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So far 'tis well: But with a gen'ral Cry,
The Regiment will rise in Mutiny,
The Freedom of their Fellow-Rogue demand,
And, if refus'd, will threaten to Disband.
Withdraw thy Action, and depart in Peace ;
The Remedy is worse than the Disease :
This Cause is worthy 3 him, who in the Hall
Wou'd for his Fee, and for his Client, bawl:
But wouldit thou, Friend, who haft two Legs alone,
(which, Heav'n be prais'd, thou yer may't call thy own,)
Wou'dst thou to run the Gantlet these expose
To a whole Company of 4 Hob-nail'd Shoes?
Sure the Good-breeding of wise Citizens
Shou'd teach 'em more Good-nature to their Shins.
Belides, whom canst thou think so much thy Friend,
Who dares appear thy Business to defend?
Dry up thy Tears, and pocket up th’Abuse,
Nor put thy Friend to make a bad Excuse:
The Judge cries out, Your Evidence produce.
Will he, who saw the Soldier's Mutton-Fift,
And saw thee mauld, appear within the Lift,
To witness Truth? When I see one so brave,
The Dead, think I, are risen from the Grave;
And with their long Spade Beards, and matted Hair,
Our bonest Ancestors are come to take the Air.
Against a Clown, with more Security,
A Witness may be brought to swear a Lye,
Than, tho' his Evidence be full and fair,
To vouch a Truth against a Man of War.
3 This caufe is worthy him, out Shame or Fear; &c. the Poet names a Mode 4 Hob-naild Shoes. The Roc nese Lawyer whom he calls man Soldiers wore Plates of Vagellius: who was so impu- Iron under their Shoes, or dent that he would plead any fuck them with Nails ; se Gause, right or wrong, with: Country Men do now.
More Benefits remain, and claim'd as Rights,
which are a standing Army's Perquisites,
If any Rogue vexatious Suits advance
Against me for my known Inberitance,
Enter by Violence my Fruitful Grounds,
Or take the sacred Land- Mark from my Bounds,
Those Bounds, which with Possession and with Pray’rs,
And s offer'd Cakes, have been my annual Care :
Or if my Debtors do not keep their Day,
Deny their Hands, and then refuse to pay;
I must wich Patience all the Terms attend,
Among the common Causes that depend,
'Till mine is calld; and that long look'd-for Day
Is ftill encumber'd with some new Delay:
Perhaps the Cloth of State is anly spread,
Some of the Quorum may be fick a-bed;
That Judge is hot, and doffs his Gywn, while this
O'er Night was bowsie, and goes out to piss :
So many Rubs appear, the time is gone
For hearing, and the tedious Suit goes on:
But Buff and Belt-Men never know these Cares,
No Time, nor Trick of Law, their Action Bars: .
Their Cause they to an easier Issue put;
They will be heard, or they lug out, and cut.
Another Branch of their Revenue fill
Remains, beyond their boundless Right to kill,
Their 7 Father yet alive, impowr'd to make a Will.
s Land-Marks were used I were' hung, and spread, as by the Romans, almost in the with us ; but spread only besame manner as now: And fore the Hundred Judges were as we go once a Year in Pro to fit, and judge Publick cesion, about the Bounds of Causes, which were called by Parishes, and renew them, so Lot. they offer'd Cakes upon the 7 The Roman Soldiers had Stone, or Land- Mark, the Privilege of making a
6. The Courts of Judicature Will, in their Father's Life
For, what their Prowess gain'd, the Law deelares
Is to themselves alone, and to their Heirs:
No Share of that goes back to the Begetter,
But if the Son fights well, and plunders better,
Like stout Coranus, his old shaking Sire
Does a Remembrance in his Will defire:
Inquisitive of Fights, and longs in vain
To find him in the Number of the Slain :
But Atill be lives, and rising by the War,
Enjoys his Gains, and has enough to spare:
For 'tis a Noble General's prudent Part
To cherish Valour, and reward Desert:
Let him be dawb'd with Lace, live high, and Whore;
Sometimes be Lowlie, but be never Poor.
time, of what they had puro pleas'd: Therefore, says the chas'd in the Wars, as being | Poet, Coranus, ( a Soldier Conno part of their Patrimony: temporary with Juvenal, who By this will they had Power had rais'& his Fortune by the of excluding their own Pa- Wars) was courted by his sents, and giving the Efate, own Father to make him his fa. gotten, to whom they | Heis.