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Fate never wounds more deep the gen'rous heart,
Than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.

29 Has Heaven reserv'd, in pity to the poor,
No pathless waste, or undiscovered shore?
No secret island in the boundless main ?
No peaceful desert yet sinclaim'd * by Spain?
Quick let us rise, the happy seats explore,
And bear Oppression's insolence no more.
This mournful truth is ev'ry where confess'd,
26 SHOW RISES WORTH, BY POVERTY DEPRESS'D:
But here more slow, where all are slaves to gold,
Where looks are merchandise and smiles are sold :
Where, won by bribes, by flatteries implor'd,
The groom retails the fayours of his lord.

But hark! th' affrighted crowd's tumultuous cries Roll through the streets, and thunder to the skies: Rais’d from some pleasing dream of wealth and pow'r, Some pompous palace, or some blissful bow'r, Aghast you start, and scarce with aching sight Sustain th' approaching fire's tremendous light; Swift from pursuing horrors take your way, And leave

your

little all to flames a prey ; 27 'Then thro' the world a wretched vagrant roaw, For where can starving merit find a home?

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- Agmine facto, Debuerant olim tenues migrasse Quirites.

26 Haud facile emergunt, quorum virtutibus obsta
Res augusta domi, sed Romæ durior illis
Conatus.

Omnia Romæ
Cum pretio.
Cogimur, et cultis augare peculia servis.

Ultimus autem
Ærumnæ cumulus, quod nudum & frustra rogantem
Nemo cibo, nemo hospitio, tectoque juvabit.

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* The Spaniards as this time were said to make claim to some of our Ameti. can provinces.

In vain your mournful narrative disclose,
While all neglect, and most insult your woes.
Should Heav'n's just bolts Orgilio's wealth confound,
And spread his flaming palace on the ground,
Swift o'er the land the disinal rumour flies,
And public mournings pacify the skies;
The laureat tribe in venal verse relate,
How virtue wars with persecutingʻ fate ;
39 With well-feign'd gratitude the pension'd band
Refund the plunder of the beggar'd land.
See! while he builds, the gaudy vassals come,
And crowd with sudden wealth the rising dome;
The price of boroughs and of souls restore;
And raise his treasures higher than before:
Now bless'd with all the baubles of the great,
The polish'd marble and the shining plate,
30 Orgilio sees the golden pile aspire,
And hopes from angry Heav'n another fire.

31 Could'st thou resign the park and play content,
For the fair banks of Severn or of Trent;
There might'st thou find some elegant retreat,
Some hireling senator's deserted seat;
And stretch thy prospects o'er the smiling land,
For less than rent the dungeons of the Strand:

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28 Si magra Asturici cecidit domus, horrida mater, Pullati proceres.

Jam accurrit, qui marmora donet,
Conferat impensas : hic, &c.
Hic modium argenti.-

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Meliora, ac plura reponit Persicus orborum lautissimus.

31 Si potes avelli Circensibus, optima. Soræ, Aut Fabrateriæ domus, aut Fusinone paratur, Quanti nunc tenebras unum conducis in annum, Hortulus hic. Vive bidentis amans & culti villicus horti, Vnde epulum possis centum dare Pythagoræisa

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There prune thy walks, support the drooping flowers,
Direct thy rivulets, and twine thy bowers ;
And, while thy grounds a cheap repast afford,
Despise the dainties of a venal lord:
There ev'ry bush with Nature's musick rings,
There ev'ry breeze bears health upon its wings;
On all thy hours security shall smile,
And bless thine evening walk and morning toil,

Prepare for death if here at night you roam,
And sign your will before you sup from home.
33 Some fiery fop, with new commission vain,
Who sleeps on brambles till he kills his man;
Some frolick drunkard, reeling from a feast,
Provokes a broil, and stabs you for a jest.
34 Yet ev'n these heroes, mischievously gay,
Lords of the street, and terrors of the way ;
Flush'd as they are, with folly, youth, and wine,
Their prudent insults to the poor confine:
Afar they mark the flambeau's bright approach,
And shun the shining train, and golden coach.

35 In vain these dangers past, your doors you close,
And hope the baliny blessings of repose;
Cruel with guilt, and daring with despair,
The midnight murd'rer bursts the faithless bar;
Invades the sacred hour of silent rest,
And leaves, unseen, a dagger in your breast.

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Possis ignavus haberi,
It subiti casus improvidus, ad coenam si
Intestatus eas.“

ss Ebrius, ac petulans, qui nullum forte cedidit, Dat panas, noctem patitur lugentis amicum Peleidæ.

Sed, quamvis improbus annis, Atque mero fervens, cavet hunc, quem coccina læna Vitari jubet, & comitum longissimus ordo, Multum præterea flammarum, atque ænea lampas.

35 Nec tamen hoc tantum metuas : nam qui spoliet te Non deerit ; clausis domibus, &c.

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36 Scarce can our fields, such crowds at Tyburn die, With hemp the gallows and the fleet supply. Propose your schemes, ye senatorian band, Whose * ways and means support the sinking land : Lest ropes be wanting in the tempting spring, To rig another convoy for the king t.

37 A single gaol, in ALFRED's golden reign, Could half the nation's criminals contain ; Fair justice, then, without constraint ador'd, Held high the steady scale, but sheath'd the sword; No spies were paid, no special juries known ; Blest age! but ah! how diff'rent from our own!

38 Much conld I add, but see the boat at hand, The tide, retiring, calls me from the land: 39 Farewell !-When youth, and health, and fortune

spent,
Thou fly'st for refuge to the Wilds of Kent ;
And, tir’d, like me, with follies and with erimes,
In angry numbers warn'st succeeding times;
Then shall thy friend, nor thou refuse his aid,
Still foe to vice, forsake his Cambrian shade;
In virtue's cause once more excrt his rage,
Thy satire point, and animate thy page.

36 Maximus in vinclis ferri modus ; ut timeas, ne Vomer deficiat, ne marræ & sarcula desint.

37 Felices proavorum atavos, felicia dicas Secula, quz quondam sub regibus atque tribunis: Viderunt una contentam carcere Romam.

38 His alias poteram, & pluries subnectere causas : Sed jumenta vocant.

-Ergo vale nostri memor : & quoties te
Roma tuo refici properantem reddet Aquino,
Me quoque ad Elvinam Cererem, vestramque Dianam
Convelle à Cumis : satirarum ego, ni pudet illas,
Adjutor gelidos veniam calligatus in agros.

A cant term in the House of Commons for methods of raising money. † The nation was discontented at the visits made by the King to Hanovere

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TRE

VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES,

IN IMITATION OF THE

TENTH SATIRE OF JUVENAL.

LET * Observation, with extensive view,
Survey mankind from China to Peru;
Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife,
And watch the busy scenes of crowded life;
Then say how hope and fear, desire and hate,
O’erspread with snares the clouded maze of fate,
Where wav'ring man, betray'd by vent'rous pride,
To chase the dreary paths without a guide,
As treach'rous phantoms in the mist delude,
Shuns fancied ills, or chases airy good;
How rarely reason guides the stubborn choice,
Rules the bold hand, or prompts the suppliant voice;
How nations sink, by darling schemes oppress'd,
When Vengeance listens to the fool's request.
Fate wings with ev'ry wish th' afflictive dart,
Each gift of nature, and each grace of art;
With fatal heat impetuous courage glows,
With fatal sweetness elocution flows;
Impeachment stops the speaker's pow'rful breath,
And restless fire precipitates on death.

• Ver. I-II.

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