Sidor som bilder
PDF
ePub

Which rarely happen'd, and 'twas highly priz'd
If is ought was left of what they Sacrific'd.
To Entertainments of this kind, wou'd come
The Worthiest and the Greatest Men in Rome ;
Nay, seldom any at such Treats were seen,
But those who had at least thrice '7 Confuls been;
Or the 18 Dictator's Office had discharg'd,
And now from Honourable Toil enlarg'd,
Retir'd to Husband and Manure their Land,
Humbling themselves to those they might Command.
Then might y' have seen the good old Gen'ral baste,
Before th' appointed 19 Hour, to such a Feast ;
His Spade aloft, as 'twere in Triumph held,
Proud of the Conquest of some stubborn Field.
'Twas then, when pious Consuls bore the Sway,
When Vice discourag'd, pale and trembling lay.

16 If they kill'd a Sacrifice, time expired (if occasion were) and any Flesh remaind to they chose another, or contifpare, it was priz'd as an ac-nued the same, by a new Ecidental Rarity.

le&tion. The Di&ator differed 17 By the Tyranny of Tar- in nothing from a King, but quinius Superbus, (the last Row in his Name, and the Duraman King) the very Name of tion of his Authority: His King became hateful to the Power being full as great, but People. After his Expulsion, his Name not so hateful to they assembled, and resolv'd to the Romans. commit the Government, for 19 It was accounted Greedithe future, into the Hands of acss, and shameful, to eat betwo Persons, who were to be fore the usual Hour, which was chosen every Year anew, and their Ninth Hour; and our whom they call’d Confuls. three a Clock, Afternoon.

18 Dictator was a General But upon Festival Days, it was chosen upon some emergent permitted them to prevent the Occasion; his office was li- ordinary Hour ; and always mited for fix Months; which I cxcusable in old people.

Our

}

Our 20 Cenfors then were subject to the Law,
Ev'n Pow'r it felf, of 7ustice stood in awe.
It was not, then, a Roman's anxious Thought,
Where largest Tortoise-Shells were to be bought,
Where Pearls might of the greatest Price be had,
And shining Jewels to adorn his 21 Bed,
That he at vast Expence might loll his Head.
Plain was his Couch, and only rich his Mind;
Contentedly he fept, as cheaply, as he din'd.
The Soldier then, in 22 Grecian Arts unskillid,
Returning rich with Plunder, from the Field:
If Cups of Silver, or of Gold he brought,
With Jewels fet, and exquisitely wrought,
To glorious Trappings streight the Plate he turn'd,
And with the glitt'ring Spoil his Horse adorn'd;
Or elle a Helmet for himself he made,
Where various warlike Figures were inlaid:
The Roman Wolf suckling the 23 Twins was there,
And Mars himself, arm'd with his Shield and Spear,

20 Cenfors were two great , Pearls, and Ivory. Officers, part of whose Busi 22 The Romans copied their ness was to inspect the Lives Luxury from the Greeks; the and Manners of Men; they imitation of whom, was 1had Power even to degrade mong them as fashionable, as Knights and exclude Senators, of the French among us. Which when guilty of great Misde. occasions this Saying, with sa meanors: And in former Days much Indignation in our Poeta they were so strict, that they Sat. 3. stood in awe one of another. Non possum ferre, Quirites,

21 The manner of the Ros Græcam Vrbem mans Eating, was to lye upon 23 Romulus and Remus, Twins, Beds or Couches about the and Founders of the Roman Table, which formerly were Empire; whom the Poets feign made of plain Wood, but af were nurst by a Wolf: The Woterwards at great Expence, a• man's Name being Lupa. dorn'd with Tortoise-Shells,

[blocks in formation]

Hov'ring above his Crest, did dreadful show,
As threatning Death to each resisting Foe.
No use of Silver, but in Arms, was known;
Splendid they were in War, and there alone.
No Side-boards, then, with gilded Plate were dress’d,
No sweating Slaves, with masive Dishes press'd;
Expensive Riot was not understood,
But Earthen Platters held their homely Food.
Who wou'd not envy them, that Age of Bliss,
That sees with same the Luxury of This?
Heav'n unwearied then, did Blessings pour,
And pitying Jove foretold each dang'rous Hour ;
Mankind were then familiar with the God,
He snuff d their Incense with a gracions Nod:
And wou'll have fill been bounteous, as of Oli,
Had we not left him for that Idol, Gold.
His Golden 24 Statues, hence the God have driv'n:
For well be knows, where our Devotion's giv'n,
'Tis Gold we Worship, though we pray to Heav'n.
Woods of our own afforded Tables then,
Tho' none can please us now but from Japan.
Invite my Lord to Dine, aud let him have
The nicest Dish his Appetite can crave;
But let it on an Oaken Board be set,
His Lordship will grow fick, and cannot eat :
Something's amiss, he knows not what to think,
Either your Venfon's rank, or 25 Ointments stink,
Order some other Table to be brought,
Something, at great Expence in India bought,

}

24 Formerly the Statues of 25 The Romans used to go the Gods were made of Clay: noint themfelves with sweet But now of Gold. Which Ex-Ointments, at their Feafts, travagance was displeasing e-immediately after bathing. ven to the Gods themselves.

Beocarb

Beneath whose Orb, large yawning Panthers lic,
Carv'd on rich Pedestals of 26 Ivory:
He finds no more of that offenfive Smell,
The Meat recovers, and my Lord

grows

well.
An Iv'ry Table is a certain Whet;
You would not think how heartily he'll eat,
As if new Vigour to his Teeth were sent,
By Sympathy from those o' th' Elephant.

But such fine Feeders are no Guests for me:
Riot agrees not with Frugality;
Then, that unfashionable Man am I,
With me they'd starve, for want of Ivory:
For not one Inch does my whole House afford,
Not in my very Tables, or Chefs board;
Of Bone, the Handles of my Knives are made,
Yet no ill Taste from thence affects the Blade,
Or what I carve; nor is there ever left
Any unsav'ry Haut-gouft from the Haft.

A hearty Welcome, to plain wholsome Meat,
You'll find, but ferv'd up in no formal state;
No Sew'rs, nor dextrous Carvers have I got,
Such as by skilful 27 Trypherus are taught:
In whose fam'd Schools the various Forms appear
Of Fishes, Beasts, and all the Fowls o'th' Air;
And where, with blunted Knives, bis Scholars learn
How to diffect, and the nice Joints discern;
While all the Neighb'rhood are with Noise opprest,
From the barsh Carving of his wooden Feaft.
On me attends a raw unskilful Lad,
On Fragments fed, in homely Garments clad,
At once my Carver, and my 28 Ganymede;

26 Ivory was in great efteem ving; who taught publickly ia among them, and preferr'd to Schools. Of this kind, Trya, Silver.

pherus was the moft Famousa 27 There were in Rome, Pro 25 Cup-bearer, felfors of the Art of Car

With

}

I 2

With diligence he'll serve us while we dine,
And in plain Beechen Vessels fill our Wine.
No Beauteous Boys I keep, from 29 Phrygia brought,
No Catamites, by shameful Pandars taught:
Only to me two home-bred Youths belong,
Unskill'd in any but their Mother-Tongue; )
Alike in Feature both, and Garb appear,
With honest Faces, tho' with uncurid Hair,
This Day thou shalt my Rural Pages see,
For I have dress'd 'em both to wait on thee.
Of Country Swains they both were born, and one
My Ploughman's is, t'other my Shepherd's Son;
a chearful Sweetness in bis Looks he has,
And Innocence unartful in his Face :
Tho' sometimes Sadness will o'er-cast the Joy,
And gentle Sighs break from the tender Boy ;
His absence from his Mother, oft he'll mourn,
And with his Eyes look Wishes to return ;
Longing to see his tender Kids, again,
And feed his Lambs upon the flowry Plain.
A modest Blush he wears, not form’d by Art,
Free from Deceit his Face, and full as free his Heart.
Such Looks, fuch Bashfulness, might well adorn
The Cheeks of Youths that are more Nobly born ;
But Noblemen those humble Graces scorn.
This Youth to-day shall my small Treat attend,
And only he with Wine Shall serve my Friend,
With Wine from his own Country brought, and made
From the same Vines, beneath whose fruitful Shade
He and his wanton Kids have often play.d.

But you, perhaps, expect a modifh Feaft,
With am'rous Songs and 30 wanton Dances grac'd;

29 Phrygia : Whence pretty , tertainment, when great Men Boys were brought to Rome, Feasted, was to have wanton and sold publickly in the Mar- women dance after a lascivi. kets, to vile uses.

ous manner, 30 Ap usual part of the En

Where

}

« FöregåendeFortsätt »