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* das nummos; accipis uvam, Pullos, ova, cadum temeti: nempe modo isto Paulatim mercaris agrum, fortasse trecentis, Aut etiam supra nummorum millibus emtum. Quid refert, vivas numerato nuper, an olim?
y Emtor Aricini quondam, Veientis et arvi, Emtum coenat olus, quamvis aliter putat; emtis Sub noctem gelidam lignis calefactat ahenum, Sed vocat usque suum, qua populus adsita certis Limitibus vicina refigit jurgia: tanquam
Sit proprium quidquam, puncto quod mobilis horae, Nunc
prece, nunc pretio, nunc vi, nunc morte suprema,
Permutet dominos, et cedat in altera jura.
Şic, quia perpetuus nulli datur usus, et haeres Haeredem alterius, velut unda supervenit undam;
Ver. 248. hang in Fortune's pow'r,-Loose on the point of ev'ry wavring hour] A modern idea (the magnetic needle)
All Worldly’s hens, nay, partridge, sold to town,
pay a penny, and he paid a pound. y Heathcote himself, and such large-acred men, Lords of fat E’sham, or of Lincoln fen,
241 Buy every stick of wood that lends them heat, Buy ev'ry Pullet they afford to eat. Yet these are Wights, who fondly call their own Half that the Dev'lo'erlooks from Lincoln town. The Laws of God, as well as of the land,
246 Abhor, a Perpetuity should stand: Estates have wings, and hang in Fortune's pow'r 2 Loose on the point of ev'ry wav'ring hour, Ready, by force, or of your own accord, 250 By sale, at least by death, to change their lord. Man? and for ever? wretch! what wou'dst thou
have? Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave.
here supplied the Imitator with expression much fuperior to his Original.
Quid vici prosunt, aut horrea? quidve Calabris
Saltibus adjecti Lucani ; fi metit Orcus
Grandia cum parvis, non exorabilis auro?
* Gemmas, marmor, ebur, Tyrrhena sigilla, ta
Argentum, vestes Gaetulo murice tinctas,
Sunt qui non habeant; eft qui non curat habere.
• Cur alter fratrum ceffare, et ludere, et ungi
Praeferat Herodis palmetis pinguibus ; alter
Dives et importunus, ad umbram lucis ab ortu
Silvestrem flammis et ferro mitiget agrum:
VER. 273. All Townshend's Turnips] Lord Townshend, Secretary of State to George the First and Second. When this great Statesman retired from business, he amused himself in
All vast possessions (just the same the case
call them Villa, Park, or Chace)255 Alas, my Bathurst! what will they avail? Join Cotswood hills to Saperton's fair dale, Let rising Granaries and Temples here, There mingled farms and pyramids appear, Link towns to towns with avenues of oak, 260 Enclose whole downs in walls, 'tis all a joke! Inexorable Death shall level all, And trees, and stones, and farms, and farmer fall.
* Gold, Silver, Iv'ry, Vases sculptur'd high, Paint, Marble, Gems, and robes of Persian dye, There arewho have not--and thank heay’n there are, Who, if they have not, think not worth their care. bTalk what
will of Taste, my friend, you'll find, Two of a face, as soon as of a mind. Why, of two brothers, rich and restless one 270 Plows, burns, manures, and toils from sun to sun; The other flights, for women, sports, and wines, All Townshend's Turnips,and allGrovenor's mines:
NOTES. Husbandry; and was particularly fond of that kind of rural improvement which arises from Turnips; it was the favourite subject of his conversation.
Scit Genius, natale comes qui temperat aftrum:
NATURAE DEUS HUMANAE, mortalis in unum
Quodque caput, vultu mutabilis, albus, et ater.
“Utar, et ex modico, quantum res poscet, acervo
Tollam: nec metuam, quid de me judicet haeres,
Quod non plura datis invenerit. et tamen idem
Scire volam, quantum fimplex hilarisque nepoti
Discrepet, et quantum difcordet parcus avaro.
fum Distat enim, fpargas tua prodigus, an neque
Invitus facias, nec plura parare labores ;
Ac potius, puer ut festis Quinquatribus olim,
NOTES. Ver. 277. fly, like Oglethorpe,} Employed in settling the Colony of Georgia.
VER. 280. That God of Nature, etc.) Here our Poet had an opportunity of illustrating his own Philofophy; and thereby giving a much better senie to his Original; and correcting