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The Tyrant Lucre no Denial takes;
At his Command th' unwilling Sluggard wakes:
What must I do? he cries: What? says his Lord;
Why rise, make ready, and go ftreight aboard:
With Fish, from Euxine Seas, thy Vessel freight;
Flax, Caftor, Coan Wines, the precious Weight
Of Pepper, and Sabean Incense, take
With thy own Hands, from the tir'd Camel's Back :
And with Poft-hafte thy running Markets make.
Be sure to turn the Penny; lye and swear ;
'Tis wholefom Sin: But fové, thou fay'ft, will hear :
Swear, Fool, or starve ; for the Dilemma's even;
A Tradesman thou! and hope to go to Heav'n?

Resolv'd for Sea, the Slaves thy Baggage pack,
Each faddled with his Burden on his Back:
Nothing retards thy Voyage, now, unless
Thy other Lord forbids, Voluptuousness :
And he may ask this civil Question : Friend,
What doft thou make a Shipboard ? to what end?
Art thou of Bethlem's Noble College free?
Stark, staring mad, that thou wou'dst tempt the Sca??
Cubb'd in a Cabbin,.on a Mattress laid,
On a brown George, with lowlie Swobbers fed,
Dead Wine that itinks of the Borracchio, sup
From a foul Jack, or greasie Maple-Cup?
Say wou'dst thou bear all this, to raise thy Store
From Six i'th' Hundred, to Six Hundred more?
Indulge, and to thy Genius freely give;
For, not to live at ease, is not to live;
Death ftalks behind thee, and each Aging Hour.
Does fome loose Remnant of thy Life devour.
Live, while thou liv'it; for Death will make us all. --
A Name, a Nothing but an Old Wife's Tale.

Speak; wilt thou Avarice, or Pleasure, chuse
To be thy Lord? Take one, and one refusc.


But both, by turns, the Rule of thee will have;
And thou, betwixt 'em both, wilt be a Slave.

Nor think when once thou haft refifted one,
That all thy Marks of Servitude are gone:
The strugling Greyhound gnaws his Leash in vain ;
If, when 'tis broken, still he drags the Chain.

Says 21 Phadra to his Man, Believe me, Friend,
To this uneary Love I'll put an end :
Shall I run out of all? My Friends disgrace,
And be the first lewd Unthrift of my Race ?
Shall I the Neighbours nightly Rest invade
*At her deaf Doors, with some vile Serenade ?
Well haft thou freed thy felf, his Man replies,
Go, thank the Gods, and offer Sacrifice.
Ah, says the Youth, if we unkindly part,


fond Creature break her Heart?
Weak Soul! and blindly to Destruction led !
She break her Heart! The'll sooner break your Head.
She knows her Man, and when you rant and swear
Can draw you to her, with a single Hair:
But shall I not return ? Now, when Nae fues ?
Shall I my own, and her Desires refuse?
Sir, take your Course : But my Advice is plain :
Once freed, 'tis Madness to resume your Chain.

Ay; there's the Man, who loos’d from Lust and Pelf,
Less to the Prætor owes, than to himself.
But write him down a Slave, who, humbly proud,
With Presents begs Preferments from the Crowd;

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21 This alludes to the Play dra was introduc'd with his of Terence, callid the Eunuch ; Man Pamphilins, discoursing, ' which was excellently imita- whether he thou'd leave his ted of late in English, by Sir Mitress Thais, or return to Charles Sidley : In the first her, now that the had invited Scene of that Comedy, Pheo ) him.


That early " Suppliant who falutes the Tribes,
And sets the Mob to scramble for his Bribes:
That some old Dotard, fitting in the Sun,
On Holy-days may tell, that such a Feat was done :
lo future times this will be counted rare.

Thy Superftition too may claim a Share:
When Flow'rs are strew'd, and Lamps in order plac'd,
And Windows with Illuminations grac'd,
On 23 Herod's Day; when sparkling Bowls go round,
And Tunny's Tails in favoury Sauce

are drown'd, Thou mutter'it Pray’rs obscene ; nor do’lt refuso The Fafts and Sabbaths of the curtaild Jews. Then a crack'd 24 Egg-fhell thy fick Fancy frights, Besides the Childish Fear of walking Sprights,

22 He who sued for any Of. (living in the Author's time; fice amongst the Romans, was and after it. The latter seems call'd a Candidate, because he the more probable Opinion. wore a white Gown; and some 24 The Ancients had a sve times chalk'd it, to make it perftition, contrary to ours, appoar whiter. He rose car- concerning Egg-lhells: They ly, and went to the Levees of thought that if an Egg-hell those who headed the People: were crack’d, or a hole bor'd Saluted also the Tribes seve- in the Bottom of it, they were sally, when they were gather'd lubjeet to the Power of Sorcetogether, to chuse their Ma- ry : We as 'vainly break the giftrates ; and distributed a Bottom of an Egg-shell, and Largess amongst them, to en- cross it, when we have eaten gage them for their Voices : the Egg, led some Hagg fou'd Much resembling our Ele&i- make use of it, in bewitching ons of Parliament-Men. us, or failing over the Sea in

23 The Commentators are it, if it were whole. divided, what Herod this was The rest of the Priests of whom our Author mentions; | ifis, and her onc-ey'd, of whether Herod the Great, whose squinting Priestess, is more Birth-day might be Celebra- largely created in the fixek ted, after his Death, by the Satyr of Juvenal, where the Herodians, a Se& among the Superftitions of Women are Jows, who thought him their related, Mefliah ; or Hered Agrippar


Of o'er-grown Guelding Priests thou art afraid;
The Timbrel and the Squintifego Maid
Of ilis, awe thee : left the Gods, for Sin,
Shoud, with a swelling Dropsy, stuff thy Skin:
Unless three Garlick Heads the Curse avert,
Eaten each Morn, devoutly, next thy Heart.

Preach this among the brawny Guards, fay't thou,
And see if they thy Doctrine will allow:
The dull fat Captain, with a Hound's deep Throat,
Wou'd bellow out a Laugh, in a Bale-Note;
And prize a hundred Zeno's just as much

a clipt Sixpence, or a Schilling Dutch,

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By Mr. DR Y DE N.

The ARGUMENT. This Sixth Satyr treats an admirable Common-place of

Moral Philosophy; Ofthe true Use of Riches. They are certainly intended by the Power who bestows them, as Instruments and Helps of living commodiously our felves; and of administring to the Wants of others, who are oppress'd by Fortune. There are two Extreams in the Opinions of Men concerning them. One Error, thou on the right band, yet a great one, is, That they are no Helps to a Virtuous Life; the other places allour Happiness in the acquisition and policlion of them; and this is, undoubtedly, the worse Extream. The Mean be twixt these, is the Opinion of the Stoicks; which is, That Riches

may be useful to the leading a virtuous Life ; in case we rightly understand how to Give according to right Reason; and how to Receive what is given us by others. The Virtue of Giving


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