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Prescribes, attends, the medicine makes and gives.
B. Thrice happy man! enabled to pursue What all so wish, but want the power to do! Say, O what sums that generous hand supply; What mines to swell that boundless charity ?
P. Of debts and taxes, wife and children clear, This man possess'd-five hundred pounds a year. Blush, grandeur, blush! proud courts, withdraw your blaze!
281 Ye little stars! hide
diminish'd rays. B. And what! no monument, inscription, stone ? His
race, his form, his name almost unkown? P. Who builds a church to God, and not to fame, Will never mark the marble with his name ; Go, search it there, where to be born and die, Of rich and poor makes all the history ; Enough that virtue fill'd the space between, Proved by the ends of being to have been. 290 When Hopkins dies, a thousand lights attend The wretch who living saved a candle's end; Shouldering God's altar a vile iuage stands, Belies his features, nay, extends his hands; That live long wig, which Gorgon's self might own, Eternal buckle takes in Parian stone. Behold what blessings wealth to life can lend! And, see what comfort it affords our end.
In the worst inn's worst room, with mat half hung, The floors of plaster, and the walls of dung, 300 On once a flock-bed, but repair'd with straw,
With tape-tied curtains, never meant to draw,
His grace's fate sage Cutler could foresee,
want that sold them for two pound.
Say, for such worth are other worlds prepared ?
P. Where London's column, pointing at the skies
The Devil was piqued such saintship to behold.
Roused by the prince of air, the whirlwinds sweep
he lives like other folks,
Asleep and naked’as an Indian lay,
And am so clear too of all other vice.'
The tempter saw his time: the work he plied ;
Behold sir Balaam, now a man of spirit,
A nymph of quality admires our knight;
The devil and the king divide the prize,
TO RICHARD BOYLE,
EARL OF BURLINGTON.
OF THE USE OF RICHES.
The vanity of expense in people of wealth and quality. The abuso
of the word taste, ver. 13. That the first principle and foundation in this, as in every thing else, is good sense, ver. 40. The chief proof of it is to follow nature, even io works of mere luxu. ry and elegance. Instanced in architecture and gardening, where all must be adapted to the genius and use of the place, and the beauties not forced into it, but resulting from it, ver. 50. How men are disappointed, in their most expensive undertakings, for want of this true foundation, without which nothing can please long, if at all; and the best examples and rules will be but perverted into something burthensome and ridiculous, ver. 65 to 90. A description of the false taste of magnificence ; the first grand error of which is, to imagine that greatnoss consists in the size and dimension, instead of the proportion and harmony of the whole, ver. 97, and the second either in joining together parts incoherent, or too minutely resembling, or in the repetition of the same too frequently, ver. 105, &c. A word or two of false taste in books, in music, in painting, even in preaching and prayer, and lastly in entertainments, ver. 133, &c. Yet Providence is justified in giving wealth to be squandered in this manner, since it is dispersed to the poor and laborious part of mankind, ver. 169. [recurring to what is laid down in the first book, Ep. ii. and in the Epistle preceding this, ver. 159, &c.] What are the proper objects of magnificence, and a proper field for the expense of great men, ver. 177, &c. And finally the great and public works which become a prince, ver 191, to the end. VOL. II.