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If y such a Doctrine, in St. James's air, Shou'd chance to make the well-drest Rabble stare; If honest S*z take fcandal at a Spark, That less admires the ? Palace than the Park: Faith I shall give the answer a Reynard gave: “ I cannot like, dread Sir, your Royal Cave: 115 " Because I see, by all the tracks about,
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 å måny-headed Beast: Can they direct what measures to pursue, Who know themselves so little what to do? Alike in nothing but one Luft of Gold, Just half the land would buy, and half be sold: 125 Their Country's wealth our mightier Misers drain, Or cross, to plunder Provinces, the Main ;
NOTES. VER. 124. Alike in nothing but one Lust of Gold, Just half the land would buy, and half be fold:] Here the argument suffers a little for the sake of the fatire. The reason why the People should not be followed is because
Bellua multorum eft capitum. nam quid sequar, aut quem? they are so divers in their pursuits (says Horace) that one can. not follow this man without being condemned by that. The imitator fays, they all go on one common principle, the luff of gold. This inaccuracy, tho’Horace has a little of it, yet he has however artfully disguised it, by speaking of the various ob
a Cruftis et pomis viduas venentur avaras,
Excipiantque senes, quos in vivaria mittant :
e Multis occulto crescit res fenore. f
Esto, aliis alios rebus ftudiisque teneri :
Iidem eadem poffunt horam durare probantes?
& Nullus in orbe finus Baiis praelucet amoenis,
Si dixit dives ; h lacus et mare
Festinantis heri: cui fi i vitiofa libido
Fecerit auspicium; cras ferramenta Teanum
Pars hominum gestit conducere publica : Junt qui, etc.
Multis occulto, etc.
Alike in nothing, etc.
The rest, fome farm the Poor-box, some the Pews;
Of all these ways, if each pursues his own,
mean, But give the Knight (or give his Lady) spleen;
NOTES. They have been commonly accused of making it a job. But in fe corrupt times, the fault is not always to be imputed to a Ministry : it having been found, on trial, that the wiseft and most virtuous citizen of this or any other age, with every requisite knowledge in such matters, and supported by all the weight an honest Administration could afford him, was, they fay, unable to abolish this inveterate mystery of iniquity. VER. 143. Now let some whimsy, etc.] This is very spirited,
Tolletis, fabri, lectus genialis in aula eft?
Nil ait effe prius, melius nil coelibe vita ;
Si non eft, jurat bene folis effe maritis.
Quo teneam vultus mutantem Protea nodo?
Quid " pauper? ride; mutat ocoenacula, leetas,
Balnea, P tonfores; conducto navigio aeque
Nauseat, ac locuples quem ducit priva triremis.
? Si curatus inaequali tonsore capillos
Occurro; rides. fi forte fubucula pexae
Trita subest tunicae, vel fi toga disidet impar;
Rides. quid, 'mea Cum pugnat fententia secum;
NOTES. but much inferior to the elegance of the original,
Cui si vitiofa Libido Fecerit auspicium which no modern imitation can reach.
VER. 155. They change their weekly Barber, etc.] These fix
Away, away ! take all your scaffolds down, “For Snug’s the word: My dear!we'll live in Town.”
At am'rous Flavio is the k stocken thrown?
The Fool, whose Wife elopes some thrice a quarter,
9 You laugh, half Beau, half Sloven if I stand, My wig all powder, and all snuff
NOTES. lines much more spirited than the original. In Horace, the People's constancy of temper is satirized only in a simple expo