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(1) Shades, that to Bacon could retreat afford, Become the portion of a booby lord; 176 And Hemsley, once proud Buckingham's delight, Slides to a Scriv'ner or a City-knight. (m) Let lands and houses have what lords they will, Let us be fix'd, and our own masters still. 180

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Notes. Ver. 177. proud Buckingham's, 8zc.] Villiers Duke of Buckingham.

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T John, whose love indulg'd my labours past,

Matures my present, and thall bound my laft! Why (6) will you break the Sabbath of my days? Now lick alike of envy and of praise. Public too long, ah let me hide my age! 5 See modeft (c) Cibber now has left the stage:

EPISTOLA I.

RIMA dicte mihi, summa dicende camena,
(6) Spectatum fatis, et donatum jam rude,

quæris, Mæcenas, iterum antiquo me includere ludo. Non eadem eft ætas, non mens. (c) Veianius, armis

Notes. Ver. 3. Sabbath of my days.?) i. c. the 49th year, the age of the author.

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Our gen'rals now, (d) retir'd to their estates,
Hang their old trophies o'er the garden-gates,
In Life's cool ev'ning satiate of applause,
Nor (e) fond of bleeding, ev'n in BRUNSWICK'S

cause. (f) A voice there is, that whispers in my ear, ('Tis Reason's voice, which fometimes one can hear), • Friend Pope! be prudent, let your (g) Muse

“ take breath, “And never gallop Pegasus to death; “ Let stiff, and stately, void of fire or force, “ You limp, like Blackmore, on a Lord Mayor's

“ horse." Farewell then (b) verse, and love, and ev'ry toy, The rhymes and rattles of the man or boy;

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(d) Herculis ad poftem fixis, latet abditus agro; Ne populum (e) extrema toties exoret arena.

(f) Eft mihi purgatam crebro qui perfonet aurem; Solve (8) senescentem mature fanus equum, ne Peccet ad extremum ridendus, et ilia ducat. Nunc itaque et (b) versus, et cetera ludicra pono:

Notes. Ver. 10. ev’n in Brunswick's cause.] In the former edi. tions it was Britain's cause. But the terms are synonimous.

Ver. 16. You limp, like Blackmore, on a Lord Mayor's horse.] The fame of this heavy poet, however problematical elsewhere, was universally received in the city of London. His versification is here exactly described : Stiff, and not strong; stately, and yet dull, like the sober and flow-paced animal generally employed to mount the Lord Mayor: and therefore here humorously opposed to Pegasus.

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What (1) right, what true, what fit we juftly call, Let this be all my care---for this is all. 20 To lay this (k) harvest up, and hoard with hafte What ev'ry day will want, and most, the last.

But ask not to what (1) doctors I apply? Sworn to no master, of no fect am I: As drives the (m) storm, at any door I knock: 25 And house with Montagne now, or now with

Locke, Sometimes a [m] patriot active in debate, Mix with the world, and battle for the state, Free as young Lyttleton, her cause pursue, Still true to Virtue, [0] and as warm as true : 30 Sometimes with Ariftippus, or St Paul, Indulge my candour, and grow all to all;

Quid (i) verum atque decens, curo et rogo, et om

nis in hoc fum: (+) Condo, et compono, quæ mox depromere poffim. Acne forte roges, (l) quo me duce, quo Lare tuter: Nullius addictus jurare in verba magiftri, (m) Quo me cunque rapit tempeftas, deferor hofpes. Nunc agilis fio, et merfor [n] civilibus undis, Virtutis veræ custos, [o] rigidufque fatelles :

Notës. Ver. 26. And house with Montagne now, and now with Locke,] i. e. Chuse either an active or contemplative life, as is most fitted to the season and circumstances.....--For be regarded these writers as the best schools to form a man for the world; or to give him a knowledge of himself: Montagne excelling in his observations on social and civil life; and Locke, in developing the facuities, and explaining the operations of the human mind.

Back soul;

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Back to my [p] native moderation slide,
And win my way by yielding to the tide. 34

[9] Long, as to him who works for debt the day,
Long as the night to her whose love's away,
Long as the year's dull circle seems to run,
When the brisk minor pants for twenty-one :
So flow th' unprofitable [r] moments roll,
That lock up all the functions of my
That keep me from myself, and still delay
Life's instant business to a future day :
That [s] talk, which as we follow, or despise,
The eldest is a fool, the youngest wise:
Which done, the poorest can no wants endure; 45
And which not done, the richest must be poor.

[t] Late as it is, I put myself to school, And feel fome [u] comfort, not to be a fool,

Weak tho’ I am of limb, and short of sight, Far from a lynx, and not a giant quite; 56

Nunc in * Aristippi [P] furtim præcepta relabor, Et mihi res, non me rebus, fubjungere conor.

[9] Ut nox longa, quibus metitur amica: diesque Lenta videtur opus debentibus : ut piger annus Pupillis, quos dura premit custodia matrum: Sic mihi tarda (r] fluunt ingrataque tempora, quæ

fpem Confiliumque morantur agendi gnaviter [s] id, quod Æque pauperibus prodeft, locupletibus æque, Æque neglectum pueris fenibufque nocebit. [t] Reflat, ut his ego me ipse regam [u] folerque

elementis :

Omnis Aristippum decuit color, et ftatus et res.

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