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But thus admonish'd we can walk erect, One proof at least of manhood; while the friend Sticks close, a Mentor worthy of his charge, Our habits coftlier than Lucullus wore, And by caprice as multiplied as his, Just please us while the fashion is at full, But change with ev'ry moon. The sycophant That waits to dress us, arbitrates their date, Surveys his fair reversion with keen eye ; Finds one ill made, another obsolete, This fits not nicely, that is ill conceiv'd, And making prize of all that he condemns, With our expenditure defrays his own, Variety's the very spice of life That gives it all its flavor. We bave run Through ev'ry change that fancy, at the loom Exhausted, has had genius to supply, And studious of mutation fill, discard A real elegance, a little us'd For monftrous novelty and strange disguise. We sacrifice to dress, till houshold joys And comforts cease. Dress drains our cellar dry, And keeps our larder lean. Puts out our fires, And introduces hunger, frost, and woe, Where peace and hospitality might reign. What man that lives, and that knows how to live, Would fail t exhibit at the public shows A form as fplendid as the proudest there, Though appetite raise outcries at the cost ? A man oth' town dines late, but soon enough

With reasonable forecast and dispatch, Tinfure a fide-box ftation at half price. You think perhaps, so delicate his dress, His daily fare as delicate. Alas ! He picks clean teeth, and busy as he seems With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet. The rout is folly's circle which she draws With magic wand. So potent is the spell, That none decoy'd into that fatal ring, Unless by heav'ns peculiar grace, escape. There we grow early grey, but never wise. There form connexions, and acquire no friend. Solicit pleasure hopeless of success ; Waste youth in occupations only fit For second childhood, and devote old age To sports which only childhood could excuse. There they are happiest who diffemble best Their weariness; and they the most polite Who squander time and treasure with a smile Though at their own destruction. She that alks Her dear five hundred friends, contemns them all And hates their coming. They, what can they less? Make just reprisals, and with cringe and shrug, And bow obsequious, hide their hate of her. All catch the frenzy, downward from her Grace Whose flambeaux Aash against the morning skies, And gild our chamber cielings as they pass, To her who frugal only that her thrift May feed excesses she can ill afford, Is hackney'd home unlacquey'd. Who in hafte

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Alighting, turns the key in her own door,
And at the watchman's lantern borrowing light,
Finds a cold bed her only comfort left.
Wives beggar husbands, husbands ftarve their wives,
On fortune's velvet altar off 'ring up
Their last poor pittance. Fortune most severe
Of goddesses yet known, and costlier far
Than all that held their routs in heathen hear'n

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So fare we in this prison-house the world.
And 'tis a fearful spectacle to see
So many maniacs dancing in their chains.
They gaze upon the links that hold them falt“
With eyes of anguilh, execrate their lot,
Then shake them in despair, and dance again.

Now basket up the family of plagues
That waste our vitals. Peculation, sale
Of honor, perjury, corruption, frauds
By forgery, by subterfuge of law,
By tricks and lies as num'rous and as keen".
As the necessities their authors feel ;
Then cast them closely bundld, ev'ry brat :
At the right door, Profufion is its fire.
Profusion unrestrain's, with all that's bafe
In character, has litter'd all the land,
And bred within the mem’ry of no few..
A priesthood such as Baal's was of old,
A people such as never was 'till now.
It is a hungry vice :-it eats

up

all That gives fociety its beauty, strength,

Convenience,

Convenience, and security, and use.
Makes men mere vermin, worthy to be trapp'd
And gibbetted as fast as catchpole claws.
Can seize the flipp'ry prey. Unties the knot
Of union, and converts the sacred band
That holds mankind together, to a scourge.
Profusion deluging a state with lufts,
Of grofleft nature, and of worst effects, -
Prepares it for its ruin. Hardens, blinds,
And
warps

the consciences of public men,
Till they can laugh at virtue; mock the fools
That trust them; and in th’end, disclose a face :
That would have shock'd credulity herself
Unmask'd, vouchfafing this their sole excuse,
Since all alike are selfish-why not they?
This does Profufion, and th' accursed cause
Of such deep mischief, has itself a cause..

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In colleges and halls, in ancient days, When learning, virtue, piety, and truth Wero. precious, and inculcated with care, There dwelt a fage call'd Discipline. His head; Not yet by time completely silver'd o'er, Bespoke him past the bounds of freakish youth, But strong for service still, and unimpair’d. His eye was meek and gentle, and a fmile Play?d on his lips, and in his speech was heard Paternal sweetness, dignity and love. The occupation dearest to his heart Was to encourage goodness. He would stroke. The head of modest and ingenious worth

That

That blush'd at its own praise, and press the youth
Close to his fide that pleas'd him. Learning grew
Beneath his care, a thriving vig'rous plant ;
The mind was well inforni'd, the paflions held
Subordinate, and diligence was choice.
If e'er it chanc'd, as sometimes chance it muft,
That one among so many overleap'd
The limits of controul, his gentle eye
Grew stern, and darted a severe rebuke;
His frown was full of terror, and his voice
Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe
As left him not, till penitence had won
Loft favour back again, and clos'd the breach.
But discipline, a faithful servant long,
Declin'd at length into the vale of years ;
A palsy struck his arm, his sparkling eye
Was quench'd in rheums of age, his voice unftrung,
Grew tremulous, and mov'd derifion more
Than rev'rence, in perverse rebellious youth.
So colleges and halls neglected much
Their good old friend, and Discipline at length
O'erlook'd and unemploy'd, fell fick and dy'd.
Then study languish’d, emulation slept,
And virtue fled. The schools became a scene
Of solemn farce, where ignorance in stilts;
His
cap

well lin'd with logic not his own,
With parrot tongue perform'd the scholar's part, ,
Proceeding foon a graduated dunce.
Then compromise had place, and scrutiny
Became stone-blind, precedence went in truck, ,
And he was competent whose purse was. so.

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