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But sure no statute in his favour says,
How free, or frugal, I Mall pass my days :
I, who at some times spend, at others spare,
Divided between carelessness and care.
'Tis one thing madly to disperse my store ;
Another, not to heed to treasure more;
Glad, like a Boy, to snatch the first good day,
And pleas’d, if fordid want be far away.

& What is't to me (a passenger God wot)
Whether my vessel be first-rate or not?
The ship itself may make a better figure,
But I that fail, am neither less nor bigger;
I neither strut with every favouring breath,
Nor strive with all the tempest in my teeth.
In power, wit, figure, virtue, fortune plac'd
Behind the foremost, and before the last.

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Scire volam, quantum fimplex hilarisque nepoti
Discrepet, et quantum discordet parcus avaro.
Distat enim, spargas tua prodigus, an neque fumtum.
Invitus facias, nec plura parare labores;
Ac potius, puer ut feftis Quinquatribus olim,
Exiguo gratoque fruaris tempore raptim.
f Pauperies immunda domûs procul abfit: ego, utrum'
Nave ferar magna an parva ; ferar unus et idem.
Non agimur tumidis velis Aquilone fecundo :
Non tamen adverfis aetatem ducimus Austris.
Viribus, ingenio, fpecie, virtute, loco, re,

& “ But why all this of Avarice? I have none." I wish you joy, Sir, of a Tyrant gone;

305 But does no other lord it at this hour, As wild and mad? the Avarice of power ? Does neither Rage inflame, nor Fear appall ? Not the black fear of death, that saddens all ? With terrors round, can Reason hold her throne, 310 Despise the known, nor tremble at th' unknown? Survey both worlds, intrepid and entire, In spite of witches, devils, dreams, and fire ? Pleas'd to look forward, pleas'd to look behind, And count each birth-day with a grateful mind? 315 Has life no fourness, drawn so near its end; Canst thou endure a foe, forgive a friend ? Has age but melted the rough parts away, As winter-fruits

grow mild ere they decay? Or will you think, my friend, your business done, 320 When, of a hundred thorns, you pull out one?

Learn

Extremi primorum, extremis usque priores.

8 Non es avarus: abi. quid ? caetera jam fimul ifto Cum vitio fugere ? caret tibi pectus inani Ambitione ? caret mortis formidine et ira? Somnia, terrores magicos, miracula, fagas, Nocturnos lemures, portentaque Theffala rides ? Natales grate numeras ? ignofcis amicis ? Lenior et melior fis accedente fenecta? Quid te extrema levat spinis de pluribus una ?

your fill,

h Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;
You've play'd, and lov'd, and eat, and drank
Walk sober off; before a sprightlier age
Comes tittering on, and shoves you from the stage :
Leave such to trifle with more grace and ease,
Whom Folly pleases, and whose Follies please.

h Vivere fi recte nescis, decede peritis.
Lufisti satis, edisti fatis, atque bibisti :
Tempus abire tibi est: ne potum largius aequo
Rideat, et pulset lasciva decentius aetas.

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DR. JOHN DONNE,

DEAN OF ST. PAUL's,

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• Quid vetat et nosmet Lucili scripta legentes.
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