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But, if it be beneficial to all, it is peculiarly necefiary to Youth. It is at once a Remedy for Bafhfulnefs, and a Prefervative againft the contrary Vice. A polite Perfon ftands in the Middle between a fheepifh Modefty, and a dillafteful Boldnefs. It is the Habit which adds the laft Polifti to Education, brightens the Man of Letters, and ipreads a Glofs over that Sort of Learning which would otherwife appear pedantic. The polite Man may not only underftand Latin and Greek, but may alfo introduce them into Difcourfe, provided it be before proper Company, and on a proper Occafion. The unpolifhed Scholar lugs them in whenever they occur; quotes Ovid to his Miftrefs, and repeats a Paflage from Poly*nus to a Captain of the Guards. To our Youth therefore I beg leave to recommend this concife Manual, which will coft them but little Time to read and no great Pains to pracWe.

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To the AUTHOR

OF THE

POLITE PHILOSOPHER.

Velat materna tempora myrto. Virg.

WHEN Vice the Shelter of a Mafk difdain'd,
When Folly triumph'd, and a Nero reign'd,
Petronius rofe, fatyric, yet polite,
And fhew'd the glaring Monfter fu]l in Sight;
To public Mirth expos'd th' Imperial Beaft,
And made his wanton Court the common Jeft.

In your corre&er Page his Wit we fee.
And all the Roman Lives reftor'd in thee:
So is the Piece proportion'd to our Times j'
For ev'ry Age diverfifies its Crimes;
And Vice, with Proteus Art, in one conceals
What in the next more boldly it reveals;
In difFrent Shapes drives on the lafhing Trade,
And makes the World one changing Mafquerade.

The griping Wretch, whofe Av'rice robs the Town,
To gain his Point, a holy Look puts on;
To Earth directs his Hands, to Heav'n his Eyes,
And, with a fhew of Grace, defrauds and lyes.

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Th' ambitious Courtier, but for difPrent Ends,
With feeming Zeal the Public Good de-'ends.
Th' Entnufuft thinks to him the Standard giv'n
Of Truth divine, the Mafter key of Heav'n.
The Pettifogger fee'd, fupports the Caufe,
Howc'er unjuft, and wrefts the inju.'d Laws.
To Courage, Bullies; Fops to Wit pretend;
And all can proftitute the Name of Friend.
Yet tho' Men want but Eyes to fee the Cheat,
They choofe to wink, and help their own Deceit.
The Herd of Fools refign themfelves a Prey,
Which every Knave purfues his private Way.

The Queftion, Forre/ler, is fomething hard;
How fhall the wife the motly Scene regard?
While Men ourfelves, can we unmov'd ftand by?
Pain'd while we fmile? or guiltlefs fhall we cry?
Humanity to Grief wou'd give the Rule;
But ftronger Reafon fides with Ridicule.

O! that thy Work, inftructive, but refin'd, The pleafing Image of your eafy Mind; (Which, like the Statues wrought by Phidian Art, Is one fair whole, complete in every Part,) May cure the lighter Follies of the Age, Cool Bigot Zeal, and foften Party Rage; Expofe 111-nature, Pedantry o'ercome, Strike Affectation dead, and Scandal dumb; Reftore free Coim-rfe to its native Light, And teach Mankind with Eafe to grow polite.

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Then round thy Brow the Myrtle Garland twine,
The grateful Recompence of Toils like thine:
Secure in all you write or do, to pleafe;
Join Wit with Senfe, with Underftanding, Eafe.
Already here your juft Applaufes rife,
And the Belles read you with tranfported Eyes.
Some in the fweeteft Notes repeat thy Lays;
Others harmonious, fpeak the Author's Praife:
All to approve, with equal Zeal confpire;
What more can Fortune give ?—or you defire?

As Paris, loft in paffionate Surprife,
To Love's refiftlefs Queen affign'd the Prize >
So while you Beauty treat with fuch Regard,
The lovely Theme mall be your beft Reward;
Venus fhall from the Shepherd's Debt be free;
And, by the fav'rite Fair, repay the Debt to thee.

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