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A Pension, or such Harness for a flave
As Bug now has, and Dorimant would have.
Barnard, thou art a ° Cit, with all thy worth;
But Bug and D*1, Their Honours, and so forth.

90 Yet ev'ry P child another song will fing, Virtue, brave boys ! 'tis Virtue makes a King." True, conscious Honour is to feel no fin, He's arm'd without that's innocent within ; Be this thy ? Screen, and this thy Wall of Brass ; 95 Compar'd to this, a Minister's an Ass.

* And say, to which shall our applause belong, This new Court jargon, or the good old song? The modern language of corrupted Peers, Or what was spoke at s Cressy and POITIERS? 100.

Who counsels best? who whispers, “ Be but great, " With Praise or Infamy leave that to fate; “ Get Place and Wealth, if poffible, with grace ; If not, by any means get Wealth and Place." For what? to have a Box where Eunuchs fing, 105 And foremost in the Circle eye a King. Or "he, who bids thee face with steady view Proud Fortune, and look shallow Greatness thro: And, w while he bids thee, sets th' Example too? If y such a Doctrine, in St. James's air,

110 Shou'd chance to make the well-dreft Rabble stare ;

Notes. VER. 97. And say, etc.] These four lines greatly fuperior to any thing in the Original.

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Non, ut porticibus, fic judiciis fruar iifdem,

Nec fequar aut fugiam, quae diligit ipfe vel odit ;

Olim quod * vulpes aegroto cauta leoni

Respondit, referam : Quia me vestigia terrent

Omnia te adverfum fpectantia, nulla retrorfum.

Bellua multorum es capitum. nam quid fequar, aut

quem?

NOTES.

Ver. 117: Full many a Beast goes in,] This expression is used for the joke's fake ; but it hurts his moral ; which is, that they come out beafts. He should here have ttuck to the terms of his Original, veftigia omnia te adversum spectantia.

Ver. 118. Adieu to Virtue, etc.] These two lines are intended for the application or moral of a fable, which needs no explaining; and, consequently, they impair the grace of it, which at beft is inferior to his Original. For Horace speaks of the common people, Populus Romanus, to whom one of Æsop's Fables was properly addressed : too simple a method of conveying truth to the well-drejt Rabble of St. James's.

Ver. 124. Alike in nothing but one Luft of Gold, Just half the land would buy, and half be fold :) Here the argument suffers a little for the sake of the facire. The rea.

66 Full

If honeft S*z take fcandal at a Spark, That less admires the 2 Palace than the Park: Faith I lhall give the answer a Reynard gave: “ I cannot like, dread Sir, your Royal Cave: 115 “ Because I fee, by all the tracks about, many a

Beast goes in, but none come out." Adieu to Virtüe, 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 Beaft: Can they direct what measures to pursue, Who know themselves so little what to do? Alike in nothing but one Luft of Gold, Just half the land would buy, and half be sold : 125

Notes. son why the People should not be followed is because

Bellua multorum eft capitum. nam quid fequar, aut quem? they are so divers in their pursuits (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 Passion, avarice, as of so many various paffions,

Pars hominum gefiit conducere publica : funt qui, ett.
Cruftis et pomis

Multis occulto, etc. but his imitator has unwarily drawn them to a point, by the introductory addition of the lines above,

Alike in nothing, etc.

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Ver. 126. Their Country's wealth our mightier Misers drain,] The undertakers for advancing Lóans to the Public on the Funds. They have been commonly accused of making it a job. But in so corrupt times, the fault is not always to be imputed to a Ministry: it having been found, on trial, that the wiseft and most virtuous citizen of this or any other age, with every requifite knowledge in such matters, and supported by all the weight an honest Admi

Their · Country's wealth our mightier Misers drain,
Or cross, to plunder Provinces, the Main;
The rest, fome farm the Poor-box, some the Pews;
Some keep Allemblies, and would keep the Stews;
Some with fat Bucks on childless Dotards fawn; 130
Some win rich Widows by their Chine and Brawn; :
While with the silent growth of ten per cent,
In dirt and darkness, e hundreds stink content.

Of all these ways, if each * pursues his own,
Satire be kind, and let the wretch alone: 135
But show me one who has it in his pow'r,
To act confiftent with himself an hour.
Sir Job & fail'd forth, the ev'ning bright and still,
“ No place on earth (he cry'd) like Greenwich hill !”
# Up starts a Palace, lo, th' obedient base 140
Slopes at its foot, the woods its fides embrace,
The silver Thames reflects its marble face.
Now let fome whimsy, or that i Dev'l within
Which guides all those who know not what they

mean, But give the Knight (or give his Lady) spleen ; 145

NOTES. niftration could afford him, was, they say, unable to abolifh this inveterate mystery of iniquity.

VER. 143. Now let some whimsy, etc.] This is very {pirited, but much inferior to the elegance of the Original,

Cui si vitiofa Libido Fecerit aufpicium which no modern imitation can reacia.

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