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In fine, whale'er I strive to bring about,
For, so the rhyme be at the verse's end, The contrary ((pite of my heart) comes out. No matter wbither all the reít does tend. Sometimes, enragil for time and pains mifpent, Unhappy is that man who, spite of 's heart, I give it over, sir'd, and discontent,
26 Is forc'd to be tv'd up to rules of art. And, damning the dull fiend a thousand times, A fop that scribbles does it with delight, By when I was poliel'd, forfwear ali chinies; Takes no pains to consider what to write, 90 But, having cursid the Mutes, they arpear,
Dul, fond of all the nonsense he brings forth, To be revenged for'a, ere I am auare.
is ravih'd with his own great wit and worth; Sple of myself, I itrait take fire again,
W beyond th' intollerablest zone,
While brave and noble writers vainly itrive F.!) to my talk with paper, ink, and pell,
To fuch a height of glory to arrive; And, breaking all the oaths I mide, in vain Eut, fill with all they do unfatisfyid,
95 Fruin verfe to verse expect their and again. Ne'er plenic themielves, though all the world beP:?, if my muse or I were so discreet 35
fide: T'endure, for rhyme's fake, oue dull epithet, And those whom all mankind adınire for wit, I might, like others, easily command
Wilh, for their own fakes, they had never writ. Words without ftudy, ready and at hand. ! Thou, then, that feet how ill I spend my time, In praising Chloris, moons, and fars, and skies, Teach me, for piły, how to make a rhyme; 100 Are quickly made to match her face and eyes-- | And, if th’inttructions chance to prove in vain, And gold and rubies, with as littic care, 41
Teach how ne'er to write again.
S A T I RE
RIDICULOUS IMITATION OF THE FRENCH.
CHO would not rather get him gone
Or iteer his pallage through those seas
5 To hang fo dull a clog upon his wit,
And learn of another, like a fool?
With epidemic affectations,
To put on gloves and stockings, caught; slept all the night, and loiter'd all the day.
Subinit to all that the devile, Vy fou', that is free from cale, and fear, and As if it wore their liverics; hope,
65 Make ready' and dress th' imagination, 15 (nows how to make her own ambition stoop,
Not with the clothes, but with the fathion; Lavoid uneasy greatness and resort,
And change it, tu tultil the curse Or for preferment following the Court.
Of Adam's fall, for new, though worse ; low happy liad I been if, for a curte,
To make ticeir breeches fall and rife The Fates had never sentenc'd me to verse ! 70
From middle legs to middle thighs, at, ever since this peremptory vein,
The tropics between which the hole Vith restless frenzy, first poffels'd my brain,
Move always as the fashion goes: And that the devil tempted me,
Sometimes wear liats like pyramids, of my own happineti, to judge and ivrite,
And sometimes iai, like pipkins' lids; frut up against my will, I waite my age 3 Orending this, and blotting out that page, od grow to wersy of the liavith trade,
Ver. 1.) The object of this fatire was thrat ex. envy their condition that write bad.
travagant and ridiculous imitation of the lisench happy Scudery! whose caly quill
which prevailed in Charles ine Second's reign, Fan, once a month, a migliy volume fill; 80 partly owing to the connexion and intercourse =)r, though this works are writen in despite which the politics of those times obliged us to f all good revíc, impertinent and flight, have with that nation, and partly to our cager ley never have been known to stand in need defire of avoiding the formal and precile gravity fitationer to sell, or for to read;
of the hypocritical age that preceded, Vol. II.
And give him kindly, to caress
No sooner several ways are gone, And cherith his frail happineis;
But by themselves are set upon, Of equal virtile to renew
5 Surpriz'd like brother against brother, His weary'd mind and body too ;
And put to thisword hy one another: Should like the cyder-tree in Eden,
So much niore fierce are civil wars, Which only grew to be forbidden)
Than those between mere foreigners! No sooner come to be enjoy'd,
And man himself, with wine poteft, But th' owner 's fatally destroy'd ;
More favage than the wildest bealt! And that which the for good design'd,
For ferpents, when they meet to water, Becomes the ruin of mankind,
Lay by their poison and their nature; That for a little vain excels
And fiercest creatures, that repair, Runs out of all its happiness,
In thirsty deferis, to their rare And makes the friend of Truth and Love
And distant river's banks to drink, Their greatest adversary prove;
To love and close alliance link,
80 T'abuse a bletting the biftow'd
And from ther mixture of itrange sceds So truly' effential to his gond,
Produce new, never-beard-of breeds, To countervail his peusive cares,
To whom the fiercer unicorn
Bcgios a large health with his horn ;
When they drink coftie, into th' pots ;
While man, with raging 'drink infiam’d, In choice and noble conversation,
Is far more lavage and untain'l; Catch truth and reaton unawares,
25 | Supplies his loss of wit and sense As men do health in wholesome airs
With barbaroufness and infolence; (While fools their conversants potress
Believes himself, the less he 's able, As unawares with fottishnets);
The more heroic and formidable; To gain access a private way
Lays-by his reason in his borris, To man's best feníc, by its own key, 30 As Turks are said to do their souls, Which painful judgers itrive in vain
Until it has to often been
95 By any other course t' obtain;
Shut out of its lodging, and let in, To pull off all diiguile, and view
At length it never can attain Things as they're natural and true;
To find the right way back again; Discover fools and knaves, allow'd
Diinks all his time away, and prunes for wife and lioneit in the crowd ;
The end of 's life, is vignerons
100 with innocent and virtuous sport
Cut Thort the branches of a vine, viake short days long, and long niglits short, To make it bear more plenty o' wine ; And mirth, the only antidote
And that which Nature did intend Against diseases ere they're got;
40 | T'enlarge his life, perverts t' its end, Po fave health harmless from th' access
So Noah, when he anchor'd safe on Both of the medicine and sisease ;
The mountain's top, his lofty haven, Dr make it help itfcif, secure
And all the pallengers he bore Against the desperatit fit, the cure.
Were on the new world set ashore, All these sublime prerogatives
He made it next his chief design of happineis to human lives,
To plant and propagate a vine; Be vainly throws away and tights,
Which since has overwhelm'd and drown'd Cor ma inets, woite, and bloody fights ;
Far greater narnbers, on dry ground, When nothing can decile, but swords
of wretched mankind, one by one, und pots, the right or wrong, of words, 50 Than all the flood before had done. Eke princes' dries; and he's outed he initice of his cute that's routed.
No sooner has a charge been founded Pith-Son of a cvhirt, anal Damod confunded, nd the bod fyna given, the 136,
S A it in lantly tire boties fly, bcre cups and glailes are finall Thor, and cannon-ball a perver-pot; at blood, that's hardly in the vein, now remanded back again;
M ARRIAGE. bougi sprung from winc of the same piece, nd near a-kin, within degrees,
VURE marriages were never so well fitted, rises to coninut aillinations
AS 1hce to matrimony men were com. its owo natural relations;
mited, od thote twin-spirits, fo kind-hearted,
Like thieves by justices, and to a wife hat from their frieusis se lately puntata
Bound, like to good behaviour, during life:
For then 'twas but a civil contract inade
For horns (like horny callouses) are found for Between two partners that set up a trade; To grow on sculls that have receiv'd a word, And if both fail'd, there was no conscience Are crackt, and broken; not at all on thote Nor faith invaded in the strictest sense ;
That are invulnerate and free from blows. No canon of the church, nor vow, was broke What a brave time had cuckold-makers ther, When nen did free their gall'd necks from the When they were held the worthiett ot niel, ;3 yoke;
The real fathers of the commonwealth, But when they tir’d, like nther horned beasts, That planted colonies in Rome itselt! Might have it taken off, and take their refts, When he that help'd his neighbours, and begin Without being bound in duty to Thew caute, Most Romans, was the nobleft patriot' Or reckon with divine or h man las.
For if a brave mang that preferu'd from de For since, what use of matrimony' has been, One citizen, was honour'd with a wreath, But to makc gallantry a greater sin:
16 He that more gallaotiy got three or imur, As if th're were no appetite nor gust,
In reason must deierve a great deal r. ore. Below adultery, in modith lust;
Then, if thote glorious worthies of vid Roma, Or no debauchery were exquifite,
That civiliz'd the world they'ad overcome, is Until it has atiain'd its perfect height.
Grid taught it laws and learn 5, foundil. For men do now take wives to nobler ende, The heir to save thicit cmpire from dec:v, Not to bear children, but to hear them friends; Why should not thote, that borrow al. 1** Whom nothing can oblige at such a rate
They!,ve from tliem, not take this lelle tato As theie endearing offices of late.
Get children, friends, and ironour too, ann. For men are now grown «vise, and understand 25 ney, How to improve their crimes as well as land; By prudent nianaging of matrimony) And, if they've issue, make the intants pay Fur, if 'tis honourable by all corter, Dowu for their own begetting on the day,
Adulterv must be worshipful at least, The charges of the gossiping disburse,
And these times great, when private mes 1 And pay beforehand (ere they're born) the nuile; As he that got a monster on a cow,
31 Up to the height and politic of Rome. Out of design of setting up a thou.
All by-bicws were not only free-born ther, For why thould not the brat: for all account, But, like John Llburn, free-begoten mei; As well as for the chriftening at the fount, Had equial right and privilege uithi wele Whicn those that stand for them lay down the rate That claim bu tiile right of the four ies: O'th' banquet and the priest in spoons and plate: For, being in marriage born, it matten 2013
The ancient Romans made thettate allow After what liturgy they were hegor : For getting all men's children above two!
And if there be a difference, they hare Then married men, to propagate the breed, Th' adva:itage of the chance in proving have, Had great rewards for what they never did, 40 By being engender'd with meie sead Were privileg'd, and highly honour à too, Than those beguiten the dull way of cofe, For owning what their friends were fain to do; The Chinese place ali piety and zeal For so they 'ad children, they regarded not In ferring wish their wives the corrmut.. By whoni (good men), or how, they were begot. Fix all their hopes of merit and faltou To borrow' wives (like money) or to lend, 45 Upon their women's fupererogaton; Was then the civil nificc of a friend,
With folemn vows their wives and daughter: " And lie that made a scruple in the case
Like E:e in Paradise, to all niankind; Was held a miserable wretch and base :
And those that can produce the most ralants, For when they 'ad children by them, th' honest Are neid the preciou test of all their ta nos;
Wear ronaries about their necks, to con Return'd them to their husbands back again. 50 Their exercites of devu ion on; Then, for th' encouragement and propagation
That serve them for certificates, to fhow Or such a great concernment to the nation, With what vast numbers they have had to do: All people were so full of complacence,
Before they're married, make a conicien And civil duty to the public sense,
T'omit no duty of incontinence; They bad no namel'express a cuckold then, 55 i And the that has been oitenett prostituted, is But that wtrich fignified all married men;
Is worthy of the greatest matchu reputed. Nor was the thing accounted a diigrace,
But, when the conquering Tartar wenta Unless among the dirty populace,
To root this orthodox religion out, And no man understands on what account They stood for conscience, and resolv'd 10 d. Les civil nations after hit upon 't:
Cc Rather than change the ancient purity For to be known a cuckold can be no
Of that religion, which their ancestors Dithonour but to him that thinks it log
And they had prosper'd in fo many rears; For if he feel no chagrin or remorse,
Tow'd to their gods to sacrifice their lives, His forehead 's thot-free, and he's ne'er the And die their dang!iters martyrs, and the worse;
Before they would commit to great a fin
Be scanted of that liberal use,
Which all mankind is free to chuse,
Instead of being witpers'd and spread?
45 "Tis of the probier general ute; PLAGIARI E S*.
As ruts, though. fupply'd by itealth,
Are wholetonse to the commonwealth,
And men ipend freelier what they win,
Than wliat they 've tieely coming in.
The world is as full of curious wit, And make free prize of what they plcase?
Which those that father never writ, As if, because the hug and iwell,
As 'cis of bastards, which the sot, Like pilferers, full of wha: they iteal,
And cuckold owns that ne'er begot;
5S To pay them with as hard a doom ;
Anth other bye-blow were their own. To ihut them up, the beasts in pounds,
For wi.y thould he that's impotent For breaking into others' gruands;
To judge, and fancy, and invent, Mark then) with.haracters and brands,
For that impediment be atopt Like other forgers of men's lands;
To own), and challenge, and adopt, Aud in efiigie liang and draw
At least th' expos'd and fatherless The pocr delinquents by club-law,
Poor orphars of the pen and preis, When no indictinent juttly lies,
15 Whofe parents are obicure, or dead, But were the theft wili bea, a price.
Or i far countries born and bred ? For though wit never can be learn’d,
As none but kings have power to raise It may b'allum'il, and own's, and earn'd,
A levy, which the fubjcer pays, Ani, like our noblest fruits, improv'd,
And though they call that tax a loan, By being transplanted and remov'd;
Yet when 'tis gather'd 'tis their own; And, as it bears no certain rate,
So he that is able to impose Nor pays one penny to the Itace,
A wit-excise un verle or prole,
70 With which it turns no more t'account
And still, the abler authors are Than virtue, faith, and merit 's wont;
Can inake them paytle greater thare, Is neither nioveable nor rent,
25 Is prince of poets of his time, Nor chattel, goods, nor tenement,
And they his vatsals that fupply' him; Nor Wás it ever pafs'd b'entail,
Can juuge mo:e justly' of what he takes 75 Nor fettled upon heirs-male;
of the beit he makes, Or if it were, like ill-got land,
:und mure impartiaily conceive Did never fall l'a fecond hand;
30 What's fit to hute and what to leave. so'tis no more to be engrofs'u
For men reflect more strictly upon Than lunshine, or the air inclos'd,
The sense of viers thail their own ; Or to propriety contin'd,
And wit, that is made of wit and fleight, Than th' uncont: old and scatter'd wind.
Is richer than the plain downright: i or why should that which Nature meant 35
As talt, that's made of falt, 's more fine, To ove its being to its vent;
Than when it first came from the brine; That has no value of its own,
And spirits of a nobler nature But as it is divulg'd and known;
Drawn from the dull ingredient master, Is perithable and deitroy'd,
Hence mighty Virgil's taid, of old, As long as it lies unenjoy'd;
40 From dung to have extracted gokl
(is many a lout and willy clown
B: bis intructions fince has done); * It is not improbable but that Butler, in this and grew more lofty by that means, satire, or (neering apology for the plagiary, che Than by his livery-onts and beans, liquely hints at Sir John Denham, vhoin he has When froin his carts and country farms directly attacked in a preceding poem.
He rose a mignity man ai arms; Butler was not pleased with the two firit lines | To who th' Heroics ever înce
95 of this composition, as appears by his altering Have worn allegiance, as their prince, them in the margin, t us:
An faithfully have in all times
Obfery'd his customs in their rhymes. Why should the world he fo levere
"Twas counted learning once, and wit, To every small-wit privateer?
To void but what some author writ,
TOO And indeed the alteration is much for the bet And wha. men understood by rule, ter; but, as it would not comect grammaticaily | By as implicit sense to quote: with what follou's, I did not ciuink propei to Then many a magifterial clerk adopt it.
Was taught, like linging-birds, i' th dark,