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B.Trade it may help, Society extend.:
P. But lures the Pyrate, and corrupts the Friend. 30

NOTES.

Nor was he more singular
in the undeviating Pravity of his Manners,

Than successful
in Accumulating WEALTH,
For, , without TRADE, or PROFESSION,

Without Trust of Public Money,
And without BRIBE - WORTHY Service,
He acquired, or more properly created,

A MINISTERIAL Estate.
He was the only person of his Time,
Who could cheat without the Mak of Honesty,

Retain his Primeval MEANNESS
When poffefs'd of TEN THOUSAND a Year,
And having daily deserved the Gibbet for what he did,
Was at last condemnd to it for what he could not do.

Oh Indignant Reader !
Think not his Life useless to Mankind
PROVIDENCE conniv'd at his execrable Designs,

To give to After-ages
A conspicuous Proof and EXAMPLE,
Qf how small Eftimation is EXORBITANT WEALTH

in the sight of GOD,
By his bestowing it on the most UNWORTHY of ALL

MORTALS. This Gentleman was worth one hundred thousand in Mofeven thousand pounds a year ney, P. estate in Land, and about

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B. It raises Armies in a Nation's aid.
P. But bribes a Senate, and the Land's betray'd.

In vain may Heroes fight, and Patriots rave;
If secret Gold fap on from knave to knave.
Once, we confess, beneath the Patriot's cloak, 35
From the crack'd bag the dropping Guinea spoke,

Notes.

Mr Waters, the third opinion of our poet, very of these worthies, was a equivocal; as the name was man no way resembling the undistinguishingly bestowed former in his military, but on every one in opposition extremely fo in his civil ca to the court ; of whose vir. pacity ; his great fortune tues he gives a hint in ý 139. having been rais'd by the of this Epistle. Agreeably like diligent attendance on to these sentiments, his prethe necessities of others. But dicate of them here is as this gentleman's history must equivocal, be deferred till his death, In vain-may Patriots rave; when his worth may be known more certainly. P. which they may do either

VER. 20.-Chartres and in earnest or in jeft ; and is the Devil) Alluding to a conduct, in the opinion of the vulgar opinion, that all Sempronius in the Play, best mines of metal and subter- fitted to hide their game. raneous treasures are in the

beneath the guard of the Devil : which Patriot's cloak,] This is a seems to have taken its rise true flory, which happened from the pagan fable of in the reign of William III. Plutus the God of Riches. to an unsuspected old Pa..

VER. 33. --and Patriots triot, who coming out at rave; ] The character of the back-door from having modern Patriots was, in the been closered by the King,

VER 35.

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And gingling down the back-stairs, told the crew,
« Old Cato is as great a Rogue as you.”
Bleft paper-credit ! last and best supply!
That lends Corruption lighter wings to fly! 40
Gold imp’d by thee, can compass hardest things,
Can pocket States, can fetch or carry Kings;
A single leaf shall waft an Army o'er,
Or ship off Senates to a distant shore ;
A leaf, like Sibyl's, scatter to and fro

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Our fates and fortunes, as the winds shall blow :
Pregnant with thousands flits the Scrap unseen,
And silent fells a King, or buys a Queen.

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NOTES.

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where he had received a sent to Poland, and back a.
large bag of Guineas, the gain ; the Duke of Anjou
burting of the bag discover- was sent to Spain, and Don
ed his business there. P. Carlos to Italy. P.
Ver. 42.--fetch or carry

VER. 44. Or ship of Se-
Kings ;] In our author's nates to fome diftant Shore ;]
time, many Princes had been Alludes to several Minifters,
fent about the world, and Counsellors, and Patriots ba-
great changes of Kings pro- nished in our times to Sibe-
jected in Europe. The par- ria, and to that MORE GLO-
tition-treaty had disposed of RIOUS FATE of the Parlic
Spain ; France had set up a AMENT of Paris, banish-
King for England, who was ed to Pontoise in the year
fent to Scotland, and back
again ; King Stanislaus was

1720, P.

Oh! that such bulky Bribes as all might see, Still, as of old, incumber'd Villainy!

50 Could France or Rome divert our brave designs, With all their brandies or with all their wines?, What could they more than Knights and Squires

confound, Or water all the Quorum ten miles round? A Statesman's slumbers how this speech would spoll! “Sir, Spain has sent a thousand jars of oil ; 56 “ Huge bales of British cloth blockade the door; A hundred oxen at your levee roar.”

Poor Avarice one torment more would find; Nor could Profusion squander all in kind. 60 Aftride his cheese Sir Morgan might we meet; And Worldly crying coals from street to street, Whom with a wig so wild, and mien fo maz'd, Pity mistakes for some poor tradesman craz'd,

VARIATIONS.

After x 50, in the MS.

To break a truft were Peter brib'd with wine,
Peter ! 'twould pose as wise a head as thine.

NOTES.

Ver. 63. Some Misers of the coal-mines, had enof great wealth, proprietorstered at this time into an

Had Colepepper's whole wealth been hops and hogs,
Could he himself have sent it to the dogs ? 66
His Grace will game: to White's a Bull be led,
With spurning heels and with a butting head.
To White's be carry'd, as to ancient games,
Fair Coursers, Vases, and alluring Dames.

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Shall then Uxorio, if the stakes he sweep,
Bear home fix Whores, and make his Lady weep?
Or soft Adonis, so perfum'd and fine,
Drive to St James's a whole herd of swine?
Oh filthy check on all industrious skill,

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To spoil the nation's last great trade, Quadrille !
Since then, my Lord, on such a World we fall,
What say you ? B. Say? Why take it, Gold and all,

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VARIATIONS.

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VER. 77. Since then, &c.] In the former Edd.

Well then, since with the world we stand or fall,
Come take it as we find it, Gold and all.

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affociation to keep op coals rest, defeated the design,
to an extravagant price, One of these Misers was
whereby the poor were re worth ten thousand, another
duced almoft to starve, till even thousand a year. P.
one of them taking the ad Ver. 65. Colepepper) Sir
vantage of underselling the WILLIAM COLE PEPPER,

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