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(Points which We rather may dispute, than know);
Come on, Thou little Inmate of this Breaft, ..
Which for Thy Sake from Paffions I diveft: :
For these, Thou say't, raise all the stormy Strife, !
Which hinder Thy Repose, and trouble Life.
Be the fair Level of Thy Actions laid,: -
As Temprance wills, and Prudence may perswade:
Be Thy Affections undifturb'd and clear,
Guided to what may Great or Good appear;": .
And try if Life be worth the Liver's Care. “..
Amass'd in Man there juftly is beheld.
What thro' the whole Creation has excel'd:
The Life and Growth of Plants, of Beasts the Sense,
The Angel's Forecast and Intelligence: :: !.;
Say from these glorious Seeds what Harveft flows:
Recount our Bleffings, and compare our Woes."
In it's true Light let cleareft Reason fee . com
The Man dragg'd out to Act, and forc'd to Be; .;
Helpless and Naked on a Woman's Knees :":1
To be expos'd or rear'd as She may please;
Feel her Neglect, or pine from her Disease.
His tender Eye by too direct a Ray ........
Wounded, and flying from unpractis'd Day;
Cor tenerum, multumque tremit, pulfuque frequenti
Æftuat. Ut variâ perculfus imagine rerum
Obstupet ! ut pavet attonitus! Membra irrequieta
Luctantem interius produnt augentque dolorem:
Et gemitu queritur molli lacrymisque misellis,...
Dum nondum fractas voces mutilataque verba
Effari didicit, quibus intima sensa laborans
Exprimat, occultófque enarret pectoris æstus.
Mox ut paulatim affurgit puerilibus annis,
Garrulitate rudi crepitat, vanosque timores
Concipit à nugis: cum firma adoleverit ætas,
Publica scena vocat, populisque frequentibus infert
Implicitum; longo curarum ibi volvitur orbe;
Et tacitæ fraudes & aperta pericula cingunt
Infelix latus: hinc Hoftis vindicta ferocis,
Hinc fævi magis amplexus fallacis Amici.
Quin facta inquirit Populus; laudesque maligno.
Ore filet; minimam gaudet diffundere labem.
Nec cætu in turpi maculis aspergere famam
Derisor parcit mordax, quique audet apertis
Virtutem opprobriis petere, invisamque fateri.
Si vero his laffus turbis secreta ferarum
Lustra petat solus, populofque urbesque relinquat;
His Heart assaulted by invading Air,
And beating fervent to the vital War,
To his Young Sense how various Forms appear;
That strike his Wonder, and excite his Fear?
By his Distortions he reveals his Pains;
He by his Tears, and by his Sighs complains; ..
'Till Time and Use assist the Infant Wretch,
By broken Words, and Rudiments of Speech,
His Wants in plainer Characters to show,
And paint more perfect Figures of his Woe,
Condemn'd to sacrifice his childish Years
To babling Ign’rance, and to empty Fears:
To pass the riper Period of his Age, :
Acting his Part upon a crowded Stage;
To lafting Toils expos’d, and endless Cares,
To open Dangers, and to secret Snares;
To Malice which the vengeful Foe intends,
And the more dangerous Love of seeming Friends.
His Deeds examin’d by the People's Will,
Prone to forget the good, and blame the ill :: ::
Or sadly censur’d in their curs'd Debate,
Who in the Scorner's, or the Judge's Seat :... :
Dare to condemn the Virtue which They hate. ubuo
Or would he rather leave this frantic Scene; ...6199.?
Mens tamen umbrarum in latebras tacitosque receffus
Åddit fe comitem; innumeris Mens usque secuta
Turbat Imaginibus : palantemque implicat Error,
Ceu nemorum ambage illusum; aut torrentis iniqui
More ruens, rapido premit acrior impete Cura.
Multa animo versans, varioque exercitus æstu,
Dulce miser Socii alloquium defiderat; audit
Attonitus mæftos faxa ingeminare dolores,
Seque fugit trepido deserta per avia cursu.
Hinc adeo, variæ quocunque in tramite vitæ, Vexamur cæcis animorum Affectibus: atris Jam cincti nebulis, cúr spem foveamus inanem, Fulfuros olim meliorillumine Soles? 5:5.... .. Instabiles Hominum Sensus, trepidantia ut Ægri : Somnia, profiliunt volucres; cursuque citato ; Semper amiant åmota fequi, fugientiaque ardenti son Arripere: 'ufque adeo, fomni fallacis Imago,';;1.9 Spes malefuada levi vigilantes decipit umbrâ. ., Sed flexis post terga oculis, ut dira dolorum Agmina refpicimus, trepidâ forinidine Senfus :.:) Horrescunt, miseramque viam remeare recufant. :: Accedunt curis curae; feenâque prioris Scena superveniens magis & magis atra videtur; O
And Trees and Beasts prefer to Courts and Men?
In the remotest Wood and lonely Grott .10...1
Certain to meet that worst of Evils, Thought; 1,:
Diff'rent Ideas to his Mem’ry brought: .....}
Some intricate, as are the pathless Woods; i
Impetuous fome, as the descending Floods :. .
With anxious Doubts, with raging Passions torn," },
No sweet Companion near, with whom to mourn:
He hears the Echoing Rock return his Sighs ;
And from himself the frighted Hermit flies. . :
Thụs, thro' what Path foe'er of Life We rove, Rage companies our Hate, and Grief our Love: Vex'd with the present Moment's heavy Gloom, Why seek We Brightness from the Years to come? Disturb'd and broken like a fick Man's Sleep, Our troubled Thoughts to distant Prospects leap: Defirous ftill what flies us to o’ertake::: For Hope is but the Dream of Those that wake: But looking back, We see the dreadful Train Of Woes, a-new which were We to sustain, We should refuse to tread the Path again.... : . : ) Still adding Grief, still counting from the First; ... Judging the latest Evils still the worst;