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425

Scilicet, inque ma'am rem cætera turba jubentur.
Frustra autem immensis cupiunt imponere metam
Muncribus Divûm, atque illius tela coarctant
Solis, hyperboreas etiam qui temperat auras,
Non solum australes genios fæcundat et auget.
Qui primis laté sua lumina sparsit ab annis,
Ilustrat præsens, fummumque accenderit ævum.
(Cuique vices variæ tamen; et jam sæcula fæclis
Succedunt pejora, et jam meliora peractis)
Pro meritis musam laudare memento, nec unquam
Neglige quod novitas distinguit, quodve vetustas.

430

Sunt qui nil proprium in medium proferre suerunt, Judiciumque suum credunt popularibus auris; Tum vulgi quò exempla trahunt retrahuntque fequuntur, Tolluntque expositas latè per compita nugas. 435 Turba alia authorum titulos et nomina discit Scriptoresque ipsos, non scripta examinat. Horum Pessimus iste cluet, fi quem servilitèr ipfos Visere magnates stupor ambitiosus adegit. Qui critice ad menfam domino ancillatur inepto, 440 Futilis ardelio, femper referensque ferensque Nuntia nugarum. Quam pinguia, quam male nata Carmina censentur, quæcunque ego fortè vel ullus Pangere Apollineæ tentat faber improbus artis ! At fiquis vero, fiquis vir magnus adoptet

445 Felicem musam, quantus nitor ecce! venusque

Ingenio

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Before his sacred name Aies ev'ry fault,
And each exalted stanza steems with thought!

425

The vulgar thus thro' imitation err,
As oft the learn’d by being fingular;
So much they scorn the croud, that if the throng
By chance go right, they purposely go wrong:
So schismatics the plain believers quit,
And are but damn’d for having too much wit.

430

435

Some blame at morning what they praise at night;
But always think the last opinion right.
A muse by these is like a mistress us’d,
This hour she’s idoliz'd, the next abus’d;
While their weak heads like towns unfortify’d,
'Twixt sense and nonsense daily change their side.
Ask them the cause, they're wiser still they say;
And still to-morrow's wiser than to-day.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so.
Once school-divines this zealous ille oe'erspread;
Who knew most sentences, was deepest read;

440

Faith

Ingenio accedunt! quam prodigialitèr acer
Fit stubito stylus! omnigenam venerabile nomen
Prætexit facris culpam radiis, & ubique
Carmina culta nitent, & pagina parturit omnis.

450

Stultula plebs doctos studiosa imitarier errat,
Ut docti nullos imitando fæpius ipsi;
Qui, fi forte unquam plebs rectum viderit, (illis
Tanto turba odio est) consultò lumina claudunt.
Talis schismaticus Christi, grege fæpe relicto,
Cælos ingenii pro laude paciscitur ipsos.

455

460

Non desunt quibus incertum mutatur in horas
Judicium, sed semper eos fententia ducit
Ultima palantes. Illis miseranda camæna
More ineretricis tractatur, nunc Dea certè,
Nunc audit vilis lupa: dum præpingue cerebrum,
Debilis & male munitæ ftationis ad instar,
Jam recti, jam stultitiæ pro partibus astat.
Si caufam rogites, aliquis tibi dicat eundo
Quisque dies teneræ præbet nova pabula menti,

465
Et fapimus magis atque magis. Nos docta propago
Scilicet et sapiens proavos contemnimus omnes,
Heu! pariter nostris temnenda nepotibus olim.
Quondam per nostros dum turba scholastica fines
Regnavit, fi cui quam plurima clausula semper

470 In promptu, ille inter doctissimus audiit omnes;

Religiofa

445

Faith, gospel, all, seem'd made to be disputed,
And none had sense enough to be confuted:
Scotists and Thomists, now in peace remain,
Amidst their kindred cobwebs in Duck-lane.
If faith itself has diff'rent dresses worn,
What wonder modes in wit shou'd take their turn?
Oft leaving what is natural and fit,
The current folly proves the ready wit;
And authors think their reputation safe,
Which lives as long as fools are pleas'd to laugh.

450

455

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Some valuing those of their own side or mind,
Still make themselves the measure of mankind;
Fondly we think we honour merit then,
When we but praise ourselves in other nien.
Parties in wit attend on those of state,
And public faction doubles private hate.
Pride, malice, folly, against Dryden rose,
In various shapes of parsons, critics, beaus;
But sense surviv'd when merry jests were paft;
For rising merit will buoy up at last.
Might he return and bless once more our eyes,
New Blackmores and new Milbournes must arise ;
Nay, shou'd great Homer lift his awful head,
Zoilus again wou'd start up from the dead.

465

Envy

475

Religiosa fides fimul ac facra omnia nasci
Sunt visa in litem ; fapuit sat nemo refelli
Ut se fit palsus. Jam gens insulsa Scotistæ,
Intactique abaci Thomistæ

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Inter araneolos pandunt sua retia fratres.
Ipsa fides igitur cum sit variata, quid ergo,
Quid mirum ingenium quoque si varia induat ora?
Naturæ verique reli&tis finibus amens
Sæpius insanire parat popularitèr author,
Expectatque fibi vitalem hoc nomine famam,
Suppetit usque suus plebi quia risus ineptæ.

480

Hic folitus propriâ metirier omnia normâ, Solos, qui secum sunt mente et partibus iisdem Approbat, at vanos virtuti reddit honores,

485 Cui tantum fibi fic larvata superbia plaudit. Partium in ingenio ftudium quoque regnat, ut aulâ, Seditioque auget privatas publica rixas. Drydeno obftabant odiuin atque superbia nuper Et supor omnigenæ latitans sub imagine formæ, Nunc criticus, nunc bellus homo, mox deinde facerdos; Attamen ingenium, joca cum filuêre, superstes 49! Vivit adhuc, namque olim utcunque fopulta profundis Pulchrior emerget tenebris tamen inclyta virtus. Milbourni, rursus fi fas foret ora tueri, Blackmorique novi reducem insequerenter; Ilonent's Ipsè etiam erigeret vultus si forte verendos Zoilus ex orco gressus revocaret. Ubique

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Virtuti

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