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Without their cost, you terminate the cause And save th' expence of long litigious laws : Where suits are travers’d; and so little won, That he who conquers, is but last undone : Such are not your decrees; but fo design'd, The fanction leaves a lasțing peace behind; Likeyourown soul, serene; a pattern of yourmind.

Promoting concord, and composing strife, Lord of yourself, uncumber'd with a wife; Where, for a year, a month, perhaps a night, Long penitence succeeds a short delight: Minds are so hardly match'd, that ev’n the first, Tho pair’d by heaven, in Paradise were curs’d. For man and woman, tho in one they grow, Yet, first or last, return again to two. He to God's image, she to his was made; So, farther from the fount the stream at random

stray'd. How could he stand, when, put to double pain, He must a weaker than himself sustain ! Each might have stood perhaps; but each alone; Two wrestlers help to pull each other down.

Not that my verse would blemish all the fair ; But yet

if some be bad, 'tis wisdom to beware ; And better thun the bait, than struggle in the

snare.

Thus have you shunn'd, and thun the marry'd state, Trusțing as little as you can to fate.

No porter guards the passage of your door,
T'admit the wealthy, and exclude the poor ;
For God, who gave the riches, gave the heart,
To fanctify the whole, by giving part ;
Heaven, who foresaw the will, the means has

wrought,
And to the second son a blessing brought;
The first-begotten had his father's Thare:
But you, like Jacob, are Rebecca's heir.

So may your stores, and fruitful fields increase ;
And ever be you bless'd, who live to bless.
As Ceres sow'd, where-e'er her chariot flew;
As heaven in deserts rain'd the bread of dew
So free to many, to relations most,
You feed with manna your own Israel hoft.

With crowds attended of your You seek the champion sports, or fylvan chace: With well-breath'd beagles yousurround the wood, Ev’n then, industrious of the common good : And often have you brought the wily fox To suffer for the firstlings of the flocks Chas'd even amid the folds; and made to bleed, Like felons, where they did the murd'rous deed.

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This fiery game your active youth maintain'd;
Not yet by years extinguish'd, tho restrain'd:
You season still with sports your serious hours :
For
age

but tastes of pleasures, youth devours.
The hare in pastures or in plains is found,
Emblem of human life, who runs the round;
And, after all his wand'ring ways are done,
His circle fills, and ends where he begun,
Just as the setting meets the rising sun.

Thus princes ease their cares; but happier he,
Who seeks not pleasure thro necessity,
Than such as once on flipp’ry thrones were

plac'd;
And chasing, sigh to think themselves are chasid:

So liv'd our fires, ere doctors learn'd to kill,
And multiply'd with theirs the weekly bill.
The first physicians by debauch were made;
Excess began, and sloth sustains the trade,
Pity the gen'rous kind their cares bestow
To search forbidden truths ; (a fin to know :)
To which if human science could attain,
The doom of death, pronounc'd by God, were

vain,
In vain the leech would interpose delay;
Fate fastens first, and vindicates the

prey.

What help from art's endeavors can we have ?
Gibbons, but guesses, nor is sure to save :
But Maurus:sweeps whole parishes, and peoples

ev'ry grave;
And no more mercy to mankind will use,
Than when he robb'd and inurder'd Maro's muse.
Would'It thou be foon dispatch’d,and perish whole,
Trust Maurus with thy life, and Milbourn with

thy soul.

By chace our long-liv'd fathers earn’d their food; Toil strung the nerves, and purify'd the blood: But we their sons, a pamper'd race of men, Are dwindled down to threescore years and ten. Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought, Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught. The wise, for cure, on exercise depend; God never made his work, for man to mend.

The tree of knowlege, once in Eden plac'd, Was easy found, but was forbid the taste : O, had our grandfire walk'd without his wife, He first had fought the better plant of life! Now both are loft: yet, wand'ring in the dark, Physicians, for the tree, have found the bark : They, lab'ring for relief of human kind, With sharpen'd fight some remedies may find; Th’apothecary-train is wholly blind.

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From files a random recipe they take,
And

many deaths of one prescription make.
Garth, gen'rous as his muse, prescribes and gives ;
The shopman sells; and by destruction lives :
Ungrateful tribe ! who, like the viper's brood,
From med'cine issuing, suck their mother's blood!
Let these obey; and let the learn'd prescribe ;
That men may die, without a double bribe :
Let them, but under their superiors, kill ;
When doctors first have sign'd the bloody bill :
He scapes the best, who, nature to repair,
Draws physic from the fields, in draughts of vital air.

You hoard not health, for your own private use;
But on the public spend the rich produce.
When, often urg'd, unwilling to be great,

calls
you
from

your lov'd retreat,
And sends to senates, charg'd with common care,
Which none more shuns; and none can better bear:
Where could they find another form'd fo fit,
To poise, with solid sense, a sprightly wit !
Were these both wanting, as they both abound,
Where could so firm integrity be found ?
Well born, and wealthy, wanting no support,
You steer betwixt the country and the court :
Nor gratify whate'er the great desire,
Nor grudging give, what public needs require.

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