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who commanded both the Will and the Fortunes 'n of Claudius the Emperor, wou'd not be fufficiext 11 to fatisfy the Greediness of our Defires.
To his Friend FUSCINUS.
Fufeinus, those Il
Deeds that fully Fame,
And lay such Blots upon an honest Name,
In Blood once tainted, like a Current run
From the lewd Farber, to the lewder Son.
If Gaming does an aged Sire entice,
Then my young Master swiftly learns the Vice,
And thakes, in Hanging-Sleeves, the little Box and Dice.
Thus the voluptuous Youth, bred up to dress,
For his fat Grandfire, fome delicious Mess;
In Feeding high, his Tutor will surpass,
As Heir Apparent of the Gourmand Race:
And, shou'd a thousand grave Philosophers
Be always hollowing Virtue in his Ears,
They wou'd at last their loss of Time lament,
And give him o'er for Glution in Descent.
Can cruel · Rutilus, who loves the Noise
Of Whips far better than a Syren's Voice,
Can? Polyphemus, or 3 Antiphates,
Who gorge themselves with Man, can such as these
Set up to teach Humanity, and give
By their Example, Rules for Us to live?
Can they preach up Equality of Birch,
And tell. Us how we all began from Earth ?
3 Rutilys, fome Person in | Eaters. I doubt not but the the Poet's lime, noted for his Laftrygons, who were a People Cruelty.
of Italy, learnt this Diet of 2 Folyphemus, a famous Gi- King Saturn, when he hid bimant with one Eye, and a Can- felf among 'em, and gave this nibal.
Example, by making a Meals3 Antiphateso a King of the meat of his own Children. Laftrygonsy. who were all Maus
Th' inbuman 4 Lord, who with a cruel Gust
Can a Red Fork in his Slave's Forehead thruft:
Because th' unlucky Criminal was caught
With little Theft of two course s Towels fraught?
Can He a Son to soft Remorse incite,
Whom Goals, and Blood, and Butchery delight?
Who wou'd expect the Daughter shou'd be other
Than common Punk, if 7 Larga be the Mother ?
Whole Lovers Names in order to run o'er,
The Girl took Breath full thirty times, and more :
She, when but yet a tender Minx, began
To hold the Door, but now sets up for Man;
And to ber Gallants, in her own Hand-writing,
Sends Billets-douxs of the Old Bawd's inditing.
So Nature prompts ; so soon we go astray,
When Old Experience puts us in the Way:
Our Green Youth copies what Grey Sinners act ;
When venerable Age commends the Fact.
Some Sons, indeed, some very few, we fec
who keep themselves from this Infection free,
Whom Gracious Heav'n for Nobler Ends design’d,
Their Looks erected, and their Clay refin'd.
The rest are all by bad Example led,
And in their Father's limy Track they tread.
Is't not enough we should our felves undo,
But that our Children we must ruin too?
Children, like tender Ofiers, take the Bow,
And as they first are fashion'd, always grow.
By Nature, headlong to all Ills we run,
And Virtue, like some dreadful Monster, fhun.
4: By this Lord, is kill meant | kept their working Slaves in the same cruel Rutilus.
great Numbers. s Suppos'd Bath-Rubbers: The 7 Larga, a fi&itious Name Romans were great Bathers.. for some very common Buts, & Country-Goals, where they Itock
Survey the World, and where one & Cato shines,
Count a degenerate Herd of 9 Catilines.
Suffer no Lewdness, or undecent Speech,
Th’Apartment of the tender Youth to reach ;
Far be from thence the Glutton ? Porafite,
Singing his Drunken Katches all the Night :
But farther still be Woman; Woman first
Was Evil's Cause, her self of Ills the worst.
Boys ev'n from Parents may this Rev’rence claim;
For when thou doft at some vile Action aim,
Say, shou'd the harmless Child with-hold thy Hand,
Wou'd it not put thy Fury to a stand?
Then may we not conclude the Sire unjust,
Who (when his Son o'ercome with Drink and Luft,
Is by the 11 Censor of good Manners caught,
And suffers publick Penance for his Fau't)
Rails, and Reviles, and turns him out of Doors
For what himself so oft has done before ?
A Son so copy'd from his Vice, so much
The very fame in ev'ry little touch;
That Mou'd he not resemble too his Life,
The Father justly might suspect his Wife.
This very Rev'rend Letcher, quite worn out
With Rheumatisms, and Crippled with his Gout,
Forgets what he in youthful Times has done,
And swinges his own Vices in his Son.
Cato of Vtica, a Roman Nighted in thofe Days, and Patriot, who New himself, ra us'd. very scurvily, terming ther than he wou'd submit to such a one an Umbra, that is, Julius Cæfar.
a Shadow, an Apparition, &c. 9 Catiline, a Plotter against II This Censor of Good the Commonwealth of Rome, Manners, was an officer of
10 Parafire, a Greek Word, considerable Power in Rome ; among the Romans used for in some respects not unlike our a Flatterer and Feaft-Hunter. Midnight Magistrate, but not This sort of Creature they altogether fo Saucy,
To entertain a Guest, with what a care
Wou'd he his floushold Ornaments prepare;
Harass his Servants, and O'er feer stand,
To keep 'em Working with a threat'ning Wand:
Clean all my Plate, he cries, let not onc' Stain
Sully the Figur’d Silver, or the Plain;
Rub all the Floors, make all the Pillars bright,
No banging Cobwebs leave to shock the sight.
O wretched Man! is all this Hurry made
On this account, because thou art afraid
A dirty Hall or Entry shou'd offend
The curious Eyes of thy invited Friend?
Reform thy Family; one Son at home
Concerns thee more than many Guests to come.
If to some 12 useful Art he be pot bred,
He grows meer Lumber, and is worse than dead
For what we learn in Youth, to that alone
In Age we are by second Nature prone.
The callow Storks with Lizard and with Snake
Are fed, and soon as e'er to Wing they takes.
At fight those Animals for Food pursue.
The first delicious Bit they ever knew.
Ev'n so 'tis Nature in the Vulture's Breed,
On Dogs and Human Carkasses to feed.
Fove's 13 Bird will sowse upon the tim'rous Hare,
And tender Kids with his sharp Tallons tear ;
Because such Food was laid before him first,
When from his Shell the lab'ring Eaglet burst.
12 The Old Romans were that wou'd break the Hearts careful to breed up their Sons of gar Modern Beaux. fo, that afterwards they might 13 Fove's Bird: The Eagle, be useful to their Country in so call'd for the great Service Peace or War, or Ploughing he did Jupiter, in bringing the Ground: Utilis agris, (as Ganymede, a lovely Boy, on his Juvenal has it.) An Exercise I Back to him.
Centronius 14 does high costly Villa's raise
With Grecian Marble, which the Sight amaze :
Some stand upon Cajeta's winding Shore,
At Tybur's Tow'r, and at Praneste more.
The Dome of Hercules and Fortune show
To his tall Fabricks, like small Cors below:
So much his Palaces o'er-look 'em all,
As gelt 15 Pofides does our Capitol.
His Son builds on, and never is content,
Till the last Farthing is in Structure spent,
The Jews, like their bigotted Sires before,
By gazing on the Clouds, their 16 God adore :
So Superstitious, that they'll sooner Dine
Upon the Flesh of Men than that of Swine.
Our Roman Cukoms they contemn and jeer,
But learn and keep their Country-Rites with Fear.
That Worship only they in Rev'rence have,
Which in Dark Volumes their Great Mofes gave.
Ask 'em the Road, and they shall point you wrong,
Because you de not to their Tribe belong.
They'll not betray a Spring to quench your Thirst,
shew 'em Circumcision firit.
So they are taught, and do it to obey
Their Fathers, who observe the Sabbath-Day
Young Men to imitate all Ills are prone,
But are compell’d to Avarice alone :
For then in Virtue's Shape they follow Vice;
Becausc a true Distinction is so nice,
14 Contronins, a famous ex- | As in Virg. fam proximus erdet travagant Architect, who with
--Vcalegon. his Son (who took after him) 16 Juvenal, tho' he was wife built away all his Eftate, and enough to laugh at his owa had so many Palaces at last, Country Gods, yet had not, that he was too poor to live or wou'd not have, a right Noin any of them.
tion of the True Deity, which & As Gelt Polides, viz: The makes him ridicule the fows Balace of the Eunuch Pofides, Manner of Worlig