2 3 o SAMUEL JOHNSON
Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes, And pause awhile from Letters, to be wise ; There mark what ills the scholar's life assail, Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the gaol. See nations, slowly wise, and meanly just, To buried merit raise the tardy bust. If dreams yet flatter, once again attend, Hear Lydiat's life, and Galileo's end.
Nor deem, when Learning her last prize be- stows,
The glitt'ring eminence exempt from woes ; See, when the vulgar 'scape, despised or awed, Rebellion's vengeful talons seize on Laud. From meaner minds though smaller fines con- tent,
The plunder'd palace, or sequester'd tent ; Mark'd out by dangerous parts, he meets the
And fatal Learning leads him to the block : Around his tomb let Art and Genius weep, But hear his death, ye blockheads, hear and
The festal blazes, the triumphal show, The ravish'd standard, and the captive foe, The senate's thanks, the Gazette's pompous
With force resistless o'er the brave prevail. Such bribes the rapid Greek o'er Asia whirl'd, For such the steady Romans shook the world;