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But random praise---the task can ne'er be done: P. 'Faith, it imports not much from whom ) Each mother asks it for her booby son:
it canie; Each widow asks it for the best of men; Whoever borrow'd could not be to blame, For him she weeps, for hin she wedis again. Since the whole House did afterwards the raine.) Praise cannot stoop, like satire, to the ground : Let courtly wits to wits afford supply, The number inay be hang'd, but not be crown'd. As log to hog in huts of Westphaly; Enough for half the greatest of these days, If one thro' nature's bounty, or his lord's, To 'scape my censure, not expect my praise. Has what the frugal dirty soil attords, Are they noi rich? what more can they pretend? From him the next receives it, thick or thin, Dare they to hope a poet for their friend . As pure a iness almost as it came in : What Richlicu wanted, Louis scarce could gain; The blessed benefit, not there confind, And what young Ammon wish'd, but wishi'd in Drops to the third, who nuzzles close behind : 'vain?
From tail to month they feed and they carvuse; - No pow'r the Muse's friendship can command ; The last full fairly gives it to the House.
Nopow'r, when virtue claims it, can withstand: F. This filthy simile, ihis beastly line
Quite turns my stomach
P. So does flatt'ry mine : -- What are you thinking: F. Faith, the And all your courtly Civet-cats can vent, thoughi's no sin;
Perfuine to you, to me is excrement. I think your friends are out, and would be in. But hear me farther - Japhet, 'tis agreed,
P. If merely to come in, Sir, they go out, Writ not,andChartres scarce could write or read, The way they take is strangely round about. In all the Courts of Pindus guiltless quite;
F. They too may be corrupted, you 'll allow. But pens can forge, my friend, that cannot
P. I only call those knaves who are so now. write; Is that too little? Come then, I'll comply - And must no czg in Japhet's face be thrown, Spirit of Arnall! aid me while I lie.. Because the deed he forg'd was not iny own! Cobham's a criward, Polwart is a slave; Must uever Patriot then declaim at gin, And Lyttleton a dark, designing knave; Unless, good man! he has been fairly in? St. John has ever been a wealthy fool - No zealous pastor blame a failing spouse, But let me add, Sir Robert 's mighty dull; Without a staring reason on his brows? Has never made a friend in private life, | And each blasphemer quite escape the rod, And was, besides, a tyrant to his wife. Because the insult 's not on man, but God?
But pray, when others praise him, do I! Ask you what provocation I have had ? Call Verres, Wolsey, any odious name? (blame? The strong antipaily of good to bad. Why rail they then, if but a wreath of mine, When truth or virtue an affront endures, O all-accomoplish'd St. John! deck thy shirine? Th' affront is mine, my friend, and should be . What shall cachspur-gall'd hacknerofthedav, Mine, as a foe profest to false pretence, (yours. When Paxton gives him double pois and pay; Who think a Coxcomb's honor like his sense; Or each new-pension’d sycophant, pretend l ine, as a friend to ev'ry worthy mind; To break my windows if I ircat a friend: And mine, as man, who feel for all mankind. Then wisely plcad, to me they meant no hurt ; F. You 're strangely proud. But 'twas my guest to whom they threw the
P. So proud, I am no slave ;) Sure, if I spare the Minister, no rules [dirl? So impudent, I own myself no knare ; Of honor bind me not to maul his tools; So odd, my country's ruin makes me grave. ) Sare, it they cannot cut, it may be said Yes, I am proud, I must be proud, to see His saws are toothless, and his hatches lead. Men not afraid of God afraid of me?
It anger'd Turenne, once upon a day, Safe from the bar, the 'pulpit, and the throne, To see a footman kick'd that took his pay: Yet touch'd and shain'd by ridicule alone. But when he heard th' affront the fellow gave, O sacred weapon ! left for truth's defence ; Knew one a man of honor, one a knave; Sole dread of folly, vice, and insolence! The prudent gen'ral turn'd it to a jest, [rest : To all but Heaven-directed hands denied, And beyg'd he'd take the pains to kick the The Níuse may give thee, but the gods must guide; Which not at present having time to do (you? Rev'rent I touch thee! but with honest zeal; F. Hold, sir, för God's sake, where's th'affront to To rouse the watchmen of the public weal,, Against your worship when had S-k writ? To virtue's work provoke the tardy hall, OF P-ge pourd forth the torrent of his wit? And goad the Prelate slumb'ring in his stall. Or grint the Bard whose distich all commend Ye tinsel insects! whom a court maintains, ( hi pow'r a servant, out of pow'r a friend) | That counts your beauties only by vous stains, To W-le guilty of some venial sin;
Spin all your cobwebs o'er the eve of day! - What's that to you, wlio ne'er was out nor in: The Muse's wing shall brush you all away:
ThePriest whose fattery bedropp'd theCrown, All his Grace preaches, all his Lordship sings, How hurt hie you? he only stain'd the gown. All that makes saints of queens,and godsof kings, And low did, pray, the Aorid youth offend, All, all but truth,drops dead-born from the press, Ilhose speech you took, and gave it to a friend? Like the last Gazette, or the last address.
When black ambition stains a public cause, Scatter your favors on a fop,
You give the things you never care for,
But makes a ditt 'rence in his thonght
Now this I 'll say ; you 'll find in me
A word, pray, in your Honor's ear.
Yes, the last pen for freedom let me draw, In at a corn-loft thro’a chink;
F. Alas! alas ! pray end what you began, “ Lean as you came, sir, you must go.”
I'm no such beast, nor his relation; 22. IMITATIONS OF HORACE. Popc. Nor one that temperance advance,
| Cramı'd to the throat with Ortolans i EPISTLE VII.
Extremely ready to resign Imitated in the Manner of Dr. Swift.
All that may make ine none of mine. "Tis true, my Lord, I gave my word
| Sonth-sea subscriptions take who please, I would be with you, June the third;
Leave me but liberty and ease. Chang'd it to Angust; and, in short,
'Twas what I said to Craggs and Child, Hare kept it as you do at Court,
Who prais'd iny modesty, and smil'd. You huinor me when I am sick,
Give me, I cried (enough for me), Why not when I am splenetic?
My bread, and independency ! In town what objects could I meet?
So bought an annual rent or two, The shops shut up in ev'ry street,
| And liv'd just as you see I do ; And fani'rals black’ning all the doors,
Near 6fty, and without a wife, And vet more melancholy whores :
I trust that sinking fund, my life.
Can I retrench? Yes, mighty well;
| A little house, with trees a-row, And W * and H * both in town!
And, like its master, very low. “ The dog-dars are no more the case." There died my father, no man's debtor --"Tis true, brit winter comes a pace :
| And there I 'll die, nor worse nor better. Then southward let your bard retire,
To set this matter full before ye,
But you may read it, I stop short.
SATIRE VI. And not to ev'ry one that comes,
The first part imitated in the year 1714 by Dr. Just as a Seotsman does his plums.
Swift; the latter part added afterwards. " Pray, take them, sir; enough 's a feast:
I've often wish'd that I had clear, " Eat some, and pocket up the rest." · For life, six hundred pounds a-year, What, rob your boys, those pretty rogues ? A handsome house to lodge a friend, "No, sir, you 'll leave them to the hogs." A river at my garden's end, Thus fools with compliments besiege ye, : | A terrace walk, and half a rood Contriviog never to oblige ye.
of land set out to plant a wood.
Well Well, now I have all this and more, 1" To-morrow any appeal comes on; I ask not to increase my store;
" Without your help the cause is gone." • But here a grievance seems to lie,
The Duke expects my Lord and you, • All this is mine but till I die ;
*About some great atlairs, a two• I can 't but think 't would sound more clever “ Put my Lori Bolingbroke in mind, “ To me, and to my heirs for ever."
" To get my warrant quickly sign'd: • If I ne'er got or lost a groat
" Consider, 'ris my first request." • By any trick or any fault;
Be satisfied, I'll do my best : • And if I pray by reason's rules,
Then presently he falls to tease. • And not like forty other fools,
“ You may for certain, if you please ;.As thus: “Vouchsafe, O gracious Maker! " I doubt not, if his Lordship knew “ To grant me this and t'other acre;
“ And, Mr. Dean, one word from you —" “ Or if it be thy will and pleasure,
"Tis (let me see) three vears and more “ Direct my plough to find a treasure ;" (October next it will be four) • But only what iny station fits,
Since Harley bid me first attend, And to be kept in my right wits :
And chose me for a humble friend ; Preserve, Almighty Providence!
Would take me in his coach to chat, « Just what you gave me, competence : And question me of this and that ; • And let me in the shades compose
As, What's o'clock,' and . How's the wind?' · Something in verse as true as prose;
· Whose charjot 's that we left behind :' « Remov'd from all th' ambitious scene, Or yravely try to read the lines « Nor puff d by pride, nor sunk by spleen.' Writ underneath the country signs; In short, I 'in perfectly content,
Or, · Have you nothing new to-day Let me but live on this side Trent;
• From Pope, from Parnell, or from Gay?' Nor cross the Channel twice a-year,
Such tattle often entertains
As once a week we trarel down
To Windsor, and again to Town, “ Lewis, the Dean will be of use;
Where all that passes inter nos " Send for him up, take no excuse."
Might be proclaim'd at Charing-Cross. The toil, the danger of the seas,
Yet some I know with envy swell, Great ministers ne'er think of these;
Because they see me used so well : Or let it cost five hundred pound,
“ How think you of our friend the Dean? No matter where the money 's found:
“I wonder what some people mean; It is but so much more in debt,
“ My Lord and he are grown so great, And that they ne'er consider'd yet.
“ Always together tête-à-tête ; " Good Mr. Dean, go change your gown, " What, they admire him for his jokes “ Let my Lord know you 're come to town.” “ Sec but the fortune of some folks !" I hurry me in haste away,
There flies about a strange report Not thinking it is levec-day ; .
Of some express arriv’d at Court: And find his Honor in a pound,
I'm stopp'd by all the fools I meet, Heinm'd by a triple circle round,
And catechis'd in ev'ry street. Chequer'd with ribbens blue and green; 1" You, Mr. Dean, frequent the Great ; How should I thrust myself between?
" Inform us, will the Emp'ror treat ? Some wag observes me much perplex'd, " Or do the prints and papers lie?" And smiling, whispers to the next,
Faith, Sir, you know as much as I. “ I thought the Dean had been too proud “ Ah, Doctor, how you love to jest ! “ To jostle here among a crowd."
“ 'Tis now no secret" - I protest Another, in a surly fit,
'Tis one to me " Then tell us, pray, Tells me I have more zeal than wit:
" When are the troops to have their pay?" " So eager to express your love,
And, tho' I solemnly declare “ You ne'er consider whom you shove, I know no more than my Lord Mayor, " But rudely press before a Duke."
They stand amaz'd, and think me grown I own I am pleas'd with this rebuke,
The closest mortal ever known. And take it kindly meant to show
Thus, in a sea of folly tost, What I desire the world should know. My choicest hours of life are lost; I get a whisper, and withdraw;
Yet always wishing to retreat, When twenty fools I never saw
Oh, could I see my country scat! Come with petitions fairly penn'd,
There, leaning near a gentle brook, Desiring I would stand their friend."
Sleep, or peruse some antient book ; This humbly offers me his case,
And there in sweet oblivion drown That begs my int'rest for a place :
Thosc cares that haunt the court and town. A hundred oiher men's affairs,
Oh charming noons, and nights divine! Like bees, are humining in my ears.
Or when I sup, or when I dine,
My friends above, my folks below,
1. Our courtier walks from dish o dish, Chatting and laughing all a-row,
| Tastes for his friend of fowl and ish; The beans and bacon set before 'em,
Tells all their names, lays down be law,
" That jelly's rich, this malmese healing; And even the very dogs at ease!
“ Pray dip your whiskers and you said in." Here no man prates of idle things,
Was ever such a happy swain?"
He stuffs and swills; and stuffs agin.
“ To eat so much - but all 's so god!
“ My lord alone knows how to live." Which is the happier, or the wiser,
No sooner said, but from the hall A man of merit, or a miser?
Rush chaplain, butler, dogs and all. Whether we ought to choose our friends • A rat! a rat! clap to the door."For their own worth, or our own ends ? The cat comes bouncing on the floor What good, or better, we may call,
10 for the heart of Homer's mice, And what, the very best of all ?
Or gods, to save them in a trice! Our friend Dan Prior told (you know) I(It was by Providence, they think, A tale extremely à propos :
For your clamu'd stucco has no chink.) Name a town life, and in a trice
“ Ain't please your Honor," quoth the peasant, He had a story of two mice.
- This same dessert is not so pleasant : Once on a time, so runs the fable,
1“ Give me again my hollow tree, A country mouse, right hospitable,
“ A crust of bread and liberty !" Receivid a town mouse at his board, Just as a farmer might a lord.
ODE 1. BOOK IV.
Ah spare me, Venus ! let me, let me rest! lle brought him bacon (nothing lean),
I am not now, alas ! the man Pudding that might have pleas'd a dean; As in the 'gentle reign of my queen Anne. Cheese, such as men in Suffolk make,
Ah sound no more thy soft alarms, But wish'd it Stilton for his sake;
Nor circle sober fifty with thy charms! Yet, to his guest, tho' no way sparing,
• Mother too fierce of dear desires !. He ate himself the rind and paring.
Turn, turn, to willing hearts your wanton fires. Our courrier scarce would touch a bit,
To numlier five direct your doves, sloves; Bant show'd his breeding and his wit: |There spread round Murray all your blooming He did his best and seein'd to eat,
Noble and young, who sirikes the heart ; And cried : “ I vow you 're mighty neat. With ev'ry sprightly, ev'ry decent, part; “ But, Lord! my friend, the savage scene! Equal, ihe injurd to defend, “For God's sake, come and live with men: To charm the mistress, or to fix the friend. “ Consider, mice like men must die, ' L lc, with a hundred arts refin'd, " Both sinall and great, boih you and I : Shall stretch thy conquests over half the kind : “ Then spend your life in joy and sport;
To him each rival shall submit, " This doctrine, friend, I learn'd at court." Make but his riches equal to his wit. The vertest hermit in the nation :
Then shall thy for the marble grace Vay vield, God knows, to strong temptation.
(Thy Grecian form), and Chloe lend the face :
His house embosom'd in the grove,
Sacred to social life and social love,
Shall glitter o'er the pendant green, "Twas on the night of a debate, When all their lordships had sate late.
Where Thames reflects the visionary scene :
Thither the silver sounding lyres Behold the place where, if a poet
Shall call the smiling loves and young desires : Shind in description, he might show it; , There ev'ry grace and Muse shall throng, Tell how the moon-beam trembling falls, Exalt the dance, or animate the song; And tips with silver all the walls.
There youths and nymphs, in concert gay, Palladian walls, Venetian doors,
Shall hail the rising, close the parting day. Ghousco roofs, and stucco floors :
With me, alas! those joys are o'er ; But let it, in a worl, be said,
For ine the vernal garlands bloom no more. The moon was up, and men a bed,
Adien, fond hope of mutual fire ! The napkin white, the carpet red:
The still-believing, still renew'd desire ; The guests withdrawn had left the trcat,
Adieu, the heart-expanding bowl ! And down the mice sat, léte-à-léte.
And all the kind deceivers of the soul!
But why? ah tell me, ah, tuo dear! Whether this portion of the world were rent Steals down y cheek th' involuntary tear? By the rude ocean from the continent,
Why wors so flowing, thoughts so free, Or thus created; it was sure design'd Stop, or turi nonsense, ill one glance of thee? To be the sacred refuge of mankind. Thée, dret in fancy's airy beam,
Hither th' oppressed shall henceforth resorts Absent I folow thiro il' extended dream; Justice to crave, and succour, at your court;
Now, nov, I cease, I clasp thy charins, 1.And then your Highness, not for ours alone, And now pu burst (ah cruel!) from my arms; But for the world's Protector shall be knowi, And switly shoot along the Mall,
Fame, swifter than your wing'd navy, flies Or sofily gide by the Canal ;
Through ev'ry land that near the ocean lies; Now shown by Cynthia's silver ray,
Sounding your naina, and telling dreadful neurs And now en rolling waters snatch'd away.
|To all that piracy and rapine use.
With such a Chief the meanest riation blest, Part of the Ninth Ode of the Fourth Book. Might hope to lift her head above the rest ;
What may be thought impossible to do
By us, embraced by the Sea and You?
Which sounds the silver Thames along, Whole forests send to reign upon the sea; Taught on the wings of truth to fly,
And ev'ry coast may trouble or relieve ; Above the reach of vulgar song.
But none can visit us without your leave. Tho' daring Milton sits sublime,
langels and we have this prerogative, In Spenser native muses play:
That none can at our happy seats arrive; Nor yei shall Waller yield io time,
While we descend at pleasure to invade Nor pensive Cowley's moral lay.
|The bad with vengeance, and the good to aid. Sages and chiefs long since had birtlı,
Our little world, the image of the great, • Ere Cæsar was, or Newtou nami;
Like that, amidst the boundless ocean set, These rais'd new empires o'er the earth, , Of her own growth hath all that nature craves; And those new heavens and systems fram'd.
| And all that's rare, as tribute from the waves.
As Egypt does not on the clouds rely,
But to the Nile owes more than to the sky;
So what our carth, and what our heaven, denies,
Our ever-constant friend, the sea, supplies.
Free from the scorching-sun that makes it grow; 8 23. A Panegyric to my Lord Protector, of Without the worm, in Persian silks we shine;
the present Greatness, anil joint Interest of And, without planting, drink of ev'ry vine. his Ilighness and this Nation. Waller.
[Todig for wealth we weary not our limbs; Wie with a strong, and yet a gentle hand, Gold, though the heaviest inetal, hither swims: You bridle faction, and our hearts command, Ours is the harvest where the Indians mow; Protect us from ourselres, and from ite loe, Weplough the deep, and reap what others sow. Make us unite, and make us conquer wo,
Things of the noblest kind our own soil breeds; Ler partial spirits still aloud complain,
Stont are our men, and warlike are our steeds: Think themselves injur'd that they cannot reign; Rome, tho' her eagle thro'the world had flow), And own no liberty, but where iher way Could never make this island all her own. Without control upon their fellows prty. Above the waves as Neptune show'd his face France-conquring Henry, flourishd; and now To chide the winds and save the Trojan race,
You; So has your Highness, rais d above the rest, For whom we stay'd, as did the Grecian state, Storms of ambition, lossing us, repressid. Till Alexander came to urge their fate. Your drooping couniry, torn with civil hate, When for more worlds the Macedonian cried, Restor'd by you, is made a giorions state; He wist not Thetis in her lap did hide The seat of empire, where the Irish come, | Another yet; a world reserv'd for you And the unwilling Scots, to fetch their doom. To make inore great than that he did subdue. The sea 's our own: and now all nations greet, He safely might old troops to battle lead, With bending sails, each vessel of our feet: Against ih' unwarlike Persian and the Mede; Your pow'r extends as far as winds can blow, Whose hasty flight did, from a bloodless field, Or swelling sails upon the globe inay go. More spoils than honor to the victor yield. Heaven (that hath plac'd this island to give law, race unconquer'd, by their clime inade bold, To balance Europe, and her states to awe) . The Caledonians, arind with want and cold, In this conjunction doth on Britaiu smile; Have, by a fate indulgent to your fame, The greatest Leader, and the greatest Isle! Been from all ages kept for you to tame