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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,
But if to pow'r and place your passion lie,
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-
Or shall we ev'ry decency confound,
French Circæan feasts,
If, after all, we must with Wilmot own,
gave you first;
VER. 126. Wilmot] Earl of Rochester.
THE FIRST EPISTLE
SECOND BOOK OF HORACE ;
With this Motto in the first Edition, in Folio, 1737:
“ Ne rubeam pingui donatus munere." HOR,