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Challenge no Wonder or Esteem from me ;
" Virtue alone is true Nobility.
Live therefore well : To Men and Gods appear,
Such as good ? Paulus, Coffus, Drufus, were;
And in thy Consular triumphal Show,
Let Ihese before thy Father's Statues go;
Place 'em before the 3 Ensigns of the State,
As chusing rather to be Good than Great.
Convince the World that you're devout and true,
Be juft in all you say, and all you do;
Whatever be your Birth, you're sure to be
A Peer of the First Magnitude to me:
Rome for your fake shall push her Conquests on,
And bring 4 New Titles home from Nations won,
To Dignify fo Eminent a Son.
With your blest Name shall ev'ry Region found,
Loud as mad Egypt, when her Priests have found
A new s Osyris, for the Ox they drowo'd.
But who will call thofe Noble, who deface,
By meaner Acts, the Glories of their Race;
Whose only Title to our Father's Fame
Is couch'd ju the dead Letters of their Name?
A Dwarf as well may for a Giant pass ;
A Negro for a Swan; a Crook-back'd Lass
2 Brave and virtuous Re- f Shape of an Ox, which the
Priets ufed to drown át a cer3 The Rods and Ax, which cain Age; and gave out, their were carried in Processions, as God was withdrawn, and ab. Badges of the Consular Dig-sented himself for a few Dayss nity.
during which time 'twas their 4 Such as Getulicus, Afri- Custom to go Mourning and canus, Numantinus, Creticus. searching up and down till they
s Ofyris, for teaching the found another Ox to supply Agyptians Husbandry, had a his place, and then they broke Temple built at Memphis ; out with these Exclamations, where he was worhip'd in the We have found him, let's rejoice.
Be call?d Europa; and a Cur may bear
The Name of Tyger, Lion, or whate'er
Denotes the Nobleft or the Fiercest Reaft:
Be therefore careful, lelt (be World in jest
Shou'd thee just to with the Mock-titles greet,
Of Camerinus, or of Conquer'd Crete.
To whom is this Advice and Cenfure due ?..
Rubellius Plancus, 'tis apply'd to you;
Who think your Person second to Divine,
Because descended from the Drusian Linc;
Tho' yet you no Illustrious Act have done,
To make the World diftinguish Julia's Son
Fsom the vile Offspring of a Trull who fits
By the Town-Wall, and from her Living knits.
You are poor Rogues (you cry) the baser Scum
And inconsiderable Dregs of Rome ;
Who know not from what Corner of the Earth
The obscure Wretch, who got you, stole his Birth:
Mine, I derive from Cecrops o May your
Live, and enjoy the Splendor of your Race,
Yet of these base Plebeians we have known
Some, who, by charming Eloquence, have grown
Great Senators, and Honours to that Gown:
Some at the Bar with Subtilty defend
The Cause of an unlearned Noble Friend;
Os on the Bench the knotty Laws untye: :
Others their stronger Youth to Arms apply,
Go-to Euphrates, or those Forces join
Which Garrison the Conquests near the Rhine.
While you, Rubellius, on your Birtk rely ;
Tho' you resemble your Great Family
No more, than those rough Statues on the Road
(which we call Mercuries are like that God :
• The firf King of Arbens,
Your Blockhead tho' excels in this alone,
You are a Living Statue, that of Stone.
Great Son of Troy, who ever prais'd a Beaf
For being of a Race above the rest,
But rather meant his Courage, and his Force ?
To give an Instance We commend a Horse
(Without regard of Pasture or of Breed)
For his undaunted Mettle and his Speed;
Who 7 wins most Plates with greatest case, and first
Priots with his Hoofs his. Conquest on the Duft.
But if Aleet Dragon's Progeny at last
Proves jaded, and in frequent Matches caft,
No favour for the Stallion we retain,
And no respect for the degea'rate Strain ;
The worthless Brute is from New-Market brought,
And at an under-rate in Smithfield bought,
To turn a Mill
, or drag, a Loaded Life Beneath two Panniers, and a Baker's Wife..
That we may therefore you, not yours, admire s.
Firft, Sir, fome Honour of your own acquire;
Add to that Stock which justly we bestow
On those 8 Bleft Shades to whom you all things owe.
This may fuffice the Haughty Youth to shame,
Whofe swelling Veins (if we may credit Fame).
Burit almost with the Vanity and Pride,
That their Rich Blood to Nero's is ally'd:
The Rumour's likely; for “ We feldom find
- Much Sense with an Exalted Fortune join'd.
But, Ponticas, I wou'd, not you shou'd raise.
Your Credit by Hereditary Praise ;
Let your own A&ts Immortalize your. Name;.
s 'Tis Poor relying on another's Fame;
2. I haxe taken tho Liberty of our Author: to give this Simile a Modern * (Meaning your Anceftors) Air, because it happens to ao Ruscellius Blancase gree, caadly with the Humons
For, take the Pillars but away, and all
The Superstructure must in Ruins fall;
As a Vine droops, when by Divorce remov'd
From the Embraces of the Elm The lov’d.
Be a good Soldier, or upright Trustee,
An Arbritrator from Corruption free,
And it a Witness in a doubtful Cause,
Where a brib'd Judge means to elude the Laws;
Tho' 9 Phalaris his Brazen Bull were there,
And he wou'd dictate what he'd have
Be not so Profligate, but rather chuse
To guard your Honour, and your Life to lose,
Rather than let your Virtue be betray'd;
Virtue, the Noblest Cause for which you're made.
" + Improperly we nieasure Life by Breath ;
« Such do not truly Live who merit Death;
Tho they their wanton Senses nicely please
With all the Charms of Luxury and Ease ;
Tho'mingled Flow'rs adorn their careless Brow,
And round 'em costly Śweets neglected flow,
As if they in their Funeral State were laid,
And to the World, as they're to Virtue, Dead,
When to you the Province you expect, obtain,
From Passion and from Avarite refrain
Let our Associates Poverty provoke
Thy generous Heart not to cncrease their Yoke,
9 Phalaris was a Tyrant of|king him fisft try the Ex Agrigentum in Sicily ; to flat-periment. ter whose Cruelty, Perillus in f this and the reven folvented a Brazen Bull, where-lowing Verses are a sort of in People might be Roafted Paraphrase upon two Lines of alive, and their Cries were the Original, which I was for not unlike the bellowings of ced to enlarge, because the an Ox : But the Tyrant had sense of the Author is too the Justice to reward the Ar-clofe and obscure. tizan as he deservod, by ma · 10 (Speaking to Ponticus.)
Since Riches cannot rescue from the Grave,
Which claims alike the Monarch and the Slave.
To wbat the Laws enjoin, Submission pay i
And what the Senate shall Command, Obey ;
Think what Rewards upon the Good attend,
And how those fall unpätied who offend:
Tutor and Capito may Warnings be,
Who felt the Thunder of the States Decree,
For robbing the Cilicians, tho' they
F: (Like lesser Pikes) only fublilt on Prey.
But what avails the Rigour of their Doom ?
which cannot future Violence o'ercome,
Nor give the Miserable Province Ease,
* Since what one Plund'rer left, the next will foize,
Cherippus 11 then, in time your self bethink,
And what your Rags will yield by Auction, fink;
Ne'er put your self to Charges to complain
Of Wrongs which heretofore you did sustain,
Make not a Voyage to detect the Theft:
*Tis mad to Lavish what their Rapine left.
When Rome at first our rich Allies subdu'i'.
From gentle Taxes Noble Spoils accru'd;
Each wealthy Province, but in part Oppreft,
Thought the Loss trivial, and enjoy'd the rest.
All Treasuries did then with Heaps abound;
la ev'ry Wardrobe costly Silks were found;
The least Apartment of the meanest House ys Cou'd all the wealthy Pride of Art produce;
Pictures which from " Parrhafius did receive
Motion and Warmth; and Statues taught to live;
Some 12 Polyclete's, fome Myron's Work declar'd,
In others 12 Phidia's Masterpiece appear'd;
And crowding Plate did on the Cupboard stand,
Emboss'd by curious 12 Mentor's artful hand.
12 Famous Painrers, Statua** opprefs':.
11 Any poor Man who is I rics, and orker Arțizans.