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Ludicra, quid, plaufus, et amici dona Quiritis?

Quo fpectanda modo, quo fenfu credis et ore?

h Qui timet his adverfa, fere miratur eodem Quo cupiens pacto: pavor eft utrobique moleftus: Improvifa fimul fpecies exterret utrumque :

1 Gaudeat, an doleat; cupiat, metuatne; quid ad rem,

Si, quidquid videt melius pejusve sua fpe,
Defixis oculis, animoque et corpore torpet?

* Infani fapiens nomen ferat, aequus iniqui; Ultra quam fatis eft, virtutem fi petat ipfam. I nunc, argentum et marmor vetus, aeraque

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et artes

Sufpice: cum gemmis Tyrios mirare colores:

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NOTES.

VER. 21. In either cafe, believe me, we admire ;] i. e. These objects, in either cafe, affect us, as objects unknown affect the mind, and confequently betray us into falfe judgments.

VER. 22. Whether we joy or grieve, the fame the curfe, Surpriz'd at better, or furpriz'd at worse.] The elegance of this is fuperior to the Original. The curfe is the fame

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Or Popularity? or Stars and Strings?
The Mob's applaufes, or the gifts of Kings?
Say with what eyes we ought at Courts to gaze,
And pay the Great our homage of Amaze?

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If weak the pleasure that from these can spring, The fear to want them is as weak a thing: Whether we dread, or whether we defire, In either cafe, believe me, we admire; Whether we joy or grieve, the fame the curse, Surpriz❜d at better, or furpriz'd at worse. Thus good or bad, to one extreme betray

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Th' unbalanc'd Mind, and snatch the Man away;
For Virtue's felf may too much zeal be had;
The worft of Madmen is a Saint run mad.
'Go then, and if you can, admire the state
Of beaming diamonds, and reflected plate;
Procure a TASTE to double the furprize,
And gaze on " Parian Charms with learned eyes:
Be ftruck with bright " Brocade, or Tyrian Dye,
Our Birth-day Nobles' splendid Livery.

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(lays he) whether we joy or grieve. Why fo? Because, in either cafe, the man is furprized, hurried off, and led away captive.

(The good or bad to one extreme betray

Th' unbalanc'd Mind, and fnatch the Man away.) This happy advantage, in the imitation, arifes from the ambiguity of the word surprize.

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Ne plus frumenti dotalibus emetat agris

Mutus et (indignum ; quod fit pejoribus ortus)

Hic tibi fit potius, quam tu mirabilis illi.

Quicquid fub terra eft, in apricum proferet aetas;

Defodiet, condetque nitentia, cum bene notum

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Porticus Agrippae, et via te confpexerit Appi;

Ire tamen reftat, Nuina quo devenit et Ancus.

Si latus aut renes morbo tentantur acuto,

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If not fo pleas'd, at Council-board rejoice,
To fee their judgments hang upon thy Voice;
From morn to night, at Senate, Rolls, and Hall,
Plead much, read more, dine late, or not at all.
But wherefore all this labour, all this ftrife?
For Fame, for Riches, for a noble Wife?
Shall One whom Nature, Learning, Birth, con-
fpir'd

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To form, not to admire but be admir'd,
Sigh, while his Chloe blind to Wit and Worth
Weds the rich Dulnefs of fome Son of earth?
Yet Time ennobles, or degrades each Line;
It brighten'd CRAGGS's, and may darken thine:
And what is Fame? the Meanest have their day,
The Greatest can but blaze, and pass away.
Grac❜d as thou art, with all the Pow'r of Words,
So known, fo honour'd, at the Houfe of Lords;
Confpicuous Scene! another yet is nigh,
(More filent far) where Kings and Poets lie;
Where MURRAY (long enough his Country's pride)
Shall be no more than TULLY, or than HYDE !

w Rack'd with Sciatics, martyr'd with the Stone, Will any mortal let himself alone?

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See Ward by batter'd Beaus invited over,

And defp❜rate Misery lays hold on Dover.
The cafe is easier in the Mind's disease;
There all Men may be cur'd, whene'er they please.

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Quaere fugam morbi. * vis recte vivere? quis non ?

Si virtus hoc una poteft dare, fortis omiffis

Hoc age deliciis.

y virtutem verba putes, et

Lucum ligna cave ne portus occupet alter:

Ne Cibyratica, ne Bithyna negotia perdas :

• Mille talenta rotundentur, totidem altera, porro et

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Tertia fuccedant, et quae pars quadret acervum.

Scilicet uxorem cum dote, fidemque, et amicos,

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Et genus, et formam, regina Pecunia donat ;

Ac bene nummatum decorat Saudela, Venusque.

Mancipiis locuples, egit aeris Cappadocum rex.

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VER. 65. Who Virtue and a Church alike difowns.] The

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