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V A N I TAT E.

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Nunc, disce moras & tædia longa dierum
Fallere, sollicitæque oblivia ducere Vitæ :

I facilem jam quære viam, & melioribus usus
Aufpiciis, blandæ felicia dona Salutis
Grata sume manu; Curarum à tramite nigro,
A vario errorum flexu, quem volvere suadet
Mens stúdiosa Boní, vestigia flecte nitentes
Ad Campos, suavesque locos, quibus itur ad almam
Lætitiam, teneros lusus, lentamque quietem;
Utile fecurus fugias, ut dulce sequaris:
Artis opes varias adhibe, sumptusque superbos;
Et domita Ratione effundat fræna Voluptas.

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Hæc mecum

mox, fiqua darent solatia Regum
Divitiæ, effrænisque immensa Superbia Luxus
Aggredior. Studia Artificum molesque futuræ
Excipiunt feflum Guris; jam tecta parabam
Regia, jamque Hortos; Pifces, Volucrefque Ferafque,

P L E A SU RE:

THE SECOND BOOK.

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"RY then, O Man, the Moments to deceive,

That from the Wombattend Thee to the Grave:

For weary'd Nature find some apter Scheme:
Health be thy Hope; and Pleasure be thy Theme:
From the perplexing and unequal Ways,
Where Study brings Thee; from the endless Maze,
Which Doubt persuades to run, forewarn'd recede,
To the gay Field, and flow’ry Path, that lead

To jocund Mirth, soft Joy, and careless Ease:
Forsake what may instruct, for what may please:
Effay amufing Art, and proud Expence;
And make thy Reason subject to thy Sense.

I commun’d thus: the Pow'r of Wealth I try'd,
And all the various Luxe of costly Pride.
Artists and Plans reliev'd my folemn Hours:
I founded Palaces, and planted Bow'rs.
Birds, Fifhes, Beafts of each Exotic Kind

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Quicquid alit Tellus, fpatiofa in Claustra recepi.
Quin nostro peregrina solo viget Arbor, & umbram
Miratur Judæa novam; quà Sylva virebat,
Squamigeri ludunt pisces; æquantur opaci
Montes, ut major se exporrigat area campo.
Flumina ducuntur cursus oblita priores,
Docta novos; grato seu præcipitata tumultu
Desuper Unda cadit, five eluctatur in altum
Sculptile per marmor, vivoque erumpit ab auro.
Visceribus latè fpoliatis, ultima mittit
Africa marmoreas rupes; jamque ardua Turris
Attingit cælos, ftant vafta mole Columnæ
Suppositæ spisso nemori, & pendentibus hortis.

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Instant Artifices operi; Pariesque nitescit
Illusus Calamo, Turrique inducitur Aurum :
Discolor hic variis nitet intertexta lapillis
Area; substrata hìc folio calcatur Jaspis.
Ipfa etiam Cedrus, centum quæ viderat Annos
Vertice sublimi, nemoris Regina, peritam
Artificis confeffa manum, laquearia fingit;
Et raptos Lebanus sylvarum mæret honores.

Mille Fabri coeunt, & eburnam ad fydera turrim

I to the Limits of my Court confin'd.
To Trees transferr'd I gave a second Birth;
And bid a foreign Shade grace JUDAH's Earth.
Fish.ponds were made, where former Forrests grew;
And Hills were levelld to extend the View.
Rivers diverted from their Native Course,
And bound with Chains of Artificial Force,
From large Cascades in pleafing Tumult rolld;
Or rose thro' figur'd Stone, or breathing Gold.
From furtheft AFRICA's tormented Womb
The Marble brought, erects the spacious Dome,
Or forms the Pillars long-extended Rows,
On which the planted Grove, and pensile Garden grows.

The Workmen here obey the Master's Call,
To gild the Turret, and to paint the Wall;
To mark the Pavement there with various Stone;
And on the Jasper Steps to rear the Throne:
The spreading Cedar, that an Age had stood,
Supreme of Trees, and Mistress of the Wood,
Cut down and carv'd, my shining Roof adorns;
And LEBANON his ruin'd Honor mourns.

A thousand Artists shew their cunning Pow'r,

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