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And long 'twas doubtful, both so closely pent,
One came, methought, and whisper'd in my ear;
VER. 497. While thus I flood, etc.] The hint is taken from a passage in another part of the third book, but here more naturally made the conclufion, with the addition of a Moral, to the whole. In Chaucer, he only anfwers" he came to fee the place;" and the book ends abruptly, with his being furprized at the fight of a Man of great Authority, and awaking in a fright. P. ?
A lefing and a fad footh faw
And no man, be he ever fo wrothe,
nt, Eafe, health, and life, for this they must resign, t: (Unfure the tenure, but how vaft the fine!) The great man's curfe, without the gains, endure, Be envy'd, wretched, and be flatter'd, poor; 510 All luckless wits their enemies profest,
And all fuccessful, jealous friends at best. Nor Fame I flight, nor for her favours call; ar: She comes unlook'd for, if she comes at all. But if the purchase cost so dear a price, As foothing Folly, or exalting Vice: Oh! if the Muse must flatter lawless sway, And follow still where fortune leads the way; Or if no bafis bear my rifing name,
But the fall'n ruins of another's fame;
520 Then teach me, heav'n! to scorn the guilty bays, Drive from my breast that wretched luft of praise; Unblemish'd let me live, or die unknown ; Oh! grant an honeft fame, or grant me none!