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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 32 pages of information about The Village and the Newspaper.
Thoughtless of ill, and to the future blind,
A sudden couplet rushes on your mind;
Here you may nameless print your idle rhymes,
And read your first-born work a thousand times;
Th’infection spreads, your couplet grows apace,
Stanzas to Delia’s dog or Celia’s face: 
You take a name; Philander’s odes are seen,
Printed, and praised, in every magazine: 
Diarian sages greet their brother sage,
And your dark pages please th’ enlightened age.-
Alas! what years you thus consume in vain,
Ruled by this wretched bias of the brain! 
   Go! to your desks and counters all return;
Your sonnets scatter, your acrostics burn;
Trade, and be rich; or, should your careful sires
Bequeath your wealth, indulge the nobler fires;
Should love of fame your youthful heart betray,
Pursue fair fame, but in a glorious way,
Nor in the idle scenes of Fancy’s painting stray. 
   Of all the good that mortal men pursue,
The Muse has least to give, and gives to few;
Like some coquettish fair, she leads us on,
With smiles and hopes, till youth and peace are gone. 
Then, wed for life, the restless wrangling pair
Forget how constant one, and one how fair: 
Meanwhile Ambition, like a blooming bride,
Brings power and wealth to grace her lover’s side;
And though she smiles not with such flattering charms,
The brave will sooner win her to their arms. 
   Then wed to her, if Virtue tie the bands,
Go spread your country’s fame in hostile lands;
Her court, her senate, or her arms adorn,
And let her foes lament that you were born: 
Or weigh her laws, their ancient rights defend,
Though hosts oppose, be theirs and Reason’s friend;
Arm’d with strong powers, in their defence engage,
And rise the Thurlow of the future age.

Footnotes: 

{1} Lord Robert Manners, killed in battle April 1782.

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