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THE

ART of POLITICS,

In Imitation of

HORACE's ART of POETRY.

By the Reverend Mr. Bramston.'

TF to an human face Sir James should draw

A horse's mane, and feathers of maccaw, A lady's bosom, and a tail of cod, Who could help laughing at a fight fo odd ? Just such a monster, Sirs, pray think before ye, When you behold one man both Whig and Tory. Not more extravagant are drunkards dreams, Than Low-church politics with High-church schemes.

• Humano capiti cervicem pi&tor equinam

Jungere fi velit, & varias inducere plumas
Undique collatis membris ; ut turpiter atrum
Definat in piscem mulier formosa superne:
Spectatum admiffi, risum teneatis, amici ?
Credite, Pisones, ifti tabulæ fore librum
Persimilem, cujus, velut ægri somnia, vanæ
Fingentur fpecies. Pictoribus atque Poetis

Painters,

Painters, you'll say, may their own fancies ufe,'
And free-born Britons may their party chuse :
That's true, I own: but can one piece be drawn
For dove and dragon, elephant and fawn ?

• Speakers profess’d, who gravity pretend,
With motly sentiments their speeches blend;
Begin like patriots, and like courtiers end.
Some love to roar, the constitution's broke,
And others on the nation's debts to joke;
Some rail, (they hate a commonwealth so much,)
Whate'er the subject be, against the Dutch;
While others, with more fashionable fury,
Begin with turnpikes, and conclude with Fleury.
Some, when th' affair was Blenheim's glorious battle,
Declaim'd against importing Irish cattle :

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Quidlibet audendi semper fuit æqua poteftas;
Scimus, & hanc veniam petimusque damusque viciffim ;
Sed non ut placidis coëant immitia, non ut
Serpentes avibus geminentur, tigribus agni.
Inceptis gravibus plerumque & magna professis
Purpureus, late qui splendeat, unus & alter
Afsuitur pannus ; cum lucus, & ara Dianæ,
Aut properantis aquæ per amcenos ambitus agros,
Aut flumen Rhenum, aut pluvius describitur arcus.
Sed nunc non erat his locus : & fortaffe cupressum
Scis fimulare : quid hoc, fi fractis enatat exspes
Navibus, ære dato qui pingitur? amphora cæpit
Inftitui; currente rota cur urceus exit?
Denique fit quidvis, fimplex duntaxat & unum.

But you, from whate'er fide you take your name,
Like Anna's motto, always be the same.

© Outsides deceive, 'tis hard the truth to know,
Parties from quaint denominations flow,
As Scotch and Irish antiquaries show.
The low are said to take Fanatics parts,
The high are bloody Papists in their hearts.
Caution and fear to highest faults have run;
In pleasing both the parties, you please none.
Who in the house affects declaiming airs,
Whales in Change-alley paints ; in Filh-street, bears.
Some metaphors, some handkerchiefs display,
These peep in hats, while those with buttons play,
And make me think it Repetition day;
There knights haranguing hug a neighb'ring post,
And are but quorum orators at most,

Decipimur fpecie re&ti; brevis effe laboro,
Obscurus fio; fectantem levia nervi
Deficiunt animique; professus grandia, turget.
Qui variare cupit rem prodigialiter unam,
Delphinum fylvis appingit, Auctibus aprum.
In vitium ducit culpæ fuga, fi caret arte.
Æmilium circa ludum faber imus & ungues
Exprimet; & molles imitabitur ære capillos;
Infelix operis fumma, quia ponere totum
Nesciet; hunc ego me, fi quid componere curem,
Non magis esse velim, quam pravo vivere nafo,
Spectandum nigris oculis nigroque capillo.

Sooner

Sooner than thus my want of sense expose,
I'll deck out bandy-legs with gold-clock'd hose,
Or wear a toupet-wig without a nose.
Nay, I would sooner have thy phyz, I swear,
Surintendant des plaisirs d'Angleterre *

- Ye weekly writers of feditious news,
Take care your subjects artfully to chuse,
Write panegyric strong, or boldly rail,
You cannot miss preferment, or a goal.
Wrap up your poison well, nor fear to say
What was a lye last night is truth to-day.
Tell this, sink that, arrive at Ridpath's praise,
Let Abel Roper your ambition raise.
To lie fit opportunity observe,
Saving some double meaning in reserve ;

* All Mr. Heydegger's letters come directed to him from abroad, A Monsieur, Monsieur Heydegger, surintendant des plaisirs d'Angleterre.

• Sumite materiam veftris, qui scribitis, æquam
Viribus ; & verfate diu, quid ferre recusent,
Quid valeant humeri : cui lecta potenter erit res,
Nec facundia deseret hunc, nec lucidus ordo.
Ordinis hæc virtus erit & Venus, aut ego fallor,
Ut jam nunc dicat, jam nunc debentia dici,
Pleraque differat, & præsens in tempus omittat.
Dixeris egregie, notum fi callida verbum
Reddiderit jun&ura novum ; fi forte necesse est
Indiciis monftrare recentibus abdita rerum,
Fingere cinctutis non exaudita Cethegis
Continget, dabiturque licentia fumpta pudenter.
Et nova fi&taque nuper habebunt verba fidem, fi
Græco fonte cadant.

But

But oh! you'll merit everlasting fame,
If you can quibble on Sir Robert's name.
In state affairs use not the vulgar phrase,
Talk words scarce known in good queen Besse's days,
New terms let war or traffic introduce,
And try to bring persuading-ships in use.
Coin words : in coining ne'er mind common sense,
Provided the original be French,

* Like South-sea stock, expressions rise and fall:
King Edward's words are now no words at all.
Did aught our predecessors genius cramp?
Sure every reign may have its proper stamp.
All sublunary things of death partake ;
What alteration does a cent’ry make !
Kings and comedians are all mortal found,
Cæsar and Pinkethman are underground.

Licuit, femperque licebit
Signatum præfente nota producere nomen.
Ut sylvæ foliis pronos mutantur in annos;
Prima cadunt : ita verborum vetus interit ætas.
Debemur morti nos noftraqué ; five receptus
Terra Neptunus, claffes aquilonibus arcet,
Regis opus ; fterilisve diu palus aptaque remis
Vicinas urbes alit, & grave fentitaratrum;
Seu cursum mutavit iniquum frugibus amnis
Doctus iter melius; mortalia facta péribunt,
Nedum sermonum ftet honos, & gratia vivax :
Multa renascentur quae jam cecidere, cadentque
Quæ nunc sunt in honore vocabula, fi volet usus,
Quem peñes arbitrium eft & jus & norma loquendi.

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