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Swift o'er the land the dismal rumour flies,
"Could'st thou resign the park and play content,
Jam accurrit, qui marmora donet,
Meliora, ac plura reponit
h Si potes avelli Circensibus, optima Sora,
i-Possis ignavus haberi,
* And, while thy beds.
"Some fiery fop, with new commission vain,
In vain, these dangers past, your doors you close,
breast. •Scarce can our fields, such crowds at Tyburn die, With hemp the gallows and the fleet supply. Propose your schemes, ye senatorian band, Whose ways and meanst support the sinking land : Lest ropes be wanting in the tempting spring, To rig another convoy for the king. I v
°A single gaol, in ALFRED's golden reign, Could half the nation's criminals contain ; Fair justice, then, without constraint ador'd, Held high the steady scale, but sheath'd the sword ;Ş
* Ebrius, ac petulans, qui nullum forte cecidit, Dat
pænas, noctem patitur lugentis amicum
Sed, quamvis improbus annis,
m Nec tamen hoc tantum metuas: nam qui spoliet te
n Maximus in vinclis ferri modus; ut timeas, ne Vomer deficiat, ne marra et sarcula desint.
• Felices proavorum atavos, felicia dicas Secula, quæ quondam sub regibus atque tribunis Viderunt uno contentam carcere Romam.
* And plants unseen. r. cant term in the House of Commons for methods of raising money. The nation was discontented at the visits made by the King to Hanover.
Sustain'd the balance, but resign'd the sword.
No spies were paid, no special juries known,
P Much could I add,-but see the boat at hand,
rage, Thy satire point, and animate thy page.
VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES,
IN IMITATION OF THE
TENTH SATIRE OF JUVENAL.
LET *Observation with extensive view
flows, Impeachment stops the speaker's pow’rful breath, And restless fire precipitates on death.
+But, scarce observ'd, the knowing and the bold Fall in the gen’ral massacre of gold; Wide wasting pest! that rages unconfin'd, And crowds with crimes the records of mankind; Por gold his sword the hireling ruffian draws, For gold the hireling judge distorts the laws; Wealth heap'd on wealth, nor truth nor safety buys, The dangers gather as the treasures rise.
Let Hist'ry tell where rival kings command, And dubious title shakes the madded land, When statutes glean the refuse of the sword, How much more safe the vassal than the lord : Low sculks the hind beneath the rage of power, And leaves the wealthy traitor in the Tower," Untouch'd his cottage, and his slumbers sound, Though Confiscation's vultures hover round.
The needy traveller, serene and gay, , Walks the wild heath, and sings his toil away. Does envy seize thee? crush th' upbraiding joy, Increase his riches, and his peace destroy, « Now fears in dire vicissitude in vade, The rustling brake alarms, and quiv'ring shade, Nor light nor darkness bring his pain relief, One shews the plunder, and one hides the thief.
* Yet still one gen’ral cryd the skies assails, And gain and grandeur load the tainted gales : Few know the toiling statesman's fear or care, Th’insidious rival and the gaping heir. tOnce more, Democritus, arise on earth, With cheerful wisdom and instructive mirth, See motley life in modern trappings dressid, And feed with varied fools th' eternal jest : Thou who could'st laugh where want enchain'd caprice, Toil crush'd conceit, and man was of a piece ; Where wealth unlov'd without a mourner died; And scarce a sycophant was fed by pride ; Where ne'er was known the form of mock debate, Or seen a new-made mayor's unwieldy state; Where change of fav’rites made no change of laws, And senates heard before they judg'd a cause; How would'st thou shake at Britain's modish tribe, Dart the quick taunt, and edge the piercing gibe?
• Ver. 23-37.
+ Ver. 38–55. . In the first edition " the bonny traitor!" an evident allusion to the Scotch lords who suffered for the rebellion in 1745. 6 Clang around.
c New fears. Yet still the general cry.