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Weak though I am of limb, and short of sight,
Say, does thy blood rebel, thy bosom move 55 With wretched avarice, or as wretched love? Know, there are words and spells, which can
control, Between the fits, this fever of the soul : Know, there are rhymes, which fresh and fresh
applied, Will cure the arrantest puppy of his pride. 60 Be furious, envious, slothful, mad, or drunk, Slave to a wife, or vassal to a punk, A Switz, a High-Dutch or a Low-Dutch bear; All that we ask is but a patient ear. 'Tis the first virtue, vices to abhor;
65 And the first wisdom, to be fool no more: But to the world no bugbear is so great, As want of figure and a small estate. To either India see the merchant fly, Scared at the spectre of pale poverty! 70 See him, with pains of body, pangs of soul, . Burn through the tropic, freeze beneath the pole! Wilt thou do nothing for a nobler end, Nothing to make philosophy thy friend ? To stop thy foolish views, thy long desires, 75 And ease thy heart of all that it admires ?
51 I'll do what Mead. The celebrated physician.
51 Cheselden. The most adventurous, but the most successful surgical operator of his day: a friend of Pope.
Here, Wisdom calls: · Seek virtue first, be bold !
Barnard in spirit, sense, and truth abounds; 85 • Pray, then, what wants he?' Fourscore thousand
pounds; A pension, or such harness for a slave, As Bug now has, and Dorimant would have. Barnard, thou art a cit, with all thy worth; But Bug and D**1, “their honors, and so forth.
Yet every child another song will sing : 91 • Virtue, brave boys! 'tis virtue makes a king.' True, conscious honor is to feel no sin ; He's arm’d without that's innocent within :
84 Who notches sticks at Westminster. Exchequer tallies. However obscure the existence of this ancient reckoning, its close was sufficiently conspicuous : in 1834, the tallies burned down the two houses of parliament. Some high-toned narrator of the times will yet tell us, that, like Sardanapalus, they set fire to their palace, and expired in the blaze.
85 Barnard. Sir John Barnard, knight, was born at Reading, and brought up at a school at Wandsworth in Surrey : his parents were quakers. In 1703, he quitted the society of quakers, was received into the church by Compton, bishop of London, and continued a member of it. He became a cele. brated member of parliament, and an eminent merchant and magistrate of London.
68 As Bug now has, and Dorimant. The industry of the commentators has been unable to apply those names.
· Be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass : 95 Compared 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 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 possible, with grace; If not, by any means get wealth and place.' For what? to have a box where eunuchs sing, 105 And foremost in the circle eye a king: Or he, who bids thee face with steady view Proud fortune, and look shallow greatness through; And, while he bids thee, sets the example too? If such a doctrine, in St. James's air, 110 Should chance to make the well-dress'd rabble
stare; If honest S**z take scandal at a spark, That less admires the palace than the park : Faith I shall give the answer Reynard gave :• I cannot like, dread sir, your royal cave; 115 Because I see, by all the tracks about, Full many a beast goes in, but none come out.' Adieu to virtue, 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 least, The people are a many-headed beast. Can they direct what measures to pursue, Who know themselves so little what to do? Alike in nothing but one lust of gold, 124 Just half the land would buy, and half be sold :
Their country's wealth our mightier misers drain;
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 power To act consistent with himself an hour. Sir Job saild forth, the evening bright and still ; • No place on earth,' he cried, 'like Greenwich
hill!' Up starts a palace: lo, the obedient base 140 Slopes at its foot; the woods its sides embrace ; The silver Thames reflects its marble face. Now let some whimsey, or that devil within, Which guides all those who know not what they
mean, But give the knight, or give his lady, spleen; 145 • Away, away! take all your scaffolds down; For snug’s the word: my dear! we'll live in
town.' At amorous Flavio is the stocking thrown? That very night he longs to lie alone. The fool, whose wife elopes some thrice a quarter, For matrimonial solace dies a martyr. 151
128 Some farm the poor-bor. Perhaps referring to the · Charitable Corporation;' a swindling scheme, by which multitudes were duped, and many beggared.
Did ever Proteus, Merlin, any witch,
156 Discharge their garrets, move their beds, and run, They know not whither, in a chaise and one: They hire their sculler; and when once aboard, Grow sick, and damn the climate-like a lord. 160
You laugh, half beau, half sloven if I stand, My wig all powder, and all snuff my band ; You laugh, if coat and breeches strangely vary; White gloves, and linen worthy lady Mary! 164 But when no prelate's lawn, with hair-shirt lined, Is half so incoherent as my mind; When (each opinion with the next at strife, One ebb and flow of follies all my life) I plant, root up; I build, and then confound; Turn round to square, and square again to round; You never change one muscle of your face; 171 You think this madness but a common case ; Nor once to chancery, nor to Hale apply; Yet hang your lip, to see a seam awry! Careless how ill I with myself agree, Kind to my dress, my figure, not to me. Is this my guide, philosopher, and friend? This he, who loves me, and who ought to mend ?
164 Linen worthy lady Mary. Pope could never forgive lady Mary's at once laughing at his passion, and libelling his poetry. This celebrated woman, though a beauty, and vain of her charms, was supposed to be singularly negligent of her person. Walpole says, 'that when she left Florence, after a three weeks' stay in one of the archduke's palaces, they were obliged to fumigate the rooms.' And this in Italy !