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A thousand daily sects rise up

and die; A thousand more the perished race supply ; So all we make of heaven's discovered will, Is not to have it, or to use it ill. The danger's much the same; on several shelves If others wreck us, or we wreck ourselves.

What then remains, but, waving each extreme, The tides of ignorance and pride to stem ; Neither so rich a treasure to forego, Nor proudly seek beyond our power to know? Faith is not built on disquisitions vain ; The things we must believe are few and plaiu : But since men will believe more than they need, And every man will make himself a creed, In doubtful questions 'tis the safest way To learn what unsuspected antients say ; For 'tis not likely we should higher soar In search of heaven, than all the church before ; Nor can we be deceived, unless we see The scripture and the fathers disagree. If, after all, they stand suspected still, (For no man's faith depends upon his will) 'Tis some relief, that points, not clearly known, Without much hazard may be let alone ; And, after hearing what our church can say, If still our reason runs another way, That private reason 'tis more just to curb, Than by disputes the public peace disturb: For points obscure are of small use to learn; But common quiet is mankind's concern.

Thus have I made my own opinions clear, Yet neither praise expect, nor censure fear; And this unpolished rugged verse I chose, As fittest for discourse, and nearest prose;

That first run all religion down,
And after every swarm its own.

Hudibras, Part III. canto 2.

For while from sacred truth I do not swerve,
Tom Sternhold's, or Tom Shadwell's rhymes will


• The famous Tom Bruwn is pleased to droll on this association of persons ; being a part of the punishment which he says the laureat inflicted on Shadwell for presuming to dispute his theatrical intallibility. “ But, gentlemen, when I had thus, in the plenitude of my power, issued ont the above-mentioned decretal epistles, you cannot imagine what abundance of adversaries I created myselt: some were for appealing to a tree unbiassed synod of impartial authors; others were for suing out a quo warranto, to examine the validity of my charter. Not to mention those of higher quality, I was immediatly set upon by tne fierce Elkanah, the Empress of Morocco's agent, who at that time commanded a party of Mourinh horse, in order to raise the siege of Grenada ; and a fat old gouty gentleinan, communly called the King of Basan, who hai almiist devoured the stage with free quarter for his men of wit and humourists. But I countermined all their designs against my crown and person in a moment; tor I presently got the one to be dressed up in a sanbenit, under the unsanctified name of Doeg; the other I coupled myself with his namesake Com Sternhold. Being thus degraded from their poetical functions, and become incapable of crowning princes, raising ghosts, and offering any inore incense of Aattery to the living and the dead, I delivere ed them over to the secular arm, to be chastised by the furious dappes-wits of the Inns of Court, and the young critics of the university. Furthermore, to prevent all infection of their errors, I directed my in vuitory letters to the Sieur Batterton, advising him to keep no cirrespondence, either directly or indirectly, with those aforesaid apostales from sense and reason; adding, that in case of neglect, I would certainly p'ıt the theatre under an interdict, send a troop of dragoons from Drury-Lane to demolish his garrison in Salisbury-court, and absolve all his subjects, even to the sub-deacons and acolythes of the stage, his trusty door-krepers and candle-lighters, from their oaths ot' fealty and allegiance.". Reasons for Mr Bayes' changing his Religion.







Fortunati ambo si quid mea carmina possunt,
Nulla dies unquam memori vos eximet ævo !

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