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When golden Angels cease to cure the Evil,
Indeed, could wealth bestow or wit or merit,
If there be truth in Law, and Use can give 230
its lord: All * Worldly's hens, nay, partridge, sold to town, His Ven son too, a guinea makes your own:
23; He bought at thousands, what with better wit You purchase as you want, and bit by bit; Now, or long since, what diff'rence will be found? You pay a penny, and he paid a pound.
VIR. 220. When servile Chaplains cry,) Dr. Ken-t.
VER. 232. delightful Abs-court.] A farm over-against Hampe ton-Court,
Emtor Aricini quondam, Veientis et arvi, Emtum coenat olus, quamvis aliter putat; emtis Sub noctem gelidam lignis calefactat ahenum. Sed vocat usque suum, qua populus adfita certis Limitibus vicina refigit jurgia : tanquam 2 Sit proprium quidquam, puncto quod mobilis horae, Nunc prece, nunc pretio, nunc vi, nunc morte su
prema, Permutet dominos, et cedat in altera jura.
Sic, quia perpetuus nulli datur ufus, et haeres Haeredem alterius, velut unda supervenit undam: Quid vici profunt, aut horrea ? quidve Calabris Saltibus adje&ti Lucani; si metit Orcus Grandia cum parvis, non exorabilis auro? * Gemmas, marmor, ebur, Tyrrhena figilla, ta
bellas, Argentum, veftes Gaetalo murice tinctas, Sunt qui non habeant; eft qui non curat habere.
VER. 248. bang in Fortune's pow'r,-Loose on tbe point of ev'ry wav'ring bour] A modern idea (the magnetic needle) here fupplied the Imitator with expression much superior to his Original,
y Heathcote himself, and such large-acred men, 240 Lords of fat E’lham, or of Lincoln fen, Buy every stick of wood that lends them heat, Buy ev'ry Pallet they afford to eat. Yet these are Wights, who fondly call their own Half that the Dev'l o'erlooks from Lincoln town. 245 The Laws of God, as well as of the land, Abhor, a Perpetuity should stand : Estates have wings, and hang in Fortune's pow's 2 Loose on the point of ev'ry wav'ring hour, Ready, by force, or of your own accord,
250 By sale, at least by death, to change their lord. Man? and for ever? wretch ! what wou'dft thou have? Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave. All vast poffeffions (juft the same the case Whether you call them Villa, Park, or Chace) 255 Alas, my BATHURST! what will they avail? Join Cotswood hills to Saperton's fair dale, Let rifing Granaries and Temples here, There mingled farms and pyramids appear, Link towns to towns with avenues of oak, 260 Enclose whole downs in walls, 'tis all a joke! Inexorable Death shall level all, And trees, and stones, and farms, and farmer fall,
a Gold, Silver, Iv'ry, Vases sculptur'd high, Paint, Marble, Gems, and robes of Persian dye, 265 There are who have not--and thank heav'n there are, Who, if they have not, think not worth their care.
Cur alter fratrum ceffare, et ludere, et ungi Praeferat Herodis palmetis pinguibus ; alter Dives et importunus, ad umbram lucis ab ortu Silvestrem flammis et ferro mitiget agrum: Scit Genius, natale comes qui temperat aftrum: NATURAB DEUS HUMANA E, mortalis in unum. Quodque caput, vultu mutabilis, albus, et ater.
Utar, et ex modico, quantum res porcet, acervo Tollam: nec metuam, quid de me judicet haeres, Quod non plura datis invenerit. et tamen idem Scire volam, quantum fimplex hilarisque nepoti Discrepet, et quantum discordet parcus avaro. Diftat enim, fpargas tua prodigus, an neque sumtum
VER. 273. All Townshend's Turnips] Lord Townfhend, Secre. tary of State' to George the Firft and Second – When this great Statefman retired from businefs, he amused himself in Husbandry; and was particularly fond of that kind of rural improvement which arises from Turnips ; it was the favourite subject of his conversation.
VER. 277. Ay, like Oglethorpe,] Employed in Settling the Colony of Georgia.
VER. 280. That God of Nature, etc.] Here our Poet had an opportunity of illustrating his own Philofophy; and thereby giving a much better fenfe to his Original: and correcting both the naturalism and the fate of Horace, which are covertly conveyed in these words,
Talk what you will of Taste, my friend, you'll
find, Two of a face, as soon as of a mind. Why, of two brothers, rich and restless one
370 Plows, burns, manures, and toils from sun to sun; The other flights, for women, sports, and wines, All Townshend's Turnips, and all Grovenor's mines : Why one like Bu... with
and fcorn content, Bows and votes on, in Court and Parliament; 275 One, driv'n by strong Benevolence of soul, Shall fly, like Oglethorpe, from pole to pole:
Is known alone to that Directing Pow's, - Who forms the Genius in the natal hour;
That God of Nature, who, within us ftill, 280
* Yes, Sir, how small foever be my heap, A part I will enjoy, as well as keep,
285 My heir may figh, and think it want of grace A man so poor would live without a place: But fure no statute in his favour says, How free, or frugal, I shall pass my days: I, who at some times spend, at others spare
299 Divided between carelessness and care.
Scit Genius, natale comes qui temperat atrum,
NATURAE DEUS HUMANA E. VER. 288. But sure no ftatutc] Alluding to the statutes made in England and Ireland, to regulate the Succession of Papifts, etc,