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Of whose strange crimes no Canonift can tell
Time, that at last matures a clap to pox,
And wooe in language of the Pleas and Bench? 60 Language, which Boreas might to Auster hold More rough than forty Germans when they scold.
ture or the Gospel commands. A juft ridicule on thofe practica! Commentators, as they are called, who include all moral and religious Duties within them. Whereas their true original
Then fick with Poetry, and poffeft with Muse
Like a King's Favourite --- or like a King.
fenfe is much more confined, being a fhort fummary of duty fitted for a fingle People, upon a particular occafion, and to ferve tranfitory ends.
VER. 61. Language, which Boreas-] The Original has here a very fine ftroke of fatire,
Than when winds in our ruin'd Abbyes roar.
The frauds with which that work (fo neceflary for the welfare both of religion and the ftate) was begun; the rapine with which it was carried on; and the diffolutenefs in which the plunder arifing from it was wafted, had fcandalized all fober men; and difpofed the best Proteftants to wish, that some part .of that immenfe wealth, arifing from the fuppreffion of the Monafteries, had been referved for Charity, Hofpitality, and even for the public fervice of Religion.
Curs'd be the wretch, fo venal and so vain : Paltry and proud, as drabs in Drury-lane. 'Tis fuch a bounty as was never known, If PETER deigns to help you to your own: What thanks, what praise, if Peter but fupplies, And what a folemn face if he denies! Grave, as when pris'ners fhake the head and swear 'Twas only Suretiship that brought 'em there. 70 His Office keeps your Parchment fates entire, He ftarves with cold to fave them from the fire; For you he walks the streets thro' rain or duft, For not in Chariots Peter puts his trust; For you he sweats and labours at the laws, 'Takes God to witness he affects your cause, And lies to ev'ry Lord in ev'ry thing, Like a King's Favourite --- or like a King.
He speaks here of those illiberal Advocates who frequent the Bar for mere gain, without any purpose of promoting or advancing civil juftice; the confequence of which, he tells us, is a flavish attendance, together with the degradation of their parts and abilities. So that when they undertake to excuse the bad conduct of their client, they talk as idly, and are heard with the fame contempt, as debtors, whofe common cant is, that they were undone by Suretiship. The Imitator did not feem to take the fineness of the fatire, or he would not have neglected an abufe of this importance, to fall upon fuch paultry
Like a wedge in a block', wring to the barre,
things as Peter, and thofe whom Peter confidered (and fo ufed) as his patrimony,
These are the talents that adorn them all,
Satan himself feels far less joy than they.