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EPISTOL A II.
- LLORE, bono claroque fidelis amice Neroni,
• Si quis forte velit puerum tibi vendere natum Tibure vel Gabiis, et tecum sic agat: “ Hic et 6 Candidus, et talos a vertice pulcher ad imos, « Fiet eritque tuus nummorum millibus octo; “ Verna ministeriis ad nutus aptus heriles ; « Litterulis Graecis imbutus, idoneus arti « Cuilibet : argilla quidvis imitaberis uda: « Quin etiam canet indoctum, sed dulce bibenti. “ Multa fidem promissa levant, ubi plenius aequo « Laudat venales, qui vult extrudere, merces. “ Res urget me nulla : meo sum paupere in aere. " « Nemo hoc mangonum faceret tibi: non temere a
Ver. 4. This Lad, Sir, is of Blois :) A Town in Beauce, where the French tongue is spoken in great purity.
Ver. 15. But, Sir, to you, with what would I not part?]
D EAR Colnel, Cobham's and your country's
Friend! You love a Verse, take such as I can send. * A Frenchman comes, presents you with his Boy, . Bows and begins. This Lad, Sir, is of Blois :“ Observe his shape how clean! his locks how curld! “ My only son, I'd have him see the world: ...6 “ His French is pure; his voice too-you shall hear. “ Sir, he's your Nave, for twenty pound a year. 6. Mere wax as yet, you fashion him with ease, .. “ Your Barber, Cook, Upholst'rer, what you please: " A perfect genius at an Opera-song- I II " To say too much, might do my honour wrong.. “ Take him with all his virtues, on my word; “ His whole ambition was to serve a Lord;
e a Lord; . 6. But, Sir, to you, with what would I not part? 15 " Tho' faith, I fear, 'twill break his Mother's heart. 6. Once (and but once) I caught him in 'a lye, « And then, unwhipp’d, he had the grace to cry: " The fault he has I fairly shall reveal, " (Cou'd you o'erlook but that) it is, to steal..20
Notes. The numberg well express the unwillingness of parting with what one can ill .pare.
« Quivis ferret idem : femel hic ceffavit, et (ut fit) « In scalis latuit metuens pendentis habenae : 56 Des nummos, excepta nihil te fi fuga laedit.
Ille ferat pretium, počnae securus, opinor.
Dixi me pigrum proficisenti tibi, dixi
Luculli miles collecta viatica multis
Notes. VÆR. 24. I think Sir Godfrey] An eminent Justice of Peace, who decided much in the manner of Sancho Pancha. P. Sir Godfrey Kneller.
Ver. 33. In Anna's Wars, etc.) Many parts of this tory are well told ; but, on the whole, it is much infe. rior to the original.
? If, after this, you took the graceless lad,
• Consider then, and judge me in this light;
e In Anna's Wars, a Soldier poor and old
Notes. VER. 37. This put the man, etc.) Greatly below the Original,
Poft hoc vehemens lupus, et sibi et hofti
Iratus pariter, jejunis dentibus acer.