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And gingling down the back-stairs, told the crew,
« Old Cato is as great a Rogue as you."
Blest paper-credit ! last and best supply!
That lends Corruption lighter wings to Ay ! 40
Gold imp'd by thee, can compass hardest things,
Can pocket States, can fetch or carry Kings;
A single leaf shall waft an Army o'er,
Or ship off Senates to a distant shore ;
A leaf, like Sibyl's, scatter to and fro

45 Our fates and fortunes, as the winds shall blow: Pregnant with thousands Aits the Scrap unseen, And silent sells a King, or buys a Queen.

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where he had received sent to Poland, and back a. large bag of Guineas, the gain; the Duke of Anjou bursting of the bag discover- was sent to Spain, and Don ed his business there. P. Carlos to Italy. P.

VER. 42.- fetch or carry VER. 44. Or ship off SeKings ;] In our author's nates to some diftant Shore;} time, many Princes had been Alludes to several Ministers, sent about the world, and Counsellors, and Patriots bagreat changes of Kings pro- nished in our times to Sibejected in Europe. The par. ria, and to that MORE GLOtition-treaty had disposed of RIOUS FATE of the ParliSpain ; France had set up a Ament of Paris, banishKing for England, who was ed to Pontoise in the year fent to Scotland, and back | 1720. P. again; King Stanislaus was

Oh! that such bulky Bribes as all might see, Still, as of old, incumber'd Villainy !

50 Could France or Rome divert our brave designs, With all their brandies or with all their wines? What could they more than Knights and Squires

confound, Or water all the Quorum ten miles round? A Statesman's flumbers 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.'

Poor Avarice one torment more would find; Nor could Profufion squander all in kind. Astride his cheese, Sir Morgan might we meet; And Worldly crying coals from street to street, Whom with a wig so wild, and mien so maz'd, Pity mistakes for some poor tradesman craz'd.

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To break a trust were Peter brib'd with wine,
Peter ! 'twould pose as wise a head as thine.

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Ver. 63. Some Misers of the coal-mines, had enof great wealth, proprietors tered at this time into an

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Had Colepepper's whole wealth been hops and hogs,
Could he himself have sent it to the dogs ?
His Grace will game: to White's a Bull be led,
With spurning heels and with a butting head.
To White's be carry'd, as to ancient games,
Fair Coursers, Vases, and alluring Dames. 70
Shall then Uxorio, if the stakes he sweep,
Bear home fix Whores, and make his Lady weep?
Or soft Adonis, so perfum'd and fine,
Drive to St James's a whole herd of swine ?
Oh filthy check on all industrious skill,

75 To spoil the nation's last great trade, Quadrille ! Since then, my Lord, on such a World we fall, What say you ? B. Say? Why take it, Gold and all.

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VER. 77. Since then, &c.] In the former Edd.

Well then, since with the world we stand or fall,
Come take it as we find it, Gold and all.

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association to keep up coals reft, defeated the design. to an extravagant price, One of these Misers was whereby the poor were re worth ten thousand, another duced almost to starve, till seven thousand a year. P. one of them taking the ad Ver. 65. Colepepper] Sir vantage of underselling the WILLIAM COLE PEPPER,

P. What Riches give us let us then enquire :
Meat, Fire, and Cloaths. B. What more? P. Meat,
Cloaths, and Fire.

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Is this too little ? would you more than live?
Alas! 'tis more than Turner finds they give.
Alas ! 'tis more than (all his Visions past)
Unhappy Wharton, waking, found at last!

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Bart. a person of an antient sand into the Charitable family, and ample fortune, Corporation for better intewithout one other quality reft; which fum having loft, of a Gentleman, who, after he took it so much to heart, ruining himself at the Gam- that he kept his chamber ing-table, past the rest of his ever after. It is thought he days in fitting there to see would not have outlived it, the ruin of others ; prefer- | but that he was heir to ring to fubfift upon borrow- another considerable estate, ing and begging, rather than which he daily expected, to enter into any reputable and that by this course of method of life, and refusing life he saved both cloaths a post in the army which and all other expences. P. was offered him. P.

Ver. 84. Unhappy WbarVer. 82. Turner] One, ton,] A Nobleman of great who, being possessed of three qualities, but as unfortunate hundred thousand pounds, in the application of them, laid down his Coach, be- as if they had been vices cause Interest was reduced and follies See his Characfrom five to four per cent. ter in the first Epiftle. P. and then put seventy thou.

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What can they give? to dying Hopkins, Heirs; 85
To Chartres, Vigour; Japhet, Nose and Ears?
Can they, in gems bid pallid Hippia glow;
In Fulvia's buckle ease the throbs below;
Or heal, old Narses, thy obscener ail,
With all th’embroid’ry plaister'd at thy tail? 90
They might (were Harpax not too wise to spend)
Give Harpax felf the blessing of a Friend ;

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VER. 85. Hopkins,] A it to the heir at law. P. Citizen, whose rapacity ob Ver. 86. Japhet, Nose tained him the name of Vul and Ears?] JAPHETCrook, tur Hopkins. He lived worth alias Sir Peter Stranger, was less, but died worth three punished with the loss of hundred thousand pounds, those parts, for having forgwhich he would give to no

ed a conveyance of an Eftate person living, but left it foto himself, upon which he as not to be inherited till took up several thousand after the second generation. pounds. He was at the same His counsel representing to time fued in Chancery for him how many years it must having fraudulently obtainbe, before this could take ed a Will, by which he poseffect, and that his money sessed another confiderable could only lie at interest Eftate, in wrong of the broall that time, he expressed ther of the deceased. By great joy thereat, and said, these means he was worth

They would then be as a great sum, which (in re" long in fpending, as he ward for the small loss of “ had been in getting it.” his ears) he enjoyed in prison But the Chancery afterwards till his death, and quietly set aside the will, and ve left to his executor. P.

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