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* These learn to imitate, and those adore,
“ And sweetly to yourself, yourself restore;
“Music, and verse, and solitude controul
“ Impetuous fury, and compose the foul.

“For this, I early taught you how to sing,
“ And form’d your fingers to the trembling string;
“ For ’tis not all sweet pleasure's path to show :
“ The art of confolation man should know:
“Our joys are short, and broken; and in vain
" To constant bliss would human race attain :
“Be oft contented to be free from pain.

" There is a deity, ordain'd by fate “ To damp our joys immoderately great, “ That none on earth from forrow should be free, “ But ev'n our blessings taste of misery. « If fortune gives, what rarely we obtain,.. “An equal share of pleasure, and of pain, « Our portion is o'erpaid, the rest you'll find “ But fond ideas of the wanton mind; “ Which now vain scenes of godlike pleasure shows, “ And now creates imaginary woes.

“ When sad, your ills examine and compare, “ Judge of your own by what another's are.

Consider

“Consider greater wretches, and the fates
“Of mighty heroes, and of mighty states :
“ Thus real evils in their proper light
“ Appear, the false thus vanish out of sight.

“ Nor aim at pleasures difficult to gain, “ Choose rather what you may with ease obtain. “ Who scorns to trifle, is by pride abusid : “ I pity him who ne'er can be amus'd; “But Nighting pleasures moderate and small, “ Must live in rapture, or not live at all. “Great pleasures still are near ally'd to pain : 7 “Who quits the peaceful shore, and ploughs the main, "Big waves and mighty tempests must sustain.

“ Let not such fond ambition to be blest, “ The humbler pleasures in your power molest; “Yet cherish hope; for without hope there's none : “Taste hope ; but be not fed with that alone.

“ Some their whole lives in expectation spend, "As life were not begun, or ne’er would end : “Fondly from day to day themselves deceive, “Not living, but intending still to live; " While they neglect the joys they might poffefs,

For empty dreams of future happiness.

“Let nature in your pleasures be your guide, “Nor suffer art her genuine charms to hide : “ Her beauties with unwearied eyes we fee; “ The truth of beauty is fimplicity.

“ Live not by imitation, servile state! “ Nor on the fashion for your pleasures wait. “Man, otherwise so selfish, or fo proud, “ Submits his taste to the fantastic crowd, “And lives not for himself; do you pursue “Your own desires, and to yourself be true.

“ As bees extract their sweets from every flow'r, “ So you your joys from all things in your pow'r, “ With industry and management produce ; “ The meanest trifles are sometimes of use.

“Yet know well what you do, and when 'tis done, “Nor at all hours to every pleasure run ; “But mix with art your pleasures, and your toils; “ For pleasures have their seasons, and their foils.

“ Thus when the earliest dawn of eastern light “Proclaims the finith'd empire of the night, “Haste to the field, Achilles, nor disdain “ To chace the foaming monster o’er the plain, “ Or teach the untam'd steed to feel the rein ;

“ Or e Or let your car and arms your nerves prepare, “Or for Olympic games or future war: “ Then, whether arts or glory fire your mind, 2 “ Will thoughts more generous rife, or more refin'd; “ Aurora to the Mufes still is kind.

“At noon, a simple short repast be made ; A shorter flumber in the cooling shade ; .“ What's gay and light th' unbended mind employs, “ Or sports, or paft delights, or future joys.

“ But when the ev'ning-star begins to rise, “When Phoebus' fainting steeds forsake the fkies, “Still chearful at the well-fpread board be found, “ Amidst bright friends, and with fresh garlands crown'd, “ While wine, and Thais with her voice and lyre, “ Banish old forrows, and new joys inspire.

“ Thus when from toils of empire you are free, "Nor camp, nor council claim your liberty, “The morn to labour and the Muses give; . “At noon with temperance and quiet live ; “Ceres' and Bacchus' gifts at ev’ning prove ; “ Divide the night with Somnus and with Love.

“ Thus, thus, Pelides, drive your cares away, “Nor fear the eyil, 'till the evil day,

“ What

“ What though on Simois' or Scamander's fhore, “ Far off from home, the Greeks your death deplore? “No matter where, or when; it once must be, “ And nothing can revoke the firm decree. “ Though Thetis’ son, though third from mighty Jove, “ Eternal monarch of the realms above, “ Nor Jove, nor Thetis, can your days recal, “ Or for an hour defer your destin'd fall.

"Mean while a looser rein to pleasure give : “ Time flies in haste, be you in haste to live: “ Seize on the precious minutes, as they fleet; “ Your life, however short, will be compleat, " If at the fatal moment you can say, “ I've liv’d, and made the most of every day!

“One precept more I fain would recommend, “ And then old Chiron's tedious lessons end.

“ Learn, gen’rous prince, what's little understood, “ The godlike happiness of doing good. “How glorious to defend, and to bestow! “From nobler springs can human pleasure flow? “A solid good which nothing can destroy, “ The best prerogative the great enjoy. “ For this, remember, monarchs first were made, “For this, young prince, be lov'd, and be obey'd,

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