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Shakes all together, and produces—you.
Be this a woman's fame: with this unblest, Toasts live a scorn, and queens may die a jest. This Phæbus promised (I forget the year) When those blue eyes first opened on the sphere; Ascendant Phæbus watched that hour with care, Averted half your parents' simple pray’r; And gave you beauty, but denied the pelf That buys your sex a tyrant o'er itself. The generous God, who wit and gold refines, And ripens spirits as he ripens mines, Kept dross for duchesses, the world shall know it, To you gave sense, good-humour, and a poet.
TO ALLEN ĻORN BATHURST.?
OF THE USE OF RICHES.
That it is known to few, most falling into one of the extremes, avarice
or profusioni, ver. 1, &c. The point discussed, whether the inven. tion of money has been more commodious or pernicious to mankind, ver. 21-77. That riches, either to the avaricious or the prodigal, cannot afford happiness, scarcely necessaries, ver. 89-160. That avarice is an absolute frenzy, without an end or purpose, ver. 113, &c., 152. Conjectures about the motives of acaricious men, ver. 121-153. That the conduct of men, with respect to riches, cau ouly
1 This epistle was written after a violent ontcry against our author, on a supposition that he had ridiculed a worthy nobleman merely for his wrong taste.* He justified himself upon that article in a letter to the Eari of Burlington, at the end of which are these words: “I have learnt that there are some who would rather be wicked than ridicu. lous ; and therefore it may be safer to attack vices than follies. I will therefore leave my betters in the quiet possession of their idols, their groves, and their gh places; and change my subject from their pride to their meanness, from their vanities to their miseries; and as the only certain way to avoid misconstructions, to lessen offence, and nct to multiply ill-natured applications, I may probably in my next, make use of real names instead of fictitious ones.”—Popë.
2 This Epistle is written in the form of a dialogue between the poet and Lord Bathurst.
"None of my works" said Pope to Mr. Spence, "was more laboured than my. Epistle on the Use of Riches.""
* The Duke of Chandos in the next Epistle as Timon.
be accounted for by the
for by the Order of Providence, which works the
out of extremes, and brings all to its great end u revolutions, ver. 161-178. How a miser acts upon Ses which appear to him reasonable, ver. 179. How a prodi.
the same, ver 199. The due medium, and true use of rer. 219. The Man of Ross, ver. 250. The fate of the pro
and the covetons, in two examples: both miserable in life and in death, ver. 300, &c. The story of Sir Balaam, ver. 339 to the end.
P. Who shall decide, when doctors disagree,
But I, who think more highly of our kind,
Like doctors thus, when much dispute has past,
1 John Ward, of Hackney, Esq., member of Parliament, being proseented by the Duchess of Buckingham, and convicted of forgery, was first expelled the House, and then stood in the pillory on the i7th of March, 1727. He was suspected of joining in a conveyance with Sir John Blunt, to secrete fifty thousand pounds of that director's estate, forfeited to tbe South Sea Company by Act of Parliament. The company recovered the fifty thousand pounds against Ward; but he set up prior conveyances of his real estate to his brother and son, and con. cealed all his personal, which was computed to be one hundred and fifty thousand pounds. These conveyances being also set aside by a bill in Chancery, Ward was imprisoned, and hazarded the forfeiture of his life, by not giving in his effects till the last day, which was that of his examination. During his confinement, his amusement was to give poison to dogs and cats, and to see them expire by slower or quicker torments. To sum up the worth of this gentleman, at the several eras of his life, at his standing in the pillory he was worth about two huo. dred thousand pounds; at his commitment to prison, he was worth one hundred and fifty thousand pounds; but has been since so far diminished in his reputation, as to be thought a worse man by fifty or sixty thousand.-Pope.
2 Fr. Chartres, a man infamous for all manner of vices. When he was an ensign in the army, he was drummed out of the regiment for a cheat; he was next banished Brussels, and drummed out of Ghent on the same account. After a hundred tricks at the gaming tables, he took to lending of money at exorbitant interest and on great penalties, accumulating premium, luterest, and capital, into a new capital and
B. What nature wants, commodious gold bestows, 'Tis thus we eat the bread another sows.
P. But how unequal it bestows, observe,
B. Trade it may help, society extend.
seizing to a minute when the payments became due; in a word, by a coustant attention to the vices, wants, and follies of mankind, he acquired an immense fortune. He was twice condemned for great crimes, and pardoned; but the last time not without imprisonment in Newgate, and large confiscations. He died in Scotland in 1731, aged 62. The populace at his funeral raised a great riot, almost tore the body out of the coffin, and cast dead dogs, &c., into the grave along with it. The following epitapth contains his character very justly drawu by Dr. Arbuthnot:
Here continueth to rot
from the first,
pravity of bis manners
Without trust of public money,
A ministerial estate.
Retain his primeval meanness
When possessed of ten thousand a year,
Oh, indignant reader!
To give to after ages
wealth in the sight of God,
of all mortals. This gentleman was worth seven thousand pounds a year estate in land, and about one hundred thousand in money.-Pope.
Mr. Waters, the second of these worthies, was a man no way resembling the former in his military, but extremely so in his civil, capacity; his great fortune having been raised by the like diligent attendance on the necessities of others. But this gentleman's history must be deferred till his death, when his worth may bo kuown more certainly.
Poned till his death, when it this, gentleman's sont attendance on B. It raises armies in a nation's aid.
P. But bribes a senate, and the land's betrayed. In vain may heroes fight, and patriots rave; If secret gold sap on from knave to knave. Once, we confess, beneath the patriot's cloak," From the cracked bag the dropping guinea spoke, And jingling down the back-stairs, told the crew, “Old Cato is as great a rogue as you.”. Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly! Gold imp'd by thee, can compass hardest things, Can pocket states, can fetch or carry kings;2 A single leaf shall waft an army o'er, Or ship off senates to a distant shore;3 A leaf, like Sibyl's, scatter to and fro Our fates and fortunes, as the winds shall blow: Pregnant with thousands flits the scrap unseen, And silent sells a king, or buys a queen.“
Oh! that such bulky bribes as all might see, Still, as of old, encumbered villany! Could France or Rome divert our brave designs, With all their brandies or with all their wines ? What could they more than knights and squires con
found, Or water all the quorum ten miles round ? A statesman's slumbers how this speech would spoil ! “Sir, Spain has sent a thousand jars of oil; Huge bales of British cloth blockade the door; A hundred oxen at your levee roar.”
Poor avarice one torment more would find; Nor could profusion squander all in kind. Astride his cheese Sir Morgan might we meet;
1 This is a true story, which happened in the reign of William III. to an unsuspected old patriot, who coming out at the back-door from hav. ing been closeted by the king, where he had received a large bag of guineas, the bursting of the bag discovered his business there. According to Warburton, this was Sir Christopher Musgrave.--Pope.
2 In our author's time, many princes had been sent about the world, and great changes of kings projected in Europe. The partition-treaty had disposed of Spain; France had set up a king for England, who was sent to Scotland, and back again; King Stanislaus was sent to Poland, and back again; the Duke of Anjou was sent to Spain, and Don Carlos to Italy:-Pope.
3 Alludes to several ministers, counsellors, and patriots banished in our times to Siberia, and to that more glorious fate of the Parliament of Paris, banished to Pontoise in the year 1720.–Pope.
4 Supposed to be a stroke of satire on Queen Caroline. Pope was an adherent of the “King over the water." whom he believed to have been sold by traitors,
And Worldly crying coals from street to street,
P. What riches give us let us then inquire:
clothes, and fire.
1 Some misers of great wealth, proprietors of the coal mines, had entered at this time into an association to keep up coals to an extravagant price, whereby the poor were reduced almost to starve, till one of them taking the advantage of underselling the rest, defeated the design. One of these misers was worth ten thousand, another seven thousand a year.- Pope
2 Sir William Colepepper, Bart., a person of an ancient family, and ample fortune, without one other quality of a gentleman, who, after ruining himself at the gaming-table, passed the rest of his days in sitting there to see the ruin of others; preferring to subsist upon borrowing and begging, rather than to enter into any reputable method of life, and refusing a post in the army which was offered him.-Pope.
3 A well-known club.
4 One who, being possesed of three hundred thousand pounds. laid down his coach, because interest was reduced from five to four per cent., and then put seventy thousand into the Charitable Corporation for better interest: which sum having lost, he took it so much to heart, that he kept his chamber ever after. It is thought he would not have outlived it, but that he was heir to another con. siderable estate, which he daily expected, and this by that course of life he saved both clothes and all other expenses.-Pope.
6 A nobleman of great qualities, but as unfortunate in the application of them, as if they had been vices and follies. See his character in the first epistle.- Pope,
6 A citizen, whose rapacity obtained him the name of Vulture Hopkins. He lived worthless, but died worth three hundred thousand