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Such secrets are not easily found out ;
Truth ftill is one ; truth is divinely bright;
Words in one language elegantly us'd,
Hor, iii. Od, 6.
Excursions are inexpiably bad ; And 'uis much safer to leave out thàni add. & Abstruse and mystic thoughts you must express siwe With painful care, bút seeming easiness : 134; For truth shines brightest thro' the plaineit .dress. i Th’ Ænean Muse, when she appears in state, Makes all Jove's thunder on her verses wait: itt Yet writes sometimes as soft and moving things 'As Venus fpeaks, or Philomela fings.
17 Your author always will the best advise, Fall when he falls, and when he rises rise. Affected noise is the most wretched thing That to contempt can empty scribblers bring. Vowels and accents, regularly plac’d, On even fyllables (and still the last) Though gross innumerable faults abound, In spite of nonsense, never fail of found. But this is meant of even verse alone, As being most harmonious and most known : For if you will unequal numbers try, There accents on odd syllables muft lie. Whatever filter of the learned Nine Does to your fuit a willing ear incline, Urge your fuccefs, deserve a lafting name, She'll crown a grateful and a constant flame. But if a wild uncertainty prevail. And turn your veering heart with ev'ry gale, You lose the fruit of all
former care For the sad prospect of a just despair.
A quack (too scandalously mean to name) Had, by man-midwifery, got wcalth and fame : As if Lucina had forgot her trade, The labouring wife invokes his suret aid. Well-season'd bowls the goslip's spirits raise, Who, while the guzzles, chats the doctor's praise ; And largely what she wants in words fupplies, With maudlin-eloquence of trickling eyes. But what a thoughtless animal is man! How very
a&tive in his own trepan ! For, greedy of physicians frequent foes, From female mellow praise he takes degrees ; Struts in a new unlicens'd gown, and then, From faving women, falls to killing men. Another such had left the nation thin, In spite of all the children he brought in. His pills as thick as hand-granadoes flew : And where they fell, as certainly they flew ; His name ftruck every where as great a damp As Archimedes through the Roman camp. With this, the doctor's pride began to cool ;." For smarting foundly may convince a fool. But now repentance came too late for grace ; And meager famine star'd him in the face : Fain would he to the wives be reconcil'd, But found no husband left to own a child. The friends that got the brats were poison’d too ; In this sad case, what could our vermin do?
Worried with debts, and past all hope of bail,
I pity, from my soul, unhappy men.
been led through the Cumaan cave,
ground. But, tho' we muil obey when Heaven commands, And man in vain the sacred call withstands,
Beware what fpirit rages in your
nervous, bold ; those languid and remiss ;
The privilege that ancient poets claim,,