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s soon as I enter at my country door,
210 I ask these fober questions of my heart.
* If, when the more you drink, the more you crave, You tell the Doctor ; when the more you have, The more you want, why not with equal ease Confess as well your Folly, as Disease?
215 The heart resolves this matter in a trice, “ Men only feel the Smart, but not the Vice."
When golden Angels cease to cure the Evil,
Yet still, not heeding what your heart can teach,
Indeed, could wealth bestow or wit or merit,
w Si proprium eft, quod quis libra mercatus et aere
* das nummos ; accipis uvam,
y Emtór Aricini quondam, Veientis et arvi, Emtum coenat olus, quamvis aliter putat.; emtis Sub noctem gelidam lignis calefactat ahenum. Sed vocat usque fuum, qua populus adfita certis Limitibus vicina refigit jurgia : tanquam 2 Sit proprium quidquam, puncto quod mobilis korae, Nunc prece, nunc pretio, nunc vi, nunc morte su
prema, Permutet dominos, et cedat in altera jura.
Sic, quia perpetuus nulli datur ufus, et haeres Haeredem alterius, velut unda supervenit undam:
Notes. VER. 232. delightful Abs.court) A farin over-against Hampton-Court.
VER. 248. hang in Fortune's pow'r, Loole on the point
If there be truth in Law, ånd Use can give 230 A Property, that's yours on which you live. Delightful Abs-court, if its fields afford; Their fruits to you, confesses you its lord : All* Worldly's hens, nay partridge, fold to town, His Ven'son too, a guinea makes your own : 235 He bought at thousands, what with better wit You purchase as you want, and bit by bit ; Now, or long since, what diff'rence will be found ? You pay a penny, and he paid a pound.
y Heathcote himself, and such large-acred men, 240 Lords of fat E’sham, or of Lincoln fen, Buy every stick of wood that lends them heat, Buy every Pullet they afford to eat. Yet these are Wights, who fondly call their own Half that the Dev'l o'erlooks from Lincoln town. 245 The Laws of God, as well as of the land, Abhor, a perpetuity should stand : Estates have wings, and hang in Fortune's pow'r 2 Loose on the point of ev'ry wav'ring hour, Ready, by force, or of your own accord, 250 By sale, at least by death, to change their lord. Man? and for ever? wretch! what wou'dft thou have? Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave.
Nores. of ev'ry wav'ring hour.] A modern idea (the magnetic needle) here fupplied the Imitator with expression much superior to his Original.
Quid vici prosunt; aut herrea?: quidve Calabris I
Saltibus adje&i Lucari ; si metit Orcus
Grandia cum parvis, 'non exorabilis auro?
Gemmas, marmor, ebur, Tyrrhena figilla, ta
Argentum, veftes Gactulo murice tinctas,
Sunt qui non habeant; eft qui non curat habere.
o Cur alter fratrum cessare, et ludere, et ungi
Praeferat Herodis palmetis pinguibus ; alter
Dives et importunus, ad umhram lucis ab ortu
Silvestrem flammis et ferro mitiget agrum :
VER. 273. All Townshend's Turnips.] Lord Townshend, Secretary of State to George the First and Second. Vw hen this great Slatesman retired from bugness, he amused
All vast possessions (just the same the case
* Gold, Silver, Iv'ry, Vases sculptur'd high, Paint, Marble, Gems, and robes of Persian dye, 265 There are who have not-and thank heav'n there are, Who, if they have not, think not worth their care, • Talk what you will of Taste, my friend, you'll
find, Two of a face, as soon as of a mind. Why, of two brothers, rich and restless onc 270 Plows, burns, manures, and toils from sun to fun; The other flights, for women, sports, and wines, All Townshend's Turnips, and all Grovenor's mines; Why one like Bu—with pay and scorn content, Bows and votes on, in Court and Parliament; 275
NOTES. himself in Husbandry; and was particularly fond of that kind of rural improvement which arises from Turnips ; it was the favourite subject of his conversation.