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Perhaps 6 the cloth of state is only spread,
rubs appear, the time is gone
Another branch of their revenue still
yet alive, impower'd to make a will.
6 The courts of judicature were hung, and spread, as with us; but spread only before the hundred judges were to sit and judge publick causes, which were called by Lot.
7 The Roman soldiers had the privilege of making a will, in their father's life-time, of what they had purchased in the wars, as being no part of their patrimony : By this will they had power of exclud ing their own parents, and giving the estate, so gotten, to whom they pleased : Therefore, says the poet, Coranus, (a soldier contemporary with Juvenal, who had raised his fortune by the wars) was courted by his own father to makc him his heir.
P E R S IU S.
Argument of the PROLOGUE to the First Satire.
The design of the author was to conceal his name and quality.
He lived in the dangerous times of the tyrant Nero; and aims particularly at him in most of his satires. For which reason, though he was a Roman knight, and of a plentiful fortune, he would appear in this prologue but a beggarly poet, who writes for bread. After this, he breaks into the business of the first satire ; which is chiefly to decry the poetry then in fashion, and the impudence of those who were endeavouring to pass their stuff upon the world.