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Sell their presented partridges, and fruits,
“He knows to live, who keeps the middle state,
“Now hear what blessings temperance can bring;" (Thus said our friend, and what he said I sing.) “First health: The stomach (crammed from every
dish, A tomb of boiled and roast, and flesh and fish, Where bile, and wind, and phlegm, and acid jar,. And all the man is one intestine war) Remembers oft the school-boy's simple fare, The temp’rate sleeps, and spirits light as air.
“How pale, each worshipful and reverend guest Rise from a clergy, or a city feast! What life in all that ample body, say? What heavenly particle inspires the clay? The soul subsides, and wickedly inclines To seem but mortal, even in sound divines.
“On morning wings how active springs the mind That leaves the load of yesterday behind! How easy ev'ry labour it pursues! How coming to the poet every muse! Not but we may exceed, some holy time, Or tired in search of truth, or search of rhymes Ill health some just indulgence may engage, And more the sickness of long life-old age; For fainting age.what cordial drop remains, If our intemp’rate youth the vessel drains ?
“Our fathers praised rank ven’son. You suppose Perhaps, young men! our fathers had no nose: Not so: a buck was then a week's repast,
And 'twas their point, I ween, to make it last;
“Unworthy he, the voice of fame to hear,
“Right,” cries his lordship, “for a rogue in need
“Who thinks that fortune cannot change her mind, Prepares a dreadful jest for all mankind. And who stands safest ? tell me, is it he That spreads and swells in puffed prosperity, Or blest with little, whose preventing care 'In peace provide fit arms against a war?”
Thus Bethel spoke, who always speaks his thought, And always thinks the very thing he ought: His equal mind I copy, what I can, And, as I love, would imitate the man.
1 Lord Hervey. 2 A certain parasite, who thought to please Lord Bolingbroke by ridiculing the avarice of the Duke of Marlborough, was stopped short by Bolingbroke's saying, “ He was so very great a man, that I forgot he had the vice.”- Warton.
In South-Sea days not happier, when surmised
Fortune not much of humbling me can boast; Though double taxed, how little have I lost? My life's amusements have been just the same, Before, and after, standing armies came. My lands are sold, my father's house is gone; I’li hire another's; is not that my own, And yours, my friends ? through whose free-op’ning
gate None comes too early, none departs too late; (For I, wbo hold sage Homer's rule the best, Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.) “Pray heaven it last!” (cries Swift!)“ as you go on: I wish to God this house had been your own: Pity! to build, without a son or wifer. Why, you'll enjoy it only all your life.” Well, if the use be mine, can it concern one, Whether the name belong to Pope or Vernon ? What's property ? dear Swift! you see it alter From you to me, from me to Peter Walter;
1 Pope had 20,000 or 30,000 pounds of South-Sea stock which he had not sold out when the bubble burst.
? A double tax was in those days laid on the estates of Papists and Nonjurors.--Bowles.
8 From Homer, “od.”b. xv. v. 74.
4 He had a lease of his horise and gardens at Twickenham for his ufe. The lease was purchased of a Mrs. Vernon.-Bowles.
Or, in a mortgage, prove a lawyer's share;
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF THE
FIRST BOOK OF HORACE.
TO LORD BOLINGBROKE. ST. JOHN, whose love indulged my labours past, Matures my present, and shall bound my last ! Why will you break the Sabbath of my days ? 3 Now sick alike of envy, and of praise. Public too long, ah, let me hide my age! See, modest Cibber now has left the stage: Our generals, now, retired, to their estates, Hang their old trophies o'er the garden gates, In life's cool ev'ning satiate of applause, Nor fond of bleeding, even in Brunswick's cause.
A voice there is, that whispers in my ear, ('Tis reason's voice, which sometimes one can hear) “ Friend Pope! be prudent,' let your muse take
i Gorhambury, near St. Alban's, at the time Pope wrote, the residence of the first Lord Grimstone.
2 In Yorkshire; it belonged to Villiers, duke of Buckingham. : Seven times seven years, i.e., the 49th year, the age of the author. 1 The fame of this heavy poet, however problematical elsewhere, was universally received in the city of London. His versification is here exactly described; stiff, and not strong; stately and yet dull, like the scber and slow-paced animal generally employed to mount the lord mayor: and therefore here humorously opposed to Pegasus.-Pope.
And never gallop Pegasus to death;
Farewell then verse, and love, and ev'ry toy,
But ask not, to what doctors I apply!
Long, as to him who works for debt, the day,
2 Very opposite philosophers. Montaigne excelled in his observa. tions on social and civil life; Locke in explaining the operations of the human mind.
3 George Lord Lyttelton, born 1709, died 1773, author of the “ Dialogues of the Dead,” &c.; the eulogium was well merited.
4 The disciple of Socrates and founder of the Cyrenaic sect. His maxims differed widely from those of Socrates, as he held that pleasure was the chief good,