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Cutler and Brutus, dying, both exclaim,
A plain good man, and Balaam was his name;
His word would pass for more than he was worth.
An added pudding folemniz'd the Lord's:
Conftant at Church, and Change; his gains were fure, His givings rare, fave farthings to the poor.
The Devil was piqu'd fuch faintship to behold, And long'd to tempt him, like good Job of old: But Satan now is wiser than of yore,
And tempts by making rich, not making poor.
Ver. 337. In the former Editions,
That knotty point, my Lord, fhall I discuss,
"Live like yourself," was foon my Lady's word; And lo! two puddings smoak'd upon the board. 360 Afleep and naked as an Indian lay,
An honeft factor ftole a Gem away:
He pledg'd it to the knight, the knight had wit,
Some fcruple rofe, but thus he eas'd his thought, 365
"Where once I went to church, I'll now go twice"And am fo clear too of all other vice."
The Tempter faw his time; the work he ply'd;
Till all the Dæmon makes his full defcent
per Cent, Sinks deep within him, and poffeffes whole, Then dubs Director, and fecures his foul.
Behold Sir Balaam now a man of spirit,
Afcribes his gettings to his parts and merit;
And God's good Providence, a lucky Hit.
Things change their titles, as our manners turn :
His Compting-houfe employ'd the Sunday-morn: 380 Seldom at Church, ('twas fuch a busy life)
But duly fent his family and wife.
There (so the Devil ordain'd) one Christmas-tide
A Nymph of Quality admires our Knight;
Firft, for his Son a gay Commiffion buys,
Who drinks, whores, fights, and in a duel dies:
In Britain's Senate he a feat obtains,
THE extremes of Avarice and Profufion being treated of in the foregoing Epiftle; this takes up one particular branch of the latter, the Vanity of Expence in people of wealth and quality; and is therefore a corollary to the preceding, juft as the epiftle on the Characters of Women is to that of the Knowledge and . Characters of Men. It is equally remarkable for exactness of method with the reft. But the nature of the fubject, which is lefs philofophical, makes it capable of being analyzed in a much narrower compass.
IS ftrange, the Mifer should his Cares employ To gain those riches he can ne'er enjoy : Is it lefs ftrange, the Prodigal should waste His wealth, to purchase what he ne'er can tafte? Not for himfelf he fees, or hears, or eats; Artists must chufe his Pictures, Mufic, Meats : He buys for Topham Drawings and Defigns; For Pembroke Statues, dirty Gods, and Coins; Rare monkish Manufcripts for Hearne alone, And Books for Mead, and Butterflies for Sloane. Think we all thefe are for himself? no more Than his fine Wife, alas! or finer Whore. For what has Virro painted, built, and planted? Only to fhew, how many tastes he wanted. What brought Sir Visto's ill-got wealth to waste? Some Dæmon whisper'd, "Vito! have a Tafte."
Heaven vifits with a Tafte the wealthy Fool,
Who random drawings from your sheets shall take,
Load fome vain Church with old Theatric ftate,
your ornaments, and hang them all
On fome patch'd dog-hole ek'd with ends of wall;
That, lac'd with bits of ruftic, makes a Front.
After ver. 22. in the MS.
Muft Bishops, Lawyers, Statefmen, have the skill To build, to plant, judge paintings, what you will? Then why not Kent as well our treaties draw, Bridgman explain the Gospel, Gibbs the Law?