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He that of liis own stores no part can give; 25
45 mhat thou may’st nothing give that is not thine: That liberality's but cast away Which makes us borrow what we cannot pay. And no access to wealth let rapine bring ; Jo nothing that's unjust to be a king.
50 Justice must be from violence exempt, But fraud's her only object of contempt.
Fraud in the fox, force in the lion, dwells, But Justice both from human hearts expels ; But he's the greatest monster (without doubt) 55 Who is a wolf within, a sheep without. Nor only ill injurious actions are, But evil words and slanders bear their share. Truth justice loves, and truth injustice fears; Truth above all things a just man leveres. 60 Tho' not by oaths we God to witness call, He sees and hears, and still remembers all; And yet our attestations we may wrest Sometimes, to make the truth more manifest.. If by a lie a man preserve his faith, He pardon, leave, and absolution hath ; Or if I break my promise, which to thee Would bring no good, but prejudice to re. All things committed to thy trust, conceal, Nor what's forbid by any nieans reveal.
70 Express thyself in plain not doubtful words, That ground for quarrels or dispute affords. Unless thou find occasion hold thy tongue; Thyself or others careless talk may wrong. When thou art called into public pow'r, 75 And when a crowd of suitors throng thy door, Be sure no great offenders 'scape their dooms; Small praise from len’ty and remissness comes : Crimes pardon’d others to those crimes invite, Whilst lookers-on severe examples fright.
When by a pardon'd murd’rer blood is spilt,
So like a fly the poor offender dies,
UPON THE GAME OF CHESS. A TABLET stood of that abstersive tree When Æthiop's swarthy bird did build her nest, Inlaid it was with Libyan ivory, Drawn from the jaws of Afric's prudent beast. Two kings like Saul, much taller than the rest, 5 Their equal armies draw into the field; Till one taks th' other pris’ner they contest Courage and fortune must to conduct yield. This game the Persian Magi did invent, 'The force of Eastern wisdom to express; From thence to busy Europeans sent, And styl'd by modern Lombards Pensive Chess. Yet some that fled from Troy to Rome report, Penthesilia Priam did oblige; Her Amazons his Trojans taught this sport, 15 To pass the tedious hours of ten years' siege. There she presents herself, whilst kings and peers Look gravely on whilst fierce Bellona fights ; Yet maiden modesty her motions steers, Nor rudely skips o'er bishops' heads like knights, 20