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In Youth they conquer with so wild a rage,
Pleasures the sex, as children Birds, pursue,
240 Still round and round the Ghosts of Beauty glide, And haunt the places where their honour dy'd.
See how the World its Veterans rewards ! A Youth of Frolicks, an old Age of Cards; Fair to no purpose, artful to no end,
245 Young without Lovers, old without a Friend; A Fop their Paffion, but their Prize a Sot, Alive, ridiculous, and dead, forgot!
Ah! Friend! to dazzle let the Vain design; To raise the thought, and touch the Heart be thine ! 2 50
That Charm shall grow, while what fatigues the Ring,
Oh! bleft with Temper, whose unclouded ray
And yet, believe me, good as well as ill,
Be this a Woman's Fame : with this unblest,
290 Kept Dross for Duchesses, the world shall know it, To you gave Sense, Good-humour, and a Poet,
Of the Use of RICHES. THAT it is known to few, most falling into one of
the extremes, Avarice or Profusion, ver. 1, &c. The Point discussed, whether the invention of Money has been more commodious or pernicious to Mankind, ver. 21 to 77. That Riches, either to the Avaricious or the Prodigal, cannot afford Happiness, scarcely Necessaries, ver. 89 to 160. That Avarice is an absolute Frenzy, without an End or Purpose, ver. 113, &c. 152. Conjectures about the Motives of Avaricious men, ver. 121 to 153. That the conduct of men,
with respect to Riches, can only be accountedfor by the Order of Providence, which works the general Good out of Extremes, and brings all to its great End by perpetual Revolutions, ver. 161 to 178. How a Miser acts upon Principles which appear to him reasonable, ver. 179. How a Prodigal does the same, ver. 199. The due Medium, and true use of Riches, ver. 219. The Man of Ross, ver. 250. The fate of the Profuse and the Covetous, in two examples ; both miserable in Life and in Death, ver. 300, &c. The Story of Sir Balaam, ver. 339 to the end,
THIS Epistle was written after a violent outcry against
our Author, on a supposition that he had ridiculed a worthy nobleman merely for his wrong tafte. He justified himself upon that article in a letter to the Earl of Burlington ; at the end of which are these words : “ I have learnt that there are some who would “ rather be wicked than ridiculous: and therefore it “ may be safer to attack vices than follies. I will “ therefore leave my betters in the quiet possession of “ their idols, their groves, and their high-places; “ and change my subject from their pride to their “ meanness, from their vanities to their miseries; “ and as the only certain way to avoid misconstruc“ tions, to lessen offence, and not to multiply ill“ natured applications, I may probably in my next, « make use of real names instead of fictitious ones."
P. W ho mall decide, when Doctors disagree,
And foundest Casuists doubt, like you and me ?
But I, who think more highly of our kind,