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O magnus pofthac inimicis rifus ! úterne
* Ad cafus dubios fidet fibi certius? hic, qui
Quo magis his credas: puer hunc ego parvus
Integris opibus novi non latius ufum,
Quam nunc accifis. Videas, metato in agello,
Sive operum vacuo gratus c
Sed pullo atque hoedo: tum penfilis uva fecundas
Who thinks that Fortune cannot change her
mind, Prepares a dreadful jeft for all mankind. And who ftands fafeft? tell me, is it he That spreads and fwells in puff'd Prosperity, Or bleft with little, whofe preventing care In peace provides fit arms against a war? "Thus BETHEL fpoke, who always fpeaks his thought, And always thinks the very thing he ought:
His equal mind I copy what I can,
And as I love, would imitate the Man.
In South-fea days not happier, when furmis'd
Content with little I can piddle here
But gudgeons, flounders, what my Thames affords:
Et nux ornabat menfas, cum duplice ficu.
Poft hoc ludus erat cuppa potare magiftra:
Ac venerata Ceres, ita culmo furgeret alto,
Saeviat atque novos moveat Fortuna tumultus ?
Quantum hinc imminuet? quanto aut ego parcius,
pueri, nituiftis, ut huc nouus incala venit?
Nam propriae telluris herum natura. neque illum,
Nec me, nec quemquam ftatuit. nos expulit ille;
To Hounslow heath I point and Banfted-down, Thence comes your mutton, and these chicks my
■ From yon old walnut-tree a fhow'r fhall fall; 145
Then chearful healths (your Mistress fhall have place) And, what's more rare, a Poet shall fay Grace. 150 Fortune not much of humbling me can boast: Tho' double tax'd, how little have I loft? My Life's amufements have been just the fame, Before, and after Standing Armies came. My lands are fold, my father's house is I'll hire another's, is not that my own, And yours, my friends? thro' whose free-op'ning gateNone comes too early, none departs too late ; (For I, who hold fage Homer's rule the best, Welcome the coming, fpeed the going gueft.) 160 "Pray heav'n it laft! (cries SWIFT !) as you go on; "I wish to God this houfe had been your own: "Pity! to build, without a fon or wife:
Why, you'll enjoy it only all your life."
Well, if the use be mine, can it concern one; 165
Illum aut nequities aut vafri infcitia juris,
Poftremum expellet certe vivacior beres.
Nunc ager Umbreni fub nomine, nuper Ofelli Dictus erat: nulli proprius; fed cedit in usum Nunc mihi, nunc alii. quocirca vivite fortes, Fortiaque adverfis opponite pectora rebus.
VER. 177. proud Buckingham's etc.] Villers Duke of Buckingham.
VER. 179. Let lands and boufes etc.] The turn of his imitation,