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2 A friend to mankind, all mankind was his friend, And the peace of his mind was his ultimate end, He found fault with none, if none found fault
with him, If his friend had a humour, he humour'd his
whim. He thought 'twas unsocial to be malcontent, If the tide went with him, with the tide too he
went, But still turn'd his back on contention and strife, Resolving to live all the days of his life.
Was the nation at war, he wish'd well to the
sword, If a peace was concluded, then peace was his word: Disquiet to him, or of bo dy or mind, Was the Longitude only he never could find : The Philosophers' stone was but gravel and
pain, And all who had sought it had all sought in
vain, He still turn'd his back on contention and strife, Resolving to live all the days of his life.
Then let us all follow Aristippus's rules,
Let those, not contented to lead or to drive, Like the bees of their sects be drove out of their
hive: Expell’d from the mansions of quiet and ease, They never will find the blest art how to please; While our friends and ourselves, not forgetting
our wives, By these maxims may live all the days of our
LAUGH AND GROW FAT.*
To rival the miser who broods o'er his plum, Or to envy the great, I shall never presume.
* The sentiments of this song must of course be understood in tbat happy medium, so difficult, but so desirable to be obtained, between gloom and moroseness, on the one hand, and excessive langhter on the other. (See p. 196.) Something bas been said on this subject before, p. 96. Writers upon The Passions, and on Medicine mention the beneficial effects of moderate laughter. See Cogan on the Passions, Pt. I. Ch. ii. Art. Joy, &c. Dallas on Self-knowledge, Pt. III. Sect. iji. on Mirth. Encyc. Brit. Art. Laughter, and Buchan's Do
Tho' wealth to mankind as a blessing was sent, With much or with little I'm always content ; Then, should I grow rich, I'll ne'er murmur
at that, Or, if I grow poor, still I laugh and grow
2 Tho' patriots and placemen each other abuse, "Tis nothing to me, I've no pension to lose. Tho' they levy new taxes, for me, I protest I will not complain whilst I fare like the rest ; So, if Outs become Ins, I'll ne'er murmur at
that, Or, if Ins become Outs, still I'll laugh and
Tho' love, I confess, is a part of my care,
mestic Medicine ch. xxxvi, on The Jaundice. Laughter is mentioned in Scripture in some degree as a Blessing," Blessed are ye that weep now, for ye shall laugh.” (Luke vi. 21.) “ Then was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with joy.” (Psalm cxxvi. 2.) And, in that beautiful composition the sixty-fifth Psalm, laughter is even attributed to the inanimate creation : “ the valleys also shall stand so thick with corn that they shall laugh and sing.” (V. 14.) See also my Discourses on the Stage, Disc. III. p. 52, &c.
If she smiles, then, of course, I'll ne'er murmur
at that, Or if she should frown, still I'll laugh and
4 When I urge the soft plea, should she kindly
incline To crown my fond wish, and consent to be
mine, I'd seize the blest moments, and make her my
wife, In hope of contentment and pleasure for life; Tho' cares should ensue, I'll ne'er murmur at
that, But all my life long will I laugh and grow
FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE.
FROM THE OPERA OF FONTAINBLEAU.
Tho' Fame sound the trumpet and cry “ To
Tho' Glory re-ecbo the strain ;
The full tide of honour may flow from the scar,
And heroes may smile on their pain;
And stagger about with his bowl,
Each virtue, each joy to improve, Oh! give me the Friend, whom I know to be true,
And the Fair, whom I tenderly love: What's Glory, but Pride ? a vain bubble is
Fame, And riot the pleasure of wine ; What's riches, but trouble.? and title's a name,
But Friendship and Love are Divine.
With our sails all unfurl'd, 'Fore the wind down the tide proudly posting,