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His Office keeps your parchment fates entire,
80 Not more of Simony beneath black gowns, Not inore of bastardy in heirs to crowns. In shillings and in pence at first they dead; And steal so little, few perceive they steal ; Till, like the sea, they compass all the land, From Scots to Wight, from Mount to Dover strand : And when rank widows purchase luscious nights, Or when a duke to Jansen punts at White's, Or city-heir in mortgage melts away; Satan himself feels far less joy than they.
Idly, like prisoners, which whole months will swear,
Piecemeal they win this acre first, then that,
So Luther * thought the Paternoster long, 105 When doom'd to say his beads and even-song;
For (as a thrifty wench scrapes kitchen-stuffe,
* Our poet, by judiciously transposing this fine fimilitude, has given new luftre to his author's thought. The lawyer (says Dr. Donne) enlarges tha legal instruments for conveying property to the bigness of gloss'd civil laws, when it is to lecure his own ill-got wealth. But let the same lawyer convey
But having cast his cowl, and left those laws,
The lands are bought; but where are to be found
Each day his beads; but having left those laws,
Where are these spread woods which cloath'd heretofore Those bought lands? not built, nor burnt within door.
property for you, and he then omits even the necessary words; and becomes as concise and hasty as the loose postils of a modern divine. So Luther, while a monk, and, by his institution obliged to fay mafs, and pray in person for others, thought even his Pater- noster too long. But when he set up for a governor in the charch, and his business was to direct others how to pray for the success of his new model, he then lengthened the Pater-noster by a new clause. This representation of the first part of his conduct was to ridicule his want of devotion; as the other, where he tells us, that the addi. tion was the power and glory clause, was to satirize his ambition ; and both together to insinuate that, from a monk, he was become totally secularized. About this time of his life Dr. Donne had a strong propensity to popery, which appears from several strokes in these fatires. We find amongst his works, a short satirical thing called a Catalogue of rare Books, one article of which is intitled, M. Lutherus de abbreviatione Orationis Dominicæ, allu. ding to Luther's omission of the concluding doxology. in his two Catechisms, which shews he was fond of the joke; and, in the first instance, (for the fake of his moral) at the expence of truth. As his putting Erasmus and Reuchlin in the rank of Lully and Agrippa, Thews what were then his sentiments of reformation, L2
Well, I could wish, that still in lordly domes
Thus much I've said, I trust, without offence;
Where the old landlords troops, and almes ? In halls
WELL, if it be my time to quit the ftage,
Adieu to all the follies of the age !
With foolish pride my heart was never fir'd,
WELL; I may now receive, and die. My fin
Indeed is great, but yet I have been in
My mind, neither with pride's itch, nor hath beca