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Without their cost, you terminate the cause;
And save th' expence of long litigious laws :
Where suits are travers’d; and fo little won,
That he who conquers, is but last undone :
Such are not your decrees; but so design'd,
The sanction leaves a lasting peace behind ;
Likeyourown soul, ferene; a pattern of your mind.

Promoting concord, and composing strife,
Lord of yourself, uncumber'd with a wife;
Where, for a year, a month, perhaps a night,
Long penitence succeeds a short delight :
Minds are so hardly match'd, that ev’n the first,
Tho pair’d by heaven, in Paradise were curs’d.
For man and woman, tho in one they grow,
Yet, first or last, return again to two.
He to God's image, she to his was made ;
So, farther from the fount the stream at random

stray'd. How could he stand, when, put to double pain, He must a weaker than himself sustain ! Each might have stood perhaps; but each alone; Two wrestlers help to pull each other down.

Not that my verse would blemish all the fair ;? But yet if some be bad, 'tis wisdom to beware And better shun the bait, than struggle in the


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Thus have you shunn'd, and thun the marry'd state, * Trusting as little as you can to fate.

No porter guards the passage of
T'admit the wealthy, and exclude the poor ;
For God, who gave the riches, gave the heart,
To sanctify the whole, by giving part ;
Heaven, who foresaw the will, the means has

And to the second son a blessing brought ;
The first-begotten had his father's share :

like Jacob, are Rebecca's heir.
So may your stores, and fruitful fields increase ;

And ever be you bless’d, who live to bless. 3

As Ceres sow'd, where-e'er her chariot flew;
As heaven in deserts rain'd the bread of dew;
So free to many, to relations moft,
You feed with manna your own Israel hoft.

With crowds attended of your ancient race,
You seek the champion sports, or sylvan chace:
With well-breath'd beagles you surround the wood,
Ev’n then, industrious of the common good :
And often have you brought the wily fox
To suffer for the firstlings of the flocks ;
Chas'd even amid the folds; and made to bleed,
Like felons, where they did the murd'rous deed.


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This fiery gaine your active youth maintain'd;
Not yet by years extinguish'd, tho restrain's :
You season still with sports your serious hours :
For age but tastes of pleasures, youth devours.
The hare in pastures or in plains is found,
Emblem of human life, who runs the round;
And, after all his wand'ring ways are done,
His circle fills, and ends where he begun,
Just as the setting meets the rising sun.

Thus princes ease their cares; but happier he,
Who seeks not pleasure thro necessity,
Than such as once on flipp'ry thrones were

plac'd; And chasing, figh to think themselves are chas'd,

So liv'd our fires, ere doctors learn'd to kill, And multiply'd with theirs the weekly bill. The first physicians by debauch were made: Excess began, and sloth sustains the trade, Pity the gen’rous kind their cares bestow To search forbidden truths ; (a sin to know :) To which if human science could attain, The doom of death, pronounc'd by God, were

vain. In vain the leech would interpose delay : Fate fastens first, and vindicates the


What help from art's endeavors can we have?
Gibbons but guesses, nor is sure to save :
But Maurus sweeps whole parishes, and peoples

ev'ry grave;
And no more mercy to mankind will use,
Than when he robb'd and murder'd Maro's muse.
Would'st thou be soon dispatch'd, and perish whole,
Trust Maurus with thy life, and Milbourn with

thy soul. By chace our long-liv'd fathers earn'd their food; Toil strung the nerves, and purify'd the blood: But we their sons, a pamper'd race of men, Are dwindled down to threescore years and ten. Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought, Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught. The wise, for cure, on exercise depend; God never made his work, for man to mend.

The tree of knowlege, once in Eden plac'd, Was easy found, but was forbid the taste: O, had our grandfire walk'd without his wife, He first had sought the better plant of life ! Now both are lost: yet, wand'ring in the dark, Physicians, for the tree, have found the bark : They, lab'ring for relief of human kind, With sharpen'd fight fome remedies

may Th' apothccary-train is wholly blind.



From files a random recipe they take,

many deaths of one prescription make.
Garth, gen'rous as his muse, prescribes and gives ;
The shopman sells; and by destruction lives :
Ungrateful tribe ! who, like the viper's brood,
From med'cine issuing, suck their mother's blood!
Let these obey; and let the learn'd prescribe ;
That men may die, without a double bribe :
Let them, but under their superiors, kill;
When doctors first have sign’d the bloody bill :
He scapes the best, who, nature to repair,
Draws physic from the fields, in draughts of vital air.

You hoard not health, for your own private use; But on the public spend the rich produce. When, often urg'd, unwilling to be great, Your country

lov'd retreat, And sends to senates, charg'd with common care, Which none more shuns; and none can better bear: Where could they find another form'd fo fit, To poise, with solid sense, a sprightly wit ! Were these both wanting, as they both abound, Where could so firm integrity be found ? Well born, and wealthy, wanting no support, You steer betwixt the country and the court : Nor gratify whate'er the great desire, Nor grudging give, what public needs require.

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