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Who scarce forbear, tho' BRITAIN'S court he fing,
To pluck a titled poet's borrow'd wing ;
A statesman's logick unconvinc'd can hear,
And dare to flumber o'er the Gazetteer ;
Despise a fool in half his penfion dress'd,
And strive in vain to laugh at H-Y's jest.
'i Others with softer smiles, and subtler art,
Can fap the principles, or taint the heart ;
With more address a lover's note convey,
Or bribe a virgin's innocence away.
Well may they rife, while I, whose ruftick tongue
Ne’er knew to puzzle right, or varnish wrong,
Spurn'd as a beggar, dreaded as a spy,
Live unregarded, unlamented die,
* For what but social guilt the friend endears i Who shares Orgilio's crimes, his fortune shares :
But thou, fould tempting villainy present, All Marlb'rough hoarded, or all Villiers spent, Turn from the glitt'ring bribe thy scornful eye, Nor fell for gold, what gold could never buy,
1-Fere ad nuptas, quæ mittit adulter,
Quæ mandat, norint alii: me nemo ministro
Fur erit, atque ideo nulli comes exeo. * Quis nunc diligitur, nifi confcius?
Carus erit Verri, qui Verrem tempore, quo vult,
Tanti tibi non fit opaci
Omnis arena Tagi, quodque in mare volvitur aurum,
Ut fomno careas,
The peaceful slumber, felf-approving day,
Unsullied fame; and conscience ever gay.
m The cheated nation's happy fav'rites fee ;
Mark whom the great caress, who frown on me.
LONDON ! the needy villain's gen'ral home,
The common fewer 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,
. I cannot bear a French metropolis.
• Illustrious EDWARD ! from the realms of day,
The land of heroes and of faints furvey;
Nor hope the British lineaments to trace,
The ruftick grandeur, or the furly grace,
But loft in though tless 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;
Hiss’d from the stage, or hooted from the court,
Their air, their dress, their politicks import;
m. Quæ nunc divitibus gens acceptiffima noftris,
Et quos præcipue fugiam, properabo fateri.
Non poffum ferre, Quirites,
Rufticus ille tuus fumit trechedipna, Quirixe,
Et ceronnatico fort niceteria collo.
· Obsequious, artful, voluble and gay,
On Britain's fond credulity they prey.
No gainful trade their industry can ’scape,
9 They fing, they dance, clean shoes, or cure a clap:
All sciences a fasting Monsieur knows,
And bid him go to hell, to hell he goes.
r Ah! what avails it, that, from slav'ry far,
I drew the breath of life in English air ;
Was early taught a Briton's right to prize,
And lisp the tales of Henry's victories ;
If the gull'd conqueror receives the chain,
And Aattery subdues when arms are vain ?
* Studious to please, and ready to submit,
The supple Gaul was born a parasite :
Still to his int'rest true, where-e'er' he goes,
Wit, bravery, worth, his lavish tongue bestows ;
In ev'ry face a thousand graces shine,
From ev'ry tongue flows harmony divine.
Ingenium velox, audacia perdita, fermo
Augur, fchenobates, medicus magnus : omnia novit,
Græculus efuriens, in cælum, juljeris, ibit.
* Usque adeo nihil est, quod noftra infantia cælum
Haufit Aventini? • Quid quod adulandi gens prudentiffima, laudat
Sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici?
These arts in vain our rugged natives try,
Strain out with fault'ring diffidence a lye,
And gain a kick for aukward flattery.
Besides, with justice this discerning age
Admires their wond'rous talents for the stage:
« 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,
at will the counterfeited tear,
And as their patron hints the cold or heat,
To fake in dog-days, in December sweat.
* How, when competitors like these contend,
Can surly virtue hope to fix a friend ?
Slaves that with serious impudence beguile,
And lye without a blush, without a smile ;
* Hæc eadem licet & nobis laudare : fed illis
u Natio commedia eft. Rides ? majore cachinne
# Non fumus ergo pares : melior, qui femper & omni
Noete dieque poteft alienum fumere vultum :
A facie jaetare manus : laudare paratus,
Si bene rustavit, fi rectum minxit amicus.
Exalt each trifle, ev'ry vice adore,
Your taste in fnuff, your judgment in a whore ;
Can Balbo's eloquence applaud, and fwear
his breeches with a monarch's air.
For arts like these prefer'd, admir'd, carefs’d;
They first invade your table, then your breast;
y Explore your fecrets with infidious 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.
By numbers here from fame or censure free,
All crimes are fafe, but hated poverty.
This, only this, the rigid law purfues,
· This, only this, provokes the snarling Mufe.
The fober trader at a tatter'd cloak,
Wakes from his dream, and labours for a joke;
With brikker air the filken courtiers gaze,
And turn the varied taunt a thousand ways.
• Of all the grief that harrass the distrefs'd;
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jeft;
Fate never wounds more deep the gen'rous heart,
Than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.
y Scire volunt secreta domūs, atque inde timeri.
·Materiem præbet causasque jocorum Omnibus hic idem ? fi fæda &Icija lacerna, &c. • Nil habet infelix paupertas durius in lë,
Quam quod ridiculos bomines facit.