :
" I cannot like, dread Sir, your Royal Cave : iij

NOTES.

old veteran armed cap-a-pie in brafs, and PLACED TO CO-
VER HIS FELLOW. Our Poet has happily ferved him-
felf of this impertinence to convey a very fine ftroke of
fatire.

VER. 97. And 'fay -, 5V.] Thefe four lines greatly fupe-
rior to any thing in the Original.

VOL. IV. I



H4 IMITATIONS Book I.

Refpondit, refcram : Quia me veftigia terrent

Omnia te adverfum fpectantia, nulla retrorfum.
k Belita multorum es capitum. uam quid fequar, aut

quern ?
Pars hominum geftit c conducere publica : funt qui

NOTES.

VER. 117. Full many a Beajl goes in, tut none come out. ~\
This expreflion is ufed for the joke's fake ; but it hurts his
moral; which is, that they come out beajti. He mould here
have ituck to the terms of his Original, <veftigia omnia te
adverfum fpetfantia .

VER. 1 1 8. Adieu, to Virtue, &c."] Thefetwo lines are in.-
tended for the application or moral of a fable, which
needed no explaining ; fo that, they impair the grace of
it, at beft, inferior to his Original. For Horace fpeaks
of the common people, Popu/us Romaxus, to whom one of
^tfop's Fables was properly addrefled : bur, this is too
fimple a method of conveying truth to tbt <well-drefitl
Rabble of St. "James's.

VER. 124. Alike in nothing but one Lujl of Gold, Jitft
half the land <voould buy y and half be fold ;} Here the argu-
ment fuffers a little for the fake of the fatire. The realbn
why the People mould not be followed is becaufe

Belua multorum eft capitum. nam quid fequar, aut quem ?
they are fo divers in their purfuits (fays Horace) that one
cannot follow this man without being condemned by that.
The imitator fays, they all go on one common principle,
the lujl of gold. This inaccuracy, tho' Horace has a httle
of it, yet he has however artfully difguifed it, by fpeaking
of the various objefts of this one Paffion, avarice, as of fo
many variou* paffions,



Ep. L OF H O R A C . xij

Becaufe I fee, by all the Tracks about,

" Full many a Beaft goes in, but none come out.

Adieu to Virtue, if you're once a Slave :

Send her to Court, you fend her to her grave.

Well, if a King's a Lion, at the leaft
The b People are a many-headed Beaft :
Can they direct what meafures to purfue,
Who know themfelves fo little what to do ?
Alike in nothing but one Luft of Gold,
Juft half the land would buy, and half be fold : 125
Their e Country's wealth our mightier Mifers drain,
Or crofs, to plunder Provinces, the Main ;
The reft, fome farm the Poor-box, fome the Pews ;
Some keep AfTemblies, and would keep the Stews ;

NOTES.

Pars hominum geftit conducere publica : futit qul, etQ,

Cruftis ei pomis

Mukis occulto, etc.

but his imitator has unwarily drawn them to a point, by
the introductory addition of the two lines above*

Alike in nothing, etc.

VER. 126. Their Country's wealth our mightier Miferi
drain,} The undertakers for advancing Loans to the Pub-
lic on the Funds. They have been commonly accufed o
making it a job. But in fo corrupt times, the fault is not
always to be imputed to a Miniftry : k having been found,
en trial, that the wifeft and moft virtuous citizen of this
or any other age, with every requifite talent in fuch mat-
ters, and fuppoi ted by all the weight an honeft Admini-
ftration could afford him, was, they fay, unable
this inveterate myitery of iniquity,

I a



n6 IMITATIONS Bopk J.

Cruftis ct pomis viduas venentur avaras,
Excipiantque fcnes, quos in vivaria mittant :
c Multis occulto crefcit res fenore. f vcrum
Efto, aliis alios rebus ftudiifque teneri :
lidem cadem poflunt horam durare probantes ?

s Nullus in orbe finus Bails praelucet amoenis,
Si dixit dives ; h lacus et mare fentit amorem
Feftinantis heri : cui fi ' vitiofa libido
Fecerit aufpiciitm j eras ferramenta Teanum
Tolletis, fabri. k leftus genialis in aula eft ?
Nil ait efle prius, melius nil coelibe vita :
1 Si non eft, jurat bene folis efle maritis.

m Quo teneam vultus [mutantem Protea nodo ?
Quid n pauper ? ride : mutat coenacula, leftos,

NOTES.

VER. 143. Now let fame icbimfy, &c.] This is very fpi-
rited, but much inferior to the elegance of the original,

Cui fi vitiofa Libido
Fecerit aufpicium



Ep. I. OF HORACE. 117

Some d with fat Bucks on childlefs Dotards fawn ;
Some win rich Widows by their Chine and Brawn j
While with the filent growth of ten per cent,
In dirt and darknefs, e hundreds ftink content.

Of all thefe ways, if each f purfues his own,
Satire, be kind, and let the wretch alone : 135
But {hew me one who has it in his pow'r
To acl: confiftent with himfelf an hour.
Sir Job g fail'd forth, the ev'ning bright and ftill,
" No place on earth (he cryed) like Greenwich hill !"
h Up -ftarts a Palace, lo, th' obedient bafe 140 "}
Slopes at its foot, the woods its fides embrace, Si
The filver Thames reflects its marble face. \

Now let fome whimfy, or that ' Dev'l within
Which guides all thofe who know not what they!

mean,

But give the Knight (or give his Lady) fpleen ;
" Away, away ! take all your fcaffblds down,
" For .Snug's the word: My dear! we'll live in Town.''

At am'rous Flavio is the k ftocken thrown ;
That very night he longs to lie alone.
1 The Fool, whofe Wife elopes fome thrice a quarter,
For matrimonial folace dies a martyr. 151

Did ever m Proteus, Merlin, any witch,
Transform themfelves fo ftrangely as the Rich ?
Well, but the "Poor The Poorhavethe fame itch;

NOTES.

which alluding to the religious manners of that time, no
modern imitation can reach.

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n8 IMITATIONS Book I.

Balnea, p tonfores ; condu&o navigio aeque
Naufeat, ac locuples qucm clucit priva triremis.

* Si curatus inaequali tonfore capillos
Occurro j rides, fi forte fubucula pexae
Trita fubcft tunicae, vel fi toga dijjidet impar - y
Rides, quid, ' mea cum pugnat fenteniia fecum }
Quod petiit, fpernit j repetit quod nuper omifit ;
' Aeftuat, ct vitae difconvenit ordine toto ;

* Diruit, aedificat, mutat quadrata rotundis ?

* Infanire putas folcnnia me, neque rides,
Nee w medici credis, nee curator is egere
A praetor -e dati ; rerum x tutela mearum

Cum fis, et prave feclum flomacheris ob unguem,


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