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a refreshing stream, flows from heart to heart in an endless circulation, and is preserved fweet and untainted by the motion. It is old advice, if you have a favour to request of any one, to observe the softest times of address, when the soul, in a flush of good-humour, takes a pleasure to show itself pleased. Persons conscious of their own integrity, fatisfied with themselves and their condition, and full of confidence in a Supreme Being, and the hope of immortality, survey all about them with a flow of good-will. As trees which like their foil, they thoot out in expreffions of kindness, and bend beneath their own precious load, to the hand of the gatherer. Now if the mind be not thus easy, it is an infallible sign that it is not in its natural state : Place the mind in its right posture, it will immediately discover its innate propension to beneficence.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4.
-Facit hoc illos hyacynthos.
Juv. Sat. vi. ver. 110.
HE following letter comes from a Gentleman,
who, I find, is very diligent in making his obfervations, which I think too material not to be communicated to the publick
: IN order to execute the office of love cafuift to
Great Britain, with which I take myself to be • invested by your paper of September 8th, I fhall « make some farther obfervations upon
the two s sexes in general, beginning with that which al
' ways ought to have the upper hand. After hav
ing observed with much curiosity the accomplish! ments which are apt to captivate female hearts, I • find that there is no perfon so irresistible as one ' who is a man of importance, provided it be in
matters of no confequence. One who makes • himself talked of, though it be for the particular • cock of his hat, or for prating aloud in the boxes at a play, is in a fair way of being
of being a favourite. • I have known a young fellow make his fortune
by knocking down a constable; and may venture · to fay, though it may seem a paradox, that many
a fair one has died by a duel, in which both the combatants have survived. • About three winters ago I cook notice of a young lady at the theatre, who conceived a par• Gon for a notorious rake that headed a party of
cat-calls; and am credibly informed, that the
Emperor of the Mohocks married a rich widow, • within three weeks after having rendered himself • formidable in the cities of London and Westminster. • Scouring and breaking of windows have done
frequent execution upon the sex. But there is no set of these male charmers who make their • way more fuccessfully, than-thofe who have gain• ed themselves a name for intrigue, and have • ruined the greatest number of reputations. There • is a strange curiosity in the female world to be * acquainted with the dear man who has been loved · by others, and to know what it is that makes • liim fo agreeable. His reputation does more than • half his businessi Every one that is ambitious of
being a woman of fashion, look out for oppor• tunities of being in his company; so that, to use • the old proverb, When his name is up, he may & lie a bed..
• I was very sensible of the great advantage of . being a man of importanée upon these occasions, ! on the day of the king's entry, when I was feat.
• ed in a balcony behind a clufter of very pretty country ladies, who had one of these fhowy gentlemen in the midst of them. The first trick I caught him at was bowing to feveral persons of quality whom he did not know ; nay, he had the
impudence to hem at a blue garter who had a "- finer equipage than ordinary, and feemed a little . concerned at the impertinent huzzas of the mob, ' that hindered his friend from taking notice of • him. There was indeed one who pulled off his *hat to him, and upon the : ladies asking who it ' was, he told then it was a foreign minister that
he had been very merry with the night before ; whereas in truch it was the city common-hunt. " He was never at a loss when he was asked any person's name, though he seldom knew any one, · under a peer. He found Dukes and Earls among the aldermen, very good natured fellows among the Privy.counsellors, with two or three agree. • able old rakes among the Bishops and Judges.
! In short, I collected from his whole discourse, that he was acquainted with every body, and ' knew no body. At the same time, I am mistaken if he did not that day make more advances in the affections of his mistress, who fat near him, than he could liave done in half a year's courtship
· Ovid has finely touched this method of making ? love, which I shall here give' my reader, in Mr. Dryden's translation? Yun .
Page the eleventh.
, NO 602 THE SPECTATOR. 197 But boldly next the fair your seat provide, Close as you can to hers, and side by side : Pleas’d, or unpleas’d, no matter; crouding fit; For fo the laws of public flows permit. Then find occafion to begin discourse, Enquire whose chariot this, and whose'that horse; To whatsoever side she is inclin’d, Suit all your inclinations to her mind : Like what she likes, from thence your court begin, And whom fae favours, wish that he may win.
Again, page the sixteenth. O when will come the day by heav'n design'd, When thou, the best and faireft of mankind, Drawn by white horses, sbalt in triumph ride, With conquer'd saves attending on thy side ;. Slaves that no longer can be safe in flight. O glorious object! O surprising sight? o day of public joy, too good to and in night! On such a day, if thou, and next to thee Some beauty fits, the spectacle ta fée ; If she' enquire the names of conquer d kings, Answer to all thou knowejt; and if need be, Of things unknown seem to speak knowingly: This is Euphrates crown'd with reeds; and there " Flows the swift Tigris, with his sea-green hair. os Invent new names of things unknown before ; Call this Armenia, that, the Caspian laore, Call this a Mede, and that a Parthian youth; Falk probably ; i no matter for the truth.
NO 603. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6.
Ducite ab urbe domum, mea carmina, ducite Daphnim.
VIRG. Ecl. viii, ver. 68,
Restore, my charms,
DRYDEN. THE following
copy of verses comes from one of my correspondents, and has fomething in it so original, that I do not much doubt but it will divert my readers.
I. M’ time, po ye mufes, was happily
spent, When Phebe went with me wherever I went; Ten thousand sweet pleasures I felt in my breast : Sure never fond Mepherd like Colin was bleft! But now she is gone, and has left me behind, What a marvellous change on a sudden I find? When things were as fine as possibly could be, I thought 'twas the spring ; but, alas! it was fbe.
With such a companion, to tend a few sheep, To rise up and play, or to lie down and