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THE

SIXTH EPISTLE

OF THE

FIRST BOOK

OF

HORACE.

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OT to admire, is all the Art I know,

To make men happy, and to keep them fo.” [Plain Truth, dear MURRAY, needs no flow'rs of So take it in the very words off Creech.] (speech,

2 This Vault of Air, this congregated Ball, 5 Self-center'd Sun, and Stars that rise and fall,

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IL Admirari, prope res eft una, Numici !

2 Hunc Solem, & Stellas, & decedentia certis

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+ From whose Translation of Horace the two first. lines are taken,

EPISTLES OF HORACE. 35

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There are, my Friend ! whose philosophic eyes
Look thro', and trust the Ruler with his kies,
To him commit the hour, the day, the year,
And view 3 this dreadful All without a fear.

Admire we then what 4 Earth's low entrails hold,
Arabian shores, or Indian seas infold ;
All the mad trade of 5 Fools and Slaves for Gold ?
Or 6 Popularity? or Stars and Strings ?
The Mob's applauses, or the gifts of Kings? 15
Say with what 7 eyes we ought at Courts to gaze,
And

pay the Great our homage of Amaze?
If weak the 8 pleasure that from these can spring,
The fear to want them is as weak a thing :
Whether we dread, or whether we desire,

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In either case, believe me, we admire;
Whether we 9 joy or grieve, the same the curse,
Surpris’d at better, or surpriz’d'at worse.

Tempor a momentis, funt qui 3 formidine nulla
Imbuti, fpe&tent.

- 4 Quid cenfes, munera Terræ?
Quid Maris, extremos Arabas 5 ditantis, & Indas ?
Ludicra, quid, 6 plausus, & amici dona Quiritis,
Quo fpeétanda modo, 7 quo sensu credis, és ore?

8 Qui timet his adversa, fere miratur eodem Quo cupiens pacto; pavor eff utrique molestus: Improvija fimul species exterret utrumque. 9 Gaudeat, an doleat, cupiat, metuatve, quid ad rem ? Si, quicquid videt melius, pejujve sua spe,

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Thus good or bad, to one extreme betray
Th' unbalanc'd mind, and snatch the man away; 35
For io Virtue's self may too much zeal be had ;
The worst of Madmén is a Saint run mad.

11 Go then, and if you can, admire the state
Of beaming diamonds, and reflected plate;
Procure a Taste to double the surprize,
And gaze on 12 Parian Charms with learned cyes :
Be struck with bright 13 Brocade, or Tyrian Dye,
Our Birth-day Nobles splendid Livery.
If not so pleas’d, at 14 Council-board rejoice,
To see their Judgments hang upon thy Voice; 35
From 15 morn to night, at Senate, Rolls, and Hall,
Plead much, read more, dine late, or not at all.
But wherefore all this labour, all this strife ?
For 16 Fame, for Riches, for a noble Wife?
Shall 17 One whom Nature, Learning, Birth, conspir'd
To form, not to admire but be admir'd,

41 Sigh, while his Chloë blind to Wit and Worth Weds the rich Dulness of some Son of earth?

Defixis oculis, animoque & corpore torpet ? 10 Insani sapiens nomen ferat, equus iviqui, Ultra quam fatis eft, virtutem s petat ipfam.

11 I nunc, argentum & marmor 12 vetus, &raque & Suspice; cum gemmis 13 Tyrios mirare colores : Cartes Gaude, quod spectant oculi mille loquentem : Gnavus 15 inane forum, & vespertinus pete te.tum:

16 Ne plus frumenti datalibus emetat agris Mucius. Indignum, quod fit pejoribus ortus ! 17 Hic tibi si potius, quam t!, mirabilis illi?

Yet

Yet 18 Time ennobles, or degrades each Line;
It brightend CR Aggs's, and may darken thine:

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And what is Fame? the Meanest have their day,
The Greatest can but blaze, and pass away.
Grac'd as thou art, 19 with all the Pow'r of Words,
So known, so honour'd, at the House of Lords ;
Conspicuous Scene! another yet is nigh,

50 (More filent far) where Kings and Poets lie ; Where MURRAY (long enough his Country's pride) Shall be no more than Tully, or than Hyde!

21 Rack'd with Sciatics, martyr'd with the Stone, Will any mortal let himself alone ?

55 See Ward by batter'd Beaus invited over, And desp'rate Misery lays hold on Dover. The case is easier in the Mind's disease ; There, all Men may be cur'd, whene'er they please. ye ? low Joys, ;

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61 Be virtuous, and be happy for your pains.

18 Quicquid sub terra eft, in apricum proferet Etas,
Defodiet, condetque nitentia. 19 Quum bene notum
Porticus Agrippe, & via te conspexerit Appi,
Ire tamen refiat Numa 20 quo devenit & Ancus.

21 Si latus, aut renes morbc tententur acuto, Quære fugam morbi

--22 Vis reéte vivere ? quis non? Si virtus hoc una poteft dare, fortis omißis Hoc

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23 But art thou one, whom new opinions fway, One, who believes as Tindal leads the way, Who Virtue and a Church alike disowns,

65 Thinks that but words, and this but brick and stones? Fly 24 then, on all the wings of wild desire, Admire whate'er the maddeit 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 out-bid 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) Add fifty more, and bring it to a square. For, mark th' advantage ; just so many score Will gain a 26 Wife with half as many more, Procure her beauty, make that beauty chaste, And then such 27 Friends -- as cannot fail to laft. 80 A 28 Man of Wealth, is dubb'd a Man of worth, Venus shall give him Form, and Anstis Birth.

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23 Virtutem verba putas, ut Lucum ligna? 24 cave ne portus occupet alter; Ne Cybiratica, ne Bithyna negotia perdas. 25 Mille talenta rotundentur, totidem altera: porro Tertia fuccedant, & quæ pars quadret acervum. Scilicet 26 Uxorem cum dote, fidemque & 27

Amicos. Et genus & formam regina 28 Pecunia donat": Ac bene nummatum decorat Suadola, Venusque.

(Believe

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