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O how a barren Wife does recommend!
How dear, how pleasant is a Childless Friend!
But if thy Mycale, thy Teeming Wife
Pour out three Boys, the Comfort of thy Life;
He 24 too will in the pratling Neft rejoice,
Farthings and Nuts provide, and various Toys,
For the young fmiling Parasites, the wanton Boys.

He viler Friends with doubtful Mushrooms treats,
Secure for you, himself Champignons eats;
Such Claudius lov'd, of the same fort and taste,
Till 25 Agrippina kindly gave the last.
To him are order'd, and those happy few
Whom Fate has rais'd above contempt and you,
Moit fragrant Fruits; such in 26 Pheacian Gardens grew;
Where a perpetual Autumn ever smild,
And Golden Apples loaded Branches fill'd.
By such swift Atalanta was betray'd,
The vegetable Gold foon ftopt the flying Maid.
'To such frabb'd harsh Fruit is giv'n, as raw
Young Soldiers at their Exercisings gnaw,
Who trembling learn to throw the fatal Dart,
And under Rods of rough Centurions smart.

Thou tak’ft all this as done to save Expence; No! ’ris on purpose done to give Offence : What Comedy, what Farce can more delight, Than grinning Hunger, and the pleasing fight Of your bilk'd Hopes? No! He's resolvd r’extort Tears from your Eyes: "Tis barb'rous jest and sport: Thou think'st thy felf Companion of the Great, Art free and happy in thy own Conceit. is, thou must have no Child Satyr of Seneca, Claudii Apocoio defeat his hopes of becom- locynto sis ing thy Heir.

26 The Gardens of Ala i s,

King of the Phaacians, are re25 His Wife Agrippin'a gave nown'd in Homer and all Ano him á poison'd one, of which tiquiry, he died. See that ingericas



24 fronically!

He thinks thou’rt tempted by th' attractive Smell
Of his warm Kitchen, and he judges well.
For 29 who fo naked, in whose empty Veins
One Single Drop of Noble Blood remains;
What Freeborn Man, who, tho' of Mungrel Atrain,
Wou'd twice support the Scorn and proud Disain,
With which those Idols you adore, the Great,
Their wretched Vassals and Dependants treat?
o Slaves most abject! you still gaping fit,
Devouring with your Eyes-cach pleasing Bit ;
Now fure we Parasites at last shall share
That Boar, and now that wild-fowl, or that Hare;
Thus you expecting gaze, with your Teeth set;
With your Bread ready, and your Knives well whet;
Demure and filent; but, -alas! in vain;
He mocks your Hunger, and derides your Pain. .
If you can bear all this, and think him kind,
You well deserve the Treatment which you find.
At lalt thou wilt beneath the 28 Burthen bow ;.
And, glad, receive the 19 manumitting Blow
On thy May'd slavish Head; mean while attend,
Worthy of such à Treat, and such a Friend.

27 In the following Lines, 29 I know the Commenta. there is in the Original Refe-tors give another sense of fence to the Custom of Ro- there last Lines; but I take man Children, wearing for them to allude to the manner diftin&ion of their Quality, of the Manumission of, Slaves, the Bulla aurea, or Corsacca. I which was done by giving haretranllated them according them a touch or blow on the to the intent and sense of the Head, by their Lord, or the Poet, without allusion to those Prætor, with the Wand call’d Customs; which being un- Vindicta; and thus the meaknown to meer English Reaning will be, that Trebius, ders, wou'd have only made weary'd at last, will be glad the Translation as obscure as co be discharg'd from the slathe Original.

very of attending, where he 23 of so many Indignities. I finds such usage.

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