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(7). But thou, should tempting Villainy present
All Marlb'rough hoarded, or all Villiers fpent,
Turn from the glittring Bribe thy scornful Eye,
Nor sell for Gold, what Gold could never buy,
The peaceful Slumber, felf-approving Day,
Unsullied Fame, and Conícience ever gay.
Mark whom the Great caress, who frown on me!
The common Shore of Paris and of Rome ;.
With eager Thirst, by Folly, or by Fate,
Sucks in the Dregs of each corrupted State.
Forgive my Transports on a Theme like this ;
(n) I cannot bear a French Metropolis.
6) Illustrious EDWARD! from the Realms of
The Land of Heroes and of Saints survey;
Nor hope the Britis Lineaments to trace,
The ruftick Grandeur, or the surly Grace ;
But, loft in thoughtless Ease, and empty Show,
Behold the Warrior dwindled to a Beau;
Sense, Freedom, Piety, refin'd away,
Of France the Mimic, and of Spain the Prey.
All that at Home no more can beg or steal,
Or like a Gibbet better than a Wheel,
Hiss'd from the Stage, or hooted from the Court,
Their Air, their Dress, their Politicks import ;
(1) --- Tanti tibi non fit opaci Omnis arena Tagi, quodque in mare voluitur aurum, Ut fomno careas. --(m) Quæ nunc divitibus gens acceptissima noftris, Et quos præcipue fugiam, properabo fateri. (n) .--. Non poffum ferre, Quirites, Græcam urbem. -... (0) Rufticus ille tuus fumit trechedipna, Quirine, Et cromatico feri niceteria collo.
(D) Obfequious, artful, voluble and gay, . On Britain's fond Credulity they prey. . No gainful Trade their Industry can 'scape ; (9) They ling, they dance, clean Shoes, or curea Clap; All Sciences a fafting Monsieur knows, ... And bid him go to Hell, to Hell he goes.
(r) Ah! what avails it, that, from Slav'ry far, I drew the Breath of Life in English Air ; Was early taught a Briton's Right to prize, And lisp the Tales of Henry's Victories; If the gull’d Conqueror receives the Chain, And Flattery fubdues when Arms are vain ?
() Studious to please, and ready to submit, The fupple Gaul was born a Parasite :', Still to his Int’reft true, where-e'er he goes, Wit, Brav'ry, Worth, his lavish Tongue bestows; In ev'ry Face a thousand Graces shine, i, From ev'ry Tongue flows Harmony divine, (t) These arts in vain our rugged Natives try, Strain out with fault'ring Diffidence a Lye, And gain a Kick for aukward Flattery.. J
Belides, with Justice this discerning Age : Admires their wond'rous Talents for the Stage :
(d) Ingenium velox, audacia perdita, fermo Promptus (9) Augur, fchoenobates, medicus, magus, omnia novit, Græculus esfuriens in cælum, fi jusseris, ibit. (n) Usque adeo nihil eft, quod noftra infantia cælum Hausit Aventini ? (s) Quid, quod adulando gens prudentiffima laudat Sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici ? (t) Hæc eadem licet & nobis laudare : fed illis Creditur. · VOL. II.
(u) Well may they venture on the Mimick’s Art ;
Who play from Morn to Night a borrow'd Part;
Practis'd cheir Master's Notions to embrace,
Repeat his Maxims, and reflect his Face;
With ev'ry wild Absurdity comply,
And view each Object with another's Eye;
To fhake with Laughter ere the Jest they hear,
To pour at Will the counterfeited Tear,
And as their Patron hints the Cold or Heat,
To shake in Dog-days, in December sweat.
(x) How, when Competitors like these contend,
Can surly Virtue hope to fix a Friend?
Slaves that with serious Impudence beguile,
And lye without a Blush, without a Smile ;
Exalt each Trifle, ev'ry Vice adore,
Your Taste in Snuff, your Judgment in a Whore
Can Balbo's Eloquence applaud, and swear
He gropes his Breeches with a Monarch's Air.
For Arts like these preferr'd, admir'd, caress’d,
They first invade your Table, then your Breast;
() Explore your Secrets with insidious Art,
Watch the weak Hour, and ransack all the Heart ;
Then loon your ill-plac'd Confidence repay,
Commence your Lords, and govern or betray.
(z) By Numbers here from Shame or Censure free, All Crimes are fafe, but hated Poverty. This, only this, the rigid Law pursues, This, only this, provokes the snarling Muse.
(u) Natio commedia eft. Rides? majore cachinno Concutitur, &C. (x) Non fumus ergo pares : melior qui semper & omni Nocte dieque potest alienum fumere vultum : A facie jactare manus, laudare paratus, Si bene ručtavit, fi re&tum minxit amicus. (y) Scire volunt secreta domús, atque inde timeri. (%) ---- Materiem præbet causasque jocorum Qmnibus hic idem si fæda & fiifa lacerna, & c. . 5
The sober Trader at a tatter'd Cloak
Wakes from his Dream, and labours for a Joke ;
With þrisker Air the filken Courtiers gaze,
And turn the varied Taunt a thousand Ways.
(a) Of all the Griefs that harrafs the Distress'd,
Sure the most bitter is a scornful Jeft;
Fate never wounds more deep the gen'rous Heart,
Than when a Blockhead's Insult points the Dart.
(6) Has Heaven resery’d, in Pity to the Poor,
No pathless Waste, or undiscover'd Shore?
No secret Island in the boundless Main?
No peaceful Desart, yet unclaim'd by Spain?.
Quick let us rise, the happy Seats explore, ..
And bear Oppression's Insolence no more.
This mournful Truth is ev'ry where confess’d,
(c) Slow rifes WORTH, BY POVERTY DEPRESS'D :
But here more low, where all are Slaves to Gold,
Where Looks are Merchandise, and Smiles are sold,
Where won by Bribes, by Flatteries implor'd,
The Groom retails the Favours of his Lord. [Cries
But hark! th' affrighted Crowd's tumultuous
Roll through the Streets, and thunder to the Skies:
Rais'd from some pleasing Dream of Wealth and Pow'r,
Some pompous Palace, or some blissful Bow'r,
Aghaft you start, and scarce with aching Sight
Sustain th' approaching Fire's tremenduous Light ;
(a) Nil habet infelix paupertas durius in fe,
Quam quod ridiculous homines facit. (6) --.-.-- Agmine fatto Debuerant olim tenues migralse Quirities. (c) Haud facile emergunt, quorum virtutibus obftat Res angusla domi. Sed Romee durior illis Conatus - .... ......OMNIA Romæ Cum pretio ..... Cogimur, && cultis augere peculia servis.
Swift from pursuing Horrors take your Way,
And leave your little ALL to Flames a Prey;
(d) Then thro’the World a wretched Vagrant roam,
For where can starving Merit find a Home ?
In vain your mournful Narrative disclose, i
While all neglect, and most insult your Woes.
(e) Should Heaven's just Bolts Orgilio's Wealth con-
And spread his flaming Palace on the Ground, [found,
Swift o'er the Land the dismal Ruñour flies,
And publick Mournings pacify the Skies ;
The laureat Tribe in servile Verse relate,
How Virtúe wars with persecuting Fate;
(f) With well-feign'd Gratitude the penfion'd Band
Refund the Plunder of the beggar'd Land.
See ! while he builds, the gaudy Vaffals come,
And crowd with fudden Wealth the rising Dome ;
The Price of Boroughs and of Souls restore,
And raise his Treasures higher than before:
Now bless'd with all the Baubles of the Great,
The polish'd Marble, and the shining Plate,
(8) Orgilio fees the golden Pile aspire,
And hopes from angry Heav'n another Fire.
(b) Could'ft thou relign the Park and play content, For the fair Banks of Severn or of Trent :
(d) -.--. Ultimus autem Ærumnæ cumulus, quod nudum, & fruftra rogantem Nemo cibo, nemo hofpitio, te toque juvabit. (e) Si magna Asturici cecidit domus, horrida mater, Pullati proceres. ---U) Jam accurrit, qui marmora donet, Conferat impenfas : hic, &c. Hic modum argenti. - ... (g)-.Meliora, ac plura reponit Perficus orborum lautisimus. --.. (b) Si potes avelli Circensibus, optima Sora, Aut Frabrateriæ domus, aut Frufinone paratur,