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POEMS

BY

DR. GOLDSMITH.

VOL. II.

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PROLOGUE

WRITTEN AND SPOKEN BY THE

POET LABERIUS,

A ROMAN KNIGHT, WHOM CÆSAR FORCED UPON

THE STAGE.

PRESERVED BY MACROBIUS. *

WHAT! no way left to shun th' inglorious stage,
And save from infamy my sinking age!
Scarce half alive, oppress'd with many a year,
What in the name of dotage drives me here ?
A time there was, when glory was my guide,
Nor force nor fraud could turn my steps aside;
Unaw'd by power, and unappall'd by fear,
With honest thrift I held my honour dear :
But this vile hour disperses all my store,
And all my board of honour is no more;
For ah ! too partial to my life's decline,
Cæsar persuades, submission must be mine;

* This translation was first printed in one of our Author's earliest works, “ The Present State of Learning in Europe, 12mo. 1759; but was omitted in the second edition, which ap. peared in 1774.

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