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Sacred to ridicule his whole life long,
y Slander or Poison dread from Delia's rage,
Then, learned Şir! (to cut the matter short) Whate'er my fate, or well or ill at Court, Whether Old
with faint but chearful ray, Attends to gild the Evening of my day,
y Cervius iratus leges minitatur et urnam; Canidia Albutî, quibus est inimica, venenum; Grande malum Turius, fi quid fe judice certes : 2Ut, quo quisque valet, suspectos terreat, utque Imperet hoc Natura potens, fic collige mecum. Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit; unde, nifi intus Monstratum ; a Scaevae vivacem crede nepoti Matrem ; nil faciet feeleris pia dextra (mirum ? Ut neque calce lupus quemquam, neque dente petit bos ). Sed mala tollet anum vitiato melle cicuta.
b Ne longum faciam : feu me tranquilla senectus Expectat, leu mors atris circumvolat alis;
Or Death's black wing already be display'd,
Dives, inops ; Romae, seu fors ita jufferit, exsul;
T. do puer, ut fis
H. - Quid ? cum est Lucilius ausus Primus in hunc operis componere carmina morem,
And I not f ftrip the gilding off a Knave,
115 Unplac'd, unpenfion'd, no man's heir, or fave? I will, or perish in the generous cause : Hear this, and tremble ! you, who 'scape the Laws. Yes, while I live, no rich or noble knave Shall walk the World, in credit, to his grave. 8 To Virtue only and her friends a Friend, The World beside may murmur, or commend. Know, all the distant din that world can keep, Rolls o'er my Grotto, and but sooths my sleep. h There, my retreat the best Companions grace, 125 Chiefs out of war, and Statesmen out of place. There St. John mingles with my friendly bowl The Feast of Reason and the Flow of foul : And He, whose lightning pierc'd th' Iberian Lines, Now forms my Quincunx; and now ranks my Vines,
f Detrahere et pellem, nitidus qua quisque per ora
Quidquid fum ego, quamvis
Or tames the Genius of the stubborn plain,
i Envy must own, I live among the Great,
that pry not, tongue that ne'er repeats, 135 Fond to spread friendships, but to cover heats ; To help who want, to forward who excel; This, all who know me, know; who love me, tell; And who unknown defame me, let them be Scriblers or Peers, alike are Mob to me.
140 This is my Plea, on this I rest
cause k What faith my Council, learned in the laws ?
F. 1Your Plea is good; but still I say, beware! Laws are explain’d by men-so have a care. It stands on record, that in Richard's times 145 A man was hang'd for very honest rhymes; m Consult the Statute, “ quart.” I think, it is, “ Edwardi sext.” or “prim. et quint. Eliz.”
Infra Lucilî censum, ingeniumque; tamen me
nisi quid tu, docte Trebati, Dissentis.
T. !Equidem nihil hinc diffingere poffum. Sed tamen ut monitus caveas, ne forte negotî Incutiat tibi quid fanctarum inscitia legum:
“ m Si mala condiderit in quem quis carmina, jus est “ Judiciumque."
See Libels, Satires — here you have it-read.
P. - Libels and Satires ! lawless things indeed! 150 But grave Epistles, bringing Vice to light, Such as a King might read, a Bishop write, Such as Sir Robert would approve
F. Indeed ? The Case is alter'd-you may then proceed; o In such a case the Plaintiff will be hiss’d,
155 My Lords the judges laugh, and you're dismiss d.
H. Efto, fiquis n mala, fed bona fi quis Judice condiderit laudatus Caesare? si quis Opprobriis dignum laceraverit, integer ipfe? T. • Solventur risu tabulæ: tu miffus abibis.