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Pars hominum geftit conducere publica: funt qui
• Cruftis et pomis viduas venentur avaras,
Excipiantque fenes, quos in vivaria mittant:
* Multis occulto crefcit res fenore. f verum
Efto, aliis alios rebus ftudiisque teneri:
* Nullus in orbe finus Baiis praelucet amoenis,
Si dixit dives; lacus et mare fentit amorem
Fecerit aufpicium; cras ferramenta Teanum
VER. 126. Their Country's wealth our mightier Mifers drain,] The undertakers for advancing Loans to the Public on the Funds. They have been commonly accused of making it a job. But in fo corrupt times, the fault is not always to be imputed to a Ministry it having been found, on trial, that the wifest and most virtuous citizen of this or any other age, with every requifite knowledge in fuch matters, and fupported by all the weight an honeft Admi
Their Country's wealth our mightier Mifers drain,
The reft, fome farm the Poor-box, fome the Pews
Sir Job & fail'd forth, the ev'ning bright and ftill, "No place on earth (he cry'd) like Greenwich hill !” h Up ftarts a Palace, lo, th' obedient base Shopes at its foot, the woods its fides embrace, The filver Thames reflects its marble face. Now let fome whimfy, or that Dev'l within Which guides all those who know not what they
But give the Knight (or give his Lady) fpleen; 145J
niftration could afford him, was, they fay, unable to abolifh this inveterate myftery of iniquity."
which no modern imitation can reach.
VER. 143. Now let fome whimfy, etc.] This is very spirited, but much inferior to the elegance of the Original, Cui fi vitiofa Libido
Tolletis, fabri. lectus genialis in aula eft?
Nil ait effe prius, melius nil coelibe vita:
! Si non eft, jurat bene folis effe maritis.
Quo teneam vultus mutantem Protea nodo ?
Quid " pauper? ride: mutat coenacula, lectos,
Balnea, tonfores; conducto navigio aeque
Naufeat, ac locuples quem ducit priva triremis,
9 Si curatus inaequali tonfore capillos
Aeftuat, et vitae disconvenit ordine toto;
VER. 155. They change their weekly Barber, etc.] Thefe fix lines much more fpirited than the Original. In that, the inconftancy of temper in the common people is fati
"Away, away! take all your scaffolds down, "For Snug's the word: My dear! we'll live in Town." At am'rous Flavio is the ftocken thrown?
That very night he longs to lie alone.
1 The Fool whose Wife elopes fome.thrice a quarter, For matrimonial folace dies a martyr.
Did ever Proteus, Merlin, any witch,
When (each opinion with the next at strife,
rized only in a fimple expofure of the cafe. Here the tidicule on the folly is heightened by a ridiculous reprefentation of each circumftance that is the object of it.
Diruit, aedificat, mutat quadrata rotundis ?
▾ Infanire putas folennia me, neque rides,
Nec medici credis, nec curatoris egere
A praetore dati; rerum * tutela mearum
Cum fis, et prave fectum ftomacheris ob unguem,
De te pendentis, te refpicientis amici.
Ad fummam, fapiens uno y minor eft Jove, dives,
Liber, honoratus, pulcher, rex denique regum ;