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ration of those things, wherein Men commonly finn'd against right Reason, and offended in their Requests. The third Part consists in hewing the Repugnancies of those Prayers and Wishes, to those of other Men, and Inconsistencies with them. selves. He shews the Original of these Vows, and sharply inveighs against them: And lastly, not only corrects the false Opinion of Mankind concerning them, but gives the true Dottrine of all Addresses made to Heaven; and how they may be made acceptable to the Powers above, in excellent Precepts; and more worthy of a Chriftian than a Heathen.


Dedicated to his Friend Plotius Macrinus, on his


LET this auspicious Morning be expreft

With a white. Stone, distinguish'd from the rest: White as thy Fame, and as thy Honour clear ; And let new Joys attend, on thy new-added Year. Indulge thy Genius, and o'erflow thy soul, 'Till thy Wit sparkle, like the chearful Bowl. Pray; for thy Pray'rs the Test of Heav'n will bear; Nor need'ft thou take the Gods aside, to hear:

y White Stone. The Romans Stone which they had from the were us'd to mark their Fortu. Iland Creta; and their Unfornate Days, or any thing that tunate with a Coal, Luckily befel 'em, with a white

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While others, ev'n the mighty Men of Rome,
Big swelld wirh Mischief, to the Temples come;
And in low Murmurs, and with costly Smoke,
Heav'n's Help, to prosper their black Vows, invoke,
So boldly to the Gods Mankind reveal,
What from each other they, for Thame, conceal.
Give me good Fame, ye Pow'rs, and make me just :

Thus much the Rogue to publick Ears will trust :
In private then :---- When wilt thou, mighty Jove,
My wealthy Uncle from this world remove
Or...--Othou Thund'rer's Son, great ? Hercules,
That once thy bounteous Deity wou'd please
To guide my Rake, upon the chinking found
Of fome vaft Treasure, hidden under Ground!

O were my Pupil fairly knock'd oth Head;
I Mou'd possess th' Estate: if he were dead!
He's so far gone with Rickets, and with th' Evil,
That one small Dose will send him to the Devil.

his is my Neighbour Nerius his third Spouse,
Of whom in happy time he rids his House.
But my Eternal Wife! -... Grant Heav'n I may
Survive to see the Fellow of this Day!
Thus, that thou may'st the better bring about
Thy Wishes, thou art wickedly devout;
In Tiber ducking thrice, by break of day,
To wash th' Obscenities of 3 Night away.
But prythee tell me, ('tis a small Request)
With what ill Thoughts of fove art thou poffeft?
Wou'dít thou prefer him to fome Man? Suppose
I dipp'd among the worst, and Staius chose?

2 Hercules was thought to as bad Dreams in the Night, have the Key and Power of and therefore purified thembestowing all hidden Treasure. felves by wahing their Heads

3 The Ancients thought and Hands every Morning; themselves tainted and pollu- which Custom the Turks obs red by Night it self, as well serve to this Day.

Which of the two wou'd thy wife ·Head declare
The trustier Tutor to an Orphan Heir ?
Or, put it thus:..... Unfold to Staius, streight,
What to Jove's Ear thou didit impart of late:
He'll stare, and, O Good Jupiter! will cry;
Can'tt thou indulge him in this Villany!
And think’lt thou, fove himself, with Patience then
Can hear a Pray's condemn’d by wicked Men?
That, void of Care, he lolls supine in State,
And leaves his Bus’ness to be done by Fate?
Because his Thunder splits fome burley Tree,
And is not darted at thy House and thee?
Or that his Vengeance falls not at the time;
Just at the Perpetration of thy Crime;
And makes thee a fad Object of our Eyes,
Fit for 4 Ergenna's Pray'r and Sacrifice ?
What well-fed Off'ring to appease the God,
What pow'rful Present to procure a Nod,
Halt thou in store? What Bribe halt thou prepard,
To pull him, thus unpunish'd, by the Beard ?

Our Superstitions with our Life begin:
Th' obscene old Grandam, or the next of Kin,
The new-born Infant from the Cradle takes,
And first of Spittle a s Lustration makes :
Then in the Spawl her middle-finger dips,
Anoints the Temples, Forehead and the Lips;.
Pretending Force of Magick to prevent,
By Virtue of her nasty Excrement.

4 When any one was Thun- , perftitious Ceremonies which derstruck, the Soothsayer (who the Old Women made use of is here call'd Ergenna) imme- | in their Luftration or Purifie diately repaird to the Place, cation Days, when they nam'd to expiate the Displeasure of their Children, which was. the Gods, by sacrificing two done on the Eighth Sheep.

Females, and on the Ninthio, 4. The Poet laughs at the sum Males,


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