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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.
The SECOND SATYR.
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
While others, ev'n the mighty Men of Rome,
Thus much the Rogue to publick Ears will trust :
O were my Pupil fairly knock'd oth Head;
his is my Neighbour Nerius his third Spouse,
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
Our Superstitions with our Life begin:
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 Day.to Sheep.
Females, and on the Ninthio, 4. The Poet laughs at the sum Males,