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The wiselt man might blush, I must agree,
If D*** lov'd fixpence, more than he.

w If there be truth in Law, and Use can give 230
A Property, that's yours on which you live.
Delightful Abs-court, if its fields afford
Their fruits to you, confesses you its lord :
All Worldly's hens, nay partridge, fold to town,
His ven’lon too, a guinea makes your own : 235
He bought at thousands, what with better wit.
You purchase as you want, and bit by bit;
Now, or long since, what diff'rence will be found?
You pay a penny, and he paid a pound.

y Heathcote himself, and such large-acred men, 240 Lords of fat E’lham, or of Lincoln-fen, Buy ev'ry stick of wood that lends them heat; Buy ev'ry Pullet they afford to eat.

Viveret in terris, te fi quis avarior uno.

w Si pro rium eft, quod quis libra mercatus et aere,
Quaedam (fi credis confultis) mancipat ufus :
Qui te pascit ager, tuus est; et villicus Orbi,
Cum fegetes occat tibi mox frumenta daturus,
Te dominum fentit.

x das nummos ; accipis uvam,
Pullos, ova, cadum, temeti: nempe modo isto
Paulatim mercaris agrum, fortaffe trecentis,
Aut etiam supra nummorum millibus emtum.
Quid refert, vivas numerato nuper, an olim ?

y Emtor Aricini quondam, Veientis et arvi, Emtum coenat olus, quamvis aliter putat;

emtis

NO TE S.

Ver. 232. delightful Abs-court,] A farm over-against Hamptox Court.

Yet these are Wights, who fondly call their own
Half that the Dev'l o'erlooks from Lincoln town. 245
The Laws of God, as well as of the land,
Abhor a Perpetuity should stand:
Estates have wings, and hang in Fortune's pow'r
2 Loose on the point of ev'ry wav'ring hour,
Ready, by force, or of your own accord,

250
By sale, at least by death, to change their lord.
Man? and for ever? wretch! what would'st thou have?
Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave,
All vast poffeffions (just the same the case
Whether you call them Villa, Park, or Chase) 255
Alas, my BATHURST ! what will they avail ?
Join Cotswood 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, 260
'Enclose whole downs in walls, ’ris all a joke!
Inexorable Death shall level all,
And trees, and stones, and farms, and farmer fall.
Sub noctem gelidam lignis calefactat ahenum.
Sed vocat ufque suum, qua populus adfita certis
Limitibus vicina refigit jurgia : tanquam
z Sit proprium cuiquam, puncto quod mobilis horae,
Nunc prece, nunc pretio, nunc vi, nunc forte suprema,
Permutet dominos, et cedat in altera jura.

Sic, quia perpetuus nuli datur usus, et haeres
Haeredem alterius, velut anda supervenit undam:
Quid vici profunt, aut borrea? quidve Calabris
Saltibus adjecti Lucani; fi metit Orcus
Grandia cum parvis, non exorabilis auro ?

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VER. 248. bang in Fortune's pow'r-Loose on the point of ev'ry wav'ring hour,] A modern idea (the magnetic needle) here supplied the Imitator with expression much fuperior to his original. ,

• Gold, Silver, Iv'ry, Vases sculptur'd high, Paint, Marble, Gems, and robes of Persian dye, 265 There are who have not--and thank heav'n there are, Who, if they have not, think not worth their care.

b 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 one

270 Plows, burns, manures, and toils from sun to sun ; The other nights, 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;

275 One, driv'n by strong Benevolence of foul, Shall fly, like Oglethorpe, from pole to pole : Is known alone to that Directing Pow'r, Who forms the Genius in the natal hour; That God of Nature, who, within iis itill,

280 Inclines our action, not constrains our will ;.

a Gemmas, marmor, ebur, Tyrrhena figilla, tabellas, Argentum, veftes Gaetulo murice tinctas, Sunt qui non habeant; eft qui non curat habere.

b Cur alter fratrum celare, et ludere, et ungi
Praeferat Herodis palmetis pinguibus ; alter
Dives et importunus, ad umbram lucis ab ortu
Silvestrem flammis et ferro mitiget agrum :
Scit Genius, natale comes qui temperat aftrum :

Ν Ο Τ Σ S.

VER. 273. All Townshend's Turnips] Lord Townshend, Secres tary of State to George the First and Second. - When this great Siatesman retired from business, he amused himself in Husbandry; and was particularly fond of that kind of rural improvement which ariles from Turnips ; it was the favourite subject of his conversation..

VER. 277. fly, like Oglethorpe,] Employed in fealing the Colony of Georgia.

.VER. 280. That God of Nature, etc.] Here our Poet had an opportunity of illustrating his own Philosophy'; and thereby giving

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Various of temper, as of face or frame,
Each individual: His great End the same.

· Yes, Sir, how small soever be my heap,
A part I will enjoy, as well as keep.

285 My heir may figh, and think it want of grace: A man so

poor

would live without a place :
But sure no statute in his favour says,
How free, or frugal, I shall pass my days :
I, who at sometimes spend, at others spare, 290
Divided between carelessness and care.
'Tis one thing madly to disperse my store;
Another, not to heed to treasure more;
Glad, like a Boy, to snatch the first good day,
And pleas'd, if sordid want be far away. 295

What is't to me (a passenger God wot)
Whether

my

vessel be first rate or not?
NATURAE Deus HUMANAE, mortalis in unum
Quodque caput, vultu mutabilis albus, et ater.

• Utar, et ex modico, quantum res poscet, acervo
Tollam: nec metuam, quid de me judicet haeres,
Quod non plura datis invenerit. et tamen idem
Scire volam, quantum fimplex hilarisque nepoti
Discrepet, et quantum discordet parcus avaro.
Distat enim, spargas tua prodigus, an neque sumtum
Invitus facias, nec plura parare labores ;
Ac potius, puer ut feftis Quinquatribus olim,
Exiguo gratoque fruaris tempore raptim.
f Pauperies immunda domus procul absit: ego, utrum
Nave ferar magna an parva ; ferar unus et idem.

NO TE S.

a much better sense to his original ; and correcting both the natural. ism and the

fate of Horace, which are covertly conveyed in these words,
Scit Genius, natale comes qui temperat aftrum,

NATURAE DEUS HUMANAE.
VER: 288. But sure no ftatute] Alluding to the statutes made in
England and Ireland, to regulate the Succession of Papifts, etc.

The ship itself may make a better figure,
But I that fail, am neither less nor bigger,
I neither strut with ev'ry fav’ring breath, 300
Nor strive with all the tempest in my teeth.
In pow'r, wit, figure, virtue, fortune plac'd
Behind the foremost, and before the last.

8“ But why all this of Av'rice? I have none." I wish you joy, Sir, of a Tyrant gone;

305 But does no other lord it at this hour, As wild and mad? the Avarice of pow'r ? Does neither Rage in fame, nor Fear appall? Not the black fear of death, that faddens all ? With terrors round, can Reason hold her throne, 310 Despise the known, nor tremble at th’unknown Survey both worlds, intrepid and entire, In spite of witches, devils, dreams, and fire ? Pleas'd to look forward, pleas'd to look behind, And count each birth-day with a grateful mind ? 315

Non agimur tumidis velis Aquilone fecundo :
Non tamen adverfis aetatem ducimus Austris.
Viribus, ingenio, fpecie, virtute, loco, re,
Extremi primorum, extremis usque priores.

8 Non es avarus : abi. quid ? caetera jam fimul isto
Cum vitio fugere ? caret tibi pectus inani
Ambitione ? caret mortis formidine et ira?
Somnia, terrores magicos, miracula, fagas,
Nocturnos lemures, portentaque Thessala rides?

NO À E s. VER. 312. Survey both worlds,] It is observable with what fo. Briety he has corrected the licentiousness of his original, which made the expectation of another world a part of that superstition he would explore; whereas his Iñitator is only for removing the false terrors from the world of spirits, such as the diablerie of witchcraft and purgatory.

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