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ON THE

D Ε Α Τ Η

OF

Dr. SWIFT,D.S.P.D.

CCA S I O N E D

By reading a Maxim in Rochefoucault.

Dans l'adversité de nos meilleurs amis, nous trouvons

quelque chose, qui ne nous deplaist pas. In the ADVERSITY of our Best FRIENDS, we find

something that doth not displease us.

WRITTEN in the YEAR M DCC XXXI.

Printed in the Year MDCCLII.

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S Rochefoucault his Maxims drew
From Nature, I believe 'em true :
They argue no corrupted Mind
In him ; the Fault is in Mankind.

This Maxim more than all the rest Is thought too bafe for human Breast; « In all Diftreffes of our Friends « We first consult our private Ends, “ While Nature kindly bent to ease us, “ Points out fome Circumstance to please us." VOL. VIII.

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If this, perhaps, your Patience move, Let Reason and Experience prove.

We all behold with envious Eyes,
Our Equal rais'd above our Size;
Who wou'd not at a crowded Show,
Stand high himfelf, keep others low?
I love

my

Friend as well as you,
But would not have him stop my View
Then let me have the higher Post;
I alk but for an Inch at most.

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If, in a Battle you should find, One, whom

you

love of all Mankind,
Had some heroick Action done,
A Champion killd, or Trophy won ;
Rather than thus be over-topt, -
Would you not with his Laurels cropt?

Dear honest Ned is in the Gout,
Lies rackt with Pain, and you without :
How patiently you hear him groan
How glad the Case is not your own!

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What Poet would not grieve to see His Brethren write as well as he?

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