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That Charm fhall grow, while what fatigues the Ring,
And yet, believe me, good as well as ill,
Be this a Woman's Fame! with this unbleft,
MORAL ESSAY S.
TO ALLEN, LORD BATHURST.
Of the Ufe of RICHES.
THAT it is known to few, moft falling into one of the extremes, Avarice or Profusion, ver. 1, &c. The Point difcuffed, whether the invention of Money has been more commodious or pernicious to Mankind, ver. 21 to 77. That Riches, either to the Avaricious or the Prodigal, cannot afford Happiness, scarcely Neceffaries, ver. 89 to 160. That Avarice is an abfolute Frenzy, without an End or Purpose, ver. 113, &c. 152. Conjectures about the Motives of Avaricious men, ver. 121 to 153. That the conduct of men, with respect to Riches, can only be accounted for by the Order of Providence, which works the general Good out of Extremes, and brings all to its great End by perpetual Revolutions, ver. 161 to 178. How a Mifer acts upon Principles which appear to him reasonable, ver. 179. How a Prodigal does the fame, ver. 199. The due Medium, and true use of Riches, ver. 219. The Man of Rofs, ver. 250. The fate of the Profufe and the Covetous, in two examples; both miferable in Life and in Death, ver. 300, &c. The Story of Sir Balaam, ver. 339 to the end.
THIS Epiftle was written after a violent outcry against our Author, on a supposition that he had ridiculed a worthy nobleman merely for his wrong taste. He juftified himself upon that article in a letter to the Earl of Burlington; at the end of which are these words: "I have learnt that there are fome who would "rather be wicked than ridiculous: and therefore it 66 may be fafer to attack vices than follies. I will "therefore leave my betters in the quiet poffeffion of "their idols, their groves, and their high-places; "and change my fubject from their pride to their "meanness, from their vanities to their miseries "and as the only certain way to avoid mifconftruc"tions, to leffen offence, and not to multiply ill"natured applications, I may probably in my next, "make ufe of real names inftead of fictitious ones."
P. HO fhall decide, when Doctors disagree,
But I, who think more highly of our kind,
But when, by Man's audacious labour won,
Given to the Fool, the Mad, the Vain, the Evil, To Ward, to Waters, Chartres, and the Devil. zo B. What Nature wants, commodious Gold bestows; 'Tis thus we eat the bread another fows.
P. But how unequal it beftows, obferve;
'Tis thus we riot, while, who fow it, ftarve:
What Nature wants (a phrase I must distrust) 25 Extends to Luxury, extends to Luft:
Useful, I grant, it serves what Life requires,
But dreadful too, the dark Affaffin hires.
B. Trade it may help, Society extend:
P. But lures the Pirate, and corrupts the Friend. 30 B. It raises Armies in a Nation's aid:
P. But bribes a Senate, and the Land 's betray'd.
In vain may Heroes fight, and Patriots rave,
Once, we confefs, beneath the Patriot's cloak, 35