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Could Laureate Dryden * Pimp and Fry'r engage,
Envy muft own, I live among the great, No pimp of pleasure, and no spy of state, With eyes that pry not, tongue that ne'er repeats, 135 Fond to spread friendships, but to cover heats ; To help who want, to forward who excel ; This, all who know me know; who love me, tell; And who unknown defame me, let them be Scriblers or peers, alike are Mob to me.
* It was Horace's purpose to compliment the former times, and there. fore he gives the virtuous examples of Scipio and Lælius; it was Mr. Pope's to fatirize the prefent, and therefore he gives the vicious examples of Louis, Charles and James. Either way the instances are equally pertinent; but in the latter, they have rather greater force. Only the line,
Uni æquus virtuti atque ejus amicis, Joses something of its spirit in the imitation; for the amici, referred to, were Scipio and Lælius.
§ Charles Mordaunt, carl of Peterborow, who in the year 1905 took Bar. celona, and in the winter following, with only 280 horse and goo foot, caserprized and accomplished the conquest of Valentia,
This is my plea, on this I rest my cause-
F. Your plea is good; but still I say, beware !
P. Libels and Satires ! lawless things indeed ! 150
F. Indeed ! §
155 My lords the judges laugh, and you're dismiss’d,
* A great French lawyer explains this matter very truly. “L'Aristocra. “ tie est le Gouvernement qui proscrit les plus les Ouvrages satiriques. Les
Magistrats y sont de petits souverains, qui ne sont pas assez grands pour * mepriser les injures. Si dans la Monarchie quelque trait va contre le Ma.
narque, il est si haut que le trait n'arrive point jusqu'à lui; un Seigneur * Aristocratique eị eft percé de part en part. Aussi les Decemvirs, qui forti moient une Aristocratie punirent-ils de mort les Ecrits Satiriques.” De L'Efprit des Loix, L. xii. c. 13.
Solventur risu tabulæ. Some critics tell us, it is want of taste to put this line in the mouth of Trebarius. But our poet confutes this çensure, by shewing how well the sense of it agrees to his friend's character. The lawyer is cautious and fearful; but as soon as Sir ROBERT, the patron both of law and gospel, is named as approving them, he changes his note, and, in the language of old Plouden, owns, ibe case is allered. Now was it not as natural, when Horace had given á hint that Augustus himself supported him, for Trebatius, a court advocate, who had been long a client to him and his uncle, to confess the caso wa: altered.
WHAT, and how great the virtue and the art
To live on little with a chearful heart;
Hear BETHEL's * fermon, one not vers'd in schools,
Go work, hunt, exercise! (he thus began)
15 The pleasure lies in you, and not the meat.
Preach as I please, I doubt our curious men
* The fame to whom several of Mr. Pope's Letters are addressed.
Yet hens of Guinea full as good I hold,
Avidien, or his wife (no matter which,
A famous caring-house.
But on some lucky day (as when they found 55
He knows to live, who keeps the middle state,
Now hear what blessings temperance can bring :
70 Where bile, and wind, and phlegm, and acid jar, And all the man is one intestine war) Remembers oft the school-boy's fimple fare, The temp’rate sleeps, and spirits light as air.
How pale, each worshipful and rey’rend guest 75 Rise from a clergy, or a city feast ! What life in all that ample body, say? What heav'nly particle inspires the clay? The soul fubfides, and wickedly inclines To seem but mortal, ev’n in found divines.
8. On morning wings how active springs the mind That leaves the load of yesterday behind ? How easy ev'ry labour it pursues ? How.coming to the poet ev'ry Muse ? Not but we may exceed, fome holy time, Or tir'd in search of truth, or search of rhyme; Ill health some just indulgence may engage; And more the fickness of long life, old
age; For fainting age what cordial drop remains, If our intemp’rate youth the vessel drains ?
Our fathers prais'd rank ven’son. You suppose, Perhaps, young men ! our fathers had no nose.