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As far up towards Heaven the branches grow, absolute tyrant of three kingdoms, which was So far the root sinks down to Hell below. the third, and almost touched i he Heaven which
he affected, is believed to have died with grief and Another horrible disgrace to greatness is, that discontent, because he could not attain to the it is for the most part in pitiful want and distress : honest name of a king, and the old formality of what a wonderful thing is this ! Unless it degene- a crown, though he had before exceeded the rate into avarice, and so cease to be greatness, it power by a wicked usurpation. If he could have falls perpetually into such necessities, as drive it compassed that, he would perhaps have wanted into all the meanest and most sordid ways of bor. I something else that is necessary to felicity, and rowing, cozenage, and robbery :
pined away for want of the title of an emperor or
a god. The reason of this is, that greatness has Mancipiis locuples, eget æris Cappadocum rex. no reality in nature, being a creature of the
fancy, a notion that consists only in relation and This is the case of almost all great men, as well comparison : it is indeed an idol ; but St. Paul as of the poor king of Cappadocia: they abound teaches us, “that an idol is nothing in the with slaves, but are indigent of money. The an | world.” There is in truth no rising or meridian cient Roman emperors, who had the jiches of the of the Sun, but only in respect to several places: whole world for their revenue, had wherewithal to there is no right or left, no upper-hand in na-' Jive (one would have thought) pretty well at ease, ture; every thing is little, and every thing is and to have been exempt from the pressures of great, according as it is diversely compared. extreme poverty. But yet with most of them it There may be perhaps some village in Scotland was much otherwise; and they fell perpetually or Ireland, where I might be a great man: and
or Ireland, where into such miserable penury, that they were forced l in that case I should be like Cæsar (you would to devour or squeeze most of their friends and wonder how Cæsar and I should be like one anoservants, to cheat with infamous projects, to ran- / ther in any thing); and choose rather to be the sack and pillage all their provinces. This fashion first man of the village, than second at Rome. of imperial grandeur is imitated by all inferior Our country is called Great Britany, in regard and subordinate sorts of it, as if it were a point of only of a lesser of the same name; it would be honour. They must be cheated of a third part but a ridiculous epithet for it, when we consider of their estates, two other thirds they must expend l it together with the kingdom of China. That, in vanity; so that they remain debtors for all the too, is but a pitiful rood of ground, in comparison. necessary provisions of life, and have no way to of the whole Earth besides : and this whole globe satisfy those debts, but out of the succours and of Earth, which we account so immense a body, supplies of rapine: “ as riches increase" (says I is but one point or atom in relation to those numSolomon) " so do the mouths that devour | berless worlds that are scattered up and down them 7." The master mouth has no more than in the infinite space of the sky which we bebefore. The owner, methinks, is like Ocnus in hold. the fable, who is perpetually winding a rope of The other many inconveniences of grandeur I hay, and an ass at the end perpetually eating have spoken of dispersedly in several chapters; it.
and shall end this with an ode of Horace, not Out of these inconveniences arises naturally exactly copied, but truly imitated. onc more, which is, that no greatness can be satisfied or contented with itself: still, if it could mount up a little higher, it would be happy, if it could gain but that point, it would obtain all its Horace. Lib. III. Ode I. desires; but yet at last, when it is got up to the very top of the Pic of Teneriff, it is in very great
Odi profanum vulgus, &c. danger of breaking its neck downwards, but in no possibility of ascending upwards into the seat of
Hence, ye profane ; I hate you all ; tranquillity above the Moon. The first ambitious
Both the great vulgar, and the small. men in the world, the old giants, are said to have
To virgin minds, which yet their native whitemade an heroical attempt of scaling Heaven inno
ness hold, despite of the gods: and they cast Ossa upon
Not yet discolourd with the love of gold Olympus, and Pelion upon Ossa : two or three
(That jaundice of the soul mountains more, they thought, would have done to
| Which makes it look so gilded and so foul), their business: but the thunder spoilt all the work,
To you, ye very few, these truths I tell;
osh, | The Muse inspires my song; hark, and observo when they were come up to the third story:
it well. And what a noble plot was crost!
We look on men, and wonder at such odds And what a brave design was lost !
"I'wixt things that were the same by birth ; A famous person of their offspring, the lates
We look on kings as giants of the Earth, giant of our nation, when from the condition of a
These giants are but pigmies to the gods.
The humblest bush and proudest oak' very inconsiderable captain, he had made him- Are but of equal proof against the thunder-stroke. self lieutenant-general of an army of little Titans, which was his first mountain, and afterwards
Beauty, and strength, and wit, and wealth, and
power, general, which was his second, and after that,
Have their short flourishing hour :
And love to see themselves, and smile, Hor, 1 Ep. vi. 39. 9 Eccl. v. ll. And joy in their pre-eminence awhile;
Ev'n so in the same land,
stand; second is like the foolish chough, which loves to Poor weeds, rich corn, gay flowers, together steal money only to hide it. The first does Alas! Death mows down all with an impartial much harm to mankind; and a little good too, hand. .
to some few : the second does good to none;
no, not to himself. The first can make no exAnd all ye men, whom greatness does so please, cuse to God, or angels, or rational men, for his Ye feast, I fear, like Damocles :
actions : the second can give no reason or coIf ye your eyes could upwards move
lour, not to the Devil himself, for what he does; (But ye, I fear, think nothing is above)
he is a slave to Mammon without wages. The Ye would perceive by wbat a little thread first makes a shift to be beloved; ay, and envied
The sword still hangs over your head: too by some people; the second is the universal No tide of wine would drown your cares ;
object of hatred and contempt. There is no No mirth or music over-noise your fears :
vice has been so pelted with good sentences, and The fear of Death would you so watchful keep, especially by the poets, who have pursued it As not t' admit the image of it, Sleep.
with stories, and fables, and allegories, and al
lusions; and moved, as we say, every stone to Sleep, is a god too proud to wait in palaces, Qing at it: among all which I do not remember And yet so humble too, as not to scorn
a more fine and gentleman-like correction, than The meanest country cottages :
that which was given it by one line of Ovid : “ His poppy grows among the corn." The halcyon Sleep will never build his nest
Desunt luxuriæ multa, avaritiæ omnia. In any stormy breast. 'Tis not enough that he does find
Much is wanting to luxury, all to avarice. Clouds and darkness in their mind; Darkness but half his work will do:
To which saying, I have a mind to add one Tis not enough; he must find quiet two. member, and tender it thus, The man, who in all wishes he does make, Poverty wants some, luxury many, avarice all Does only Nature's counsel take,
things. That wise and happy man will never fear The evil aspects of the year;
Somebody says 8 of a virtuous and wise man, Nor tremble, though two comets should appear; “ that having nothing, he has all :” this is just He does not look in almanacs, to see
his antipode, who, having all things, yet has Whether he fortunate shall be ;
nothing. He is a guardian eunuch to his beLet Mars and Saturn in the heavens conjoin, lored gold: divi eos amatores esse maximos, And what they please against the world design, sed nil potesse. They are the fondest lovers, So Jupiter within him shine.
but impotent to enjoy.
If of your pleasures and desires no end be found, And, oh, what man's condition can be worse God to your cares and fears will set no bound. Than his, whom plenty starves, and blessings What would content you? who can tell ?
curse; Ye fear so much to lose what ye have got,
The beggars but a common fate deplore,
The rich poor man's emphatically poor.
I wonder how it comes to pass, that there has Spare nought that may yourwanton fancy please; never been any law made against him: against
But, trust me, when you have done all this, | him do I say? I mean, for him : as there are Much will be missing still, and much will be public provisions made for all other madmen: amiss.
it is very reasonable that the king should appoint some persons (and I think the courtiers would not be against this proposition) to manage his
estate during his life (for his heirs commonly VII.
need not that care): and out of it to makc it
their business to see, that he should not want OF AVARICE.
alimony befitting his condition, wbich he could
never get out of his own cruel fingers. We reThere are two sorts of avarice: the one is but
lieve idle vagrants, and counterfeit beggars; of a bastard kind, and that is, the rapacious ap
| but have no care at all of these really poor men, petite of gain; not for its own sake, but for the
who are, methinks, to be respectfully treated, in pleasure of refunding it immediately through all regard of their quality. I might be endless the channels of pride and luxury: the other is against them, but I am almost chuaked with the the true kind, and properly so called: which is super-abundance of the matter ; too much plena restless and unsatiable desire of riches, nor for any farther end or use, but only to hoard, 8 The author, well acquainted with the taste of and preserve, and perpetually increase them. This readers, would not disgust their delicacy by The covetous man, of the first kind, is like a letting them know that this “ somebody” was greedy ostrich, which devours any metal; but St. Paul, (2 Cor. vi. 10.)-though the sense it is with an intent to feed upon it, and in effect, and expression would have done honour to Plato. it makes a shift to digest and excern it. The HURD.
ty impoverishes me, as it does them. I will | Do you within the bounds of nature live, conclude this odious subject with part of Ho- And to auginent your own you need not strive; race's first satire, which take in his own familiar One hundred acres will no less for you style:
Your life's whole business, than ten thousand, do.
But pleasant 'tis to take from a great store, I admire, Mæcenas, how it comes to pass, What, man ! though you 're resolv'd to take no That no man ever yet contented was,
more Nor is, nor perhaps will be, with that state Than I do from a small one? If your will In which his own choice plants him, or his fate. Be but a pitcher or a pot to fill, Happy the merchant, the old soldier cries : To some great river for it must you go, The merchant, beaten with tempestuous skies, When a clear spring just at your feet does now! Happy the soldier ! one half-hour to thee Give me the spring, which does to human use Gives speedy death, or glorious victory :
Safe, easy, and untroubled stores produce ;
And of the rapid stream itself, which may,
Wash'd o'er in vain, for ever dry within :
From his toucht mouth the wanton torrent slips : But hold, ye, whom no fortune e'er endears, You laugh now, and expand your careful brow; Gentlemen, malecontents, and mutineers,
'Tis finely said, but what's all this to you? Who bounteous Jove so often cruel call,
Change but the name, this fable is thy story, Behold, Jove's now resolv'd to please you all. Thou in a flood of useless wealth dost glory, Thou soldier, be a merchant: merchant, thoa Which thou canst only touch, but never taste; A soldier be: and lawyer, to the plough." Th' abundance still, and still the want, does last. Change all your stations straight: why do they stay? | The treasures of the gods thou would'st not spare : The devil a nian will change, now when he may. But when they 're made thine own, they sacred Were I in general Jove's abused case,
are, By Jove I'd cudgel this rebellious race:
And must be kept with reverence; as if thou But he's too good ; be all, then, as ye were ; No other use of precious gold didst know, However, make the best of what ye are,
But that of curious pictures, to delight, And in that state be cheerful and rejoice,
With the fair stamp, thy virtuoso sight, Which either was your fate, or was your choice. | The only true and genuine use is this, No, they must labour yet, and sweat, and toil, To buy the things, which nature cannot miss And very miserable be awhile;
Without discomfort ; oil and vital bread, But 'tis rith a design only to gain
And wine, by which the life of life is fed, Wlrat may their age with plenteous ease main And all those few things else by which we live : tain.
All that remains, is giv'n for thee to give. The prudent pismire does this lesson teach, If cares and troubles, envy, grief, and fear, And industry to lazy mankind preach:
The bitter fruits be, which fair riches bear; The little drudge does trot about and sweat, If a new poverty grow out of store; Nor does he straight devour all he can get;
| The old plain way, ye gods ! let me be poor. But in his temperate inouth carries it home A stock for winter, which he knows must come. And, when the rolling world to creatures here Turns up the detorin'd wrong-side of the year, Aud shuts him in, with storms, and cold, and
| Paraphrase on Horace, B. III. Od. xvi. wet, He cheerfully does his past labours eat :
A Tower of brass, one would have said. 0, does he so? yvur wise example, th' ant,
And lucks, and bolts, and iron bars, Does not, at all tiines, rest and plenty want; And guards, as strict as in the heat of wars, But, weighing justly a mortal ant's condition, | Might have preserv'd one innocent maidenhead. Divides his lite 'twixt labour and fruition.
The jealous father thought he well might spare Thee, neither heat, nor storms, nor wet, nor cold, All further jealous care; From thy unnatural diligence can withhold: And, as he walk'd, t himself alone he smild, To th' Indies thou would'st run, rather than see | To think how Venus' arts he liad beguild: Another, though a friend, richer than thee.'
And, wben he slept, his rest was deep i Fond man ! what good or beauty can be found | But Venus laugh'd to see and bear hin sleep. In heaps of treasure, buried under ground?
She taught the amorous Jove Which rather than diminish'd e'er to see,
A magical receipt in love, Thou would'st thyself, too, buried with them be: | Which arm'd bim stronger, and which help'd him And what's the difference is 't not quite as bad
more, Never to use, as never to have had ?
Than all his thunder did, and his almighty-ship In thy vast barns millions of quarters store;
before. Thy belly, for all that, will hold no more
She taught him love's elixir, by which art Than mine loes. Every baker makes much bread: His godhead into gold he did convert: What then? He's with no more, than others, No guards did then his passage stay, fed.
He pass'd with ease ; gold was the word;
Subtle as lightning, bright, and quick, and fierce, and draw up all bridges against so numerous an
Gold through doors and walls did pierce. enemy.
The truth of it is, that a man in much business To blow up towns, a golden mine did spring, must either make himself a knave, or else the
He broke through gates with his petar; world will make him a fool: and, if the injury 'Tis the great art of peace, the engine 'tis of war; went no farther than the being laught at, a wise And fleets and armies follow it afar:
man would content himself with the revenge of The ensign 'tis at land, and 'tis the seaman's star. retaliation ; but the case is much worse, for these
civil cannibals too, as well as the wild ones, not Let all the world slave to this tyrant be,
only dance about such a taken stranger, but at Creature to this disguised deity,
last devour him. A sober man cannot get too Yet it shall never conquer me.
soon out of drunken company, though they be A guard of virtues will not let it pass.
never so kind and merry among themselves;it is And wisdom is a tower of stronger brass.
not unpleasant only, but dangerous, to him. The Muses' laurel, round my temples spread, Do ye wonder that a virtuous man should love Does from this lightning's force secure my head: to be alone? It is hard for him to be otherwise ; Nor will I lift it up so high,
he is so, when he is among ten thousand : neither As in the violent meteor's way to lie.
is the solitude so uncomfortable to be alone withWealth for its power do we honour and adore ? out any other creature, as it is to be alone in the The things we hate, ill-fate and death, have midst of wild beasts. Man is to man all kind of more,
beasts; a fawning dog, a roaring lion, a thieving
fox, a robbing wolf, a dissembling crocodile, a From towns and courts, camps of the rich and treacherous decoy, and a rapacious vulture. The great,
civilist, methinks, of all nations, are those whom The vast Xerxean army, I retreat;
we account the most barbarous ; there is some And to the small Laconic forces fly,
moderation and good-nature in the ToupinamWhich holds the straits of poverty.
baltians, who eat no men but their enemies, whilst Cellars and granaries in vain we fill,
we learned and polite and Christian Europeans, With all the bounteous Summer's store, like so many pikes and sharks, prey upon every If the mind thirst and hunger still :
thing that we can swallow. It is the great boast The poor rich man's emphatically poor.
of eloquence and philosophy, that they first conSlaves to the things we too much prize, gregated men dispersed, united them into socieWe masters grow of all that we despise.
ties, and built up the houses and the walls of cities.
I wish they could unravel all they had woven; A field of corn, a fountain, and a wood,
that we might have our woods and our innocence Is all the wealth by nature understood.
again, instead of our castles and our policies. They The monarch, on whom fertile Nile bestows have assembled many thousandsof scattered peo
All which that grateful earth can bear, ple into one body: it is true, they have done so; Deceives himself, if he suppose
they have brought them together into cities to That more than this falls to bis share. cozen, and into armies to murder, one another : Whatever an estate does beyond this afford, they found them bunters and fishers of wild creaIs not a rent paid to the lord :
tures : they have made them hunters and fishers But is a tax illegal and unjust,
of their bretheren : they boast to have reduced Exacted from it by the tyrant Lust.
them to a state of peace, when the truth is, they Much will always wanting be,
have only taught them an art of war: they have To bim who much desires. Thrice happy he framed, I must confess, wholesome laws for the To whom the wise indulgency of Heaven,
restraint of vice, but they raised first that devil, With sparing hand, but just enough has given. which now they conjure and cannot bind : though
there were before no punishments for wickedness, yet there was less committed, because there were no rewards for it.
But the men, who praise philosophy from this
topic, are much deceived : let oratory answer THE DANGERS OF AN HONEST MAN for itself, the tinkling perhaps of that may unite
a swarm; it never was the work of philosophy to IN MUCH COMPANY.
asseinble multitudes, but to regulate only, and
govern them,when they were assembled; to make Is twenty thousand naked Americans were not the best of an evil, and bring them, as much able to resist the assaults of but twenty well-armed as is possible, to unity again. Avarice and amSpaniards, I see little possibility for one honest bition only were the first builders of towns, and man to defend himself against twenty thousand founders of empire; they said, “ Go to, let us knaves who are all furnished cap à pé, with the build us a city and a tower whose top may reach defensive arms of worldy prudence, and the offen- unto Heaven, and let us make us a name, lest sire too of craft and malice. He will find no less we be scattered abroad upon the face of the odds than this against him,if he have much to do earth 9.” What was the beginning of Rome, the in human affairs. The only advice therefore which metropolis of all the world? What was it, but a I can give him is, to be sure not to venture his concourse of thieves, and a sanctuary of crimiperson any longer in the open campaign, to retreat and entrench bimself, to stop up all avenues,
Gen, xi. 4. TOL. VII.
nals? It was justly named by the augury of no the cleanly; the sight of folly and impiety, less than twelve vultures, and the founder cement- vexatious to the wise and pious. ed his walls with the blood of his brother. Not Lucretius ', by his frvour, though a good poet, unlike to this was the beginning even of the first was but an ill-natured man, when he said, it was town too in the world, and such is the original delightful to see other men in a great storm : and sin of most cities: their actual increase daily no less ill-natured should I think Democritus, with their age and growth; the more people, the who laughed at all the world, but that he retired more wicked all of them; every one brings in his himself so much out of it, that we may perceive part to inflame the contagion: which becomes he took no great pleasure in that kind of nirth. at last so universal and so strong, that no pre- | I have been drawn twice or thrice by company cepts can be sufficient preservatives, nor any to go to Bedlam, and have seen others very much thing secure our safety, but flight from among delighted with the fantastical extravagancy of the infected.
so many various madnesses; which upon me We ought, in the choice of a situation, to re wrought so contrary an effect, that I always gard above all things the healthfulness of the returned, not only melancholy, but even sick place, and the healthfulness of it for the mind, with the sight. My compassion there was perrather than for the body. But suppose (which haps too tender, for I meet a thousand madmen is hardly to be supposed) we had antidote enough abroad, without any perturbation; tho', to weigh against this poison; nay, suppose further, we the matter justly, the total loss of reason is less were always and at all points armed and provid- deplorable than the total depravation of it. An ed, both against the assaults of hostility, and exact judge of human blessings, of riches, hothe mines of treachery, it will yet be but an un nours, beauty, even of wit itself, should pity the comfortable life to be ever in alarms; though abuse of them, more than the want. we were compassed round with fire, to defend Briefly, though a wise man could pass never ourselves from wild beasts, the lodging would be so securely through the great roads of human unpleasant, because we must always be obliged | life, yet he will meet perpetually with so many to watch that fire, and to fear no less the defects objects and occasions of compassion, grief, shame, of our guard, than the diligences of our enemy. | anger, hatred, indignation, and all passions but The sum of this is, that a virtuous man is in dan- envy (for he will find nothing to deserve that), ger to be trod upon and destroyed in the crowd that he had better strike into some private path; of his contraries, nay, which is worse, to be chan- | nay, go so far, if he could, out of the common ged and corrupted by them; and that it is im- | way, ut nec facta audiat Pelopidarum; that possible to escape both these inconveniencies, he might not so much as hear of the actions of without so much caution as will take away the the sons of Adam. But, whither shall we fly whole quiet, that is the happiness, of his life. then ? into the deserts, like the ancient hermits?
Ye see then, what he may lose; but, I pray, · what can he get there?
-Quà terra patet, fera regnat Erinnys,
In facinus jurâsse pules-3
One would tbink that all mankind had bound What should a man of truth and honesty do at themselves by an oath to do all the wickedness Rome? he can neither understand nor speak the they can ; that they had all (as the scripture language of the place; a naked man may swim speaks) “sold themselves to sin :" the difference in the sea, but it is not the way to catch fish only is, that some are a little more crafty (and there; they are likelier to devour him, than he but a little, God knows) in making of the bargain. them, if he bring no nets, and use no deceits. I | I thought, when I first went to dwell in the counthink therefore it was wise and friendly advice, try, that without doubt I should have met there which Martial gave to Fabian, when he met him with the simplicity of the old poetical gulden age; newly arrived at Rome:
I thought to bave found no inhabitants there,
but such as the shepherds of sir Phil. Sydney Honest and poor, faithful in word and thought; in Arcadia, or of Monsieur d'Urfé upon the banks What has thee, Fabian, to the city brought? of Lignon; and began to consider with myself, Thou neither the buffoon nor bawd canst which way I might recommend no less to posteplay,
rity the happiness and innocence of the men of Nor with false whispers th’ innocent betray: Chertsea : but to confess the truth, I perceived Nor corrupt wives, nor from rich beldams get quickly, by infallible demonstrations, that I was A living by thy industry and sweat;
still in Old England, and not in Arcadia or La Nor with vain promises and projects cheat, Forrest ; that, if I could not content myself with Nor bribe or flatter any of the great.
any thing less than exact fidelity in human conBut you 're a man of learning, prudent, just; / versation, I had almost as good go back and seek A map of courage, firm, and fit for trust. for it ia the Court, or the Exchange, or WestWhy you may stay and live unenvieri here; minster-hal). I ask again, then, wbither shall we But (faith) go back, and keep you where you fly, or what shall we do? The world may so come were.
in a man's way, that he cannot choose but salute
it; he must take heed, though, not to go a whorNay, if nothing of all these were in the case, ing after it. If, by any lawful vocation, or just yet the very sight of uncleanness is loathsome to
· Lucr. lib. i. . * Juv. Sat, iii. 41.
* Ovid. Metam. i. 241.