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“ Thou art not honesty, thou art not fame;
Contempt is properly thy due;
“ Thou art no patriot, but the veriest cheat
" That ever traffick'd in deceit ;
“ A ftate empiric, bellowing loud “ Freedom and phrenzy to the mobbing crowd;
“ And what car'ft thou, if thou canst raise
" Illuminations and huzzas, • Tho' half the city funk in one bright blaze?
“ A patriot ! no; for thou dost hold in hate “ The very peace and welfare of the state ; " When anarchy assaults the sovereign's throne,
" Then is the day, the night thine own; “Then is thy triumph, when the foe
“ Levels some dark insidious blow, " Or strong rebellion lays thy country low.
“ Thou canst affect humility to hide
“ Some deep device of monstrous pride; “ Conscience and charity pretend
“ For compassing some private end ; " And in a canting conventicle note
"Long scripture passages canft quote, " When persecution rankles in thy throat.
" Thou hast no fenfe of nature at thy heart,
" Yet confidently dost decide at once
56 This man a wit, and that a dunce; “ And, (strange to tell!) howe'er unjust,
“ We take thy dictates upon trust, " For if the world will be deceiv'd, it muft.
“ In truth and justice thou hast no delight,
“ Virtue thou doft not know by fight;
“ But, as the chymist by his skill s From dross and dregs a spirit can distill,
6. So from the prisons, or the stews,
« Bullies, blasphemers, cheats or Jews “ Shall turn to heroes, if they serve thy views
“ Thou doft but make a ladder of the mob, “ Whereby to climb into some courtly job;
“There safe reposing, warm and snug,
• Thou answer'st with a patient shrug, “ Miscreants, begone! who cares for you,
“ Ye base-born, brawling, clamorous crew? " You've serv'd my turn, and, vagabonds, adieu !",
BEING now artived at the conclusion of
my Third Volume, and having hitherto given my readers very little interruption in my own person, I hope I may be permitted to make one short valedictory address to these departing adventurers, in whose fuccess I am naturally so much interested.
I have employed much time and care in rearing up thefe Effays to what I conceived maturity, and qualifying them, as far as was able, to shift for themselves, in a world where they are to inherit no popularity from their author, nor to look for
favour but what they can earn for themfelves. To any, who shall question them who they are, and whence they come, they may truly anfwer-We are all one man's fons--we are indeed Observers, but no Spies. If this shall not fuffice, and they must needs give a further account of themfelves, they will have to fay, that he who fent them into the world, sent them as an offering of his good-will to mankind; that he trusts they have been fo trained as not to hurt the feelings or offend the principles of any man, who shall admit them into his company; and that for their errors (which he cannot doubt are many) he hopes they will be found errors of the understanding, not of the heart : They are the first-fruits of his leisure and retirement, and as the mind of a man in that situation will naturally bring the past scenes of active life under its examination and review, it will surely be confidered as a pardonable zeal for being yet serviceable to mankind, if he gives his experience and observations 'to the world, when he has no further expectations from it on the score of fame or fortune.. These are the real motives for the publication of these Papers, and this the Author's true state of mind : To serve the cause of morality and religion is his firft ambition; to point out some useful lessons for amending the education and manners of young people of either fex, and to mark the evil habits and unfocial humours of men, with a view to their reformation, are the general objects of his undertaking.
He has formed his mind to be contented with the consciousness of these honest endeavours, and with a very moderate share of success: He has ample reason notwithstanding to be more than fatisfied, with the reception these Papers have already had in their probationary excursion ; and it is not from any disgust, taken up in a vain conceit of his own merits, that he has more than once observed upon the frauds and follies of po. pularity, or that he now repeats his opinion, that it is the worst guide a public man can follow, who wilhes not to go out of the track of honefty; for at the same time that he has seen men force their way in the world by effrontery, and heard others applauded for their talents, whose only recommendation has been their ingenuity in wickedness, he can recollect very few indeed who have succeeded, either in fame or fortune, under the disavantages of modesty and merit,
To such readers, as fhall have taken up these Effays with a candid difpofition to be pleased, he will not scruple to express a hope that they have not been altogether disap: