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Born to no Pride, inheriting no, Strife,
NOTES tioch, where he tells them a story out of Plutarch, concerning Cato; who, when he came near their City, found their youth under arms, and the magistrates in their robes of office. On which alighting, in an ill humour with his friends, who he imagined had informed them of his approach, the master of the ceremonies came up, and, advancing before the company, accosted him in this manner; “ Stranger, how far off is Deme
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O Friend! may each domestic blits be thine! Be no unpleasing Melancholy mine: . Me, let the tender office long engage,
To rock the cradle of reposing Age, With lenient arts extend a Mother's breath, 410 Make Languor smile, and smooth the bed of Death, Explore the thought, explain the asking eye, And keep a while one parent from the sky! On cares like these if length of days attend, May Heav'n, to bless those days, preserve my friend, Preserve him social, chearful, and serene, 416 And just as rich as when he serv'd a QUEEN. A. Whether that blessing be deny'd or giv'n, Thus far was right, the rest belongs to Heav'n.
Notes. “ trius ?” Now this Demetrius (says Julian) was one of Pompey's freedmen, and immensely rich. You will ask me what he was worth; for I know nothing so likely to excite your curiosity. Why, truly, for this, you must consult Demophilas the Bythinian, whoje anecdotes turn chiefly upon subjects of this high importance.
VER. 417. And just as rich as when he ferv’da Queen.] An honest compliment to his Friend's real and unaffected disinterestedness, when he was the favourite Physician of Queen Anne.
Ver. 418. A. Whether that billing, &c.] He makes his friend close the Dialogue with a lentiment very expressive of that religious resignation, which was the Character both of his temper, and his piety.