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HORACE, BOOK II. SAT. VI.
'VE often with'd that I had clear,
For life, fix hundred pounds a-year,
Well, now I have all this and more,
I can't but think 'would found more clever, “To me and to my heirs for ever.
• If I ne'er got or lost a groat, • By any trick, or any fault; • And if I pray by reason's rules, • And not like forty other fools : • As thus, “ Vouchfase, oh gracious Maker! “ To grant me this and t other acre : “ Or, if it be thy will and pleasure, “ Direct my plow to find a treasure !" • But only what my station fits, "And to be kept in my right wits, • Preserve, Almighty Providence ! • Just what you gave me, competence : • And let me in these shades compose • Something in verse as true as prose ; • Remov'd from all th' ambitious scene,
Nor puff'd by pride, nor funk by spleen.'
In short, I’m perfectly content,
I must by all means come to town,
my Lord know you 're come to town.” I hurry me in haste away, Not thinking it is levee-day ; And find his honour in a pound, Hemm’d by a triple circle round, Chequer'd with ribbons blue and green : How should I thrust myself between Some wag observes me thus perplex’d, And, smiling, whispers to the next, “ I thought the Dean had been too proud, “ To justle here among a croud !" Another, in a furly fit, Tells me I have more zeal than wit, “ So eager to express your love, “ You ne'er consider whom
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“ But rudely press before a duke.”
I get a whisper, and withdraw;
This humbly offers me his cafe That begs my interest for a place A hundred other mens' affairs, Like bees, are humming in my ears. “ To-morrow my apppeal comes on; “ Without your help, the cause is gone The duke expects my lord and you, About some great affair at two — “ Put my lord Bolingbroke in mind, “ To get my warrant quickly sign'd: “ Confider, 'tis my
first request.” Be satisfy’d, I'll do best: Then presently he falls to teaze, “ You may for certain, if you please; “ I doubt not, if his lordship knew “ And, Mr. Dean, one word from you
'Tis (let me fee) three years and more, (October next it will be four) Since Harley bid me first attend, And chose me for an humble friend; Would take me in his coach to chat, And question me of this and that ;
As, “ What's o'clock” And, “How's the wind?" “ Whofe.chariot 's that we left behind ?"
90 Or gravely try to read the lines Writ underneath the country figns; Or, “ Have you nothing new to-day “ From Pope, from Parnell, or from Gay?" Such tattle often entertains
95 My lord and me as far as Staines, As once a week we travel down To Windsor, and again to town, Where all that passes inter nos Might be proclaim'd at Charing-cross..
Yet some I know-with envy swell, Because they see me us’d so well : “ How think you of our friend the Dean? “ I wonder what some people mean!
My lord and he are grown so great, 105 “ Always together, tête à tête ; “ What! they admire him for his jokes ? “ See but the fortune of fome folks!”
There flies about a strange report Of some express arriv'd at court : I’m stopp'd by all the fools I meet, And catechis'd in every freet. “ You, Mr. Dean, frequent the great ; “ Inform us, will the Emperor treat? “ Or do the prints and papers lie?"
115 Faith, Sir, you know as much as I. “ Ah, Doctor, how you love to jest ! “ 'Tis now no secret” – I protest
''Tis one to me
" Then tell us, pray, - When are the troops to have their pay?" And, though I solemnly declare I know no more than my lord mayor, They stand amaz’d, and think me grown The closest mortal ever known. Thus in a sea of folly tost,
125 My choicest hours of life are lost; Yet always wishing to retreat, Oh, could I see my country seat ! There leaning near a gentle brook, Sleep, or peruse some ancient book ;
13 And there in sweet oblivion drown Those cares that haunt the court and town *.
THE AUTHOR UPON HIMSELF. 1713.
[A few of the first lines are wanting.]
By an old
* See the rest of this satire among Mr. Pope's poems.