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Who virtue and a church alike disowns,

65 Thinks that but words, and this but brick and stones? Fly then, on all the wings of wild desire, Admire whate'er the maddest can admire : Is wealth thy passion ? Hence! from pole to pole, Where winds can carry, or where waves can roll, 70 For Indian spices, for Peruvian gold, Prevent the greedy, and outbid the bold : Advance thy golden mountain to the skies ; On the broad base of fifty thousand rise, Add one round hundred, and (if that's not fair) 75 Add fifty more, and bring it to a square. For, mark th' advantage ; just so many score Will gain a wife with half as many more, Procure her beauty, make that beauty chaste, And then such friends as cannot fail to last. 80 A man of wealth is dubb’d a man of worth, Venus shall give him form, and Anstis birth. (Believe me, many a German prince is worse, Who proud of pedigree, is poor of purse.) His wealth brave Timon gloriously confounds ; 85 Ask'd for a groat, he gives a hundred pounds; Or if three ladies like a luckless play, Takes the whole house upon the poet's day.


Ver. 65. Who virtue and a church alike disowns,] The one he renounces in his party pamphlets; the other in his Rights of the Christian Church.

VER. 82. Anstis birth.] Anstis was Garter King of Arms.


Now, in such exigencies not to need,
Upon my word, you must be rich indeed;
A noble superfluity it craves,
Not for yourself, but for your fools and knaves;
Something, which for your honour they may cheat,
And which it much becomes you to forget.
If wealth alone then make and keep us blest, 95
Still, still be getting, never, never rest.

But if to pow'r and place your passion lie,
If in the pomp of life consist the joy;
Then hire a slave, or (if you will) a lord
To do the honours, and to give the word; 100
Tell at your levee, as the crowds approach,
To whom to nod, whom take into your coach,
Whom honour with your hand: 'to make remarks,
Who'rules in Cornwall, or who rules in Berks :
“ This may be troublesome, is near the chair : 105
66 That makes three members, this can choose a mayor.”
Instructed thus, you bow, embrace, protest,
Adopt him son, or cousin at the least,
Then turn about, and laugh at your own jest.
Or if your life be one continu'd treat,

I10 If to live well means nothing but to eat ; Up, up! cries Gluttony, 'tis break of day, Go drive the deer, and drag the finny-prey ;


VER. 104. Who rules in Cornwall, &c.] Pope here seems to allude to Viscount Falmouth, who brought into Parliament several members for the Cornish boroughs.


With hounds and horns go hunt an appetite-
So Russel did, but could not eat at night, 115
Call'd happy dog! the beggar at his door,
And envy'd thirst and hunger to the poor.

Or shall we ev'ry decency confound,
Thro' taverns, stews, and bagnios take our round,
Go dine with Chartres, in each vice outdo
K-l's lewd cargo, or Ty-y's crew,
From Latian


French Circæan feasts,
Return well travell’d, and transform’d to beasts,
Or for a titled punk, or foreign flame,
Renounce our country, and degrade our name? 125

If, after all, we must with Wilmot own,
The cordial drop of life is love alone;
And-Swift cry wisely, “ Vive la bagatelle !"
The man that loves and laughs, must sure do well,
Adieu--if this advice

E’en take the counsel which I
Or better precepts if you can impart,
Why do, I'll follow them with all my heart.

the worst,

gave you first;

VER. 126. Wilmot] Earl of Rochester.





With this Motto in the first Edition, in Folio, 1737:

Ne rubeam pingui donatus munere." HOR,

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