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Quaere fugam morbi. * vis recte vivere ? quis non?
Si virtus hoc una poteft dare, fortis omiffis
Hoc age deliciis.
y virtutem verba putes, et
Lucum ligna? cave ne portus occupet alter:
Ne Cibyratica, ne Bithyna negotia perdas :
• Mille talenta rotundentur, totidem altera, porro et
Tertia fuccedant, et quae pars quadret acervum.
Mancipiis locuples, egit aeris Cappadocum rex.
VER. 65. Who Virtue and a Church alike difowns] The
Would ye be bleft? defpife low Joys, low Gains;
y But art thou one, whom new opinions sway, One who believes as Tindal leads the way, Who Virtue and a Church alike difowns,
Thinks that but words, and this but brick and ftones?
Is Wealth thy paffion? Hence! from Pole to Pole,
Prevent the greedy, and out-bid the bold:
one appears from his party pamphlets; the other, from his Rights of the Chrifin Church.
Ne fueris hic tu. f chlamydes Lucullus, ut aiunt,
Si poffet centum fcenae praebere rogatus,
Qui poffum tot? ait: tamen et quaeram, et quot habebo
Mittam: poft paulo fcribit, fibi millia quinque
* Mercemur fervum, qui dictet nomina, laevum
VER. 86. Or if three Ladies like a luckless Play,] The common reader, I am fenfible, will be always more folicitous about the names of these three Ladies, the unlucky Play, and every other trifling circumftance that attended this piece of gallantry, than for the explanation of our Author's fenfe, or the illuftration of his poetry; even where he is most moral and fublime. But had it been in Mr. Pope's purpose to indulge fo impertinent a curiofity, he had fought elsewhere for a commentator on his writ-ings.
His Wealth brave Timon gloriously confounds; 85
Takes the whole House upon the Poet's day.
Not for yourself, but for your Fools and Knaves;
But if to Pow'r and Place your paffion lie, If in the Pomp of Life confist the joy; Then hire a Slave, or (if you will) a Lord To do the Honours, and to give the Word; Tell at your Levee, as the Crouds approach, To whom to nod, whom take into your Coach, Whom honour with your hand: to make remarks, Who rules in Cornwall, or who rules in Berks: "This may be troublesome, is near the Chair: 106 "That makes three Members, this can chuse a " May'r.”
VER. 91. A noble fuperfluity, etc.] These four lines are an admirable paraphrate on
Exilis domus eft, ubi non et multa fuperfunt,
Cui volet, importunus ebur: " Frater, Pater, adde:
Emtum mulus aprum. crudi, tumidique lavemur,
Quid deceat, quid non, obliti; Caerite cera
Digni: remigium vitiofum Ithacenfis Ulyffei;
Cui potior patria fuit interdicta voluptas.
Si, Mimnermus uti cenfet, fine amore jocifque
Nil eft jucundum; vivas in amore jocifque.
Vive, vale. fi quid novifti rectius iftis,
Candidus imperti: fi non, his utere mecum.
VER. 127. Wilmot] Earl of Rochefter.