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Nec jam ultrà coiere Senes, ut regia Dieta
Audirent, fuaque in melius præcepta referrent;
Nec jam Magnatum Pueri didicere, Moysis
Quid leges potuere, quid inclyta Davidis Arma.
Discinctæ luxu Turmæ oblitæque laborum
Non intermiffo traxerunt otia ludo.
Quin nudæ tectis in publica commoda turres
Eductæ fteterunt; oneravit machina muros
Nutantes immane ....
Expectant mediæ faftigia summa columnæ,
Et pendent infecta rudi laquearia vultu:
Artifices languent, tristesque abrupta queruntur
Mänia: Spes Patriæ, legata à Davide, Sedes
Magni facra Dei moles jacet imperfecta.

Plorabant taciti, quorum maturior ætas, Errantem Regem & fluxi infortunia regni. Hiccine (dicebant Graviores) Hiccine, cui mens Altior omnigenas iit indefeffa per artes; . Cui fixit dubios miranda Scientia fines Virtutis Vitiique: diserto cujus ab ore Plurima quæ fluxit Sapientia, tradita fidis Spirat adhuc chartis; Patrumque in frontibus hæret Præceptis teneros informatura Minores,

Atque

No more the Elders throng'd around my Throne,
To hear my Maxims, and reform their own.
No more the Young Nobility were taught,
How Moses govern'd, and how DAVID fought..
Loose and undisciplin'd the Soldier lay;
Or lost in Drink and Game the folid Day:
Porches and Schools, design’d for publick Good,
Uncover'd, and with Scaffolds cumber'd stood,
Or nodded, threat’ning Ruin ---
Half Pillars wanted their expected Height;
And Roofs imperfect prejudic'd the Sight.
The Artists grieve; the lab’ring People droop:
My Father's Legacy, my country's Hope,
God's Temple lies unfinish'd ---

The Wise and Grave deplor'd their Monarch's Fate, And future Mischiefs of a finking State. Is this, the Serious faid, is this the Man, Whose active Soul thro' every Science ran? Who by just Rule and elevated Skill Prescrib'd the dubious Bounds of Good and I11? Whose Golden Sayings, and Immortal Wit, On large Phylacteries expressive writ, Were to the Forehead of the Rabbins tyd,

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Atque infigne fenum pariter Decus? Ergone nescita
Effrænem Sapiens cohibere cupidinis æstum?
Ille quid admonuit? quid nos advertimus aures?
Moribus ipsa facem præfert Doctrina pudendis,
Et quo plura sciat, culpâ graviore laborat.

Turba faceta magis, leviori scommate, (sertis Ut vincti rofeis genio indulsere) viciffim Hauserunt calices, pretium quibus arrogat Abræ Formofæ Nomen, cui cederet ardua Regis Gloria Judæi: Pars laudavere jocosè, Tam bene quem Luxus cum Majeftate deceret: Advertere alii quantùm pugnaret Amori Confilium; factisque ineis mea dicta refellunt. Rex vivat tamen, (hic infit) regnoque fruatur: saudit Quem memoras Regem? (Alter ait;) neq; enim amplius Rex SOLOMON; patriæ dudùm immemor Ille suique Servit amans Abræ: quid nostrûm pejus uterque Patraret? nobis fluat ordine Vita soluto, Si fic, quêis animo melior sententia, peccant. Dina premat vario lascivos flore capillos; Aut lepidum meditata melos, trepidantia pulset. Fila lyræ: dulces mellis fine acumine succos Libemus vacui, nec vi nec lege coacti.

Our Youth's Instruction, and our Age's Pride?
Could not the Wife his wild Desires restrain? .
Then was our Hearing, and his Preaching vain!
What from his Life and Letters were we taught,
But that his Knowledge aggravates his Fault?

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In lighter Mood the Humorous and the Gay
(As crown'd with Roses at their Feasts they lay).

Sent the full Goblet, charg'd with Abra's Name,
· And Charms superior to their Master's Fame: .
Laughing some praise the King, who let 'em see,
How aptly Luxe and Empire might agree:
Some gloss’d, how Love and Wisdom were at Strife;
And brought my Proverbs to confront my Life. .
However, Friend, here's to the King, one cries :-
To Him who was the King, the Friend replies.
The King, for JUDAH's, and for Wisdom's Curse,
To A BRA yields: could I, or Thou do worse?
Our looser Lives let Chance or Folly steet: .
If thus the Prudent and Determin’d err.
Let Dinah bind with Flowers her flowing Hair;
And touch the Lute, and found the wanton Air:
Let us the Bliss without the Sting receive,
Free, as We will, or to enjoy, or leave.

Plea

Dulcis amat volitare inter leviora Voluptas;
Seria deducunt animum & mærore fatigant.
Audiat egregius Veri Rectique Magister
Hæc mea Dicta, suis meritò afcribenda libellis.

Sentimus lugubrè tui mala verbera Sceptri O Ratio, exerces trepido quæ pectore dura Imperia! ut gaudes sævas imponere leges, Si, sapere ut poffim, penitus linquenda Voluptas, Majoresque premant meditantem plura dolores : Judææ misero Regi fi gaudia Vitæ Deliciasque adimas, ut Principe digna sequatur; Et Curâ paulùm mutatâ, vincula Amoris Exutum Tu compescas graviore catena!

Tene autem Dominam fateor legumque tuarum Sævitiam queror immitem fascesque potentes; Cum fis interea nihil heu! nisi nomen inane; Quot Capitum vivunt, totidem variata figuris Diverfis, Soboles deliri vana cerebri, Mendaces formas, fluxosque induta colores ? Scilicet ingentis tituli levis umbra! Catena, Quà sese alternis Hominum genus acre,coercent, Quam primùm finxere Vafri, Timidique fatentur.

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