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Kindly chrow in a little figure,
And let the price upon the bigger ?
Those who could never read their grammar.,
When my dear volumes touch the hammer,
May think books best, as richest bound.
My copper medals by the pound
May be with learned justice weigh'd.:
To turn the balance, Otho's head
May be thrown in; and for the mettle,
The coin may mend a tinket's kettle-

Tir'd with these thoughts-Less tir'd than 1,
Quoth Dick, with your philosophy---
That people live and die, I knew
An hour ago, as well as you.
And if fate {pins us longer years,
Or is in hafte to take the shears ;
I know, we must both fortunes try,
And bear our evils, wet or dry.
Xet let the goddess smile, or frown;
Bread we shall eat, or white, or brown:
And in a cottage, or a court,
Drink fine Champaigne, or muddld Port.
What need of books thefe truths to tell,
Which folks perceive, who cannot spell.?
And must we 'spectacles apply,
To view what hurts our naked eye?

Sir, if it be your wisdom's aim, To make me merrier than I am ; I'll be all night at your devotion Come on, friend ; broach the pleasing notion : But if you would depress my thought; Your System is not worth a groat-

For Plato's fancies what care I?
I hope you would not have me die,
Like fimple Cato in the play,
For any thing that he can say ?
E'en let him of ideas speak
To heathens in his native Greek.
If to be fad is to be wise ;-
I do most heartily despise
Whatever Socrates has said,
Or Tully writ, or Wanley read.

Dear Drift, to set our matters right, Remove these papers from my fight; Burn Mat's Des-Cart', and Aristotle : Here, Jonathan, your master's bottle.

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'Ο βίος γαρ όνομ' έχα, πόνος δ' έργω πέλει.

Eurip.

Siquis Deus mihi largiatur, ut ex hac aetate repuerafcam, et in cunis va, giam, oalde recafem.

Cic. de Senect, The bewailing of man's- miseries hath been elegantly and copiously set

forth by many, in the writings as well of philosophers, as divines. And it is both a pleasant and a profitable contemplation.

Lord Bacon's Advancement of Learning.

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