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Gaude, quod spectant oculi te mille loquentem :
Gnavus P mane forum, et vespertinus pete tectum ;
• 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;
Ire tamen restat, Nuina ' quo devenit et Ancus.
* Si latus aut renes morbo tentantur acuto,
If not fo pleas'd, at Council-board rejoice,
50 (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?
55 See Ward by batter'd Beaus invited over, And desp’rate Misery lays hold on Dover. The case is easier in the Mind's disease; There all Men may be cur’d, whene'er they please.
Quaere fugam morbi. * vis recte vivere ? quis non?
Si virtus hoc una poteft dare, fortis omissis
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
Tertia fuccedant, et quae pars quadret acervum.
Scilicet b uxorem cum dete, fidemque, et amicos,
Et genus, et formam, regina · Pecunia donat;
VER. 65. Who Virtue and a Church alike disowns,] The
Would ye be * bleft? despise low Joys, low Gains ;
y But art thou one, whom new opinions sway,
Wife with half as many more, Procure her beauty, make that beauty chaste, And then such c Friends—as cannot fail to last. 80 A Man of wealth is dubb’d a Man of worth, Venus shall give him Form, and Anstis Birth. (Believe me, many a German Prince is worse, Who proud of Pedigree, is poor of Purse)
Notes. one appears from his party pamphlets ; the other, from his Rights of the Chriflian Churib.
Ne fueris hic tu, f chlamydes Lucullus, ut aiunt,
Si fortunatum species et gratia praeftat,
NOTES. VER. 86. Or if three Ladies like a lucklefs Play,] The common reader, I am sensible, will be always more foli. citous about the names of these three Ladies, the unlueky Play, and every other crifling circumftance that attended this piece of gallantry, than for the explanation of our Author's sense, or the illustration of his poetry ; even where he is moft moral and subliine. But had it been in Mr. Pope's purpose to indulge so impertinent a curiosity, he had sought elsewhere for a commentator on his writings.