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Sav'd from his home, where ev'ry day brings forth

Sie Some mischief fatal to his future worth, Find him a better in à distant spot, Within some pious pastor's humble cot, Where vile example (your's I chiefly meañ, The most seducing and the oft'nes seen) May never more bè stamp'd upon his breast, Not yet perhaps incurably impress'd. Whére early reft makes early rising sure, Disease or comes not, or finds easy cure, Prevented much by diet neat and plain, Or if it enter, Toon (tarvd out again : Where all th' attention of his faithful holt, Discreetly limited to two åt most, May raise such fruits as thall reward his càrë, And not at last evaporate in air : Where, stillness aiding study, and his mind Serene, and to his dutieš much inclin'd, Not occupied in day-dreams, as at home, Of pleasures past or follies yet to come,

His virtuous toil may terminate at last
In settled habit and decided taste.-

But whom do I advise? the fashion-led,
Th’incorrigibly wrong, the deaf, the dead,
Whom care and cool deliberation suit

Not better much than spectacles a brute,
Who, if their sons fome Night tuition share,
Deem it of no great moment whose, or where;
Too proud t'adopt the thoughts of one unknown,
And much too gay t' have any

of their own.
But courage, man ! methought the muse replied,
Mankind are various, and the world is wide;
The ostrich, filliest of the feather'd kind,
And form’d of God without a parent's mind,
Commits her eggs, incautious, to the dust,
Forgetful that the foot may crush the trust ;
And, while on public nurs’ries they rely,
Not knowing, and too oft not caring, why,
Irrational in what they thus prefer,
No few, that would seem wise, resemble her.

But

But all are not alike. Thy warning, voice
May here and there prevent erroneous choice ;
And some perhaps, who, busy as they are,
Yet make their progeny their dearest care,
(Whose hearts will ache, once told what ills

may

reach Their offspring, left upon so wild a beach) Will need no stress of argument tinforce Th' expedience of a less advent'rous course; The rest will night thy counsel, or condemn; But they have human feelings-turn to them.

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To you then, tenants of life's middle state, Securely plac'd between the small and great, Whose character, yet undebauch'd, retains Two thirds of all the virtue that remains, Who, wise yourselves, desire your fons should learn Your wisdom and your ways—to you I turn. Look round you on a world perversely blindSee what contempt is fall’n on human kind

See

See wealth abus'd, and dignities misplac'd,
Great titles, offices, and trusts disgrac'd,
Long lines of ancestry, renown'd of old,
Their noble qualities all quench'd and cold;
See Bedlam's closetted and hand-cuff'd charge
Surpass’d in frenzy by the mad at large;
See great commanders making war a trade,
Great lawyers, lawyers without study made
Churchmen, in whose esteem their blest employ
Is odious, and their wages all their joy,
Who, far enough from furnishing their shelves
With gospel lore, turn infidels themselves;
See womanhood despis'd, and manhood sham'd
With infamy too nauseous to be namid,
Fops at all corners, lady-like in mien,
Civeted fellows, smelt ere they are seen,
Elfe coarse and rude in manners, and their tongue
On fire with curses and with nonsense hung,
Now flush'd with drunk’ness, now with whoredom palé,
Their breath a sample of last night's regale ;

See volunteers in all the vilest arts,
Men well endow'd, of honourable parts,
Design'd by nature wise, but self-made fools ;
All these, and more like these, were bred at schools.
And if it chance, as sometimes chance it will,
That though school-bred; the boy be virtuous still;
Such rare exceptions shining in the dark,
Prove, rather than impeach, the just remark;
As here and there a twinkling star descried
Serves but to show how black is all beside.
Now look on him whofe very voice in tone
Just echoes thine, whose features are thine own;
And stroke his polish'd cheek of purest red,
And lay thine hand upon his flaxen head,
And say, My boy, th' unwelcome hour is come,
When thou, transplanted from thy genial home;
Must find a colder foil and bleaker air,
And trust for fafety to a stranger's care;
What character, what turn thou wilt assume
From constant converse with I know not whom;
Vol. II.

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