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"Left ftiff, and stately, void of fire or force, 15 "You limp, like Blackmore on a Lord Mayor's "horfe."
Farewell then Verfe, and Love, and ev'ry Toy, The Rhymes and Rattles of the Man or Boy; What' right, what true, what fit we justly call, Let this be all my care for this is All: To lay this harvest What ev'ry day will want, and most, the last.
and hoard with hafte
But ask not, to what' Doctors I apply? Sworn to no Mafter, of no Sect am I:
As drives the storm, at any door I knock: 25
moft fitted to the feafon and circumftances.-For he regarded thefe Writers as the best Schools to form a man for the world; or to give him a knowledge of himself: Montagne excelling in his obfervations on focial and civil life; and Locke, in developing the faculties, and explaining the operations of the human mind.
VER. 30. Still true to Virtue-with Ariftippus, or St. Paul,] It was the Poet's purpose in this place, to give us the picture of his own mind; not that of Horace's, who tells us, he fometimes went with Zeno, and fometimes with Ariftippus; the
Nunc in Ariftippi furtim praecepta relabor,
"Ut nox longa, quibus mentitur amica; diefque
Aeque neglectum pueris fenibufque nocebit.
extremes of whofe different fyftems Tully thus juftly cenfures: "Ut quoniam Aristippus, quafi animum nullum habeamus, cor"pus folum tuetur; Zeno, quafi corporis fimus expertes, ani"mum folum complectitur." But neither truth nor decency would fuffer our Poet to fay, that, to fuit himself to the times, he went into either of thefe follies. To fhew us, therefore, he took no more from the Stoics than their fincerity and warmth for the interefts of Virtue, he compares himself to a friend, in whom he obferved that warmth. And by joining St. Paul with Ariflippus he would infinuate, that he took no more from the Cyrenaic fect than a charitable compliance to occafions, for the benefit of his neighbour. Thus in ferving himfelf of his friend to temper the rigidity of one fect of philofophy, while the Apoftle is employed to rectify the loofenefs of the other, he brings Mr. Lyttelton and St. Paul acquainted; for thofe who correct oppofite extremes muft needs ineet; and fo we fee the Patriot
Sometimes with Ariftippus, or St. Paul,
And win my way by yielding to the tide.
Long, as to him who works for debt, the day, Long as the Night to her whofe Love's away, 36 Long as the Year's dull circle seems to run, When the brisk Minor pants for twenty-one: So flow th' 'unprofitable moments roll, That lock up all the Functions of my foul; That keep me from myself; and still delay Life's instant business to a future day: That task, which as we follow, or defpife, The eldest is a fool, the youngest wise.
in a new point of view; which is, in a virtuous accommodation of himself to seasons and circumstances.
VER. 32. Indulge my candor-Back to my native Moderation fide] An honeft and useful infinuation, that, tho' Parties in the State profecute their ends on ever so true principles, and with ever fo good intentions, yet oppofition is apt to make the moft fcrupulous Leaders of them fometimes violate both candor and moderation. However, by the expreffion, of indulging his candor, he would infinuate too, that, when he allowed the leaft to it, he never violated Truth; and, by fliding back to his native moderation, that he always kept within the bounds of Reafon.-But the general Senfe of the whole paffage is, that when he went with the Stoics, who advise a public life, the character of his civil virtue was rigid; when he went with the Cyrenaics, who encourage a private, that of his focial was indulgent.
Reflat, ut his ego me ipfe regam folerque ele
Non poffis oculo quantum contendere Lynceus ; Non tamen idcirco contemnas lippus inungi: Nec, quia defperes invicti membra Glyconis, Nodofa corpus nolis prohibere cheragra. Eft quadam prodire * tenus, fi non datur ultra.
Fervet avaritia, miferoque cupidine pectus? Sunt verba et voces, quibus hunc lenire dolorem
Poffis, et magnam morbi deponere partem.
Laudis amore tumes? funt certa piacula, quae te
Ter pure lecto poterunt recreare libello.
VER. 45. can no wants endure,] i. e. Can want nothing. Badly expreffed.
VER. 51. I'll do what Mead-] Mr. Pope highly efteemed and loved this worthy man, whofe unaffected humanity and benevolence have ftifled much of that envy which his eminence in his profeffion would otherwife have drawn out. Speaking of his obligations to this great Physician and others of the Faculty, in a Letter to Mr. Allen, about a month before his death, he fays, "There is no end of my kind treatment from "the Faculty. They are in general the most amiable compa
Which done, the pooreft can no wants endure; 45
Weak tho' I am of limb, and short of fight, Far from a Lynx, and not a Giant quite; I'll do what Mead and Chefelden advise, To keep these limbs, and to preserve these eyes. Not to x go back, is fomewhat to advance, And men must walk at least before they dance.
Say, does thy y blood rebel, thy bofom move 55 With wretched Av'rice, or as wretched Love? Know, there are Words, and Spells, which can controll
2 Between the Fits this Fever of the foul:
Know, there are Rhymes, which a fresh and fresh apply'd
Will cure the arrant'ft Puppy of his Pride.
VER. 58. Between the fits-] The sense of
is here very happily expreffed. And
"nions, and the best friends, as well as the most learned Men "I know."
in the following line, as happily varied. But the whole paffage, which defcribes the ufe and efficacy of fatire, is admirably imi- . tated.