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Scit Genius, natale comes qui temperat aftrum:
NATURAE DEUS HUMANAE, mortalis in unum-
• Utar, et ex modico, quantum rés pofcet, acervo
Ac potius, puer ut feftis Quinquatribus olim,
Exiguo gratoque fruaris tempore raptim.
Pauperies immunda procul procul abfit: ego, utrum
Nave ferar magna an parva; ferar unus et idem.
VER. 277. fly, like Oglethorpe,] Employed in fettling the Colony of Georgia.
VER. 280. That God of Nature, etc] Here our Poet had an opportunity of illuftrating his own Philofophy; and thereby giving a much better fenfe to his Original; and correcting both the naturalism and the fate of Horace, which are covertly conveyed in these words,
One, driv'n by ftrong Benevolence of foul,
Yes, Sir, how small soever be my heap,
I, who at some times fpend, at others fpare,
Divided between carelesness and care.
'Tis one thing madly to disperse my store;
Another, not to heed to treasure more;
Glad, like a Boy, to fnatch the firft good day,
f What is❜t to me (a paffenger God wot)
Scit Genius, natale comes qui temperat astrum,
VER. 288. But fure no ftatute] Alluding to the ftatutes made in England and Ireland, to regulate the Succeffion of Papists, etc.
Non agimur tumidis velis Aquilone fecundo:
* 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,
Quid te exemta levat fpinis de pluribus una?
Lusisti satis, edifti fatis, atque bibisti:
Tempus abire tibi eft: ne potum largius aequo
VER. 312 Survey both worlds.] It is obfervable with what fobriety he has corrected the licentioufness of his Original, which made the expectation of another world a part of that fuperftition, he would explode; whereas his
I neither strut with ev'ry fav'ring breath,
"But why all this of Av'rice? I have none."
With terrors round, can Reason hold her throne, 310
In fpight of witches, devils, dreams, and fire?
h Learn to live well, or fairly make your will; You've play'd, and lov'd, and eat, and drank your fill : Walk fober off; before a fprightlier age
Comes titt'ring on, and shoves you from the ftage: Leave fuch to trifle with more grace and eafe, 326 Whom Folly pleases, and whofe Follies please.
Imitator is only for removing the falfe terrors from the world of spirits, fuch as the diablerie of witchcraft and purgatory.