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Or, in a mortgage, prove a Lawyer's fhare;
Or, in a jointure, vanish from the heir;

Or in pure f equity (the cafe not clear)

The Chanc'ry takes your rents for twenty year :
At beft, it falls to fome & ungracious fon,

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Who cries, " My father's damn'd, and all's my own." h Shades, that to Bacon could retreat afford, 175 Become the portion of a booby Lord;

And Hemfley, once proud Buckingham's delight,
Slides to a Scriv'ner or a city Knight.

Let lands and houses have what lords they will,
Let Us be fix'd, and our own masters still.

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tation, in the concluding part, obliged him to diverfify the fentiment. They are equally noble: but Horace's is expreffed with the greater force.

THE

FIRST EPISTLE

OF THE

FIRST BOOK

OF

HORAC E.

EPISTOLA I.

RIMA dicte mihi, fumma dicende camena,

PRIMA

b Spectatum fatis, et donatum jam rude, quaeris,

Maecenas, iterum antiquo me includere ludo.

Non eadem eft aetas, non mens. c Veianius, armis

d Herculis ad poftem fixis, latet abditus agro;

с

Ne populum extrema toties exoret arena.

f Eft mihi purgatam crebro qui perfonet aurem;

Solve & fenefcentem mature fanus equum, ne.

Peccet ad extremum ridendus, et ilia ducat.

Nunc itaque et 1 verfus, et caetera ludicra

pono:

VER. 16. You limp, like Blackmore on a Lord Mayor's bort.] The fame of this heavy Poet, however problematical elfewhere, was universally received in the City of London. His verfification is here exactly defcribed; stiff, and not

EPISTLE I

To L. BOLINGBROKE.

T. JOHN, whofe love indulg'd my labours past,

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Why b will you break the Sabbath of my days?
Now fick alike of Envy and of Praise.
Public too long, ah let me hide my Age!

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See Modest Cibber now has left the Stage:

Our Gen'rals now, d retired to their Estates, Hang their old Trophies o'er the Garden gates, In Life's cool Ev'ning fatiate of Applause, Nore fond of bleeding, ev'n in BRUNSWICK's caufe. f A voice there is, that whispers in my ear, ('Tis Reason's voice, which sometimes one can hear) "Friend Pope! be prudent, let your & Mufe take "breath,

"And never gallop Pegafus to death;

"Lest stiff, and stately, void of fire or force,

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"You limp, like Blackmore on a Lord Mayor's

"horfe."

Farewell then h Verse and Love, and ev'ry Toy, The Rhymes and Rattles of the Man or Boy;

strong; stately and yet dull, like the sober and slow-paced Animal generally employed to mount the Lord Mayor; and therefore here humorously opposed to Pegasus.

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