Much less transfix his feelings with an oath ;
Nor frown, unless he vanish with the cloth.-
And, trust me, his utility may reach
To more than he is hired or bound to teach ;
Much trash-unuttered, and some ills undone,
Through reverence of the censor of thy son.

But, if thy table be indeed unclean,
Foul with excess, and with discourse obscene,
And thou a wretch, whom, following her old plan,
The world accounts an honourable man,
Because forsooth thy courage has been tried
And stood the test, perhaps on the wrong side ;
Though thou hadst never grace enough to prove
That any thing but vice could win thy love ;-
Or hast thou a polite, card-playing wife,
Chained to the routs that she frequents for life ;
Who, just when industry begins to snore,
Flies, winged with joy, to some coach crowded door ;
And thrice in every winter throngs thine own
With half the chariots and sedans in town,
Thyself meanwhile e'en shifting as thou mayest ;
Not very sober though, nor very chaste ;
Or is thine house, though less superb thy rank,
If not a scene of pleasure, a mere blank,
And thou at best, and in thy soberest mood,
A trifler vain, and empty of all good ;

Though mercy for thyself thou canst have none, Hear nature plead, show mercy to thy son. . Saved from his home, where every day brings forth Some mischief fatal to his future worth, Find him a better in a distant spot, Within some pious pastor's humble cot, Where vile example (yours I chiefly mean, The most seducing and the oftenest seen) May never more be stamped upon his breast, Not yet perhaps incurably impressed. Where early rest makes early rising sure, Disease or comes not, or finds easy cure, Prevented much by diet neat and plain; Or, if it enter, soon starved out again : Where all the attention of his faithful host, Discreetly limited to two at most, May raise such fruits as shall reward his care, And not at last evaporate in air : \Vhere, stillness aiding study, and his mind Serene, and to his duties much inclined. Not occupied in day-dreams, as at home, Of pleasures past, or follies yet to come, His virtuous toil may terminate at last In settled habit and decided taste. But, whom do I advise ? the fashion-led, The incorrigibly wrong, the deaf, the dead,

Whom care and cool deliberation suit
Not better much than spectacles a brute;
Who, if their sons some slight tuition share,
Deem it of no great moment whose; or where;
Too proud to adopt the thoughts of one unknown,
And much too gay to have any of their own.
But courage, man! methought the muse replied,
Mankind are various, and the world is wide:
The ostrich, silliest of the feathered kind,
And formed of God without a parent's mind,
Commits her eggs, incautious, to the dust,
Forgetful that the foot may crush the trust;
And, while on public nurseries they rely,
Not knowing, and too oft not caring, why,
Irrational in what they thus prefer,
No few, that would seem wise, resemble her.
But all are not alike. Thy warning voice
May here and there prevent erroneous choice;
And some perhaps, who, busy as they are,
Yet make their progeny their dearest care,
(Whose hearts will ache, once told what ills may

Their offspring, left upon so wild a beach)
Will need no stress of argument to enforce
The expedience of a less adventurous course:
The rest will slight thy counsel, or condemn;
But they have human feelingsturn to them.

To you then, tenants of life's middle state, Securely placed between the small and great, Whose character, yet undebauched, retains Two thirds of all the virtue that remains, Who, wise yourselves, desire your son should learn Your wisdom and your ways to you I turn. Look round you on a world perversely blind ; See what contempt is fallen on human kind; See wealth abused, and dignities misplaced, Great titles, offices and trusts disgraced, Long lines of ancestry, renowned of old, Their noble qualities all quenched and cold; See Bedlam's closetted and hand-cuffed charge Surpassed in frenzy by the mad at large; See great commanders making war a trade, Great lawyers, lawyers without study made; Churchmen, in whose esteem their blest employ Is odious, and their wages all their joy, Who, far enough from furnishing their shelves With gospel lore, turn infidels themselves ; See womanhood despised, and manhood shamed With infamy too nauseous to be named, Fops at all corners, lady-like in mien, Civetted fellows, smelt ere they are seen, Else coarse and rude in manners, and their tongue On fire with curses, and with nonsense hung,

Now flushed with drunk’ness, now with whoredom

pale, Their breath a sample of last night's regale; See volunteers in all the vilest arts, Men well endowed, of honourable parts, Designed by nature wise, but self-made fools; All these, and more like these, were bred at schools. And if it chance, as sometimes chance it will, That though school-bred the boy be virtuous still; Such rare exceptions, shining in the dark, Prove, rather than impeach, the just remark: As here and there a twinkling star descried Serves but to show how black is all beside. Now look on him, whose very voice in tone Just echoes thine, whose features are thine own, And stroke his polished cheek of purest red, And lay thine hand upon his flaxen head, And say, My boy, the unwelcome hour is come, When thou, transplanted from thy genial home, Must find a colder soil and bleaker air, And trust for safety to a stranger's care; What character, what turn thou wilt assume From constant converse with I know not whom; Who there will court thy friendship, with what view, And, artless as thou art, whom thou wilt choose;

Though much depends on what thy choice shall be, · Is all chance-medly, and unknown to me,

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