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Whether we ought to chuse our Friends,
For their own Worth, or our own Ends?
What good, or better, we may call,
And what, the very best of all?

Our Friend Dan Prior told (you know)
A Tale extremely " à propos:"
Name a Town Life, and in a trice
He had a Story of two Mice.
Once on a time (fo runs the Fable)
A Country Mouse, right hospitable,
Receiv'd a Town Mouse at his Board,
Juft as a Farmer might a Lord.
A frugal Moufe, upon the whole,
Yet lov'd his Friend, and had a Soul,
Knew what was handfome, and would do 't,
On juft occafion, "coûte qui coûte."
He brought him Bacon (nothing lean);
Pudding, that might have pleas'd a Dean;

Divitiis homines, an fint virtute beati:
Quidve ad amicitias, ufus rectumne, trahat nos:
Et quae fit natura boni, fummumque quid ejus.
Cervius haec inter vicinus garrit aniles.
Ex re fabellas. fi quis nam laudat Arelli
Solicitas ignarus opes; fic incipit: Olim
Rufticus urbanum murem mus paupere fertur
Accepiffe cavo, veterem vetus hofpes amicum;
Afper, et attentus quaefitis; ut tamen arctum
Solveret hofpitiis animum, quid multa? neque illi
Sepofiti ciceris, nec longae invidit avenae:

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Cheese,

Cheese, such as men in Suffolk make,
But wifh'd it Stilton for his fake;
Yet, to his Guest though no way sparing,,
He eat himself the rind and paring.
Our Courtier fcarce could touch a bit,
But show'd his Breeding and his Wit;
He did his best to seem to eat,
And cry'd, "I vow you 're mighty neat..
"But Lord, my Friend, this favage Scene!.
"For God's fake, come, and live with Men:
"Confider, Mice, like Men, must die,,
"Both fmall and great, both you and I:
"Then spend your life in Joy and Sport,
"(This doctrine, Friend, I learn'd at Court).”
The verieft Hermit in the Nation
May yield, God knows, to ftrong temptation.

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Aridum et ore ferens acinum, femesaque lardi
Frufta dedit, cupiens varia faftidia coena
Vincere tangentis male fingula dente fuperbo::
Cum pater ipfe domus palea porrectus: in horna
Effet ador loliumque, dapis meliora relinquens.
Tandem urbanus ad hunc, Quid te juvat, inquit, amice,
Praerupti nemoris patientem vivere dorfo?
Vin' tu homines urbemque feris praeponere fylvis
Carpe viam (mihi.crede) comes: terreftria quando
Mortales animas vivunt fortita, neque ulla eft,
Aut magno aut parvo, leti fuga. quo, bone, circa,
Dum licet, in rebus jucundis vive beatus:
Vive memor quam fis aevi brevis. Haec ubi dicta

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Away they came, through thick and thin,
To a tall house near Lincoln's-Inn:
('Twas on the night of a Debate,
When all their Lordships had fate latei)
Behold the place, where if a Poet
Shin'd in Description, he right fhow it;
Tell how the Moon-beam trembling falls,
And tips with Silver all the walls;
Palladian walls, Venetian doors,
Grotefco roofs, and Stucco floors:
But let it (in a word) be faid,
The Moon was up, and Men a-bed,
The Napkin 's white, the Carpet red:
The Guests withdrawn had left the Treat,
And down the Mice fate," tête à tête."

Our Courtier walks from difh to dish,
Taftes for his Friend of Fowl and Fish;
Tells all their names, lays down the law,
Que ça eft bon! Ah goûtez ça!

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Agreftem pepulere, domo levis exfilit: inde
Ambo propofitum peragunt iter, urbis aventes
Moenia nocturni fubrepere. jamque tenebat
Nox medium coeli fpatium, cum ponit uterque
In locuplete domo veftigia: rubro ubi cocco
Tincta fuper lectos canderet vestis eburnos;
Multaque de magna fupereffent fercula coena,
Quae procul exftructis inerant hefterna canistris.
Ergo ubi purpurea porrectum in veste locavit
Agreftem; veluti fuccinctus curfitat hofpes,

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"That Jelly 's rich, this Malmsey healing,
Pray dip your Whiskers and your Tail.in."
Was ever such a happy Swain?
He ftuffs and fwills, and ftuffs again.
"I'm quite afham'd-'tis mighty rude
"To eat fo much-but all 's fo good.
"I have a thousand thanks to give
"My Lord alone knows how to live."
No fooner faid, but from the Hall
Rush Chaplain, Butler, Dogs and all:
A Rat, a Rat! clap to the door".
The Cat comes bouncing on the floor.
O for the heart of Homer's Mice,
Or Gods to fave them in a trice!
(It was by Providence they think,
For your damn'd Stucco has no chink.)
"An't please your Honour, quoth the Peafant,
This fame Deffert is not fo pleasant:
"Give me again my hollow Tree,
"A Cruft of Bread, and Liberty!"

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Continuatque dapes: nec non verniliter ipfis
Fungitur officiis, praelambens omne quod affert.
Ille cubans gaudet mutata forte, bonifque
Rebus agit laetum convivam: cum subito ingens
Valvarum ftrepitus lectis excuffit utrumque.
Currere per totum pavidi conclave; magifque
Exanimes trepidare, fimul domus álta Moloffis
Perfonuit canibus. tum rufticus, Haud mihi vita
Eft opus hac, ait, et valeas: me fylva, cavufque
Tutus ab infidiis tenui folabitur ervo.

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To VENUS.

breaft?

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GAIN? new Tumults in my
Ah fpare me, Venus' let me, let me reft!
I am not now, alas! the man

As in the gentle Reign of my Queen Anne. Ah found no more thy soft alarms,

Nor circle fober fifty with thy Charms! Mother too fierce of dear Defires!

Turn, turn to willing hearts your wanton fires. To Number five direct your Doves,

There fpread round Murray all your blooming Loves;

Noble

Ad VENEREM.

NTERMISSA, Venus, diu

Nurfus bella moves? parce precor, precor.

Non fum qualis eram bonae

Sub regno Cynarae. define, dulcium Mater faeva Cupidinum,

Circa luftra decem flectere mollibus

Jam durum imperiis: abi

Quo blandae juvenum te revocant preces. Tempeftivius in domum

Paulli, purpureis ales oloribus,

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