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Delightful Abs-court, if its fields afford
Their fruits to you, confesses you its lord:
All Worldly's hens, nay partridge, sold to town,
His venison too, a guinea makes your own;
He bought at thousands, what with better wit
You purchase as you want, and bit by bit;
ijow, or long since, what difference will be found!
You pay a penny, and he paid a pound.
Heathcote himself, and such large-acred men, Lords of fat E'sham, or of Lincoln fen, Buy every stick of wood,'that lends them heat, Buy every pullet they afford to eat. Yet these are wights, who fondly^call, their own Half that the devil o'erlooks from Lincoln town. The laws of God, as well as of the land, Abhor a perpetuity should stand: Estates have wings, and hang in fortune's power, Loose on the point of every wavering hour; Beady by force, or of your own accord, By sale, at least by death, to change their lord. Man I and for ever? wretch! what would'st thou have? Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave. All vast possessions, (just the same the case Whether you call them villa, park, or chase), Alas, my Bathurst! what will they avail \ Join Cotswold hills to Saperton's fair dale, Let rising granaries and temples here, There mingled farms and pyramids appear, Link towns to towns with avenues of oak, Enclose whole downs in walls, 'tis all a.joke! Inexorable death shall level all, And trees, and stones, and farms, and farmer, fall.
Gold, silver, ivory, vases sculptured high, Paint, marble, gems, and robes of Persian dye, There are who have not,—-and thank Heaven there are, Who, if they have not, think not worth their care.
Talk what you will of taste, my friend, you'll find Two of a face, as soon as of a mind. Why, of two brothers, rich and restless tme Ploughs, burns, manures, and toils from sun to sun; The other slights, for women, sports, and wines, All Townshend's turnips, and all Grosvenor's mines: Why one like Bu— with pay and scorn content^ Bows and votes on, in court and Parliament;
One driven by strong benevolence of soul.
Yes, sir, how small soever be my heap,
What is't to me, (a passenger, God wot)
"But why all this of avarice 1 I have none."
Or will you think, my friend, your business done,
IMITATED IN THE MANNER OF DR. *SWIFT.
'Tis true, my lord, I gave my word,
u The dog-days are no more the case."
My lord, your favours well I know;
Thus fools,* with compliments besiege ye^
Contriving never to oblige ye.
Scatter your favours on a fop,
Ingratitude's the'certain crop
And ;tis but just, I'll tell ye wherefore,
Yougive the things you never care for.
A wise man always is, or should
Be mighty ready to dp, good:
But makes a difference in his thought
Betwixt a guinea and a groat.
Now this I'll say, you'll find in me A safe companion, and a free; But if you'd haye me always near—A word, pray, in your honour's ear. I hope it is your resolution To give me back my constitution] The sprightly wit, the lively eye, The engaging smile, the gaiety That laugh'd down many a summer sun, And kept you up so oft till one; And all that voluntary vein, As when Belinda raised my strain.
A weasel once made shift to slink In at a corn-loft through a chink, But having amply stuff'd his skin, Could not get out as he got in; "Which one belonging to the house ('Twas not a man, it was a mouse) Observing, cried, " You 'scape not so! Lean as you dame, sir, you must go." ^ Sir, you may spare your application! I'm no such beast, nor his relation; Nor one that tempferance advance, Cramm'd to the tliroat with ortolans: Extremely ready to resign All that may make me none of mine. South-sea subscriptions take who please, Leave me but liberty and ease. 'Twas what I said to Craggs and Child, Who praised my modesty and smiled. Give me, I cried, (enough for me) My bread, and independency! So bought an annual rent or two, And lived—just as you see I do;
Near fifty, and without a wife,
To set this matter full before ye,
"Harley, the nation's great support,"—
BOOK II.—SATIRE VI.
; FIRST PART IMITATED IN THE *EAR 1714, BT DR. SWEPT, THE LATTER PART ADDED AFTERWARD*
I've often wish'd that I had clear
Well, now I have all this and more,
If I ne'er got or lost a groat,