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Distatenim,spargas tua prodigus, an nequefumtum
Nave ferar magna an parva ; ferar unus et idem. Non agimur tumidis velis Aquilone fecundo: Non tamen adverfis aetatem ducimus Auftris.
Viribus, ingenio, fpecie, virtute, loco, re,
& Non es avarus: abi. quid? caetera jam fimul isto Cum vitio fugere ? caret tibi pectus inani
Ambitione ? caret mortis formidine et ira?
Somnia, terrores magicos, miraculà, fagas, Nocturnos lemures, portentaque Thessala rides?
VER. 288. But sure no falute] Alluding to the statutes made in England and Ireland, to regulate the Succeflion of Papists, &c.
But sure no statute in his favour fays,
291 'Tis one thing madly to disperse my store; Another, not to heed to treasure more; Glad, like a Boy, to snatch the first good day, And pleas’d, if fordid want be far away. 29.5
'What is't to me (a passenger God wot) Whether
vefsel be first rate or not? The Ship itself may make a better figure, But I that fail, am neither less nor bigger. I neither strut with ev'ry fav’ring breath,
300 Nor strive with all the tempest in my teeth. In pow'r, wit, figure, virtue, fortune, plac'd Behind the foremost, and before the last.
3« But why all this of Av'rice? I have none." I wish you joy, Sir, of a Tyrant gone; 305 But does no other lord it at this hour, As wild and mad? the Avarice of pow'r ? Does neither Rage inflame, nor Fear appall ? Not the black fear of death, that saddens all? With terrors round, can Reason hold her throne, Despise the known, nor tremble at th’unknown? Natales grate numeras? ignoscis amicis?
Lenior et melior fis accedente senecta ?
Quid te exemta levat spinis de pluribus una ?
Vivere fi recte nescis, decede peritis. Lusisti fatis, edisti fatis, atque bibisti : Tempus abire tibi est: ne potum largius aequo Rideat, et pulset lasciva decentius aetas.
Survey both worlds, intrepid and entire,
312 In spite of witches, devils, dreams, and fire ? Pleas’d to look forward, pleas'd to look behind, And count each birth-day with a grateful mind? Has life no sourness, drawn so near its end? 316 Can'st thou endure a foe, forgive a friend ? Has age
but melted the rough parts away, As winter-fruits
mild ere they decay? you think, my
business done, When, of a hundred thorns, you pull out one?321
* Learn to live well, or fairly make your will; You've play'd, and lov’d, and eat, and drank your
fill : Walk sober off; before a sprightlier age Comes titt'ring on, and shoves you from the stage: Leave such to trifle with more grace and ease, 326 Whom Folly pleases, and whose Follies please.
Or will you
NOT E s. Ver. 312. Survey both worlds,] It is observable with what fobriety he has corrected the licentiousness of his Original, which made the expectation of another world a part of that superstition, he would explode; whereas the Imitator is only for removing the false terrors from the world of spirits; sạch as the diablerie of witchcraft and purgatory.