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be more eminently delighted with a wide carnage. What it is that entitles him to such pre-eminence we know not; he is seldom the biggest or the swiftest, but he shows by his eagerness and diligence that he is, more than any of the others, a friend to the vultures.
LONDON; A POEM
IN IMITATION OF THE THIRD SATIRE OF JUVENAL
WRITTEN IN 1738
-Quis ineptæ Tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus ut teneat se? Juv. ”THOUGH grief and fondness in my breast rebel, When injur’d Thales bids the town farewell, Yet still my calmer thoughts his choice commend, I praise the hermit, but regret the friend; Resolv'd at length, from vice and London far, To breathe, in distant fields, a purer air, And, fix'd on Cambria's solitary shore, Give to St. David one true Briton more.
'For who would leave, unbrib’d, Hibernia's land, Or change the rocks of Scotland for the Strand ? There none are swept by sudden fate away, But all, whom hunger spares, with age decay: Here malice, rapine, accident, conspire, And now a rabble rages, now a fire; Their ambush here relentless ruffians lay, And here the fell attorney prowls for prey;
JUV. SAT. III.
0- Ego vel Prochytam præpono Suburæ.