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The transient honors I receive

Will take again,

I praise her - with me when I see
Her, fluttering, rise, about to flee;
I give up all and tranquilly

Behold her go,
And seek undowered poverty

Whence virtues flow.

'Tis not for me, when Afric's blast
Bends low the sailless, creaking mast,
'Tis not for me, with eyes upcast,

To supplicate
That through the storm my ship hold fast

Its precious freight.

Not mine to strive, with bargaining vows,
The heavenly deities to rouse,
Lest my rich Cyprian, Tyrian prows

Sink on the deep;
For griefless poverty allows

Unbroken sleep.

The Twins my trusting course shall guide
As o'er the fickle waves I glide,
Assisted by the winds and tide,

In my swift bark;
And every storm I'll safely ride,

A scathless mark!


(From the "Satires," I. 3.)


TRUE love, we know, is blind; defects, that blight
The loved one's charms, escape the lover's sight,
Nay, pass for beauties; as Balbinus shows
A passion for the wen on Agna's nose.
Oh, with our friendships that we did the same,

And screened our blindness under virtue's name!
From “ Ancient Classics for English Readers.” By permission of
W. Blackwood & Sons. 28 vols., crown 8vo., cloth, price 28. Od. each.


For we are bound to treat a friend's defect
With touch most tender, and a fond respect;
Even as a father treats a child's, who hints,
The urchin's eyes are roguish, if he squints :
Or if he be as stunted, short, and thick,
As Sisyphus the dwarf, will call him “chick!”
If crooked all ways, in back, in legs, and thighs,
With softening phrases will the flaw disguise.
So, if one friend too close a fist betrays,
Let us ascribe it to his frugal ways;
Or is another — such we often find -
To flippant jest and braggart talk inclined,
'Tis only from a kindly wish to try
To make the time 'mongst friends go lightly by;
Another's tongue is rough and overfree,
Let's call it bluntness and sincerity;
Another's choleric; him we must screen,
As cursed with feelings for his peace too keen.
This is the course, methinks, that makes a friend,
And, having made, secures him to the end.

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