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Invitus facias, nec plura parare labores;

Ac potius, puer ut feftis Quinquatribus olim,

Exiguo gratoque fruaris tempore raptim.

Pauperies immunda procul procul abfit: ego, utrum

Nave ferar magna an parva; ferar unus et idem,

Non agimur tumidis velis Aquilone fecundo :

Non tamen adverfis aetatem ducimus Austris.

Viribus, ingenio, fpecie, virtute, loco, re,

Extremi primorum, extremis ufque priores.

& Non es avarus: abi. quid ? caetera jam fimul isto

Cum vitio fugere? caret tibi pectus inani

Ambitione ? caret mortis formidine et ira?

Somnia, terrores magicos, miracula, sagas,

Nocturnos lemures, portentaque Thessala rides ?

VER. 312. Survey both worlds,] It is observable with what sobriety he has corrected the licentiousness of his Original, which made the expectation of another world a part of that fuperftition, he would explode; whereas his Imitator is only for removing the false terrors from the world of spirits, such as the diablerie of witchcraft and purgatory.

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'Tis one thing madly to disperse my store ;
Another, not to heed to treasure more;
Glad, like a Boy, to snatch the first good day,
And pleas'd, if sordid want be far away. 295

f What is't to me (a passenger God wot) Whether

my

vefsel be first-rate or not?
The ship itself may make a better figure,
But I that fail, am neither less nor bigger.
I neither strut with ev'ry fav’ring breath,
Nor strive with all the tempeft in my teeth.
In pow'r, wit, figure, virtue, fortune, plac'd
Behind the foremost, and before the last.

8 « But why all this of Av'rice? I have none." I wish you joy, Sir, of a Tyrant gone;

305 But does no other lord it at this hour, As wild and mad? the Avarice of pow'r ? Does neither Rage inflame, nor Fear appall? Not the black fear of death, that saddens all ? With terrors round, can Reason hold her throne, 310 Despise the known, nor tremble at th' unknown? Survey both worlds, intrepid and entire, In spite of witches, devils, dreams, and fire? Pleas'd to look forward, pleas'd to look behind, And count each birth-day with a grateful mind: 315

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Natales grate numeras ? ignoscis amicis ?

Lenior et melior fis accedente fenecta?

Quid te exemta levat spinis de pluribus una?

Vivere fi re&te nefcis, decede peritis.

Lufifti fatis, edifti fatis, atque bibisti:

Tempus abire tibi cft: ne potum largius aequo

Rideat, et pulfet lasciva decenti:is aetas.

Has life no fourness, drawn so near its end;

Can'ft thou endure a foe, forgive a friend?

Has age but melted the rough parts away,
As winter-fruits grow mild ere they decay?

Or will you think, my friend, your business done,

When, of a hundred thorns, you pull out one ? 321

Learn to live well, or fairly make your will ;

You've play'd, and lov'd, and eat, and drank your fill:

Walk fober off; before a sprightlier age

Comes titt'ring on, and shoves you from the stage:

Leave such to trifle with more grace and case, 326

Whom Folly pleases, and whose Follies please.

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