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Then fick with Poetry, and pofsest with Muse Thou wast, and mad I hop'd; but men which

chuse Law practice for meer gain; bold soul repute Worse than imbrotheld strumpets prostitute “. Now like an owl-like watchman he must walk, His hand still at a bill; now he must talk Idly, like prisoners, which whole months will

swear, That only suretyship hath brought them there, suitor lye in

every thing,
Like a King's Favourite—or like a King.
Like a wedge in a block, wring to the barre,
Bearing like afses, and more shameless farre
Than carted whores, lye to the

grave Judge; for
Bastardy abounds not in King's titles, nor,
Simony and Sodomy in Church-men's lives,
As these things do in him; by these he thrives.

And to every

NOTE s.

• He speaks here of those illiberal Advocates who frequent the Bar for mere gain, without any purpose of promoting or advancing civil justice; the consequence of which, he tells us, is a flavish attendance, together with a degradation of their parts and abilities. So that when they undertake to excuse the bad conduct of their client, they talk as idly, and are heard with the same contempt, as debtors, whose common

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Curs'd be the wretch, so venal and so vain: Paltry and proud, as Drabs in Drury-lane. 'Tis such a bounty as was never known,

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If Peter deigns to help you to your own :
What thanks, what praise, if Peter but supplies!
And what a solemn face, if he denies !
Grave, as when pris’ners shake the head and swear
'Twas only Suretiship that brought 'em there. 70
His Office keeps your Parchment fates entire,
He starves with cold to save them from the fire;
For you he walks the streets through rain or dust,
For not in Chariots Peter puts his trust;
For
you
he sweats and labours at the laws,

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Takes God to witness he affects your cause,
And lies to ev'ry Lord, in ev'ry thing,
Like a King's Favourite-or like a King.
These are the talents that adorn them all,
From wicked Waters ev'n to godly * * 80
Not more of Simony beneath black gowns,
Nor more of Bastardy in heirs to Crowns.
In Thillings and in pence at first they deal ;
And steal fo little, few perceive they steal ;

NOT E s. cant is, that they were undone by Surety ship. The Imitator did not seem to take the fineness of the satire, or would not have neglected an abuse of this importance, to fall upon such paulıry things as Peter, and those whom Peter considered (and so well used) as his patrimony.

Shortly (as th' sea) he'll compass all the land,
From Scots to Wight, from Mount to Dover strand.
And spying heirs melting with Luxury,
Satan will not joy at their fins as he:
For (as a thrifty wench scrapes kitchen-stuffe,
And barrelling the droppings, and the snuffe
Of wasting candles, which in thirty year,
Reliquely kept, perchance buys wedding chear)
Piecemeal he gets lands, and spends as much time
Wringing each acre, as maids pulling prime.
In parchment then, large as the fields, he draws
Assurances, big as gloss'd civil laws,
So huge that men (in our times forwardness)
Are Fathers of the Church for writing less.
These he writes not; nor for these written payes,
Therefore spares no length (as in those first dayes
When Luther was profest, he did desire
Short Pater-nosters, saying as a Fryer
Each day his Beads; but having left those laws,
Adds to Christ's prayer, the Power and Gloryclause)
But when he sells or changes land, h' impaires
The writings, and (unwatch’d) leaves out ses heires,
As Nily as any Commenter goes by
Hard words, or sense ; or, in Divinity
As controverters in vouch'd Texts, leave out
Shrewd words, which might against them clear

the doubt.

mortgage melts

melts away ;

'Till, like the Sea, they compass all the land, 85
From Scots toWight, from Mount to Dover strand:
Andwhen rank Widows purchase luscious nights,
Or when a Duke to Jansen punts at White's,
Or City-heir in
Satan himself feels far less joy than they. 90
Piecemeal they win this acre first, then that,
Glean on, and gather up the whole estate.
Then strongly fencing ill-got wealth by law,
Indenture, Cov'nants, Articles they draw,
Large as the fields themselves, and larger far

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Than civil Codes, with all their Glosses, are;
So vast, our new Divines, we must confess,
Are Fathers of the Church for writing less.
But let them write for

you,
each

rogue impairs
The deeds, and dextrously omits, ses beires: 100
No Commentator can more flily pass
O’er a learn'd, unintelligible place;
Or, in quotation, Ihrewd Divines leave out
Those words, that would against them clear the

doubt. So Luther thought the Pater-nofter long, 105 When doom'd to say his beads and Even-song; But having cast his cowle, and left those laws, Adds to Christ's prayer, the Pow'r and Gloryclause,

NOTES. VER. 105. So Luther, &c.] Our Poet, by judiciously transposing this' fine fimilitude, has given new lustre to his Vol. IV.

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Where are these spread woods which cloath'd

heretofore Those bought lands? not built, not burnt with

in door. Where the old landlords troops, and almes ? In

halls Carthusian Fasts, and fulsome Bacchanals Equally I hate. Mean’s blest. In rich men's homes I bid kill fome beasts, but no hecatombs ;

NOTES. Author's thought. The Lawyer (says Dr. Donne) enlarges his legal instruments, to the bignefs of glass’d civil Laws, when it is to convey property to himself, and to secure his own illgot wealth. But let the same Lawyer convey property to you, and he then omits even the necessary words; and becomes as concise and loose as the halty pottils of a modern Divine. So Luther, while a Monk, and by his Institution, obliged to say Mass, and pray in person for others, thought even his Pater-nofter too long. But when he set up for a Governor in the Church, and his business was to direct others how to pray for the success of his new Model; he then length. ened the Pater nofter by a new clause. This representation of the first part of his conduct was to ridicule his want of devotion; as the other, where he tells us, that the adoit or was the power and glory clause, was to satirize his ambition ; and both together, to insinuate that from a Monk, he was become totally secularized. About this time of his life Dr. Donne had a strong propensity to the Roman Catholic Religion, which appears from feveral strokes in these Satires. We find amongit his works, a short satirical thing called a Catalogue of rare Books, one article of which is entitled, M. Lutherus de abbri. siitione Orationis Doninica, alluding to Luther's omission of the concluding Doxology in his two Catechisms; which thews the Poet was fond of his joke. In this catalogue (to intimate

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