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many a Beast
If honeft S*z take fcandal at a Spark, That less admires the 2 Palace than the Park: Faith I Ihall give the answer a Reynard gave: “ I cannot like, dread Sir, your Royal Cave: 115 " Because I fee, by all the tracks about, 6 Full
goes in, but none come out." Adieu to Virtue, if you're once a Slave: Send her to Court, you send her to her grave.
Well, if a King's a Lion, at the leaft 120 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, Juft half the land would buy, and half be fold: 125
Notes. son why the People thould not be followed is because
Bellua multorum eft capitum. nam quid fequar,' aut quem they are so divers in their purfuits (says Horace) that one cannot follow this man without being condemned by that. The imitator says, they all go on one common principle, the luft of gold. This inaccuracy, tho' Horace has a little of it, yet he has however artfully disguised it, by speaking of the various objects of this one Pallion, avarice, as of so many various passions,
Pars bominum geffit conducere publica : funt qui, ett.
Múltis occulto, etc. but his imitator has unwarily drawn them to a point, by the introductory addition of the lines above,
Alike in nothing, etc,
Si dixit dives; h lacus et mare sentit amorem
Festinantis heri : cui fi i vitiofa libido
Fecerit aufpicium; cras ferramenta Teanum
VER. 126. Their Country's wealth our mightier Misers drain, ] The undertakers for advancing Loans to the Public on the Funds. They have been commonly accused of making it a job. But in fo corrupt times, the fault is not always to be imputed to a Ministry: it having been found, on trial, that the wiseft and moft virtuous citizen of this or any other age, with every requifite knowledge in such matters, and supported by all the weight an honeft Admi
Their Country's wealth our mightier Misers drain,
Of all these ways, if each pursues his own,
Up ftarts a Palace, lo, th' obedient base 140
. niftration could afford him, was, they say, unable to abolish this inveterate mystery of iniquity:
Ver. 143. Now let fome whimsy, etc.] This is very spirited, but much inferior to the elegance of the Original,
Cui fi vitiofa Libido
Tolletís, fabri. k lectus genialis in aula est ?
Nil ait effe prius, melius nil coelibe vita :
Si non eft, jurat bene folis esse maritis.
Quo teneam vultus mutantem Protea nodo?
Quid " pauper? ride: mutat coengcula, letos,
Balnea, P tonfores; conducto navigio aeque
Nauseat, ac locuples quem ducit priva triremis.
. Si curatus inaequali tonsore capillos
Occurro; rides. fi forte fubucula pexac
Trita fubeft tunicae, vel fi toga diffidet impart
Rides. quid, 'mea Cum pugnat fententia fecum ;
Quod petiit, fpernit ; repetit quod nuper omisit ;
Aestuat, et vitae disconvenit ordine toto;
Notes. Ver. 155. They change their weekly Barber, etc.) Thefe fix lines much more spirited than the Original. In that, the inconftancy of temper in the common people is faci
“ 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 stocken thrown? That very night he longs to lie alone. | The Fool whose Wife elopes fome thrice a quarter, For matrimonial folace dies a martyr.
151 Did ever m Proteus, Merlin, any witch, Transform themselves fo ftrangely as the Rich? Well, but the " Poor-The Poor have the same itch; They change their weekly Barber, weekly News, Prefer a new Japanner to their shoes,
156 Discharge their Garrets, move their beds, and (They know not whither) in a Chaise and one; They P hire their sculler, and when once aboard, Grow fick, and damn the climate-like a Lord. 169
9 You laugh, half Beau half Sloven if I stand,
166 When (each opinion with the next at strife, One s ebb and flow of follies all my life)
rized only in a simple exposure of the case. Here the ridicule on the folly is heightened by a ridiculous representation of each circumstance that is the object of it.