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An EPIGRAM.

Written to the Duke de Noailles.

1 Vain the Concern which You express,
2 That uncall'd Alard will possess
3 Your House and Coach, both Day and Night;
4 And that Mackbeth was haunted less
5 By Banquo's restless Spright.
6 With Fifteen Thousand Pound a Year,
7 Do You complain, You cannot bear
8 An Ill, You may so soon retrieve?
9 Good Alard, faith, is modester
10 By much, than You believe.
11 Lend Him but fifty Louis d'or;
12 And You shall never see Him more:
13 Take the Advice; Probatum est.
14 Why do the Gods indulge our Store,
15 But to secure our Rest?

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Title (in Source Edition): An EPIGRAM. Written to the Duke de Noailles.
Author: Matthew Prior
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Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. Poems on Several Occasions [English poems only]. London: Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and JOHN BARBER upon Lambeth-Hill. MDCCXVIII., 1718, p. 273. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)

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