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XVI.

“ Have you no friends ?”—“I had—but, by God's

blessing, Have not been troubled with them lately. Now I have answer'd all your questions without pressing,

And you an equal courtesy should show." “ Alas !” said Juan, “’t were a tale distressing,

And long besides.”—“Oh! if 't is really so, You're right on both accounts to hold your tongue; A sad tale saddens doubly, when 'tis long.

XVII.

“ But droop not: Fortune at your time of life,

Although a female moderately fickle,
Will hardly leave you (as she's not your wife)

For any length of days in such a pickle.
To strive, too, with our fate were such a strife

As if the corn-sheaf should oppose the sickle:
Men are the sport of circumstances, when
The circumstances seem the sport of men.”

XVIII.

“ 'Tis not,” said Juan, “ for my present doom

I mourn, but for the past;-I loved a maid : He paused, and his dark eye grew full of gloom;

A single tear upon his eyelash staid
A moment, and then dropp'd; “ but to resume,

'Tis not my present lot, as I have said, Which I deplore so much ; for I have borne Hardships which have the hardiest overworn, (1)

(1) [MS.

"s for I have known Hardships which hardy men have overthrown."] VOL. XVI.

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XIX.

“On the rough deep. But this last blow ~" and

He stopp'd again, and turn'd away his face. [here “ Ay," quoth his friend, “ I thought it would appear

That there had been a lady in the case ;
And these are things which ask a tender tear,(1)

Such as I, too, would shed if in your place:
I cried upon my first wife's dying day,
And also when my second ran away:

XX.

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My third-"_“Your third !” quoth Juan, turn

ing round; “You scarcely can be thirty: have you three?” “ No-only two at present above ground:

Surely 'tis nothing wonderful to see One person thrice in holy wedlock bound !” (she?

“ Well, then, your third,” said Juan; what did She did not run away, too,—did she, sir ?” [her.” “ No, faith.” .“ What then?”—“ I ran away from

XXI.

“ Why,"

“ You take things coolly, sir," said Juan.

Replied the other, “ what can a man do? There still are many rainbows in your sky,

But mine have vanish'd. All, when life is new, Commence with feelings warm, and prospects high ;

But time strips our illusions of their hue, And one by one in turn, some grand mistake Casts off its bright skin yearly like the snake.

(2) [MS." And these are things that oft demand a tear.”]

XXII.

“ 'Tis true, it gets another bright and fresh,

Or fresher, brighter; but the year gone through, This skin must go the way, too, of all flesh,

Or sometimes only wear a week or two;Love's the first net which spreads its deadly mesh ;

Ambition, Avarice, Vengeance, Glory, glue The glittering lime-twigs of our latter days, Where still we flutter on for pence or praise."

XXIII.

“ All this is very fine, and may be true,".

Said Juan ; “ but I really don't see how It betters present times with me or you.”

“ No ?” quoth the other; " yet you will allow By setting things in their right point of view,

Knowledge, at least, is gain'd; for instance, now, We know what slavery is, and our disasters May teach us better to behave when masters.”

XXIV.

“ Would we were masters now, if but to try

Their present lessons on our Pagan friends here,” Said Juan---swallowing a heart-burning sigh:(1) “ Heaven help the scholar whom his fortune sends

here !" “ Perhaps we shall be one day, by and by,” [here;

Rejoin'd the other, “ when our bad luck mends Meantime (yon old black eunuch seems to eye us) I wish to G-d that somebody would buy us !(?)

(1) [MS. — “ Said Juan, swallowing down a rising sigh.”]

as well

} if somebody would buy us.”]

XXV.

“ But after all, what is our present state ?

'Tis bad, and may be better-all men's lot: Most men are slaves, none more so than the great,

To their own whims and passions, and what not ; Society itself, which should create

Kindness, destroys what little we had got:
To feel for none is the true social art
Of the world's stoics -

-men without a heart."

XXVI.

Just now a black old neutral personage

Of the third sex stept up, and peering over
The captives seem'd to mark their looks and age,

And capabilities, as to discover
If they were fitted for the purposed cage :

No lady e'er is ogled by a lover,
Horse by a blackleg, broadcloth by a tailor,
Fee by a counsel, felon by a jailor, (1)

XXVII.

As is a slave by his intended bidder.(2)

'Tis pleasant purchasing our fellow-creatures ; And all are to be sold, if

you

consider Their passions, and are dext'rous; some by features

(1) [MS. –

-“ broad cloth by a tailor, Fee by physician, felon hy a jailor.”] (2) ["The intended bidders minutely examine the poor creatures merely to ascertain their qualities as animals, select the sleekest and best-condi. tioned from the different groups; and, besides handling and examining their make and size, subject their mouths, their teeth, and whatever chiefly engages attention, to a scrutiny of the most critical description." - DE POUQUEVILLE.]

Are bought up, others by a warlike leader,

Some by a place-as tend their years or natures ; The most by ready cash-but all have prices,(1) From crowns to kicks, according to their vices.

XXVIII.

The eunuch having eyed them o'er with care,

Turn'd to the merchant, and begun to bid First but for one, and after for the pair ;

They haggled, wrangled, swore, too-so they did! As though they were in a mere Christian fair

Cheapening an ox, an ass, a lamb, or kid ; So that their bargain sounded like a battle For this superior yoke of human cattle.

XXIX.

At last they settled into simple grumbling,

And pulling out reluctant purses, and Turning each piece of silver o'er, and tumbling

Some down, and weighing others in their hand,

(1) [“ Sir Robert Walpole is justly blamed for a want of political de corum, and for deriding public spirit, to which Pope alludes :

Seen him, I have, but in his happier hour
Of social pleasure, ill exchanged for power;
Seen him, uncumber'd with the venal tribe,
Smile without art, and win without a bribe.
Would he oblige me! let me only find

He does not think me, what he thinks mankina.' Although it is not possible to justify him, yet this part of his conduct has been greatly exaggerated. The political axiom generally attributed to him, that all men have their price, was perverted by leaving out the word those. Flowery oratory he despised; he ascribed it to the interested views of themselves or their relatives, the declarations of pretended patriots, of whom he said, “ All those men have their price,' and in the event many of them justified his observation." - - Coxe.]

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