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s soon as I enter at my country door,
* If, when the more you drink, the more you crave,
215 The heart refolves this matter in a trice, “ Men only feel the Smart, but not the Vice."
v When golden Angels cease to cure the Evil,
Indeed, could wealth bestow or wit or merit,
VER. 229. lov'd fixpence,] Avarice, and the contempt of it, is well expressed in these words,
* Si proprium eft, quod quis libra mercatus et aere
* das nummos; accipis uvam,
y Emtor Aricini quondam, Veientis et arvi, Emtum coenat olus, quamvis aliter putat; emtis Sub noctem gelidam lignis calefactat ahenum. Sed vocat ufque fuum, qua populus adsita certis Limitibus vicina refigit jurgia : tanquam 2 Sit proprium quidquam, puncto quod mobilis korae, Nunc prece, nunc pretio, nunc vi, nunc morte su
prema, Permutet dominos, et cedat in altera jura.
Sic, quia perpetuus nulli datur ufus, et haeres Haeredem alterius, velut unda fupervenit undam:
VI2. 232. delig?tful sbs.court] A farm over-against Hamp:on-Court
VER. 248. bang in Fortune's pow'r, Loose on the point
w If there be truth in Law, and Use can give 230 A Property, that's yours on which you live. Delightful Abs-court, if its fields afford Their fruits to you, confesses you its lord : All * Worldly's hens, nay partridge, fold to town, His Ven’son too, a guinea makes your own : 235 He bought at thousands, what with better wit You purchase as you want, and bit by bit ; Now, or long since, what diff'rence will be found? You pay a penny, and he paid a pound.
y Heathcote himself, and such large-acred men, 240 Lords of fat E’sham, or of Lincoln fen, Buy every stick of wood that lends them heat, Buy every Pullet they afford to eat. . Yet these are Wights, who fondly call their own Half that the Dev'lo'erlooks from Lincoln town. 245 The Laws of God, as well as of the land, Abhor, a perpetuity should stand : Estates have wings, and hang in Fortune's pow'r z Loofe on the point of ev'ry wav'ring hour, Ready, by force, or of your own accord, 250 By sale, at least by death, to change their lord. Man? and for ever? wretch ! what wou'dft thou have? Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave.
Notes. of ev'ry wav'ring hour.] A modern idea (the magnetic needle) here supplied the Imitator with expression much fuperior to his Original. Vol. IV.
a Gemmas, marmor, ebur, Tyrrhena sigilla, ta
Argentum, veftes Gaetulo murice tinctas,
Sunt qui non habeant; est qui non curat habere.
• Cur alter fratrum cesare, et ludere, et ungi
Praeferat Herodis palmetis pinguibus ; alter
Dives et importunus, ad umbram lucis ab ortu
Silvestrem flammis et ferro mitiget agrum :
Ver. 273 All Townshend's Turnips.] Lord Townshend, Secretary of State to George the First and Second. When this great Statesman retired from business, he amused
All vast possessions (just the same the case
Gold, Silver, Iv'ry, Vases sculptur'd high,
himself in Husbandry; and was particularly fond of that kind of rural improvement which arises from Turnips ; it was the favourite subject of his conversation.