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Pars hominum geftit conducere publica: funt qui
d Cruftis et pomis viduas venentur avaras,
Excipiantque fenes, quos in vivaria mittant:
* Multis occulto crefcit res fenore.
Efto, aliis alios rebus ftudiifque teneri:
Iidem eadem poffunt horam durare probantes?
6 Nullus in orbe finus Baiis prælucet amœnis,
Si dixit dives; lacus et mare fentit amorem
VER. 124. Alike in nothing but one Luft of Gold, Just baif the land would buy, and half be fold:] Here the argument suffers a little for the fake of the fatire. The reafon why the People fhould not be followed is because
Belua multorum eft capitum. nam quid fequar, aut quem? they are fo divers in their purfuits (fays Horace) that one cannot follow this man without being condemned by that. The imitator fays, they all go on one common principle, the luft of
Alike in nothing but one Luft of Gold,
Juft half the land would buy, and half be fold: 125 Their Country's wealth our mightier Mifers drain, Or crofs, to plunder Provinces, the Main;
The reft, fome farm the Poor-box, fome the Pews;
gold. This inaccuracy, tho' Horace has a little of it, yet he has however artfully disguised it, by fpeaking of the various objects of this one Paffion, avarice, as of fo many various paffions, Pars hominum geftit conducere publica: funt qui, etc. Cruftis et pomis
Multis occulto, etc.
but his imitator has unwarily drawn them to a point, by the introductory addition of the two lines above,
Alike in nothing, etc.
Feftinantis heri: cui fi vitiofa libido
Fecerit aufpicium; cras ferramenta Teanum
Tolletis, fabri. lectus genialis in aula eft?
Nil ait effe prius, melius nil coelibe vita:
'Si non eft, jurat bene folis effe maritis.
Quo teneam vultus mutantem Protea nodo?
Quid "pauper? ride: mutat coenacula, lectos,
Balnea, tonfores; conducto navigio aeque
Naufeat, ac locuples quem ducit priva triremis.
Si curatus inaequali tonfore capillos
VER. 143. Now let fome whimfy, etc.] This is very fpirited, but much inferior to the elegance of the original,
Cui fi vitiofa Libido.
which alluding to the religious manners of that time, no modern imitation can reach,
Now let fome whimfy, or that Dev'l within Which guides all those who know not what they
But give the Knight (or give his Lady) spleen;
That very night he longs to lie alone.
1 The Fool, whose Wife elopes fome thrice a quarter,
Discharge their Garrets, move their beds, and run (They know not whither) in a Chaise and one ; They hire their fculler, and when once aboard, Grow fick, and damn the climate-like a Lord. 160 4 You laugh, half Beau, half Sloven if I ftand, My wig all powder, and all fnuff my band;
VER. 155. They change their weekly Barber, etc.] These fix lines much more fpirited than the original. In Horace, the people's inconftancy of temper is fatirized only in a fimple expofure of the cafe. Here the ridicule on the folly is heightened by an humourous picture of the various objects of that incon
Occurro; rides. fi forte subucula pexae
Ad fummam, Sapiens uno minor eft Jove, dives, Liber, 'honoratus, pulcher, rex denique regum ; Praecipue fanus, nifi cum pituita molesta est.
VER. 182. when plunder'd] i. e. By the Public; which has arely her revenge on her plunderers; and when the has, more rarely knows how to use it.