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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 isle o'erspread; 440

Who knew most sentences, was deepest read:

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.

445

If faith itself has diff'rent dresses worn,

What wonder modes in wit should take their turn?

Entre senso e tolice vacilantes

520

Estas cabeças debeis se parecem

Co' as villas, que naõ saõ fortificadas

Que a frente e lado, a cada attaque mudað.

525

Perguntai-lhe o porque ? melhor acórdo Dizem que tem, e que progressos fazem. Tauto cresce o saber em nós,

que

tolos
Julgamos nossos pais; filhos mais sabios
Assim os julgarao, quando crescerem.
Ja Theologos mil, qual praga hum dia

Estas ilhas cobrio; e foraõ lidos

530

Comtanto mais ardor, quanto as sentenças

Foraõ mais numerosas, mais audases.

Parecia, que a fé, que os evangelios
Só para disputalos existiaõ.
Agora em paz Tomistas Scotistas

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Jazem mortos nas loges dos livreiros

Entre as teas d'arranha, traça ou ratos.

Se a fé mesma trajou roupas da moda Que tem, que a moda no juizo impere?

Oft', leaving what is natural and fit,

The current folly proves the ready wit;

And authors think their reputation safe

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Which lives as long as fools are pleas'd to laugh.

Some valuing those of their own side or mind,

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In various shapes of parsons, critics, beaus;

But sense surviv'd when merry jests were past; 460

For rising merit will buoy up at last.

Might he return, and bless once more our eyes,

New Blackmores and new Milbourns must arise:

Nay should great Homer lift his awful head,

Zoilus again would start up from the dead.

465 540

Pondo departe quanto he propriu e justo,
Mostrando engenho prompto em frioleiras

Authores tais

suppoem

salvos seus nomes

Sua reputaçao segura em quanto

Agrada aos asnos,

celebrar

seus

chistes

545

Ha gentes partidistas, que só amaõ
Quem concorda com elles; de si fazem
Para o genero humano, huma medida
A quelles onde a nós, nelles achamos
Aprovaçaõ, ternura, apreço damos. .

550

Estes partidos saõ como os do estado,
Facçaõ publica dobra odios secretos.

Contra Driden desdem, malicia, orgulho
Em formas varias, loucas se levanta,
Mas o bomsenso suprevive ás chuffas
Ah se voitasse Driden! se benigno

555

Aos nossos olhos inda se mostrasse,

Nasceriao Blakmores e Milbournes.

E se de Homero a frente respeitavel

Levantada do tumulo, se visse;

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Envy will Merit, as its shade, pursue;

But, like a shadow, proves the substance true;

For envy'd wit, like Sol eclips'd, makes known

Th' opposing body's grossness, not its own.

When first that sun too pow'rful beams displays, 470

It draws up vapours which obscure its rays;

But ev'n those clouds at last adorn its way,

Reflect new glories, and augment the day.

Be thou the first true merit to befriend;

His praise is lost, who stays till all commend.

475

Short is the date, alas! of modern rhymes,

And 'tis but just to let them live betimes.

No longer now that golden age appears,

When patriarch wits surviv'd a thousand years:

Now length of fame (our second life) is lost,

480

Aud bare threescore is all ev’n that can boast :

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