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Nec mora, nec requies; sed adhuc geminantur eundo,
Et quæque hora novos ufque addit & usque dolores.
Dum tandem longo'curarum pondere cani,
Otia venantes nequicquam, effætaque membra :
Jam fracti, laceræ vitium commune senectæ
Ploramus, miroque volubilis ordine vitæ
Ad Atadium infantile rotante revertimur ævo.
Difcimus hinc quid Vita hominum eft; hefterna recentes
Protulit ex utero nudos, nudofque fepulcro
Craftina Lux 'referet; nempe hæc ad munera natos,
Luctu animam vexare, & tædia ferre, Morique.

Quid varias memorem clades, quibus Ille laborat, Quas timet Hic, capiti misero jam jamque minantes? Quid deformem Ursam, rabidumque per arva Leonem Graffantem, fparfas pecudes, cælumque magiftrum: Obscuras nemorum ambages, fluviosque profundos, Pendentesque immane minaci vertice rupes? Quid Pestem indomitam, quæ late incedit aperto. Marte furens, medioque die spatiata per auras : Diffundit mortem populis: Tacitamve Sagittam, ; ) Obscurâ quæ nocte levi secat æthera lapsu, Atra venena trahens, pallentesque inficit umbras. ;

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And fadly finding each progressive Hour
Heighten their Number, and augment their Pow'r:
'Till by one countess Sum of Woes opprest,
Hoary with Cares, and Ignorant of Reft,
We find the vital Springs relax'd and worn:
Compelld our common Impotence to mourn;
Thus, thro’the Round of Age, to Childhood Wereturn;}
Reflecting find, that naked from the Womb
We yesterday came forth; that in the Tomb
Naked again We must To-morrow lye,
Born to lament, to labor, and to dye.

U worn:

Pafs We the Ills, which each Man feels or dreads, The Weight or fall'n, or hanging o'er our Heads; The Bear, the Lyon, Terrors of the Plain, The Sheepfold scatter'd, and the Shepherd flain; The frequent Errors of the pathless Wood, The giddy Precipice, and the dang`rous Flood: :: The noisome Peft’lence, that in open War Terrible, marches thro' the Mid-day Air, 1 And scatters Death; the Arrow that by Night Cuts the dank Mift, and fatal wings it's Flight;

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Sæpe unà densæque nives imbrefque coacti
Se glomerant, altifque à montibus agmine facto,
Præcipiti lætas populantur gurgite valles.
Sæpe etiam nitidis vermes genus omne voraces
In campis dominantur, & occupat undique plenas
Hofpes edax fruges; vanas incufat aristas
Agricola, atque inopi marcescit languidus anno.

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Quid lentos referam morbos, acresque dolores,
Qui carpunt fragiles repetitis ictibus artus?
Sanguineo ut cursu laceratos Calculus asper
Excruciat renes! ut aquoso frigidus humor.
It capite, absumens cunctanti tabe vigorem,
Et vitæ fontem paulatim exhaurit eundo!
Quas Febris calor indomitus, quas fæva Podagra
Exercet furias ! longoque ut debilis ævo
Obruitur Natura; atque omnibus atra Senectus
Una malis gravior, claudo pede languida repit:
Dum gemitum affiduum & longos finire dolores
Mors venerata negat; lectoque abfcedit acerbo '
Surda Quies, vanos misereri nescia plan&us.

Nequicquam egregiæ Virgo pulcherrima forma Languenti daré blanda Seni solatia quærit;

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The billowing Snow, and Violence of the Show'r, 1
That from the Hills disperse their dreadful Store, }
And o'er the Vales collected Ruin pour;
The Worm that gnaws the ripening Fruit, sad Guest,
Canker or Locuft hurtful to infeft
The Blade; while Husks elude the Tiller's Care,
And Eminence of Want distinguishes the Year.

Pass we the slow Disease, and subtil Pain, Which our weak Frame is deftin'd to sustain; The cruel Stone, with congregated War Tearing his bloody Way; the cold Catarrh, With frequent Impulse, and continu'd Strife, Weak’ning the wafted Seats of irksome Life; The Gout’s fierce Rack, the burning Feaver's Rage, The sad Experience of Decay; and Age, Her self the forest 111; while Death, and Eafe, Oft and in vain invok’d, or to appease, · Or end the Grief, with hasty Wings recede

From the vext Patient, and the fickly Bed.

Nought shall it profit, that the charming Fair, Angelic, foftest Work of Heav'n, draws near

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Cum tremula incerto quatitur, jam non sua, motu
Dextera; nec domini votis respondet, amoris
Impar officiis, placidi neque conscia tactûs.
Nil faciet pulsata chelys, nil dulcia quondam
Fila lyræ; nec molle melos, nec læta juvabit
Fabula, cum celeri jam volvier agmine fanguis
Deftitit, auriculæque ingrato frigore torpent.
Mons viridi hìc surgit clivo, Vallisque nitentem
Ridet picta finum, quem lucidus alluit amnis :
Illic cæruleos fluctus canentia volvunt
Æquora, splendidulæque micant in littore testæ:
Sed varios fruftra miscet Natura colores,
Cum languent hebetatæ acies, oculofque natantes
Atra premit nubes. Abeunti nocte refulget
Alma dies : fpiffi descendunt largius imbres,
Seque iterum scindunt nebulæ & diffunditur æther.
At Vetulum extincto palantem lumine nullæ
Jam poterunt recreare Vices; non aurea Solis
Lampas, non Lunæ nitor, & quæ plurima cælo
Stellula scintillat, miserum solantur; iniqua
Nox cingit, triftesque urgent fine fine tenebræ.

En! ubi fuccumbit fævæ miseranda Senectæ Victima! languentes oculos, dextramque trementem

Aspice!

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