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The same Complaints most other Pedants make;
Plead real Causes, and the feign'd forsake:
25 Medea's Poison, Hafon's Perjury,
And 25 Philomela's Rape, are all laid by;
Th' accusing 27 Stepdame and the Son accus'd:
But if my friendly Counsel might be us’d,
Let not the Learn'd this Course, or t’other, try,
But, leaving both, profess plain Poverty;
And shew his 28 Tally for the Dole of Bread,
With which the Parish Poor are daily fed:
Ey'n that exceeds the Price of all thy Pains.
Now look into the Musick-Master's Gains,
Where noble Youth at valt Expence is taught;
But Eloquence not valu'd at a Groat.
On sumptuous Baths the Rich their Wealth bestow,
Or fome expensive airy Portico;
Where safe from Showers they may be born in State,
And free from Tempests, for fair Weather wait :
Or rather not expect the clearing Sun,
Thro' Thick and Thin their , Equipage mult rún:
Or staying, 'tis not for the Servants fake,
But that their Mules no Prejudice may take.
At the Walk's End, behold, how rais'd on high,
A Banquet-house falutes the southern Sky;
25 A notable Sorceress,, Son-in-Law Hippolitøs, and beo Daughter of Aetes King of cause the could not obtain her Colchos, and wife to Jason, Ends of him, accus'd him to who left her afterwards, and his Father that he would have married another.
forc'd her. 26 Daughter of Pandion King 28 In any Dole, made by, of Athens, was råvith'd by Tc- the Emperor, or one of the rius King of Thrace, who cut City Magistrates, the poor Ciout her Tongue that she might tizens had each a Tally given not disclose the Secret. them; which they shewed
27 Phadra Wife of Theseus, first, and then received their who fell in love with her. Proportion. F 3
Where, from afar, the Winter-Sun displays
The milder Influence of his weaken’d Rays.
The Cook, and Sewer, each his Talent tries;.
In various Figures Scenes of Dishes risc:
Belides, a Master-Cook, with greasie Fift,
Dives in luxurious Sauces to the Wrist.
Amidst this wasteful Riot, there accrues
But poor ten Shillings for 29 Quintilian's Dues ;
For, to breed up the Son to common Sense,
Is evermore the Parents least Expence.
From whence then comes Quintilian's vaft Estate?
Because he was the darling Son of Fate ;
And Luck, ia scorn of Merit, made him great:
Urge not th’Example of one single Man,
As raro as a white Crow, or fable Swan.
Quin:ilian's Fate was to be counted Wise,
Rich, Noble, Fair, and in the State to rise:
Good Fortune grac'd his Action, and his Tonguej
His Colds became him, and when hoarse be füng
O, there's ftrange difference, what Planets shed:
Their Influence on the new-born Infant's Head!
'Tis Fate that Aings the Dice; and as she flings,
Of Kings makes Pedants, and of Pedants Kings.
What made 30 Ventidius rise, and 31 Tullus great,
But their kiod Stars, and hidden Pow'r of Fate?
Few Pedagogues but curfe the barren Chair ;
Like 32 Him who hang'd himself for meer Defpair
29 Quintilian, a Famous and the firft who beat the Pare Man both in Rhetorick and rhians in three Battels. Oratory, who taught School 31 Here is meant Tullus., in the Times of Galba, Doc Servilius, one of the Roman mitian, and Trajan, and re- Kings. cciv'd his Salary out of the 32 Thrafymachus, a RhetoEmperor's Treasury.
rician of Carthage, who hange 30 Ventidius Baffus was ed himself by reason of his Lieutenant to Mari Antony ; 'Poverty.
And Poverty; 33 or Him, whom Caius fent
For liberty of Speech to Banishment.
Ev'n Socrates in Rags at Athens taught,
And wanted to 34 defray the deadly Draught.
In Peace, ye Shades of our Great Grandlires rest,
No heavy Earth your sacred Bones moleft:
Eternal Spring, and rising Flow'rs adorn
The Relicks of each venerable Urn,
Who pious Rev'rence to their Tutors paid,
As Parents honour'd, and as Gods obey'd.
Achilles 35, grown in Stature, fear'd the Rod,
And food corrected at the Centaur's Nod;
His tender Years in Learning did employ,
And promis'd all the Hero in the Boy.
The Scene's much alter'd in the Modern School,
The Boys of Rufus call their Master Fool;
A just 35 Revenge on him, who durft defame
The Merit of immortal Tully's Name.
But ask, what Fruit 37 Palemon's Pains have cara'd,
Or who has paid the Price of what he Learn'd;
Thoʻ Grammar Profits less than Rhetorick are,
Yet ev'o in those his Ulher claims a Share ;
Besides, the Servants Wages must be paid:
Thus of a little, till a lefs is made:
33 Secundus Carinus; who of the Executioner. was banit'd from Rome, by 35 The Son of Peleus and the Emperor Caligula, for de Thetis, who had Chiron the claiming against Tyrants. Centaur for his Tutor.
34 When Socrates was con 36. Rufus call'd. Tully an demn'd to dic by Poison, he Allobroge; as if his Latine wanted Money to pay for the were barbarous and not truly Juice of Hemlock which he Roman. was to drink; and desir'd one
37 A poor Grammarian, but of his Friends to lay it down of great Efteem. for him, and satisfie the Fees
As Merchants Gains come short of half the Mart,
For he who drives their Bargains, dribs a Part.
The covetous Father' now includes the Night,
And Cov'nants,' thou shalt teach by Candle-light;
When puffing Smiths, and ev'ry painful Trade
Of Handycrafts, in peaceful Beds are laid:
Then thou art bound to smell on either Hand
As many stinking Lamps, as School-Boys ftands
Where Horace could not read in his own fully'd Book:
And 39 Virgil's sacred Page is all besmear's with Smoke.
But when thou dun'it their Parents, seldom they 2 Without a Suit before the 39 Tribune, pay,
hard Laws upon the Master lay.
Be sure he knows exactly Grammar-Rules,
And all the best Historians read in Schools;
All Authors, ev'ry Poet to an hair ;
That, ask'd the Question, he may scarce despair,
To tell who nurst 4o Anchises; or to name
Anchemolus's 41 Stepmother, and whence the came:
How long 42 Acesles liv’d, what Scores of Wing
He gave to the departing Trojan Line.
Bid him besides his daily Pains employ,
To form the tender Manners of the Boy ;
And work him, like a waxen Babe, with Art,
To perfect Symmetry in ev'ry Part:
38 Virgil, Surnam'd Maros, neas, the Trojan, who was the Favourite Poet of sugu- the Founder of Rome. stus Cæfar.'
41 Anchemolus, the son of 39 Tribune, Here is meant Rhetus, a King in Italy, raTribunus Ararius, who took vilh'd his Stepmothes Cafe Cognizance only of Causes peria. of less Moment, not the Trie 42 A King of Sicily'; who bunus Plebis, as Britannicus kindly entertain'd Ancas in imagin'd.
his Voyage 40 Anchifes was Father ofl
To be his better Parent, to beware
No young Obscenities his Strength impair,
No mutual Filth; to mark his Hands and Eyes,
Distorted with unnatural Ecstasies:
This be thy Task; and yet for all thy Pains,
At the Year's End expect no greater Gains,
Than what 43 a Fencer, at a Prize, obtains.
43 The People were us’d at their Sword-plays, to gather' Money for the Conqueror,