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O! bless'd with temper, whose unclouded ray Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day; She who can love a sister's charms, or hear Sighs for a daughter with unwounded ear; She who ne'er answers till a husband cools, Or, if she rules him, never shows she rules; Charms by accepting, by submitting sways, Yet has her humour most when she obeys; Let fops or fortune fly which way they will, Disdains all loss of tickets or codille ; Spleen, vapours, or smallpox, above them all, And mistress of herself, though china fall.
And yet believe me, good as well as ill, Woman's at best a contradiction still. Heaven, when it strives to polish all it can Its last best work, but forms a softer man; Picks from each sex to make the favourite blest, Your love of pleasure, our desire of rest; Blends, in exception to all general rules, Your taste of follies with our scorn of fools; Reserve with frankness, art with truth allied, Courage with softness, modesty with pride; Fix'd principles, with fancy ever new : Shakes all together, and produces--you.
Be this a woman's fame; with this unblest Toasts live a scorn, and queens may die a jest. This Phoebus promis'd (I forget the year) When those blue eyes first open'd on the sphere; Ascendant Phoebus watch'd that hour with care, Averted half your parents' simple prayer,
And gave you beauty, but denied the pelf
TO ALLEN, LORD BATHURST.
OF THE USE OF RICHES.
That it is known to few, most falling into one of the extremes,
avarice or profusion. The point discussed, whether the invention of money has been more commodious or pernicious to mankind. That riches, either to the avaricious or the prodigal, cannot afford happiness, scarcely necessaries. That avarice is an absolute frenzy, without an end or purpose. Conjectures about the motives of avaricious
That the conduct of men, with respect to riches, can only be accounted for by the order of Providence, which works the general good out of extremes, and brings all to its great end by perpetual revolutions. How a miser acts upon principles which appear to him reasonable. How a prodigal does the same. The due medium and true use of riches. The Man of Ross. The fate of the profuse and the covetous, in two examples; both miserable in life and in death. The story of Sir Balaam.
P. Who shall decide when doctors disagree,
But I, who think more highly of our kind, (And surely heaven and I are of a mind) Opine that nature, as in duty bound, Deep hid the shining mischief under ground: But when by man's audacious labour won, Flam'd forth this rival to its sire the sun, Then careful heaven supplied two sorts of men, To squander these, and those to hide again.
Like doctors thus, when much dispute has past, We find our tenets just the same at last : Both fairly owning riches, in effect, No
grace of heaven, or token of th' elect; Given to the fool, the mad, the vain, the evil, To? Ward, to Waters, Chartres, and the devil. B. What nature wants, commodious gold
P. But how unequal it bestows, observe ;
B. Trade it may help, society extend.
1 Three personages notorious for having amassed money by nefarious practices : for an account of Chartres, see note 4 p. 75.
In vain may heroes fight and patriots rave,
Oh that such bulky bribes as all might see,
confound, Or water all the quorum ten miles round? A statesman's slumbers how this speech would spoil! “Sir, Spain has sent a thousand jars of oil ; Huge bales of British cloth blockade the door; A hundred oxen at your levee roar.”
2 This is said to have happened to Sir Christopher Musgrave, as he was coming out at the back door, after having been closeted with King William III.