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Sic fic fe habere, rem necelle prorsùs eft,

Ratione vingis, do lubens manus, Plato.
Quid enim dedifet, quæ dedit fruftra nihil,
Æternitatis infitam cupidinem
Natura ? Quorfum hæc dulcis expectatio ;
Vitæque non explenda melioris fitis ?
Quid vult fibi aliud iste redeundi in nibil
Horror, sub imis quemque agens præcordiis ?
Cur territa in se refugit anima, cur tremit
Attonita, quoties, morte ne pereat, timet?
Particula nempe eft cuique nascenti indita
Divinier ; quæ corpus incolens agit;
Hominique succinit, tua eft æternitas.
Æternitas? O lubricum nimis afpici,
Mixtumque dulci gaudium formidine!

Quæ demigrabitur alia hinc in corpora?
Quæ terra mox incognita ? Quis orbis nouus,
Manet incolendus? Quanta erit mutatio 2
Hæc intuenti fpatia mihi quaquà patent
Immenfa : sed caliginofa nox premit ;
Nec luce clara vult videri fingula.
Figendus hic pes; certa funt hæc hactenus ;
Si quod gubernet numen humanum genus,
( Åt, quod gubernet, effe clamunt omnia)
Virtute non gaudere certe non poteft :
Nec elle non beata, quà gaudet, potest.
Sed quâ beata sede ? Quove in tempore.
Hæc quanta quanta terra, tota eft Cæfaris.
Quid dubius bæret animus usque adeò ? Brevi
Hic nodum hic omnem expediet. Arma en induor,

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IT must be so—_Plato, thou reason'st well

Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire, This longing after immortality? Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror, Of falling into nought? Why shrinks the foul Back on herself, and ftartles at deftruction ? 'Tis the divinity that stirs within us ; "Tis Heav'n itself, that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man. Eternity ! thou pleasing, dreadful thought !"

Through what yariety of untry'd being, Thro' what new scenes and changes must we pass ! The wide, th’unbounded prospect lies before me ; But shadows, clouds, and darkness reft upon it. Here will I hold. If there's a pow'r above us, (And that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works) He must delight in virtue ; And that which he delighis in must be happy. But when, or where! This world was made for

Cæfar. I'm weary of conjectures—This must end 'em.

[Laying his hand on his Sword.


In utramque partem falta ; quæque vim inferant,
Et quæ propulfent ! Dextera intentant necem;
Vitam finiftra : vulnus hæc dabit manus ;
Altera medelam vulneris : Hic ad exitum
Deducet, ietu fimplici ; haec vetant mori,
Secura ridet anima mucronis minas,
Ensesque frictos, interire nefcia.
Extinguet aetas fidera diuturnior:
Ætate languens ipse fol obscuriùs
Emittet orbi confenefcenti jubar :
Natura et ipfa sentiet quondam vices
Ætatis ; annis ipfa deficiet gravis:
At tibi juventus, at tibi immortalitas ;-
Tibi parta divúm eft vita. Periment mutuis
Elementa fefe et interibunt iftibus :
Tu permanebis fola semper integra,
Tu cuneta rerum quasa, cunta naufraga,
Jam portu in ipfo tuta contemplabere.
Compage rupta, corraient in fe invicem,
Orbesque fractis ingerentur orbibus ;
Illaesa tu sedebis extra fragminat

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Thus am I doubly arm'd; my death and life,
My bane and antidote are both before me.
This in a moment brings me to an end;
But this informs me I shall never die.
The foul, fecur'd in her exiftence, smiles
At the drawn dagger, and defies its point.
The stars shall fade away, the fun himself
Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years ;
But thou shall flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amidst the war of elements,
The wrecks of matter and the crush of worlde.


NO 629


-Experiar quid concedatur in illos,
Quorum framiniâ tegitur cinis, atque Latina.

Juv. Sat. i. ver. 170.
Since none the living dare implead,
Arraign them in the persons of the dead.

DRYDEN. NEXT to the people who want a place, there are

none to be pitied more than those who are fo. licited for one, A plain answer with a denial in it, is looked upon as pride, and a civil answer as a pro-mise.

Nothing is more ridiculous than the pretensions of people upon these occasions. Every thing a man hath suffered, while his enemies were in play, was certainly brought about by the malice of the oppofite party. A bad cause would not have been: loft, if such an one had not beợn upon the bench; nor a profligate youth disinherited, if he bad not got drunk every night by toasting an outed ministry, I remember a Tory, who having been fined in a court of justice for a prank that deserved the pillory, defired upon the merit of it to be made a justice of peace when his friends came into power; and fhall never forget a whig criminal, who, upon being indicted for a rape, told his friends, You see what a man suffers for sticking to his principles.

The truth of it is, the sufferings of a man in a party are of a very doubtful nature.

When they are such as have promoted a good cause, and fallen upon a man undeservedly, they have a right to be heard and recompensed beyond any other preten. fions. But when they rise out of ralhness or indifcretion, and the purfuit of such measures as have:


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