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Then dandles him with many a mutter'd Pray’r,
That Heav'n wou'd make him some rich Miser's Heir,
Lucky to Ladies, and, in time, a King:
Which to ensure, she adds

. a Length of Navel-Iring.
But no fond Nurse is fit to make a Pray’r:
And yove, if fove be wise, will never hear;
Not though she prays in white, with lifted Hands:
A Body made of Brass the Crone demands
For her lov'd Nursling, strung with Nerves of Wire,
Tough to the last, and with no toil to tire:
Unconscionable Vows, which when we use,
We teach the Gods, in Reason, to refuse.
Suppose they were indulgent to thy Wish:
Yet the Fat Intrails in the spacious Dish,
Wou'd stop the Grant: the very over-care,
And nauseous Pomp, wou'd hinder half the Pray's.
Thou hop't with Sacrifice of Oxen flain
To compass Wealth, and bribe the God of Gain,
To give thee Flocks and Herds, with large increase;
Fool! to expect them from a Bullock's Grease!
And think's that when the fattend Flames aspire,
Thou see'lt th' accomplishment of thy Desire !
Now, now, my bearded Harvest gilds the Plain,
The scanty Folds can scarce my Sheep contain,
And Showers of Gold come pouring in amain!
Thus dreams the Wretch, and vainly thus dreams on,
Till his lank Purse declares his Money gone.

Shou'd I present thee with rare figur'd Plate, Or Gold as rich in Workmanship as Weight; O how thy rising Heart wou'd throb and beat, And thy left fide, with trembling Pleasure, fweat! Thou measur'rt by thy self the Pow'rs Divine ; Thy Gods are burnin'd, Gold and Silver is their Shrine. Thy puny Godlings of inferior Race, Whose humble Statues are content with Brass,


Shou'd fome of these, in 6 Vifions purg'd from Phlegm,
Foretel Events, or in a Morning Dream;
Ey'n those thou wou'dit in Veneration hold;
And, if not Faces, give 'em Beards of Gold,
The Priests in Tempies, now no longer care
For 7 Saturn's Brass, or 8 Numa's Earthen Ware;
Or Vestal Uros, in cach Religious Rite:
This wicked Gold has put 'em all to Flight.
O Souls, in whom no heav'nly Fire is found,
Fat Minds, and ever grov'ling on the Ground!

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In Vifons purg'd from or Humours of the Body; but Phlegm, &c. It was the Opi- such as are sent from Heanion both of Grecians and ven; and are, therefore, cer, Romans, that the Gods, in Vintain Remedies. fions or Dreams, often re 7 For Saturn's Brafs, &c. veal'd to their Favourites a Brazen Vessels, in which the Cure for their Diseases, and publick Treasures of the Resometimes those of others. mans were kept: It may be Thus Alexander dream'd of the Poct meant only old Vefan Herb which cur’d Ptolomy. Sels, which were called Kgória, These Gods were principally from the Greek Name of Sao 'Apollo and Esculapius; but, in turn. after-times, the same Virtue 8 Numa's Earthen Ware. Une and Good-will was attributed der Numa the second King to Isis and Osiris. Which brings of Rome, and for a long time to my Remembrance an odd after him, the Holy Vesels Passage in Sir Thomas Brown's for Sacrifice were of Earthen Religio Medici, or in his Vulo Warc, according to the Supergar Errors; the Sense whereof ftitious Rites which were inis, That we are beholden, fortroduced by the famc Numa: many of our Discoveries in Phyo Tho' afterwards, when Mem. fick, to the courteous Revelation mius had taken Corinth, and of Spirits. By the Expression Paulus Emilius had conquered of Vifions purg'd from Phlegm, Macedonia, Luxury began aAuthor

such mongft the Romans; and then Dreams or Vifions, as pro- their Utensils of Devotion ceed not from natyral Cayses,' were of Gold and Silver, &c.



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.: We bring our Manners to the blest Abodes,

And think what pleases us, must please the Gods.
Of Oil and Casia one th' Ingredients takes,
And, of the Mixture, a rich Ointment makes :
Another finds the way to dye in grain;
And makes 9 Calabrian Wool receive the Tyrian Stain;
Or from the Shells their Orient Treasure takes,
Or, for their Golden Ore, in Rivers rakes;
Then melts the Mass: All these are Vanities!
Yet still fome Profit from their Pains may

But tell me, Priest, it may be so bold,
What are the Gods the better for this Gold?
The Wretch that offers from his wealthy Store
These Prefents, bribes the Pow'rs to give him more:
As 10 Maids to Venus offer Baby-Toys,
To bless the Marriage-Bed with Girls and Boys.
But let us for the Gods a Gift

Which the Great Man's great Charges cannot bear ::
A Suul, 'where Laws 'both Human and Divine,
In Practice more than Speculation line :
A genuine Virtue, of a vigorous kind,
Pure in the last Receffes of the Mind :
When with such Of’rings to the Gods I come;
A "Cake, thus giv’n, is worth a Hecatomb.

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9 And makes Caiabrian Io As Maids to Venus, &c. Wool, &c. The Wool of Cao Those Baby-Toys were little·labria was of the fineft fort Babies, or Poppets, as we call in Italy, as Juvenal also tells them ; in Latin Pupa ; which us. The Tyrian Stain is the the Girls, when they came to Parple Colour dy'd at Tyrus; the Age of Puberty, or Childand I suppose, but dare not bearing, offer'd to Venus ; as positively affirm, that the the Boys at Fourteen or Fifrichest of that Dye was nearest teen Years of age offer'd their our Crimson, and not-Scarlet, Bulla, or Bosses. or that other Colour more II A Cake thus i given, &c. approaching to the Blue. 1 A Cake of Barley, or course have not room to justifie my. Wheat-meal, with the Branin. Conjecture.


it: The meaning is, that God What I had forgotten before, is pleas'd with the pure and in its due place, I must here spotless Heart of the Offerer ; tell the Reader, That the first and not with the Riches of half of this Satyr was cranio the Offering. Laberius in the lated by one of my Sons, Fragments of his Mimes, has now in Italy; but I thought a Verse like this: Puras, De- so well of it, that I let it para use. non plenas aspicit manus.--. without any Alteration.


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The ARGUMENT. Our Author bas made two Satyrs concerning Stady;

the Firft and the Third; "The First related to Men; This to Young Students, whom he defir'd to be Educated in the Stoick Philosophy : He himself Sustains the Person of the Master, or Præceptor, in this admirable Satyr. Where he upbraids the Youth of Sloth, and Negligence in Learning. Tet be begins with one Scholar reproaching his Fellow Students with late rifing to their Books. After which he takes upon him the other part of the Teacher. And addressing himself particularly to Young Noblemen, tells them, That, by reason of their High Birth, and the Great Pollions of their Fathers, they are careless of adorning their

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