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You all agree, I make no doubt,
The bird of Jove shall toil no more
When Damon's soul shall take its flight,
If Anna's happy reign you praise,
Whene'er my viceroy is address'd,
Cupid shall ne'er mistake another,
Unerring Heaven, with bounteous hand,
THE RUN UPON THE BANKERS. 1720.
The bold encroachers on the deep,
Gain by degrees huge tracts of land, Till Neptune, with one general sweep,
Turns all again to barren strand.
Are said to represent the seas;
Resume their own whene'er they please.
** Then call’d the happy composition Floyd." See p. 65. N.
Money, Money, the life-blood of the nation,
Corrupts and stagnates in the veins, Unless a proper circulation,
Its motion and its heat maintains.
Because 'tis lordly not to pay,
Quakers and aldermen in state, Like peers, have levees every day
Of duns attending at their gate.
We want our money on the nail ;
The banker's ruin’d if he pays : They seem to act an ancient tale;
The birds are met to strip the jays.
Riches, the wisest monarch sings,
“ Make pinions for themselves to fly;" They fly like bats on parchment wings,
And geese their silver plumes supply.
No money left for squandering heirs !
Bills turn the lenders into debtors : The wish of Nero now is theirs,
" That they had never known their letters.”
Conceive the works of midnight hags,
Tormenting fools behind their backs:
Sit squeezing images of wax.
The witches left in open air,
Expos’d with all their magic ware.
So powerful are a banker's bills,
Where creditors deniand their due; They break up counters, doors and tills,
And leave the empty chests in view. Thus when an earthquake lets in light
Upon the god of gold and Hell, Unable to endure the sight,
He hides within his darkest cell.
As when a conjurer takes a lease
From Satan for a term of years, The tenant's in a dismal case,
Whene'er the bloody bond appears. A baited banker thus desponds,
From his own hand foresees his fall; They have his soul, who have his bonds;
'Tis like the writing on the wall. How will the caitiff wretch be scar'd,
When first he finds himself awake At the last trumpet, unprepar'd,
And all his grand account to make! For in that universal call,
Few bankers will to heaven be mounters; They'll cry, “Ye shops, upon us fall!
“ Conceal and cover us, ye counters !" When other hands the scales shall hold,
And they, in men's and angels' sight Produc'd with all their bills and gold,
“Weigh’d in the balance, and found light!"