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In those curs'd walls, devote to vice and gain,
liye here, for has learn'd to live.
Let such raise palaces, and manors buy, Collect a tax, or farm a lottery; With warbling eunuchs fill our † silenc'd stage, And lull to servitude a thoughtless age.
Set pedibus me
Cedamus patriâ: vivant Arturius istic
? Queis facile est ædem conducere, flumina, portus, Siccandam eluvien, portandum ad busta cadaver. Munera nunc edunt.
* The invasions of the Spaniards were defended in the houses of parliament. The licensing act was then lately made,
Heroes, proceed! what bounds your pride shall
hold ? What check restrain your thirst of pow'r and gold? Behold rebellious virtue quite o’erthrown, Behold our fame, our wealth, our lives, your own.
To such, the plunder of a land is giv'n, When public crimes inflame the wrath of Heav'n: 8 But what, my friend, what hope remains for me, Who start at theft, and blush at perjury ? Who scarce forbear, tho' Britain's court he sing, To pluck a titled poet's borrow'd wing; A statesman's logick unconvinc'd can hear, And dare to slumber o'er the * Gazetteer; Despise a fool in half his pension dress’d, And strive in vain to laugh at Clodio's jest.
9 Others with softer smiles, and subtler art, Can sap the principles, or taint the heart; With more address a lover's note convey, Or bribe a virgin's innocence away. Well may they rise, while I, whose rustick tongne Ne'er knew to puzzle right, or varnish wrong, Spurn’d as a beggar, dreaded as a spy, Live unregarded, unlamented die.
10 For what but social guilt the friend endears? Who shares Orgilio's crimes, his fortune shares.
& Quid Romæ faciam ? mentiri nescio: librum, Si malus est, nequeo laudare & poscere.-
Ferre ad nuptam quæ mittit adulter, Quæ mandat norint alii; me nemo ministro Fur erit, atque ideo nulli comes exeo.
10 Quis nunc diligitur nisi conscius ?. Carus erit Verri, qui Verrem tempore, quo vult, Accusare potest.
* The paper which at that time contained apologies for the court.
"But thou, should tempting villainy present All Marlb'rough hoarded, or all Villiers spent, Turn from the glitt'ring bribe the scornful eye, Nor sell for gold, what gold could never buy, The peaceful slumber, self-approving day, Uasullied fame, and conscience ever gay.
12 The cheated nation's happy fav’rites, see ! Mark whom the great caress, who frown on me! LONDON! the needy villain's gen'ral home, The common-sewer of Paris and of Rome; With eager thirst, by folly or by fate, Sucks in the dregs of each corrupted state. Forgive my transports on a theme like this, 13 I cannot bear a French metropolis.
14 Illustrious EDWARD! from the realms of day, The land of beroes and of saints survey ; Nor hope the British lineaments to trace, The rustick grandeur, or the surly grace ; But, lost in thoughtless ease and empty show, Behold the warrior dwindled to a beau; Sense, freedom, piety, refin'd away, Of France the mimick, and of Spain the prey.
All that at home no more can beg or steal, Or like a gibbet better than a wheel ;
Tanti tibi non sit opaci
12 Quæ nunc divitibus gens acceptissima postris, Et quos præcipue fugiam, properabo fateri.
Non possum ferre, Quirites, Græcam urbem.
24 Rusticus ille tuus sumit crechedipoa, Quirine, It ceromatico fert niceteria collo.
Hiss'd from the stage, or hooted from the court,
17 Ah! what avails it, that, from slavery far,
18 Studious to please, and ready to submit, The supple Gaul was born a parasite ; Still to his int’rest true, where'er he goes, Wit, brav'ry, worth, his lavish tongue bestows ; In ev'ry face a thousand
shine, From ev'ry tongue flows harmony divine. 19 These arts in vain our rugged natives try, Strain out with fault'ring diffidence a lie, And get a kick for aukward flattery.
15 Ingenium velox, audacia perdita, sermo Promptus.
16 Augur, schoenobates, medicus, niagus : oninia novit, Græculus esuriens, in cæium, jusseris, ibit.
17 Usque adeo nihil est, quod nostra infantia cælumy Hausit Aventini?
18 Quid? quod adulandi gens prudentissima, laudat Sermonem indocti faciem deformis amici?
19 Hæc eadem licet & nobis lapdare : sed illis Creditur.
Besides, with justice, this discerning age Admires their wond'rous talents for the stage: 20 Well may they venture on the mimick's art, Who play from morn to night a borrow'd part; Practis'd their master's notions to embrace, Repeat his maxims, and reflect his face ; With ev'ry wild absurdity comply, And view each object with another's eye ; To shake with laughter ere the jest they hear, To pour
at will the counterfeited tear ; And, as their patron hints the cold or heat, To shake in dog-days, in December sweat.
21 How, when competitors like these contend, Can surly virtue hope to fix a friend?
Slaves that with serious impudence beguile, (And lie without a blush, without a smile
e ; Exalt each trifle, ev'ry vice adore, Your taste in snuff, your judgment in a whore ; Can Balbo’s eloquence applaud, and swear He gropes
his breeches with a monarch's air. For arts like these preferr'd, admir’d, caress’d, They first invade your table, then your 22 Explore your secrets with insidious art, Watch the weak hour, and ransack all the heart; Then soon your ill-plac'd confidence repay, Commence your lords, and govern or betray.
20 Natio comoda est. Rides ? majore cachinno Concutitur, &c.
21 Non sumus ergo pares: melior, qui semper & omni Nocte dieque potest alienum sumere vultum. A facie jactare manus : laudare paratus, Si bene ructavit, si rectum minxit amicus.
22 Scire volunt secreta domus, atque inde timeri.