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But 'tis not timber, lead, and stone,
To finish a fine building-
The carving and the gilding.
The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
How he esteems your merit,
To pardon or to bear it.
As fimilarity of mind,
Firft fixes our attention;
Muft save it from declension.
Some act upon this prudent plan,
Say little and hear all you can.
Safe policy but hateful
Unpleasant and ungrateful.
The man I trust, if shy to me,
No subterfuge or pleading
A spy on my proceeding.
These samples--for alas! at laft
Of evils yet unmentioned
Pursue the search, and you will find
To be at leaft expedient,
A principal ingredient.
The noblest Friendship ever shewn
Though some have tumed and turned it;
Have not, it seems, discerned it.
Oh Friendship! if my soul forego Thy dear delights while here below;
To mortify and grieve me, May I myself at last appear Unworthy, base, and insincere,
Or may my friend deceive me!
Subjoined to the Yearly Bill of Mortality of the
Anno Domini 1787.
Pallida Mors æquo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas, Regumque turres.
Pale death with equal foot strikes wide the door
While thirteen moons saw smoothly run
The Nen's barge-laden wave,
Have found their home, the grave.
Was man (frail always) made more frail
Than in foregoing years?
That so much death appears ?
No; these were vigorous as their fires,
Nor plague nor famine came; This annual tribute death requires,
And never waves his claim.
Like crowded forest-trees we stand,
And some are marked to fall; The axe will fmite at God's command,
And foon shall smite us all.
Green as the bay-tree, ever green,
With its new foliage on, The gay, the thoughtless, I have seen,
I passed and they were gone.
Read, ye that run, the solemn truth,
With which I charge my page; A worm is in the bud of youth,
And at the root of age.
No present health can health insure
For yet an hour to come;
Can always baulk the tomb.