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E. of ROCHESTER.
ILENCE! coeval with Eternity;
Thou wert, ere Nature's felf began to be, "Twas one vaft Nothing, all, and all flept faft in thee.
Thine was the fway, ere heav'n was form'd, or earth,
Ere fruitful Thought conceiv'd creation's birth, Or midwife Word gave aid, and spoke the infant
Then various elements, against thee join'd,
And fram'd the clam'rous race of bufy Human-kind.
The tongue mov'd gently firft, and speech was low, 'Till wrangling Science taught it noise and show, And wicked Wit arose, thy most abusive foe.
But rebel Wit deferts thee oft' in vain;
Loft in the maze of words he turns again, And fecks a furer ftate, and courts thy gentle reign. 15
Afflicted Senfe thou kindly doft fet free,
And routed Reafon finds a fafe retreat in thee.
VII. With thee in private modeft Dulness lies, And in thy bofom lurks in Thought's difguife; Thou varnisher of Fools, and cheat of all the Wise!
Silence the knave's repute, the whore's good name, The only honour of the wishing dame;
Thy very want of tongue makes thee a kind of Fame.
X. But could't thou feize fome tongues that now are free,
How Church and State should be oblig'd to thee? At Senate, and at Bar, how welcome would'ft thou be?
Yet speech ev'n there, fubmiffively withdraws, From rights of fubjects, and the poor man's cause : Then pompous Silence reigns, and ftills the noify Laws.
XII. Paft fervices of friends, good deeds of foes, What Fav'rites gain, and what the Nation owes, Fly the forgetful world, and in thy arms repofe.
The country wit, religion of the town,
The courtier's learning, policy o'th' gown,
Are best by thee exprefs'd; and fhine in thee alone.
The parfon's cant, the lawyer's fophiftry, Lord's quibble, critic's jeft; all end in thee, All reft in peace at last, and fleep eternally.
E. of DORSET.
HO' Artemifia talks, by fits,
Haughty and huge as High-Dutch bride,
Are oddly join'd by fate:
On her large fquab you find her fpread,
That lies and ftinks in ftate.
She wears no colours (fign of grace)
All white and black befide: