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The ground about the house maintains it there,
The house maintains the ground about it here.
Here even hunger's dear; and a full board
Devours the vital substance of the lord.
The Jand itself does there the feast bestow,
The land itself must here to market go.
Three or four suits one winter here does waste,
One suit docs there three or four winters last.
Here every frugal man must oft be cold,
And little luke-warm fires are to you sold.
There fire 's an element, as cheap and free,
Almost as any of the other three.
Stay you then here, and live among the great,
Attend their sports, and at their tables eat.
When all the bounties here of men you score,
The place's bounty there, shall give me more.

EP1TAPHIUM VIVI AUCTOIIIS*.

"HIC, o viator, sub lare parvulo
"Couleius hie est conditus, hie jacet;
"Defunctis humani laboris
"Sorte, supervacuaque vita.

"Non indecora pauperie nitens,
"Et non inerti nobilis otio,
"Vanoque dilectis popello
"Divitiis animosus hostis.

* Efitaphiam Vici Auctoris.] The conceit of a tiring death, was altogether in the taste of our author; but so happily pursued in this agreeable epitaph, that the play of wit takes nothing from the weight and pathos of the sentiment.

UURD. VOL. III. Y 3

"Possis ut ilium dicere morluum;
"En terra jam nunc quantula sufficit I
"Exempta sit curis, viator,
"Terra sit ilia levis, precare.

"Hie sparge flores, sparge breves rosas
"Nam vita gaudet mortua floribus
"Herbisque odoratis corona

"Vatis adhuc cinerem calentem."

EPITAPH ON THE LIVING AUTHOR.

HERE, stranger, in this humble nest,
Here Cowley sleeps; here lies,

Scap'd all the toils, that life molest,
And its superfluous joys.

Here, in no sordid poverty,

And no inglorious ease,
He braves the world, and can defy

Its frowns and flatteries.

The little earth, he asks, survey:

Is he not dead, indeed? "Light lie that earth," good stranger, pray,

"Nor thorn upon it breed!"

With flow'rs, fit emblem of his fame,

Compass your poet round;
With flow'rs of ev'ry fragrant name

Be his warm ashes crown'd!

A DISCOURSE,

BY WAY OF VISION,

CONCERNING THE

GOVERNMENT OF OLIVER CROMWELL *.

* Tills is the best of our author's prose-works. The subject, which he h id much at heart, raised bis genius. There is something very noble, and almost poetical, in the plan of this Vision; and a warm vein of eloquence runs quite through it num.

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A PROPOSITION,

THE COLLEGE.

THAT the philosophical college be situated within one, two, or (at furthest) three miles of London; and, if it be possible to find that convenience, upon the side of the river, or very near it.

That the revenue of this college amount to four thousand.pounds a-year.

That the company received into it be as follows: 1. Twenty philosophers or professors. 2. Sixteen young scholars, servants to the professors. 3. A chaplain. 4. A bailiff for the revenue. 5. A manciple or purveyor for the provisions of the house. 6. Two gardeners. 7. A master-cook. 8. An under-cook. Q. A butler. 10. An under-. butler. 11. A surgeon. 12. Two lungs, or chemical servants. 13. A library-keeper, who is like

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