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Coena desurgat dubią ? quin corpus onụstum
il Membra dedit, vegetus praescripta ad munia surgit.
Hic tamen ad melius poterit transcurrere quondam ; Sive diem feftum rediens advexerit annus, Seu recreare volet tenuatum corpus : ubique Accedent anni, et tractari mollius aetas Imbecilla volet. Tibi quidnam accedet ad iftam, Quam puer et validus praefumis, mollitiem ; seu Dura valetudo inciderit, seu tarda senectus ?
* Rancidum aprum antiqui laudabant: non quia nafu Illis nullus erat; sed, crédo, hac mente, quod hofpes Tardius adveniens vitiatum commodius, quam
NOTES. VER. 80. The Soul subsides, and wickedly inclines To seem but mortol, eu'n in found Divines.) Horace was an Epicurean, and laughed at the immortality of the foul. He therefore describes that languor of the mind proceed. ing from intemperance, on the idea, and in the terms of, Plato,
afigit bumo divinae particulam aurae. To this his ridicule is pointed. Our Poet; with more so briety and judgment, has turned the ridicule, from the Doctrine, which he believed, upon 'those Preachers of -it
, whose feaits and compotations in Taverns did not edify
What life in all that ample body, say?
80 To seem but mortal, ev'n in sound Divines.
. On morning wings how active springs the Mind
95 If our intemp’rate Youth the vessel drains ?
k Our fathers prais'd rank Ven'fon. You suppose
VER. 82. On morning rings etc.) Much happier and nobler than the Original. : VER. 87. Or tir'd in search of Truth, or search of Rhyme. ) A fine ridicule on the extravagance of haman pursuits ; where the most trifling and most important concerns of life succeed one another, indifferently.
Integrum edax dominus consumeret. ' hos utinam
Heroas natum tellus me prima tulisset.
* Das aliquid famae, quac carmine gratior aurem Occupet humanam ? grandes rhombi, patinaeque Grande ferunt una cum damno dedecus. adde • Iratum patruum, vicinos, te tibi iniquum, Et fruftra mortis cupidum, cum deerit egenti As, laquei pretium.
9 Jure, inquit, Traufius iftis
Templa ruunt antiqua Deûm? cur, improbe, carae
Notes. Ver. 128. As M**o's was, etc.] I think this light Aroke of satire ill placed ; and hurts the dignity of the
1 Why had not I in those good times my birth,
Unworthy he, the voice of Fame to hear, 105 m That sweetest music to an honest ear ; (For 'faith, Lord Fanny ! you are in the wrong, The world's good word is better than a song) Who has not learn'd, " fresh sturgeon and ham-pye Are no rewards for want, and infamy!
IIQ When Luxury has lick'd up all thy pelf, Curs'd be thy neighbours, thy trustees, thyself, To friends, to fortune, to mankind a shame, Think how posterity will treat thy name; And P buy a rope, that future times may tell IIS Thou hast at least bestow'd one penny well.
9 “ Right, cries his Lordship, for a rogue in need « To have a Tafte is insolence indeed : 66 In me 'tis noble, suits my birth and state, « My wealth unwieldy, and my heap too great. Then, like the Sun, let' Bounty spread her ray, 121 And shine that superfluity away. Oh Impudence of wealth! with all thy store, How dar'ft thou let one worthy man be poor? Shall half the s new-built churches round thee fall? Make Keys, build Bridges, or repair White-hall : Or to thy Country let that heap be lent, As M**o's was, but not at five per cent.
Notes. preceding morality. Horace was very serious, and properly so, when he faid,
O magnus pofthac inimicis risus ! uterne
cur, Improbe ! carae Non aliquid patriae tanto emetiris acervo, He remembered, and hints with just indignation, at those luxurious Patricians of his old party ; who, when they had agreed to establish a fund in the cause of Freedom, under the conduct of Brutus, could never be persuaded to withdraw from their expensive pleasures what was sufficient for the support of so great a cause. He had prepared his