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IN IMITATION OF THB
THIRD SATIRE OF JUVENAL.
WRITTEN IN 5738.
- Quis inepta Tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus uc teneat se?
Tho' grief and fondness in my breast rebel, When injur'd Thales* bids the town farewel, 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,
JUV. SAT. III.
• Sir John Hawking says, that by Thales we are here to understand Savage. Mr. Boswell asserts that this is entirely groundless, and adds, “I have been assured that Dr. Johnson said, he was not so much as acquainted with Savage when he wrote his London.” This, added to the circumstance of the date (for Savage did not set out for Wales till July 1739) might be decisive, if unfortunately for Mr. Boswell he had not a few pages after, given us some highly complimentary lines which," he was assured were written by Dr. Johnson." Ad Ricardum Savage, in April 1738, about a month before London was published. This surely implies previous acquaintance with Savage, for Dr. Johnson would not have praised a stranger in such terms, and gives a very strong probability to Sir John Hawkins's conjecture. That Savage did not 'set out for Wales until the following year, is a matter of little consequence, as the intention of such a journey would justify the lines alluding to it. See Boswell's Life of Johnson, vol. i. p. 100 and p. 199. syo. edit. 1804.
And, fix'd on Caribria's solitary shore,
2 For who would leave, unbrib'd, Hibernia's land,
3 While THALES waits the wherry that contains.
A transient calm the happy scenes bestow,
. -Ego vel Prochytam præpono Suburra,
Sed, dum tota domus rhedâ componitur unâ,
* Queen Elizabeth, born at Greenwich,
Since worth, he cries, in these degenerate days Wants ev'n the cheap reward of empty praise ; In those curs’d walls, devote to vice and gain, Since unrewarded science toils in vain; Since hope but sooths to double my distress, And every moment leaves my little less; While yet my steady steps no s staff sustains, And lite still vig'rous revels in my veins ; Grant me; kind Heaven, to find some happier place, Where honesty and sense are no disgrace; Some pleasing bank where verdant osiers play, Some peaceful vale with Nature's paintings gay; Where once the harass'd Briton found repose, And, safe in poverty, defy'd his foes; Some secret cell, ye Pow’rs, indulgent give,
Let live here, for has learn’d to live. Here let those reign, whom pensions can incite To vote a patriot black, a courtier white; Explain their country's dear-bought rights away, And plead for * pirates in the face of day; With slavish tenets taint our poison'd youth, And lend a lie the confidence of truth.
? Let such rajse palaces, and manors buy, Collect a tax, or farm a lottery;
Hic tunc Umbritius: Quando artibus, inquit, honestis
-- et pedibus me
6 Cedamus patriâ : vivant Arturius istic Et Catullus : maneant qui nigra in candida vertunt.
? Queis facile est ædem conducere, Aumina, portus, Siccandam eluviem, portandum ad busta cadaver. Munera nunc edunt.
The invasions of the Spaniards were defended in the houses of parliament. '
With warbling eunuchs fill our * silenc'd stage,
Heroes, proceed! what bounds your pride shall hold?
To such, the plunder of a land is giv'n,
9 Others with softer smiles, and subtler art,
10 For what but social guilt the friend endears? Who shares Orgilio's crimes, his fortune sbares,
& Quid Romæ faciam? mentiri nescio : librum, Si malus est, nequeo laudare & poscere.
9- Ferre ad nuptam quæ mittit adulter, Quæ mandat norint alii; ne nemo ministro Fur erit, atque ideo nulli comes exeo.
10 Quis nunc diligitur nisi conscius ? Carus erit Verri, qui Verrem tempore, quo vult, Accusare potest.
* The licensing act was then lately made. + The paper which at that time contained apologies for the court,