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Muse in a Moral Humour.



By Mr. STEPHEN Duck.

EXHAT Ills from Want of Education W

flow, Y From Avarice what cruel Scenes of

Woe, I mean to sing ; except the tuneful Maid Neglects my Numbers, and refuse her Aid. Say, Goddess, first, what made the Youth

explore A foreign Clime, and quit his native Shore? Say too, how on the barb'rous Isle he came; What mov'd the Kindness of the Negro Dame?



What cou'd provoke a faithless Youth to sell
A Friend, whose ,only Crime was lovingas

well ?
Now had Avaro twenty Winters pass’d,
His blooming Features ev'ry Beauty grac'd;
In filver Rings, his loosely flowing Hair
Hung o'er his Shoulders with a comely Air;
Robust his Limbs, and daring was his Soul,
And Vigour crown'd the well-proportion’d

Whole : His graceful Charms the Ladies oft survey'd, And oft their Eyes an am'rous Signal made; But never cou'd the tender Passion move, The stubborn Youth was still averse to Love; Yet, tho' his Breast was Proof to Cupid's Dart, A more ignoble God enslav'd his Heart.

No Mysteries of Faith disturbid his Head For Mysteries of Faith he seldom read; That moral Law, which Nature had impreft, He blotted from the Volume of his Breast; Yet in his Mind his Father's Precepts bears, Who often rung this Lesson in his Ears : “ Wou'd you, my Son, to Happiness-aspire, " Know, Gold alone can Happiness acquire ; " He that has Gold, is pow'rful as a King, " Has Valour, Virtue, Wisdom, ev'ry Thing! This to obtain, your utmost Skill bestow; “ And if you gain it, be not careful how: 66 If in the Court, or Camp, you take Delight,

Then dare to flatter there, or here to fight;

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6 Or, thou'd the Merchant's Life your Fancy

66 please, “ Be bold, and bravely venture on the Seas ; “ Many by Merchandize have gain'd Re

nown, 6o And made the Indies Wealth become their

6 own.” The Youth imbib'd the Precepts of his Tongue, Neglecting ev'ry Law of Right and Wrong; Taught by his Sire to court destructive Gain, He burns to try his Fortune on the Main. While other Youths, by Wit or Pleasure

sway'd, Frequent the Play, the Ball or Masquerade ; , Avaro, studious, in his Chamber stays, Careless of Balls, of Masquerades, and Plays ; There adds, substracts, and, with unweary'd

Pain, Learns all the Rules of Int'rest, Loss, and

Gain. Next, from an old Astronomer, he tries To learn the Planets Journey thro' the Skies; With him, at Night, when Heav'n serene

appears, He points the Quadrant at the shining Spheres ; The Hyades, and frozen Pole surveys, Which guide the Sailor o'er the distant Seas; Then Maps and Models of our Globe pre

pares, And carefully inspects both Hemispheres ;

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From East to Weft he views the spacious

Round, Pleas'd with the modern World Columbus found: In Hope elate, the Youth impatient stands, And seems to grasp both Indies in his Hands. This sees the Sire, and hastily provides A Vessel, proof against the Winds and Tides. The Youth embarks, the soft propitious Gales! Arise, and soon expand the swelling Sails; The Ship glides swiftly o'er the liquid Plain, And Neptune smiles, and courts him on the

Main. But see, how Mortals are the Sport of Fate ! How oft unhappy, striving to be great! Ere Cynthia twice her monthly Race had run, An Omen of the fatal Storm begun : The murm'ring Wind arises by Degrees, And rocks the Ship, and sweeps the curling

Seas ;

Now louder, with impetuous Force it roars, And shoves the swelling Surges to the Shores; Till rapid Rain, and Flakes of bick'ring

Flame, With dreadful Thunder vex th' etherial Frame. Struck with Surprize, the tim'rous Merchant

ftands, Nor knows what he forbids, or what com

mands: Nor safely back, nor can he forwards go; But trembling waits, and fears the fatal Blow.


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