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Or of one.Mite deprive, will lose these Eyes : • Go home, indulge, of your dear Health takeCare,
I will myself conduct the whole Affair.' Persist, the greatest Hardships undergo, 2 Though Furius on the Alps spits hoary Snow,
With out-stretch'd Paunch, or with Autumnal
See, a By-fander jogs liim, and commends Your Zeal, and Patience, to aflist your Friends. You, by such Wiles, freih Dupes will daily get, And Shoals of Gudgeons scon will fill your Net.
Léit you, suspected, ihould yourself betray,
If a Friend offer you his Will to read,
TIRESIAS. 3. Whate'er I say, or shall, or shall not be; This Knowledge Phæbus has conferr'd on Me.
TIRE SI AS.
Who will, o'er Sea and Land, cxtend his Fame,
But to proceed; should any of his Train
ULYSSES. None sure could one fo chaste, fo prudent, gaing Whom to seduce the Suitors it. ove in vain,
TIRESIAS. 5 The frugal Youths were fonder of good Cheer Than of the Dame, who held her Charms too dear: But if the Queen, whom y'u cíteem fo chaft, The Swects of an Amour like this should taste, And with you fare the rich old Letcher's Gold,
share Sooner than the, a Leech would quit his Hold.
At Thebes, a Beldam dwelt, in Times of yore,
, Who dead, with Oyl would be anointed o'er, And, on his naked Back, enjoin’d her Heir, Thus to the Grave her slippery Coarse to bear: Alive, he always stuck to her so close, When dead, she hop'd t'escape him, I suppose.
Great Circumspection use in your Address; Be not too sheepish, nor too forward press; Nor always hold your Tongue, nor always prate; Stiff and four Tempers the Loquacious hate : With Head inclin'd, obsequious Homage pay, And stand like comic Davus in the Play : Of his dear Health intreat him to take Care, And not expose it to the noxious Air : If you together walk the crowded Street, To clear his Paflage, elbow all you meet : If talkative, attend to all he says; And, if vain-glorious, surfeit him with Praise : Puff the swoln Bladder up to such a Size, Till, with uplifted Hands, Hold ! hold !'he cries, When, by his Death, from Care and Bondage
free, You, broad awake, the long-wish'd Item see, “ Of the fourth Part I make Ulysses Heir ;" To hide your Joy, strive to squeeze out a Tear; Then cry, ' My Damas gone! I ne'er shall find
Another Friend like him, so true, so kind :' A decent Tomb, to Ihow your Friendship, raise ; Your Neighbours the grand Funeral will praise :
Coheir, if ill and like to die, That he
your Share at his own Price shall buy. Adieu ! Farewell !-I can no longer stay. 6 Hell's haughty Empress summons me away.
N O T E S. 1 Homer, in the Odyssey, Book XI, represents Vlyles as descending into Hell from the Country of the Cimmerians, near the Island of Circé, to consult lirefias (a celebrated Soothsayer of Thebes in Bæotia) about his future Fortune; and gives us there the Speech of Ulyles, and the Prophet's Answer.
This Satire is a Continuation of that Episode, and to be connected with the 148th Verse of that Book. Dacier is of Opinion, that the Scene lies in the same as appears,' says he, from the Words
quoque, and præter narrata, at the Beginning.'
Sanadon, on the other hand, supposes the Scene to lie in Ithaca; and that Ulysses, on his Arrival there, confulted the Ghost of Tiresias a second Time. But this is an arbitrary Conjecture, not warranted by any thing in this Satire.
It is said, that Ulyses must have been in Ithaca, to * know the Condition of his House and Family.'
But this Supposition is not at all necessary, since the Prophet had, in his former Speech, acquainted him with those Circumstances.
O nulli quicquam mentite, vides, ut Nudus inopsque domum redeam, te vate ; neque illic
Aut apotheca procis intacta eft, aut pecus. This Connection will appear more clearly by inserting the Lines from Homer :
• Weary of Light, Ulyles here explores • A prosperous Voyage to his native Shores; • But know, by Me th’ unerring Fates disclose New Trains of Dangers, and new Scenes of Woes
Beneath the Waves • I see thy Friends o'erwhelm'd in liquid Graves !