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Cheese, such as men in Suffolk make,
But with'd it Stilton for his fake ;
Yet, to his Guest though no way sparing,
He eat himself the rind and paring.
Our Courtier scarce could touch a bit,
But show'd his Breeding and his Wit;
He did his best to seem to eat,
And cry'd, “ I vow you're mighty neat.
“ But Lord, my Friend, this savage Scene !
“ For God's fake, come, and live with Men :
“ Consider, Mice, like Men, must die,
á Both small and great, both you and I:
“ Then spend your life in Joy and Sport,

(This doctrine, Friend, I learn'd at Court.)”

The veriest Hermit in the Nation
May yield, God knows, to strong temptation.

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Away

Aridum et ore ferens acinum, semesaque lardi
Frusta dedit, cupiens varia fastidia coena
Vincere tangentis male fingula dente fuperbo :
Cum pater ipse domus palea porrectus in horna
Eset ador loliumque, dapis meliora relinquens.
Tandem urbanus ad hunc, Quid te juvat, inquit, amice.
Praerupti nemoris patientem vivere dorso ?
Vin' tu homines urbemque feris praeponere fylvis ?
Carpe viam (mihi crede) comes : terrestria quando
Mortales animas vivunt fortita, neque ulla eft,
Aut magno aut parvo, leti fuga. quo, bone, circa,
Dum licet, in rebus jucundis vive beatus :
Vive memor quam fis aevi brevis. Haec ubi dicta

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Away they came, through thick and thin,
To a tall house near Lincoln's-Inn :
('Twas on the night of a Debate,
When all their Lordships had sate late.)

Behold the place, where if a Poet
Shind in Description, he might show it;
Tell how the Moon-beam trembling falls,
And tips with Silver all the walls;
Palladian walls, Venetian doors,
Grotesco roofs, and Stucco floors :
But let it (in a word) be said,
The Moon was up, and Men a-bed,
The Napkin 's white, the Carpet red:
The Guests withdrawn had left the Treat,
And down the Mice sate, “ tête à tête."

Our Courtier walks from dish to dish,
Tastes for his Friend of Fowl and Fish;
Tells all their names, lays down the law,
“ Que ça est bon! Ah goutez ça !

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Agrestem pepulere, domo levis exsilit: inde
Ambo propofitum peragunt iter, urbis aventes
Moenia nocturni subrepere. jamque tenebat
Nox medium coeli fpatium, cum ponit uterque
In locuplete domo vestigia : rubro ubi cocco
Tincta super lectos canderet vestis eburnos;
Multaque de magna superessent fercula coena,
Quae procul exstructis inerant hefterna canistris.
Ergo ubi purpurea porrectum in veste locavit
Agrestem ; veluti succinctus cursitat hofpes,

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" That Jelly's rich, this Malmfey healing, « Pray dip your

Whiskers and

your Tail in." Was evet Yuch a happy Swain ? He stuffs and swills, and stuffs again. “ I'm quite asham'd-'tis mighty rude " To eat so much-but all's so good. “ I have a thousand thanks to give“ My Lord alone knows how to live." No sooner said, but from the Hall Rush Chaplain, Butler, Dogs and all : .“ A Rat, a Rat! clap to the door”The Cat comes bouncing on the floor. O for the heart of Homer's Mice, Or Gods to save them in a trice! (It was by Providence they think, For your

damn'd Stucco has no chink.) An't please your Honour, quoth the Peafart, * This fame Dessert is not so pleasant : “ Give me again my hollow Tree, " A Crust of Bread, and Liberty!"

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Continuatque dapes: nec non verniliter ipfis
Fungitur officiis, praelambens omne quod affert.
Ille cubans gaudet mutata forte, bonisque
Rebus agit laetum convivam: cum fubito ingens
Valvarum ftrepitus lectis excuffit utrumque,
Currere per totum pavidi conclave; magisque
Exanimes trepidare, simul domus alta Moloffis
Personuit canibus, tum rusticus, Haud mihi vita
Eft opus hac, ait, et valeas : me fylva, cavusque
Tutus ab infidiis tenui folabitur axvo.

BOOK

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breast ? Ah spare me, Venus ! let let me rest! I am not now, alas ! the man

As in the gentle Reign of my Queen Anne. Ah sound no more thy soft alarms,

Nor circle sober fifty with thy Charms ! Mother too fierce of dear Desires !

Turn, turn to willing hearts your wanton fires. To Number five direct your Doves, There spread round Murray all your blooming Loves ;

Noble

Ad VENERE M. INTERMISSA, Venus, diu

Rursus bella moves ? parce precor, precor. Non fum qualis eram bonae

Sub regno Cynarae. define, dulcium Mater faeva Cupidinum,

Circa lustra decem flectere mollibus Jam durum imperiis : abi

Quo blandae juvenum te revocant preces, Tempestivius in domum

Paulli, purpureis ales oloribus,

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Noble and young, who strikes the heart

With every sprightly, every decent part;. Equal, the injur'd to defend,

To charm the Mistress, or to fix the Friend. He, with a hundred Arts refin'd,

Shall stretch thy conquests over half the kind : To him each Rival shall submit,

Make but his Riches equal to his Wit. Then Tall thy Form the Marble grace,

(Thy Grecian Form) and Chloe lend the Face : His House, embofom'd in the Grove,

Sacred to social life and social love,
Shall glittér o'er the pendent green,

Where Thames reflects the visionary scene :
Thither, the filver-sounding lyres
Shall call the smiling Loves, and young

Desires ;

There,

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Commiffabere Maximi;

Si torrere jecur quaeris idoneum.,
Namque et nobilis, et decens,
Et
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folicitis non tacitus reis, Et centum puer artium,

Late ligna feret militiae tuae. Et, quandoque potentior

Largis muneribus riserit aemuli, Albanos prope te lacus

Ponet marmoream sub trabe citrea Illic plurima naribus

Duces thura; lyraque et Berecynthiae

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