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She, that cries herbs, has lefs impertinence;
Say, doft thou know Vectidius? Who, the wretch
Ever a glutton, at another's cost,
To a short meal he makes a tedious grace,
Of lazy pleasures, tak'ft a worfe extream.
Thy catamite, the darling of thy heart,
Not five, the strongest that the Circus breeds, From the rank foil can root those wicked weeds: Tho fuppled first with soap, to ease thy pain, The stubborn fern fprings up, and sprouts again.
Thus others we with defamations wound, While they ftab us; and fo the jeft goes round. Vain are thy hopes, to 'fcape cenforious eyes; Truth will appear through all the thin disguise : Thou haft an ulcer which no leach can heal, Tho thy broad shoulder-belt the wound conceal. Say thou art found and hale in ev'ry part, We know, we know thee rotten at thy heart. We know thee fullen, impotent, and proud: Nor can't thou cheat thy nerve, who cheat'ft the croud.
But when they praise me, in the neighbourhood. When the pleas'd people take me for a God, Shall I refufe their incenfe? Not receive The loud applaufes which the vulgar give? If thou doft wealth, with longing eyes, behold; And, greedily, art gaping after gold; If fome alluring girl, in gliding by, Shall tip the wink, with a lascivious eye, And thou with a confenting glance, reply; If thou, thy own folicitor become,
And bid'ft arife the lumpish pendulum :
If thy lewd luft provokes an empty storm,
And doft in murthers, rapes, and fpoils delight;
PER SIU S.
The judicious Cafaubon, in his proem to this fatire, tells us, that Ariftophanes the grammarian being asked, what poem of Archilochus his Iambics be preferred before the reft; answered, the longest. His answer may justly be applied to this fifth fatire; which, being of a greater length than any of the reft, is alfo, by far, the most inftructive : for this reafon Ihave felected it from all the others, and inscribed it to my learned mafter, Dr. Busby; to which I am not only obliged myself for the best part of my own education, and that of my two fons; but have also received from him the first and truest taste of Perfius. May he be pleased to find in this tranflation, the gratitude, or at least fome Small acknowledgment of his unworthy fcholar, at the