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283 The Miser and the Mouse. The blooming spring of pleasure crowns
the plain, An Epigram from the Greek.
And man, without thee, seeks for bliss
A GAINST LIFE.
From the Greek of Posidippus.
HAT tranquil road, unvex'd by
Attend the courts, attend the bar
There discord reigns, and endless jar;
At home the weary wretches find
To till the fields gives toil and pain;
Eternal terrors (weep the main :
If rich, we fear to lose our store,
Sad cares the bands of Hymen give,
Are children born? we anxious groan; So oft profest, so little understood : Childless, our lack of heirs we moan : How often to thy sacred, injur'd name, Wild, giddy schemes our youth engage, A thousand base pretenders lay their Weaknets and want depress old age. claim !
Would fate tben with my with comply,
From the Greek of Metrodorus.
ANKIND may walk, unvex'd IMPROMPTU.
Thro'e every road of human life.
And peace concludes the wordy war:
At home aufpicious mortals find
Serene tranquility of mind;
All beauteous nature decks the plain,
Respect arises from our store,
More joys the bands of Hymen give,
Firm vigour crowns our youthful itage,
Since all is good, then who would cry,
Where herbs and fruits, and kitchen stuffs Sweet health, thou parent of felicity! were found,
Healthwest honour'd of celeitial Secure you get one beanog porem
A Small great neufe, and little spot of
Poetical Elays. The humble Vicar of North Wilford Juft e’er I came, a rustic braggart elf,
Proud of his purse, and glorying in his Small was his living, but his heart at pelf, left;
Came. bold demanding, And what's ta Unseen, unblam'd, he pass'd his time pay? away,
What claims the priest that we maintais He walk'd, he wrote, he smok'd, or to pray? mus'd all day.
The account he gave me of his stock, I Thro' all the year no anxious care he knew, knew,
Was half curtail'd, and scarce one num. Except at Easter, when he claim d huis
Howe'er, my filence favour'd the deceit, And then the surly rustic's churlih pride Being fond of quiet, I conceal'd the cheat: His well-earn'd fees disputed or denyd: But when the small, the half demand I The Vicar ftill preferring want to strife, made, Gave
up his fees to lead a peaceful lite. He bully'd, swore, and damn'd the preachHis garden once in pentive mood he ing trade, sought,
All God's good household with irrcyer. His pipe attended as a friend to thought; ence curft, And as the whiffs in eddies round him And me, with foul abuse, as far the
worst ! A neighbouring Vicar 'ring, he sur- Thou know'st, my friend, what ago vey'd ;
nizing sinart One, like himself, a downright honeft Such brutal outrage gives a tender heart. priest,
Too well, alas! too fatálly I know Whose love of peace his scanty dues de- From whence those confecrated evils
creas'd. Suppose the little ceremonies done, From Tythes, my friend, the Clergy's And all the rites of lighting pipes be woes arise, gun;
They mar religion, nay, they rob the Suppose the whiffs in sober sort flew skies. round,
Would God, our Monarch's ever graAnd both in musing very deeply drown'd;
cious hand, For to it was, until the first good man In this, would deign to bless this wretFetchd a deep whi-ff, and anxiously ched land ! began :
Would Gud, that Tythes like Taxes “ Would God, my friend, his good might be paid, ness had allignid
Affix the rev’nue by some statute made; Soine lot more fuited to my feeling mind; How then would blest Religion rear her Less though my income, if from torture head, free,
And Virtue thro' each village kindly Content would weli supply that loss to Spread! me;
With what felicity each foul be bleft! For all the pence, the little dues I glean, How happy then Parishioner and Prieft!" Raise but iny lcorn, my pity, or my Thus at true grievances the priests repind, spleun.
And, with their own, spoke all their I'll tell the«, friend: Just now a neigh brethren's mind, bour caine,
While tellid the bell, unto the church Pale want diffus d o'er all his meagre
flow move frame;
Six virgins, bearing one that dyd for Five-pence the sum, he gave a shilling love. o'er,
Their grave debate was silenc'd by the Then took his head, and withid he bell; could do more.
The Vicars rose and kindly took fareI tund alide, nor could from tears re. well. fraill,
The first his fermon seeks, and hastes 'Twas death to take it, to refuse was
away, vain !
The last lad duties to the dead to pay: Such gentle manners more afilict the While now his brother on his easy pad, mind
Pac'd home, full grave and runinating Ihan ihe rough ufige of the batér kind, fad.
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INDEX to the Oxford Magazine.
V OLUM E
24 Anecdote qf the cebrated La Fontaine 10
of the late Mrs. Prichard, the ac-
of the late Mr. Robert Lloyd. 107
172 an original of Ld. Rochester 137
186 Alpafia, the celebrated Athenian Cour-
· · 65
70 Boniface, his Reasons for not permitting
Card-playing in his House
-Sixteen thousand Cenior The, a Periodical Paper, Page 3,
of a truly wife Man 189
of Peregrin Puzzle, Efq; 274
East Indian Scorpion :68
the Lily of Damascus
a monstrous Fish
a new religious Sect 152
from Brighthelmitone 70
Ironicus, his remarks on Court-address
to the marrying of the Royal Fa-
17 Junius to the Rev. Mr. Horne 26
his Grace the Duke of G-n 217
263 Lambrun Margaret, forms a Design
264 against the life of Queen Elizabeth
Letter from Maria to the Author of the
Rev. John Horne to Junius 25
186 Mr. O'Neal to his Friend, previous
to his Suicide
66 T. P. relative to the Portsmouth
a Gentleman on board the Endea-
S. L. to che Editor
fecond from S. L, to the Editor 176
Mr. Holloway to J. Wilkes, Efq;
26 Sir Robert Talbot to David Garrick,
Madrigal and Trụletta, a Mock Tragedy,
Markind, H:itory of
IN DE X.
stored, 185.-To a young Baronet,
7 192.-Epitaph on Mr. Isaac Barbon,
13 Efq; by Mr. Garrick, ibid.—The
Vain Purtuit, 193.—A Drinking
Song, ibid.-Epigram from Lucian,
246 his Birth-day, ibid.-Lines inscribed
55 -Verses to T. W. 232. -Avarice
57 and Epilogue to Zobeide, a new Tra.
-On Daphne's Birth-
day, 234.-On the Death of a Son,
ibid.- Epigram, ibid.-On Specta-
- The Recluse, an Elegy, ibid.-
Requisites of an happy Life, 282.
106 The Miser and the Mouse, 283.–
ibid,-Moschus against Life, ibid.
-The Reverse, ibid.The Vic
99 Prayer, the Lord's, as used 700 years af-
-Thoughts Reasons against Card-playing
exhorbitant price of the Ne-
ceffaries of Life
Coxcombs and Pedants
Saintfoin, its culture, recommended 105
Scandivanians, the ancient Anecdote of 51
Scheme for discharging the Natioral
of Episcopizing America, Remarks
oreign and its Reverse
The Violet, 72.-
Icribed to John Wilkes, Efq; 154:-