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Horace Lib. I. Epist. IX. Septimius, Claudi, nimirum intelligit unus, Quanti me facias: &c. Imitated.

To the Right Honorable Mr. HARLEY.

1 Dear Dick, how e'er it comes into his Head,
2 Believes, as firmly as He does his Creed,
3 That You and I, Sir, are extremely great;
4 Tho' I plain Mat, You Minister of State.
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5 One Word from Me, without all doubt, He says,
6 Wou'd fix his Fortune in some little Place.
7 Thus better than My self, it seems, He knows,
8 How far my Interest with my Patron goes;
9 And answering all Objections I can make,
10 Still plunges deeper in his dear Mistake.
11 From this wild Fancy, Sir, there may proceed
12 One wilder yet, which I foresee, and dread;
13 That I, in Fact, a real Interest have,
14 Which to my own Advantage I wou'd save,
15 And, with the usual Courtier's Trick, intend
16 To serve My self, forgetful of my Friend.
17 To shun this Censure, I all Shame lay by;
18 And make my Reason with his Will comply;
19 Hoping, for my Excuse, 'twill be confest,
20 That of two Evils I have chose the least.
21 So, Sir, with this Epistolary Scroll,
22 Receive the Partner of my inmost Soul:
23 Him you will find in Letters, and in Laws
24 Not unexpert, firm to his Country's Cause,
25 Warm in the Glorious Interest You pursue,
26 And, in one Word, a Good Man and a True.

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Title (in Source Edition): Horace Lib. I. Epist. IX. Septimius, Claudi, nimirum intelligit unus, Quanti me facias: &c. Imitated. To the Right Honorable Mr. HARLEY.
Author: Matthew Prior
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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, pp. 283-284. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)

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