"Thus after long Experience oft has prov'd / His steady Virtue is not to be moved, / Of his known Faithfulness so well assur'd, / From Fears of Fraud his Master rests secur'd: / And, should Occasion happen, in his Breast, / His Gold, his Secrets, or his Life might rest."
— Dodsley, Robert (1703-1764)
Nor Doubts, nor Fears, nor guilty Thoughts molest;
Just his Designs, his Actions all are just,
He gains his Master's Love, Esteem, and Trust.
Int'rest, that sly Seducer of the Will,
Can never move his steady Soul to Ill.
Nor is he just but in his Master's View,
When Fear of being caught may keep him true.
Absent or present, 'tis the very same;
He shuns the Guilt more than he dreads the Shame
And scorns to act, tho' safe, a Thing that merits Blame.
Thus after long Experience oft has prov'd
His steady Virtue is not to be moved,
Of his known Faithfulness so well assur'd,
From Fears of Fraud his Master rests secur'd:
And, should Occasion happen, in his Breast,
His Gold, his Secrets, or his Life might rest.
This gains us Love, by this alone we climb
Up to our Master's Favour and Esteem:
And, if it ever in his Power lie,
A better Post rewards our long Fidelity.
(pp. 16-7 in 1729 ed.)
Text from The Footman's Friendly Advice to his Brethren of the Livery; and to all Servants in General: Under the following Heads, viz. Honesty, Carefulness, Obedience, Diligence, Submission to Rebukes, Neatness, Receiving and Delivering Messages, Discretion, &c. ... By R. D. now a Footman (London: Printed for T. Worrall, 1730). <Link to ECCO>