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But I, who think more highly of our kind,
(And surely, Heav'n and I are of a mind)
Opine, that Nature, as in duty bound,
Deep hid the shining mischief under ground:
But when by Man's audacious labour won,
Flam'd forth this rival to, its Sire, the Sun,
Then careful Heav'n supply'd two sorts of Men,
To squander These, and Those to hide agen.

Like Doctors thus, when much dispute has past,
We find our tenets just the same at last. 16
Both fairly owning, Riches, in effect,
No grace of Heav'n or token of th’Elect;
Giv'n to the Fool, the Mad, the Vain, the Evil,
To Ward, to Waters, Chartres, and the Devil. 20

NOTES.

Ver. 9. Opine,] A term | Sun,] The rival of its Sire sacred to controversy and in its brightness, and in its high debate.

power of drawing mankind Ibid. that Nature, as into error and delusion; the in duty bound,] This, though two first idols of the world, ludicrously, is yet exactly, natural and moral, being expressed; to shew, that, by the Sun and Gold. Nature, the poet meant, not Ver. 20. JOHN WARD of the God of nature, but the Hackney, Esq; Member of instrument and substitute of Parliament, being prosecuhis providence.

ted by the Duchess of BuckVer. 12. Flam'd forth ingham, and convicted of this rival to, its Sire, the Forgery, was first expelled B. What Nature wants, commodious Gold bestows, P. But how unequal it bestows, obferve,

'Tis thus we eat the bread another sows.

NOTES.

the House, and then stood | ments. To fum up the
in the Pillory on the 17th worth of this gentleman, at
of March 1727. He was the several æra's of his life,
suspected of joining in a At his standing in the Pillo-
conveyance with Sir John ry he was worth above twa
Blunt, to fecrete fifty thou- bundred thousand pounds ; at
fand pounds of that Direc- his commitment to Prison,
tor's Estate, forfeited to the he was worth one hundred
South-Sea company by Act and fifty thousand; but has
of Parliament. The Compa- been fince so far diminished
ny recovered the fifty thou- in his reputation, as to be
fand pounds against Ward ; thought a worse man by fifty
but he set up prior convey-or fixty thousand. P.
ances of his real estate to

FR. CHARTRES, a man his brother and son, and infamous for all manner of conceal'd all his personal, vices. When he was an enwhich was computed to be sign in the army, he was one hundred and fifty thou- drumm'd out of the regifand pounds. These con- ment for a cheat; he was veyances being also set aside next banith'd Bruffels, and by a bill in Chancery, Ward drumm'd out of Ghent on was imprisoned, and ha- the same account. After a zarded the forfeiture of his hundred tricks at the gam. life, by not giving in his ing-tables, he took to lendeffects till the last day, ing of money at exorbitant which was that of his exa- interest and on great pemination. During his con- nalties, accumulating prefinement, his amusement was mium, interest, and capital to give poison to dogs and into a new capital, and seizcats, and see them expire ing to a minute when the by nower or quicker tor payments became due ; in

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'Tis thus we riot, while, who fow it, ftarve:
What Nature wants (a phrase I much distrust)
Extends to Luxury, extends to Luft: 26
Useful, I grant, it serves what life requires,
But dreadful too, the dark Assassin hires :

NOTES.

a word, by a constant at-, Scotland in 1731, aged 62. tention to the vices, wants, The populace at his funeral and follies of mankind, he rais'd a great riot, almost acquired an immense for- tore the body out of the tune. His house was a per- coffin, and cast dead dogs, petual bawdy-house. He was &c. into the grave along twice condemn'd for rapes, with it. The following Epiand pardoned ; but the last taph contains his character, time not without imprison- very justly drawn by Dr Arment in Newgate, and large buthnot: confiscations. He died in

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HERE continueth to rot The Body of P RANCIS CHARTRES, Who, with an INFLEXIBLE CONSTANCY, and INIMITABLE UNIFORMITY of Life,

PERSISTED, In spite of Ace and INFIRMITIES, In the Practice of Every Human Vice ; Excepting PRODIGALITY and HYPOCRISY: His insatiable Avarice exempted him from the first,

His matchless IMPUDENCE from the second.

B. Trade it may help, Society extend.
P. But lures the Pyrate, and corrupts the Friend. 30

Notes.

Nor was he more fingular
in the undeviating Pravity of his Manners,

Than successful
in Accumulating WEALTH,
For, without Trade or PROFESSION,

Without Trust of PUBLIC MONEY,
And without BRIBE - WORTHY Service,
He acquired, or more properly created,

A MINISTERIAL Estate.
He was the only Person of his Time,
Who could cheat without the Mask of Honesty,

Retain his Primeval MEANNESS
When possess'd of Ten THOUSAND a Year,
And having daily deserved the Gibber for what he did,
Was at last condemn'd to it for what he could not do.

Oh Indignant Reader!
Think not his Life useless to Mankind
PROVIDENCE conniv'd at his execrable Designs,

To give to After-ages
A conspicuous Proof and ExAMPLE,
Of how small Eftimation is EXORBITANT WEALTH

in the Sight of GOD, By his bestowing it on the most unwORTHY of ALL

Mortals. This Gentleman was worth one hundred thousand in Mofoven thousand pounds a year ney. P. eftate in Land, and about

B. It raises Armies in a Nation's aid.
P. But bribes a Senate, and the Land's betray'd.

In vain may Heroes fight, and Patriots rave;
If secret Gold fap on from knave to knave.
Once, we confess, beneath the Patriot's cloak, 35
From the crack'd bag the dropping Guinea spoke,

NOTES.

Mr Waters, the third opinion of our poet, very of these worthies, was a equivocal ; as the name was man no way resembling the undistinguishingly bestowed former in his military, but on every one in opposition extremely so in his civil ca- to the court; of whose virpacity ; his great fortune tues he gives a hint in x 139. having been rais'd by the of this Epistle. Agreeably like diligent attendance on to these sentiments, his prethe necessities of others. But dicate of them here is as this gentleman's hiftory muft equivocal, be deferred till his death, In vain-mayPatriots rave; when his worth may be known more certainly. P. which they may do either

Ver. 20.--Chartres and in earnest or in jest ; and is the Devil.] Alluding to a conduct, in the opinion of the vulgar opinion, that all Sempronius in the Play, beft mines of metal and subter: fitted to hide their

game. raneous treasures are in the

beneath the guard of the Devil : which Patriot's cloak,] This is a seems to have taken its rise true story, which happened from the pagan fable of in the reign of William III, Plutus the God of Riches. to an unsuspected old Pa

Ver. 33. - and Patriots triot, who coming out at rave; ) The character of the back-door from having modern Patriots was, the | been closeted by the King,

VER. 35.

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