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'Go then, and if you can, admire the state
Of beaming diamonds, and reflected plate;
Procure a Taste to double the surprize, 30
And gaze on m Parian Charms with learned eyes:
Be struck with bright" Brocade, or Tyrian Dye,
Our Birth-day Nobles' splendid Livery.
If not so pleas’d, at ° Council-board rejoice,
To see their Judgments hang upon thy Voice ;35
From ? morn to night, at Senate, Rolls, and Hall,
Plead much, read more, dine late, or not at all.
But wherefore all this labour, all this strife?
For ? Fame, for Riches, for a noble Wife?
Shall' One whom Nature, Learning, Birth conspir’d
To form, not to admire but be admir’d, 41
Sigh, while his Chloe blind to Wit and Worth
Weds the rich Dulness of some Son of earth?


teas appea Procure a buy for tha And how

speaks here of false taste, as appears by his directions how to get it, and how to ule it when got. Procure a taste, says he. That is, of the Virtuofi; whose science you are to buy for that purpose : for true taste, which is from nature, comes of itself. And how are you to use it? Not to cure you' of that bane of life, admiration, but to raise and inflame it, by doubling your surprize. And this a false taste will always do; there being none fo given to raptures as the Virtuoso-Tribe : whereas the Man of true tafte finds but few things to approve; and those he approves with moderation.



'Quicquid fub terra est, in apricum proferet aetas ;

Defodiet condetque nitentia. "cum bene notum

Porticus Agrippae, et via te conspexerit Appî ;

Ire tamen restat, Numa' quo devenit et Ancus.

Si latus aut renes morbo tentantur acuto,

Quaere fugam morbi. * vis recte vivere ? quis non ?

· Si virtus hoc una potest dare, fortis omislis

Hoc age deliciis.


VER. 44. Yet Time ennobles, or degrades each Line ; It brighten'd Craggs's, and may darken thine :) One of the noblest houses in Europe.--The Original is,

Quicquid sub terra est, in apricum proferet aetas ;

Defodiet, condetque nitentia. This wants neither force nor elegance ; yet is vastly infe or to the imitation, where a very fine panegyric on two great Characters, in the second line, gives dignity and case to the malterly conciseness of the firit.

Yet s Time ennobles, or degrades each Line;
It brightend CRAGGs's, and may darken thine: 45
And what is Fame? the Meanest have their day,
The Greatest can but blaze, and pass away.
Grac'd as thou art, t with all the Pow'r of Words,
So known, so honour'd, at the House of Lords:
Conspicuous Scene! another yet is nigh, 50
(More filent far) where Kings and Poets lie;
Where MURRAY (long enough his Country's pride) .
Shall be no more than Tully, or than Hyde!

"Rack'd with Sciatics, martyr'd with the Stone, Will any mortal let himself alone?

55. See Ward by batter'd Beaus invited over, And desp'rate Misery lays hold on Dover. The case is easier in the Mind's disease; There all Men may be cur’d, whene’er they please. Would ye be * blest ? despise low Joys, low Gains;) Disdain whatever CORNBURY disdains; 61% Be virtuous, and be happy for your pains.

- NOTE s. Ver. 53. Tully, Hyde !] Equal to either in the ministry of his Profession. In this, indeed, the Parallel fails. Tully's brightest talents were frequently tarnished by vanity and fear; and Hyde's most virtuous purposes perverted by mistaken speculations concerning the nature of Government and the origine. of Socirty.

VER: 57. And desp'rate Misery lays hold on Dover. ] There is a prettinels in this expression, which depends upon the flippery medicine, by which this Quack rendered himself famous, namely Quicksilver.

virtutem verba putes, et

Lucum ligna?" cave ne portus occupet alter:

Ne Cibyratica, ne Bithyna negotia perdas:

* Mille talenta rotundentur, totidem altera, porro et

Tertia fuccedant, et quae pars quadret acervum.

Scilicet b uxorem cum dote, fidemque, et amicos,

Et genus, et formam, reginad Pecunia donat;

Ac bene nummatum decorat Saudela, Venusquc,

NOTES, Ver. 65. Who Virtue and a Church alike di fowns,] The one appears from his party pamphlets; the other, from his Rights of the Chriftian Church

Ver. 81. dubb'd a Man of worth,] Alluding to the City Knighthoods, where wealth and worship go together.

yBut art thou one, whom new opinions fway, One who believes as Tindal leads the way, Who Virtue and a Church alike disowns, 65 Thinks that but words,and this but brick and stones; Fly · then, on all the wings of wild desire, Admire whate'er the maddest can admire: Is Wealth thy passion ? Hence! from Pole to Pole, Where winds can carry, or where waves can roll, For Indian spices, for Peruvian Gold, 71 Prevent the greedy, and out-bid the bold: * Advance thy golden Mountain to the skies; On the broad base of fifty thousand rise, Add one round hundred, and (if that's not fair) Add fifty more, and bring it to a square. 76 For, mark th' advantage; just so many score Will gain a b Wife with half as many more, Procure her beauty, make that beauty chaste, And then such 'Friends---as cannot fail to last. 8o A Man of wealth is dubb'd a Man of worth, Venus Thall give him Form, and Anstis Birth.

Notes. Ver. 82. Venus shall give him Form, and Anffis Birth.] Infinuating, that the door of Honour, as well as of Beauty, stands always open to money.-- Anstis, King at Arms.

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