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EPISTLE I.

TO L. BOLINGBROKE.

ST. JOHN, whose love indulg'd my labours past,

Matures my present, and shall bound my

laft!
Why will you break the sabbath of my days?
Now sick alike of envy and of praise.
Public too long, ah let me hide my age!
See modest Cibber now has left the stage :
Our gen’rals now, retir'd to their estates,
Hang their old trophies o'er the garden gates ,
In life's cool ev'ning satiate of applause ,
Nor fond of bleeding , ev’n in Brunswick’s cause.

A voice there is, that whispers in my ear, ('Tis reason's voice, which sometimes one can hear) » Friend Pope! be prudent, let your Muse take breath, » And never gallop Pegasus to death ; » Left ftiff, and stately , void of fire or force, » You limp, like Blackmore on a lord mayor's horse cc,

Farewell then verfe , and love, and ev'ry toy,
The rhymes and rattles of the man or boy ;
What right, what true, what fit we justly call,
Let this be all my care - - for this is all :
To lay this harvest up, and hoard with hafte
What ev'ry day will want, and most, the last.

But ask not, to what doctors I apply?
Sworn to no master, of no feat am I :

As drives the storm,

at
any

door I knock :
And house with Montagne now, or now with Locke :
Sometimes a patriot , active in debate,
Mix with the world, and battle for the state,
Free as young Lyttelton , her cause pursue,
Still true to virtue, and as warm as true:
Sometimes with Aristippus, or St. Paul,
Indulge my candor, and grow all to all z
Back to my native moderation Nide,
And win my way by yielding to the tide.

Long, as to him who works for debt, the day,
Long as the night to her whose love's away,
Long as the year's dull circle seems to run,
When the brisk minor

pants

for

twenty-one :
So now th' unprofitable moments roll,
That lock up all the functions of my soul ;
That keep me from myself; and fill delay
Life's inftant business to a future day :
That task , which as we follow, or despise,
The eldest is a fool, the youngest wise.
Which done, the poorest can no wants endure ;
And which not done, the richest must be poor.

Late as it is, I put myself to school,
And feel some comfort , not to be a fool.
Weak tho' I am of limb, and short of sight,
Far from a lynx, and not a giant quite ;
I'll do what Mead and Cheselden advise,
To keep these limbs, and to preserve these eyes.
Not to go back, is fomewhat to advance,
And men must walk at least before they dance.

Say, does thy blood rebel, thy bosom move

With wretched av'rice, or as wretched love?
Know, there are words and spells, which can controll
Between the fits this fever of the soul:
Know, there are shymes, which fresh and fresh apply'd
Will cure the arrant'st puppy of his pride.
Be furious , envious, slothful, mad, or drunk,
Slave to a wife, or vassal to a punk,
A Switz, a High-dutch, or a Low-dutch bear;
All that we ask is but a patient ear.

'Tis the first virtue , vices to abhor ;
And the first wisdom , to be fool no more.
But to the world no bugbear is so great ,
As want of figure , and a small estate.
To either India see the merchant fly,
Scard at the spectre of pale poverty !
See him, with pains of body, pangs of soul,
Burn through the tropic, freeze beneath the pole!
Wilt thou do nothing for a nobler end,
Nothing, to make philosophy thy friend?
To stop thy foolish views, thy long desires,
And ease thy heart of all that it admires ?
Here , wisdom calls : » Seek virtue first, be bold !
» As gold to silver, virtue is to gold c.
There , London's voice: » Get money, money ftill!
» And then let virtue follow, if she will c.
This , this the saving do&trine , preach'd to all,
From low St. James's up to high St. Paul ;
From him whose quills stand quiverd at his ear ,
To him who notches sticks at Westminster.

Barnard in spirit, sense, and truth abounds ; » Pray then, what wants he ce? Fourscore thousand

pounds;

A pension, or such harness for a slave,
As Bug now has , and Dorimant would have.
Barnard, thou art a cit, with all thy worth;
But Bug and D**1, Their Honours, and so forth.

Yet ev'ry child another song will sing,
» Virtue, brave boys!'tis virtue makes a king,
True, conscious honour is to feel no fin,
He's arm'd without that's innocent within ;
Be this thy screen, and this ihy wall of brass ;
Compar'd to this a minister's an ass.

And say, to which shall our applause belong, This new court jargon, or the good old song? The modern language of corrupted peers, Or what was spoke at Cresly and Poitiers ! Who counsels best? who whispers: » Be but great, » With praise or infamy leave that to fate; » Get place and wealth , if possible, with grace ; » If not, by any means get wealth and place a. For what? to have a box where eunuchs sing, And foremost in the circle eye a king. Or he, who bids thee face with steady view Proud fortune , and look shallow greatness thro': And, while he bids thee, sets th' example too? If such a doctrine , in St. James's air, Shou'd chance to make the well-drest rabble stare; If honeft S*z take scandal at a spark, That less admires the palace than the park: Faith I shall give the answer Reynard gave : » I cannot like, olead Sir , your royal cave: » Because I see, by all the tracks about, » Full many a beast goes in, but none come out cro

Adieu to virtue , if you're once a Nave :
Send her to court, you send her to her grave,

Well, if a king's a lion, at the least
The people are a many-headed beast :
Can they direct what measures to pursue,
Who know themselves so little what to do !
Alike in nothing but one luft of gold,
Just half the land would buy, and half be fold:
Their country's wealth our mightier misers drain,
Or cross, to plunder provinces, the main ;
The rest , some farm the poor-box, some the pews ;
Some keep assemblies, and would keep the stews;
Some with fat bucks on childless dotards fawn ;
Some win rich widows by their chine and brawn;
While with the silent growth of ten per cent,
In dirt and darkness, hundreds stink content.

Of all these ways, if each pursues his own, Satire, be kind , and let the wretch alone: But shew me one who has it in his pow'r To act consistent with himself an hour. Sir Job sail'd forth , the ev’ning bright and fill, » No place on earth (he cry'd ) like Greenwich hill! 10 Up starts a palace , lo, th' obedient base Slopes at its foot, the woods its sides embrace, The silver Thames reflects its marble face. Now let some whimsy, or that dev'l within Which guides all those who know not what they mean, But give the knight (or give his lady) spleen; » Away, away! take all your

scaffolds down For snug's the word: my dear! we'll live in town, At am'rous Flavio is the stocking thrown:

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