The PRICE of an EQUIPAGE.
Servum si potes, Ole, non habere
Et regem potes, Ole, non habere
1 I ASK'D a friend, amidst the throng,
2 Whose coach it was that trail'd along:
3 "The gilded coach there — don't you mind?
4 "That with the footmen stuck behind. "
5 O Sir, says he, what ha'n't ye seen it?
6 'Tis Timon's coach, and Timon in it.[Page 53]
7 'Tis odd, methinks, you have forgot
8 Your friend, your neighbour, and — what not?
9 Your old acquaintance, Timon! — "True,
10 "But faith his equipage is new.
11 "Bless me, said I, where can it end?
12 "What madness has possess'd my friend?
13 "Four powder'd slaves, and those the tallest!
14 "Their stomachs, doubtless, not the smallest!
15 "Can Timon's revenue maintain
16 "In lace and food, so large a train?
17 "I know his land — each inch o' ground —
18 "'Tis not a mile to walk it round —
19 "And if his whole estate can bear
20 "To keep a lad, and one-horse chair,
21 "I own 'tis past my comprehension!" —
22 Yes, Sir; but Timon has a pension.
23 Thus does a false ambition rule us;
24 Thus pomp delude, and folly fool us;
25 To keep a race of flickering knaves,
26 He grows himself the worst of slaves.
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Title (in Source Edition): The PRICE of an EQUIPAGE.
Author: William Shenstone
Themes: virtue; vice; money; wealth
References: DMI 27243
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