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Nam & propriae telluris herum natura neque illum,
Nec me, nec quemquam ftatuit. nos expulit ille;
Dictus erat: nulli proprius; fed cedit in usum
Nunc mihi, nunc alii, quocirca vivite fortes,
Fortiaque adverfis opponite pectora rebus.
VER. 183. proud Buckingham's etc.] Villers Duke of Buckingham. P.
VER. 185. Let lands and boufes etc.] The turn of his
What's Property? dear Swift! you see it alter
The Chanc'ry takes your rents for twenty year:
Who cries, "My father's damn'd, and all's my own. h Shades, that to BACON could retreat afford, Become the portion of a booby Lord;
And Hemfley, once proud Buckingham's delight,
i Let lands and houses have what Lords they will,
imitation, in the concluding part, obliged him to diverfify the fentiment. They are equally noble: but Horace's is expreffed with the greater force.
RIMA dicte mihi, fumma dicende camena,
b Spectatum fatis, et donatum jam rude, quaeris,
Maecenas, iterum antiquo me includere ludo.
Non eadem eft aetas, non mens. Veianius, armis
* Herculis ad poftem fixis, latet abditus agro;
VER. 3. Sabbath of my days ?] i. e. The 49th year, the age of the Author.
VER. 8. Hang their old Trophies o'er the Garden gates,] An occafional stroke of Satire on ill-placed ornaments. He has more openly ridiculed them in his Epiftle on Tafte.