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Nunc mihi, nunc alii. quocirca vivite fortes,

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Fortiaque adversis opponite pectora rebus.

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preffion well describes the surprize an heir must be in, to find himself excluded by that Instrument which was made to secure his fucceffion. For Butler humourously defines a Jointure to be the act whereby Parents

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Their Childrens Tenants, e're they're born.

And Hemsley, once proud Buckingham's delight,
Slides to a Scriv'ner or a city Knight.
• Let lands and houses have what Lords they will,
Let Us be fix'd, and our own masters still. 18

NOTES VER. 187. proud Buckingham's etc.] Villers Duke of Buckingham.

P. Ver. 189. Let lands and houses etc.] The turn of his imitation, in the concluding part, obliged him to diversify the sentiment. They are equally noble: but Horace's is expressed with the greater force.

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EPISTOLA I.

RIMA dicte mihi, summa dicende camena,

PRIMA

Spectatum fatis, et donatum jam rude, quaeris,

Maecenas, iterum antiquo me includere ludo.

Non eadem est aetas, non mens. Veianius, armis

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· Herculis ad poftem fixis, latet abditus agro; ;

Ne populum extrema toties exoret arepa.

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Est mihi purgatam crebro qui personet aurem;

Solve 8 fenefcentem mature fanus equum, ne

Peccet ad extremum ridendus, et ilia ducat.

NOTES. Ver. 3. Sablath of my days? ] i. e. The 49th year, the age of the Author. VER. 8. Hang their old Trophies o’er the Garden gates,] An

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