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Afk men's opinions: Scoto now shall tell
That gay Free-thinker, a fine talker once,
Judge we by nature? habit can efface,
Manners with fortunes, humours turn with climes, Tenets with books, and principles with times.
Search then the RULING PASSION: There, alone, The wild are constant, and the cunning known; The fool confiftent, and the false fincere; Priefts, princes, women, no diffemblers here. This clue once found, unravels all the rest, The profpect clears, and Whartou stands confeft. Wharton, the fcorn and wonder of our days, Whofe ruling paffion was the luft of praise : Born with whate'er could win it from the wife, Women and fools muft like him or he dies: Tho' wondring fenates hung on all he spoke, The club must hail him master of the joke. Shall parts fo various aim at nothing new? He'll shine a Tully and a Wilmot too.
Then turns repentant, and his God adores
And now the Punk applaud, and now the Friar.
He dies, fad out-cast of each church and state,
Yet, in this fearch, the wifest may mistake,
Lucullus, when Frugality could charm,
In this one passion man can strength enjoy,
Old Politicians chew on wisdom past,
Behold a reverend fire, whom want of grace
A falmon's belly, Helluo, was thy fate;
"Odious in woollen! 'twould a faint provoke, (Were the last words that poor Narciffa spoke)
"No, let a charming Chintz, and Bruffels' lace "Wrap my cold limbs, and fhade my lifeless face : "One would not, fure, be frightful when one's dead— "And Betty-give this Cheek a little red.”
The courtier fmooth, who forty years had fhin'd An humble fervant to all human kind, Just brought out this, when scarce his tongue could stir, "If where I'm going-I could ferve you Sir?
“I give and I devife (old Euclio faid, And figh'd) " my lands and tenements to Ned." Your money, Sir?" My money, Sir, what all? "Why, — if I must-(then wept) I give it Paul.” The Manor, Sir? The Manor! hold, he cry'd, "Not that, --I cannot part with that"-and dy’d.
And you! brave COBHAM, to the latest breath,
Of the characters of Women (confider'd only as contra-diftinguished from the other Sex.) That these are yet more inconfiftent and incomprehenfible than thofe of Men, of which inftances are given even from fuch characters as are plaineft, and most ftrongly mark'd; as in the Affected, v. 7. &c. The Soft-natur'd ver. 29. The Cunning, v. 45. The Whimsical, v. 53. The Wits and Refiners, v.87. The Stupid and Silly, v, 101. How contrarieties run thro' them all. But tho' the particular characters of this Sex are more various than those of Men, the general characteriftic, as to the Ruling paffion, is more uniform and confin'd. In what that lies, and whence it proceeds, ver. 205, &c. Men are best known in public life, Woman in private, ver. 207. What are the