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Quaere fugam morbi. * vis recte vivere? quis non?
Si virtus hoc una poteft dare, fortis omiffis
y 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 succedant, et quae pars quadret acervum.
Scilicet 6 uxorem cum dote, fidemque, et amicos,
Et genus, et formam, regina Pecunia donat;
Ac bene nummatum decorat Saudela, Venusque.
Mancipiis locuples, egit aeris Cappadocum rex.
Ver. 65. Who Virtue and a Church alike disowns.] The
Would ye be * bleft? despise low Joys, low Gains;
61 Be virtuous, and be happy for your pains.
y But art thou one, whom new opinions sway, 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 2 then, on all the wings of wild desire, Admire whate'er the maddest can admire : Is Wealth thy paffion? Hence! from Pole to Pole, Where winds can carry, or where waves can roll, 170 For Indian (pices, for Peruvian Gold, 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) 75 Add fifty more, and bring it to a square. For, mark th' advantage ; just so many
score Will gain a • Wife with half as many more, Procure her beauty, make that beauty chaste, And then such - Friends-as cannot fail to last. 80 A Man of wealth is dubb'd a Man of worth, Venus shall give him Form, and Anstis Birth. (Believe me, many a e German Prince is worse, Who proud of Pedigree, 'is poor of Purse)
NOTEs. one appears from his party pamphlets ; the other, from his Rights of tbe Chrijden Churih.
Ne fueris hic tu. f chlamydes Lucullus, ut aiunt,
habebo Mittam: poft paulo scribit, fibi millia quinque Effe domi chlamydum: partem, vel tolleret omnes. 3 Exilis domus eft, ubi non et multa fuperfunt, Et dominum fallunt, et profunt furibus. - ergo, Si res sola poteft facere et servare beatum, Hoc primus repetas opus, hoc poftremus omittas.
i Si fortunatum species et gratia praeftat, * Mercemur fervum, qui dictet nomina, laevum Qui fodicet latus, et' cogat trans pondera dextram Porrigere: Hic multum in Fabia valet, ille Veling : Cui libet, is fasces dabit; cripietque curule,
Notes, Ver. 86. Or if three Ladies like a luckless Play, ) The common reader, I am sensible, will be always more soli. citous about the names of these three Ladies, the unlucky Play, and every other trifling circumftance that attended this piece of gallantry, than for the explanation of our Author's sense, or the illustration of his poetry ; even where he is most moral and sublime, But had it been in Mr. Pope's purpose to indulge fo impertinent a curiosity, he had fought elsewhere for a commntator on his wric-. ings.
His Wealth brave 'Timon gloriously confounds; 85
If Wealth alone then make and keep us blest, 95 Still, still be getting, never, never reft.
• But if to Pow'r and Place your paffion lie, If in the Pomp of Life consist the joy ; Then * hire a Slave, or (if you will) a Lord To do the Honours, and to give the Word; Tell at your Levee, as the Crouds approach, To whom 'to nod, whom take into your Coach, Whom honour with your hand : to make remarks, Who rules in Cornwall, or who rules in Berks : “ This may be troublesome, is near the Chair: 106 “ That makes three Members, this can chuse a “ May’r."
Notes. VER. 91. A noble superfluity, etc.) These four lines are an admirable paraphrale on
Exilis domus eft, ubi non et multa supersunt,
Cui volet, importunus ebur : " Frater, Pater, adde:
Ut cuique est aetas, ita quemque facetus adopta.
Si P bene qui coenat, bene vivit : lucet, camus
Quo ducit gula : piscemur, venemur, ut 9 olim
Differtum tranfire forum populumque jubebat,
Unus ut e multis populo spectante referret
Emtum mulus aprum. ' crudi, tumidique lavemur,
Quid deceat, quid non, obliti ; Caerite cera
* Vive, vale. fi quid novisti rectius iftis,
Candidus imperti : fi non, his utere mecum.