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So proud, so grand; of that stupendous air,
fide you look, behold the Wall! No pleasing Intricacies intervene,
115 No artful Wildness to perplex the scene; Grove nods at grove, each Alley has a brother, And half the platform just reflects the other. The suffering eye inverted Nature fees, Trees cut to Statues, Statues thick as trees; With here a Fountain, never to be play'd ; And there a Suinmer-house that knows no shade; Here Amphitrite fails through myrtle bowers; There Gladiators fight, or die in flowers ; Unwater'd see the drooping sea-horse mourn, 1:5 And swallows rooft in Nilus' dusty Urn.
My Lord advances with majestic mien, Smit with the mighty pleasure to be seen : But soft-by regular approach-not yetFirst through the length of yon họt Terrace sweat; 130
And when up ten steep slopes you've diagg’d your thighs, Just at his Study-door he'll bless your eyes.
His Study! with what Authors is it stor’d? In Books, not Authors, curious is
my To all their dated backs he turns you round;
135 These Aldus printed, those Du Sueil has bound. Lo, fome are Vellom, and the rest as good For all his Lordship knows, but they are Wood. For Locke or Milton, 'tis in vain to look, These shelves admit not any modern book.
140 And now the Chapel's filver bell you hear, That summons you to all the Pride of Prayer : Light quirks of Music, broken and uneven. Make the foul dance upon a jig to Heaven. On painted Cielings you devoutly ftare,
145 Where sprawl the Saints of Verrio or Laguerre, Or gilded clouds in fair expansion lie, And bring all Paradise before your eye. To rest, the Cushion and soft Dean invite, Who never mentions Hell to ears polite.
150 But hark! the chiming Clocks to dinner call; A hundred footsteps scrape the marble Hall: The rich Buffet well-colour'd Serpents grace, And gaping Tritons spew to wash your face. Is this a dinner? this a genial room?
155 No, 'tis a Temple, and a Hecatomb, A solemn Sacrifice perform'd in state, You drink by measure, and to minutes eat. So quick retires each flying course, you'd swear Sancho's dread Doctor and his Wand were there. 160
Between each Act the trembling falvers ring,
Yet hence the Poor are cloath'd, the Hungry fed ;
170 The Labourer bears : What his hard Heart denies, His charitable Vanity supplies.
Another age shall see the golden Ear Imbrown the Slope, and nod on the Parterre, Deep Harvest bury all his pride has plann'd, And laughing Ceres reassume the land.
Who then shall grace, or who improve the Soil ? Who plants like Bathurst, or who builds like Boyle. 'Tis Use alone that sanctifies Expence, And Splendor borrows all her rays from Senfe. 180
His Father's Acres who enjoys in peace, Or makes his Neigbours glad, if he increase : Whose chearful Tenants bless their yearly toil, Yet to their Lord owe more than to the foil ; Whose ample Lawns are not asham’d to feed 185 The milky heifer and deserving steed; Whose rising forests, not for pride or show, But future Buildings, future Navies, grow: Let his plantations stretch from down to down, First shade a Country, and then raise a Town. 190
You too proceed ! make falling Arts your care,
M OR A L E SS A Y S.
EPIS T L E V.
TO MR. ADDISON,
Occasioned by his Dialogues on MEDALS. THIS was originally written in the year 1715, when
Mr. Addison intended to publish his book of Medals; it was some time before he was Secretary of State; but not published till Mr. Tickell's Edition of his works; at which time the verses on Mr. Craggs, which conclude the poem, were added, viz. in 1720.
As the third Epistle treated of the extremes of Avarice and Profusion; and the fourth took up one particular branch of the latter, namely, the Vanity of Expence in people of wealth and quality, and was therefore a corollary to the third ; fo this treats of one circumstance of that Vanity, as it appears in the common collectors of old coins: and is, therefore, a corollary to the fourth.
E E the wild Waste of all-devouring years !
How Rome her own fad sepulchre appears,