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Sic fic fe habere, rem necelle prorsùs eft,
Ratione vingis, do lubens manus, Plato.
Quæ demigrabitur alia hinc in corpora?
[Ensi mapum admovens.
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,
Thus am I doubly arm'd; my death and life,
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6.
-Experiar quid concedatur in illos,
Juv. Sat. i. ver. 170.
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: