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See! while he builds, the gaudy vasals come,
Orgilio sees the golden pile aspire,
3. Could'st thou resign the park and play content,
3. Si potes avelli Circensibus, optima Soræ,
32 Prepare for death if here at night you roam,
35 In vain these dangers past, your doors you close,
36 Scarce can our fields, such crowds at Tyburn die, With hemp the gallows and the fleet supply.
Poslis ignavus haberi,
33 Ebrius et petulans, qui nullum forte cecidit,
Sed, quamvis improbus annis,
35 Nec tamen hoc tantum metuas: nam qui fpoliet te
36 Maximus in vinclis ferri modus; ut timeas, ne Vomer deficiat, ne marræ et farcula desint.
Propose your schemes, ye senatorian band,
t. 37 A single gaol, in Alfred's golden reign, Could haif the nation's criminals contain ; Fair Justice then, without constraint ador'd, Held high the steady scale, but sheach'd the sword; No spies were paid, no special juries known, Bleft age! but ah! how diff'rent from our own!
38 Much could I add,-but see the boat at hand, The tide retiring, calls me from the land : 39 Farewell !-When youth, and health, and for
37 Felices proavorum atavos, felicia dicas Secula, quz quondam fub regibus atque tribunis Viderunt uno contentam carcere Romam.
38 His alias poteram, & pluries subne&tere causas : Sed jumenta vocant.
Ergo vale nostri memor : & quoties te Roma tuo refici properantem reddet Aquino, Me quoque ad Eleusinam Cererem, vestramque Dianam Convelle à Cumis : satirarum ego, ni pudet illas, Adjutor gelidos veniam caligatus in agros.
* A cant term in the house of commons for methods of raising money.
+ The nation was discontented at the visits made by the king to Hanover.
Τ Η Ε
VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES,
IN IMITATION OF THE
TENTH SATIRE OF JUVENAL.
ET * observation with extensive view,
Survey mankind, from China to Peru ; Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife, And watch the busy scenes of crowded life ; Then say how hope and fear, desire and hate, O’erspread with snares the clouded maze of fate, Where wav'ring man, betray'd by vent'rous pride, To tread the dreary paths without a guide ; As treach'rous phantoms in the mist delude, Shuns fancied ills, or chases airy good. How rarely reason guides the stubborn choice, Rules the bold hand, or prompts the suppliant voice, How nations fink, by darling schemes oppress’d, When vengeance listens to the fool's request. Fate wings with ev'ry wish th' affictive dart, Each gift of nature, and each grace of art, With fatal heat impetuous courage glows, With fatal sweetness elocution flows, Impeachment stops the speaker's pow'rful breath, And restless fire precipitates on death,
* Ver. I-II.
* But scarce observ’d, the knowing and the bold, Fall in the gen’ral massacre of gold; Wide-wasting pest ! that rages unconfin'd, And crowds with crimes the records of mankind; For gold his sword the hireling ruffian draws, For gold the hireling judge distorts the laws; Wealth heap'd on wealth, nor truth nor safety buys, The dangers gather as the treasures rise.
Let hist’ry tell where rival kings command,
The needy traveller, serene and gay,
Yet † still one gen’ral cry the skies assails,
Once I more, Democritus, arise on earth, With cheerful wisdom and instructive mirth,