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For that our Maker has too largely giv'n,
Should be return'd in gratitude to Heavin.
A frugal plenty should my table spread, is
With healthy, not luxurious, dishes fed';
Encurh to satisfy ---and something more,
To feed the stranger and the neighb'ring poor.
Strong meat indulges vice, and pamp'ring food
Creates diseases, and inflames the blood :
But what's fufficient to make nature strong,
And the bright lamp of life continue long,
I'd freely take; and, as I did poliefs,
The bounteous Author of my plenty blefs.
I'd have a little vault, but always ftor'd
With the beft wines each vintage could afford.
Wine whets the wit, improves it's native force,
And gives a pleasant flavour to discourse ;
By making all our spirits debonair,
Throws off the lees, the sediment of care:
But as the greatest blessing Heaven lends,
May be debauch'd, and serve ignoble ends;
So, but too oft, the grape's refreshing juice
Does many mischievous effects produce.
My house should no such rude disorders know,
As from high drinking consequently flow;
Nor would I use what was fo kindly giv'n
To the dishonour of indulgent Heav'n.
If any neighbour came, he should be free;
Us’d with respect; and not uneasy be,
In my retreat, or to himself or me.
What freedom, prudence, and right reafon, give,
All men may with impunity receive : :
But the least swerving from their rule's too much;«».
For what's forbidden us, Itis death to touch.
That life may be more comfortable yet, Tutvoj
And all my joys refin'd, fincere, and great, I too. colis
I'd chuse two friends, whose company would be :)
A great advance to my felicity :
Well born, of humours suited to my own;
Discreet, and men as well as books have known.
Brave, gen'rous, witty, and exactly free
From loose behaviour, or formality.
Airy and prudent; merry, but not light:
Quick in discerning, and in judging right.
Secret they should be, faithful to their truit; **
In reas’ning cool, strong, temperate, and juft. :
Obliging, open; without huffing, brave:
Brisk in gay talking, and in sober grave.
Close in dispute, but not tenacious; try'd
By solid reason, and let that decide.
Not prone to lust, revenge, or envious hate;
Nor busy meddlers with intrigues of state.
Strangers to flander, and sworn foes to spite;
Not quarrelsome, but stout enough to fight.
Loyal and pious, friends to Cæfar::true, de nos
As dying martyrs, to their Maker, too.
In their society I could not miss
A permanent, fincere, fubftantial bliss.
Would bounteous Heav'n once more indulge, I'd cluse
(For who would so much fatisfaction lose
As witty nymphs in conversation give :)
Near fome obliging, modeft fair, to live ;
For there's that fweetness in a female mind, i.
Which in a man's we cannot hope to find; ..;-.' (That, by a fecret, but a pow'rful art,.' 0")
Winds up the spring of life, and does impart ":
Fresh vital heat to the transported heart. pros y
I'd have her reason all her pallion fways'
Easy in company, in private gay:
Coy to a fop, to the deserving free ştı, 4 and the IN ?
Still constant to herself, and just to nie.
A foul Me should have for great actions fit,
Prudence and wisdom to direct her wit:..
Courage to look bold Danger in the face;
No fear, but only to be proud or base.
Quick to advise, by an emergence press'd;
To give good counsel, or to take the belt.
I'd have th' expression of her thoughts be fuch,
She might not seem reserv’d, nor talk too much :
That shews a want of judgment and of sense;
More than enough, is but impertinence.
Her conduct regular; her mirth refin'd;
Civil to ftrangers, to her neighbours kind :
Averse to vanity, revenge, and pride;
In all the methods of deceit untry'd.
So faithful to her friend, and good to all,
No cenfure might upon her actions fall.
Then would e'en Envy be compellid to say,
• She goes the least of woman-kind astray.'
To this fair creature I'd sometimes retire;
Her conversation would new joys inspire,
Give life an edge so keen, no surly care
Would venture to affwalt my soul, or dare,
Near my retreat, to hide one secret snare.
But so divine, so noble a repast,
I'd feldom, and with moderation, taste;
For kighest cordials all thcir virtue lose,
By a too frequent and too bold a use;
And what would chear the spirits in distrefs,'.
Ruins our health when taken to excess...
I'd be concern' in no litigious jar;
Belov'd by all, not vainiy popular.
Whate'er asistance I had pow'r to bring,
T'oblige my country, or to serve my king
Whene'er they call'd, I'd readily afford ;
My tongue, my pen, my counfel, or my sword.
Law-suits I'd shun, with as much studious care
As I would dens where hungry lions are ;
And rather put up injuries, than be
A plague to him who'd be a plague to me.
I value quiet at a price too great,
To give for my revenge so dear a rate;
For what do we by all our bustle gain,
But counterfeit delight for real pain?
If Heav'n a date of many years would give,
Thus I'd in pleafure, ease, and plenty, live;
And as I near approach'd the verge of life,
Some kind relation (for I'd have no wife)
Should take upon him all my worldly care,
Whilft I did for a better state
Then I'd not be with any trouble vex'd,
Nor have the ev’ning of my days perplex'd ;
But, by a silent and a peaceful death,
Without a figh resign my aged breath :
And when committed to the duft, I'd have
Few tears, but friendly, dropp'd into my grave.
Then would my exit fo propitious be,
All men would wish to live and die like me.
HERE fair Sabrina's wand'ring currents flow,
A large smooth plain extends it's verdant brow ;
Here, ev'ry morn, while fruitful vapoars feed
The swelling blade, and bless the smoking mead,
A cruel tyrant reigns-like Time, the fwain
Whets his unrighteous fcythe, and shaves the plain :
Beneath each stroke the peeping flow'rs decay,
And all th' anripen'd crop is swept away.
The heavy roller next he tugs along,' ; ! dilini:91 Whiffs his short pipe, or rears a raral fong ;s.
With curious eye then the press'd turf he views,
And ev'ry rising prominence fubdues."
Now, when each craving ftomach was well-stord, "A!"-
And Church and King had travell'd round the board,
Hither, at Fortune's shrine to pay their court,
With eager hopes the motley tribe refort..
Attornies spruce, in their platc-button'd frocks; "i
And rosy parsons, fat and orthodox :
Of ev'ry sect, whigs, papists, and high-flyers ;
Cornuted aldermen, and hen-peck'd squires ; *
Fox-hunters, quacks, feribblers in verse and prose;
And half-pay captains, and half-witted beaus.
On the green cirque the ready racers ftand,
Dispos'd in pairs, and tempt the bowler's hand;
Each polith'd sphere does his round brother own,
The twins diftinguish'd by their marks are known.
As the strong rein guides the well-manag'd horse,
Here weighty lead infus’d directs their course..
These in the ready read drive on with speed,
But those in crooked paths more artfully fucceee.
So the tall ship, that makes some dang'rous bay,
With a side-wind obliquely slopes her way.
Lo! there the Silver Tumbler fix'd on high,
The victor's prize, inviting ev'ry eye!
The champions or confent or chance divide,
While each man thinks his own the furer fide,
And the Jack leads, the skilful bowler's guide.
Bendo ftripp'd firft from foreign coasts he brought
A chaos of receipts, and anarchy of thought;
Where the tumultuous whims, to faction prone,
Still juftled monarch Reason from her throne : (More dang’rous than the porcupine's his quill,
Inur'd to slaughter, and secure to kill.