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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 thàn add. 10 18. Abftrufe and mystic thoughts you must express slur? With painful care, bắt seeming casiness : »blist For truth shines brightelt thro’ the plainelt dress. Th’ Ænean Muse, when she appears in state, Makes all Jove's thunder on her verses wait: 1. ve Yet writes fometimes as soft and moving things :: ; 'As Venus spcaks, or Philomela fings.
* 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 syllables (and fill 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 suit a willing ear incline, Urge your success, 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 fad prospect of a just despair.
A quack (too scandalously mean to name) Had, by, man-midwifery, got wealth and fame : As if Lucina had forgot her trade, The labouring wife invokes his furer aid. Well-feafon’d bowls the gossip's spirits' raise, Who, while the guzzles, chats the doctor's praise ; And largely what she wants in words supplies, With maudlin-eloquence of trickling eyes. But what a thoughtless animal is man! How very
aĉtive in his own trepan!
and then, From saving 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 struck every where as great a damp As Archimedes through the Rom.an 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 fourid 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.
you been led through the Cumxan cave,
ground. But, tho' we muil obey when Heaven commands, And man in vain the sacred call withstands,
Beware what fpirit rages in your
breast; For ten inspir’d, ten thousand are posseft. Thus make the
use of each extreme,
The privilege that ancient poets claim,,