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THE FIRST PART IMITATED IN THE YEAR 1714, BY DR. SWIFT;
THE LATTER PART ADDED AFTERWARDS.
I've often wish'd that I had clear
5 Of land, set out to plant a wood.
Well, now I have all this and more,
10 I can't but think 'twould sound more clever, To me and to my heirs for ever.
If I ne'er got or lost a groat, By any trick, or any fault; And if I pray by reason's rules,
15 And not like forty other fools : As thus,“ Vouchsafe, oh gracious Maker! To grant me this and t'other acre: Or, if it be thy will and pleasure, Direct my plough to find a treasure :" 20 But only what my station fits, And to be kept in my right wits ;
Hercule: si, quod adest, gratum juvat: hâc prece
te oro, Pingue pecus domino facias, et cætera, præter Ingenium ; utque soles, custos mihi maximus adsis. Ergo ubi me in montes et in arcem ex urbe re
movi, (Quid prius illustrem Satiris Musáque pedestri?) Nec mala me ambitio perdit, nec plumbeus Auster, Autumnusque gravis, Libitinæ quæstus acerbæ.
Matutine pater, seu Jane libentiùs audis, Unde homines operum primos vitæque labores Instituunt (sic Dis placitum) tu carminis esto Principium. Romæ sponsorem me rapis: Eia, Ne prior officio quisquam respondeat, urge: Sive Aquilo radit terras, seu bruma nivalem Interiore diem gyro trahit, ire necesse est. Postmodo, quod mî obsit, clarè certumque locuto, Luctandum in turbâ ; facienda injuria tardis. Quid vis, insane? et quas res agis ? improbus ur
Ver. 30. on this side Trent;] He was perpetually expressing his discontent at his Irish preferment, and forming schemes for exchanging it for a smaller in England; and courted Queen Caroline and Sir Robert Walpole to effect such a change. A negociation had nearly taken place between the Dean and a Mr. Talbot for the living of Burfield, in Berkshire. Mr. Talbot himself informed me of this negociation. Burfield is in the neighbourhood of Bucklebery, Lord Bolingbroke's seat.
Preserve, Almighty Providence !
In short, I'm perfectly content,
Nor cross the Channel twice a-year, - To spend six months with statesmen here.
I must by all means come to town, 'Tis for the service of the crown.
Lewis, the Dean will be of use,
« Good Mr. Dean, go change your gown,
Iratis precibus ; tu pulses omne quod obstat,
Ver. 82. And, Mr. Dean] Very happily turned from Si vis potes.
“ I thought the Dean had been too proud,
I get a whisper, and withdraw :
This, humbly offers me his case-
my Lord Bolingbroke in mind,