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• To knights new chosen in old time would come The country trumpet, and perhaps a drum; Now when a burgess new.elect appears, Come trainbands, horseguards, footguards, grenadiers; When the majority the town-clerk tells, His honour pays the fiddles, waits, and bells : Harangues the mob, and is as wise and great,
Wile and great, i As the most mystic oracle of state.
When the duke's grandson for the county, stood,
His beef was fat, and his october good;
His lordship took each ploughman by the fift,
Drank to their fons, their wives, their daughters kiss’d;
But when strong beer their free-born hearts inflames,
They sell him bargains, and they call him names...
Thus it is deem'd in English nobles wise
To stoop for no one reason but to rise.
• Tibia non, ut nunc Orichalcho vincta, tubæque
Æmula, sed tenuis fimplexque foramine pauco
Aspirare, & adesse choris erat utilis, &c.
Poftquam coepit agros extendere victor, & urbem
Latior ample&ti murus, &c.
Accessit numerisque modisque licentia major;
Sic etiam fidibus voces crevere severis,
Et tulit eloquium insolitum facundia præceps:
Utiliumque fagax rerum & divina futuri
Sortilegis non discrepuit fententia Delphis.
* Carmine qui tragico vilem certavit ob hircum,
Incolumi gravitate jocum tentavit, eo quod
Illecebris erat & grata novitate morandus
Spectator, functusque facris, & potus, & exlex.
& Ele&tion matters shun with cautious awe,
O all ye judges' learned in the law;
A judge by bribes as much himself degrades,
As duchess-dowager by masquerades.
" Try not with jests obscene to force a smile,
Nor lard your speech with mother Needham's stile:
Let not your tongue to ΩλφιαλδισμG run,
And K.6Espion @ with abhorrence fhun;
Let not your looks affected words disgrace,
Nor join with silver tongue a brazen face;
Let not your hands, like tallboys be employ'd,
And the mad rant of tragedy avoid.
Just in your thoughts, in your expression clear,
Neither too modest, nor too bold appear.
: iOthers in vain a like success will boast,
· He speaks most easy, who has study'd most.
& Effutire leves indigna Tragedia versus,
Ut festis matrona moveri juffa diebus,
Intererit Satyris paulum pudibunda protervis.
h Non ego inornata & dominantia nomina folum,
Verbaque, Pisones, Satyrorum scriptor amabo;
Nec fic enitar Tragico differre colori,
Ut nihil intersit Davusne loquatur, & audax-
Pythias, emuncto lucrata Simone talentum :
An cuftos famulusque Dei Silenus alumni.
Ut fibi quivis
Speret idem, fudet multum, frustráque laborat.
* A peer's pert heir has to the commons spoke A vile reflection, or a bawdy joke: Calld to the house of lords, of this beware, 'Tis what the bishops' bench will never bear. Among the commons is such freedom shown, They lash each other, and attack the throne ; Yet so unskilful or so fearful fome, For nine that speak there's nine-and-forty dumb. : ? When James the first, at great Britannia’s helm, Ruld this word-clipping and word-coining realm, No word to royal favour made pretence, But what agreed in sound, and clash'd in sense. Thriçe happy he! how great that speaker's praise, ; Whose every period look’d an hundred ways ! What then? we now with just abhorrence fhun The trifling quibble, and the school-boy's pun; Though no great connoisseur, I make a shift Just to find out a Durfey from a Swift;
k Ne nimium teneris juvenentur versibus unquam,
Aut immunda crepent ignominiosaque dicta :
Offenduntur enim quibus eft equus, & pater & res,
Nec fi quid fricti ciceris probat, & nucis emptor,
Æquis accipiunt animis, donantve corona.
} At nostri proavi Plautinos & numeros &
Laudavêre fales ; nimium patienter utrumque,
Ne dicam ftulte, mirati ; fi modo ego & vos,..
Scimus in urbanum lepido seponere dicto,
Legitimumque sonum digitis callemus & aure.
I can discern with half an eye, I hope,
Mist from Jo Addison ; from Eusden, Pope:
I know a farce from one of Congreve's plays,
And Cibber's opera from Johnny Gay’s.
m When pert Defoe his faucy papers writ,
He from a cart was pillor'd for his wit:
By mob was pelted half a morning's space,
And rotten eggs besmear'd his yellow face; . .
The Cenfor then improv'd the list ning ille,
And held both parties in an artful smile.
A scribbling crew now pinching winter brings,
That spare no earthly nor no heav'nly things,
Nor church, nor state, nor treasurers, nor kings. :)
But blasphemy displeases all the town ;
And for defying scripture, law, and crown,
Woolston should pay his fine, and lose his gown. )
* It must be ownd the journals try all ways ..
To merit their respective party's praise :
They jar in every article from Spain ;
A war these threaten, those a peace maintain:
Though lie they will, to give them all their due,
In foreign matters, and domestic too.
Whoe'er thou art that would'st a Postman write,
Enquire all day, and hearken all the night.
Sure, Gazetteers and writers of Courants
Might soon exceed th' intelligence of France:
To be out-done old England should refuse,
As in her arms, so in her public news:
But truth is scarce, the scene of action large,
And correspondence an exceflive charge.
• There are who fay, no man can be a wit
Unless for Newgate, or for Bedlam fit ;
Let pamphleteers abusive satire write, .
To shew a genius is to shew a spite :