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Illustrious Edward! from the realms of day,
All that at home no more can beg or steal,
'Ah! what avails it, that, from slav'ry far,
Studious to please, and ready to submit,
• Rusticus ille tuus sumit trechedipna, Quirine, Et ceromatico fert niceteria collo.
p Ingenium velox, audacia perdita, sermo Promptus
4 Augur, schænobates, medicus, magus: omnia novit. Græculus esuriens in coelum, jusseris, ibit.
"Usque adeo nihil est, quod nostra infantia cælum Hausit Aventinum ?
• Quid? quod adulandi gens prudentissima laudat Sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici?
And what their armies lost, their cringes gain.
In ev'ry face a thousand graces shine,
* These arts in vain our rugged natives try, Strain out, with fault'ring diffidence, a lie, And get a kick * for awkward flattery.
Besides, with justice, this discerning age
"Well may they venture on the mimick's art,
How, when competitors, like these, contend,
For arts, like these, preferr'd, admir'd, caress'd, They first invade your table, then your breast; Explore your secrets with insidious art, Watch the weak hour, and ransack all the heart;
Hæc eadem licet et nobis laudare : sed illis Creditur.
u Natio comoda est. Rides? majore cachinno Concutitur, &c.
* Non sumus ergo pares: melior, qui semper et omni Nocte dieque potest alienum sumere vultum, A facie jactare manus, laudare paratus, Si bene ructavit, si rectum minxit amicus.y Scire volunt secreta domus atque inde timeri.
. And gain a kick.
Then soon your ill-placed confidence repay,
* By numbers here from shame or censure free,
Of all the griefs, that harass the distress’d,
Has heaven reserv'd, in pity to the poor,
retails the favours of his lord.
The Spaniards at this time were said to make claim to some of our American 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 horrours take your way, And leave
little ALL to flames a prey ;
This was by Hitch, a bookseller, justly observed to be no picture of modern manners, though it might be true at Rome. MS. note in Dr. Johnson's hand-writing.
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 bireling senator's deserted seat; And stretch thy prospects o'er the smiling land, For less than rent the dungeons of the Strand; There prune thy walks, support thy 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. 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. Yet e'en these heroes, mischievously gay, Lords of the street, and terrours of the way;
Si potes avelli Circensibus, optima Soræ,
-Possis ignavus haberi
k Ebrius, ac petulans, qui nullum forte cecidit,
-Sed, quamvis improbus annis,
* And, while thy beds.