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Oh blast it, (2) fouth-winds! till a stench exhale Rank as the ripenefs of a rabbit's tail.


By what criterion do ye eat, d'ye think, If this is priz'd for fweetnefs, that for stink? . When the tir'd glutton labours through a treat, He finds no relish in the fweetest meat, He calls for fomething bitter, fomething four, And the rich feaft concludes extremely poor: (2) Cheap eggs, and herbs, and olives till we fee Thus much is left of old fimplicity!

(p) The robin-red-breast till of late had rest, And children facred held a martin's nest,

Till becca-ficos fold fo dev'lith dear

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To one that was, or would have been, a peer. 40 (9) Let me extol a cat, on oyiters fed,

I'll have a party at the Bedford-head;

(1) Præfentes Auftri, coquite horum opfonia:


Putet aper rhombufque recens, mala copia quando Agrum follicitat ftomachum; cum rapula plenus Atque acidas mavult inulas. (o) necdum omnis abacta

Pauperies epulis regum: nam vilibus ovis

Nigrifque eft oleis hodie locus. Haud ita pridem Galloni præconis erat acipenfere menfa

Infamis. quid? tum rhombos minus æquora alebant (p) Tutus erat rhombus, tutoque ciconia nido, Donec vos auctor docuit prætorius. ergo (9) Si quis nunc mergos fuaves edixerit affos, Parebit pravi docilis Romana juventus.


Ver. 42. Bedford-bead;] A famous eating-house.


Or ev❜n to crack like crawfish recommend;
I'd never doubt at court to make a friend.

(r) 'Tis yet in vain, I own, to keep a pother 45 About one vice, and fall into the other: Between excess and famine lies a mean; Plain, but not fordid; tho' not fplendid, clean. (s) Avidien, or his wife, (no matter which, For him you'll call a (t) dog, and her a bitch,) 50 Sell their prefented partridges, and fruits, And humbly live on rabbits and on roots: (u) One half-pint bottle ferves them both to dine And is at once their vinegar and wine.

But on fome (x) lucky day (as when they found
A loft bank-bill, or heard their fon was drown'd)
At fuch a feaft, (y) old vinegar to spare,
Is what two fouls fo gen'rous cannot bear:
Oil, though it ftink, they drop by drop impart,
But fowse the cabbage with a bounteous heart. 60
(2) He knows to live, who keeps the middle state,
And neither leans on this fide, nor on that;

(r) Sordidus a tenui victus diftabit, Ofello Judice: nam fruftra vitium vitaveris iftud, Si te alio pravus detorferis. (s) Avidienus, (t) Cui canis ex vero ductum cognomen adhæret, Quinquennes oleas eft, et fylveftria corna; (u) Ac, nifi mutatum, parcit defundere vinum; et Cujus odorem olei nequeas perferre (licebit Ille repotia, natales, aleofque dierum

(x) Feftos albatus celebret) cornu ipfe bilibri Caulibus inftillat, (y) veteris non parcus aceti.

Quali igitur victu fapiens utetur, et horum Utrum imitabitur? hac crget lupus, hac canis, aiunt, (x) Mundus erit, qua non offendat fordibus, atque


Nor (a) ftops, for one bad cork his butler's pay, Swears, like Albutius, a good cook away; Nor lets, like (b) Nævius, ev'ry error pass, The mufty wine, foul cloth, or greafy glass. (c) Now hear what bleffings Temperance can bring:


(Thus faid our friend, and what he said I fing:) (d) First health: The ftomach (cramm'd from ev'ry difh.


A tomb of boil'd and roast, and flesh and fish.
Where bile, and wind, and phlegm, and acid jar,
And all the man is one intestine war)

Remembers oft (e) the fchoolboy's fimple fare,
The temp'rate fleeps, and fpirits light as air.
(f) How pale each worshipful and rev'rend guest
Rife from a clergy, or a city feast!
What life in all that ample body, fay?
What heav'nly particle infpires the clay?


In neutram partem cultus mifer. (a) Hic neque fervis

Albuti fenis exemplo, dum munia didit,

Servus erit; nec fic ut fimplex (b) Nævius, unctam Convivis præbebit aquam ; vitium hoc quoque mag


(c) Accipe nunc, victus tenuis quæ quantaque fecum

Afferat. (d) In primis valeas bene; nam variæ res
Ut noceant homini, credas memor illius efca,
Que fimplex (e) olim tibi federit. at fimul affis
Mifcueris elixa, fimul conchylia turdis;
Dulcia fe in bilem vertent, ftomachoque tumultum
Lenta feret petuita. (f) Vides, ut pullidus omnis
Cena defurgat dubia? quin corpus onuftum


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The foul fubfides, and wickedly inclines

To feem but mortal, ev'n in found divines.


(g) On morning-wings how active springs the


That leaves the load of yesterday behind?
How eafy ev'ry labour it pursues?
How coming to the poet ev'ry mufe?

(b) Not but we may exceed, fome holy time, 85
Or tir'd in fearch of truth, or fearch of rhyme;
Ill health fome just indulgence may engage,
And more the fickness of long life, old age;
(i) For fainting age what cordial drop remains,
If our intemp'rate youth the veffel drains?

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(k) Our fathers prais'd rank ven'fon. You fup-

Perhaps, young men! our fathers had no nose.
Not fo: a buck was then a week's repast,
And 'twas their point, I ween, to make it last;

Hefternis vitiis animum quoque prægravat una,
Atque affigit humo divine particulam auræ.
(g) Alter, ubi dicto citius curata fopori
Membra dedit, vegetus præfcripta ad munia furgit.
(b) Hic tamen ad melius poterit tranfcurrere
quondam ;

Sive diem feftum rediens advexerit annus,
Seu recreare volet tenuatum corpus: ubique'
Accedent anni, et tractari mollius ætas

Imbecilla volet. (i) Tibi quidnam accedet ad iftam,
Quam puer et validus præfumis, mollitiem; seu
Dura valetudo inciderit, feu tarda fenectus?
(k) Rancidum aprum antiqui laudabant: non
quia nafus

Illis nullus erat; fed, credo, hac mente, quod hofpes


More pleas'd to keep it till their friends could



Than eat the sweetest by themselves at home. (1) Why had not I in thofe good times my birth, Ere coxcomb-pyes or coxcombs were on earth? Unworthy he, the voice of Fame to hear, (m) That sweetest music to an honest ear; (For 'faith, Lord Fanny! you are in the wrong, The world's good word is better than a fong.) Who has not learn'd, (n) fresh sturgeon and hampye

Are no rewards for want, and infamy!



When luxury has lick'd up all thy pelf,
Curs'd be thy (0) neighbours, thy trustees, thyself,
To friends, to fortune, to mankind a shame,
Think how pofterity will treat thy name;
And (p) buy a rope, that future times may tell
Thou haft at least beftow'd one penny well.



(9)" Right," cries his Lordship, "for a rogue

in need

"To have a taste is insolence indeed:

Tardius adveniens vitiatum commodius, quam Integram edax dominus confumeret. (/) hos utinam inter

Heroas natum tellus me prima tuliffet.

(m) Das aliquid famæ, quæ carmine gratior aurem Occupet humanam? grandes rhombi, patinæque. Grande ferunt una (n) cum damno dedecus. adde (0) Iratum patruum, vicinos, te tibi iniquum, Et fruftra mortis cupidum, cum deerit egenti Ep) As, laquei pretium.

(9) Jure, inquit, Traufius istis

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