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the intellectual world, to every part of which he is thus intimately united. Several moralists have considered the creation as the Temple of God, which he has built with his own hands, and which is filled with his presence. Others have considered infinite fpace as the receptacle, or rather the habitation of the Almighty: But the nobleft and most exalted way of confidering this infinite space is that of Sir Isaac Newton, who calls it the sensoriun of the godhead. Brutes and men have their Senforiala, or little Senforiumsy by which they apprehend the presence and perceive the actions of a few objects, that lie contiguous to them. Their knowledge and observation turn within a very narrow circle.
But as God Almighty cannot but perceive and know every thing in which he resides, infinite space gives room to infinite knowledge, and is, as it were, an organ to omniscience.
Were the soul separate from the body, and with one glance of thought should start beyond the bounds of the creation, should it for millions of years continue its progress through infinire space with the same activity, it would still find itself with in the embrace of its Greator, and encompaffed round with the immensity of the godhead. While we are in the body he is not less present with us, because he is concealed from us. O that I knew where I might find him ! fays Feb. Behold I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive him : On the left hand, where he does work, but I cannot behold him: He hideth himself on the right hand that I cannot see him. In short, reafon as well as revelation affúre us, that he cannor be abfent from us, notwithstanding he is undiscovered by us.
In this confideration of God Almighty's omnipresence and omniscience every uncomfortable thought vanishes. He cannot but regard every thing that has being, especially fuch of his crca. VOL. VIII.
tures who fear they are not regarded by him. He is privy to all their thoughts, and to that anxiety of heart in particular, which is apt to trouble them on this occasion ? For, as it is impoffible he should everlook
of his creatures, so we may be confi. dent that he regards, with an eye of mercy, thofe who endeavour to recommend themselves to his notice, and in an unfeigned humility of heart think themselves unworthy that he should be mindful of them. 333333SDJGSSCOSOVO
MONDAY, JULY 12.
Militiae species amor eft
Ovid, Ars Am. 1. ii. ver. 233. Love is a kind of warfare. AS my correspondents begin to grow pretty nu.
merous, I think myself obliged to take some notice of them, and shall therefore make this
paper a miscellany of letters. I have, fince my reassuming the office of SPECTATOR, received abundance of epiftlcs from gentlemen of the blade, who, I find, have been so used to action that they know not how to lie still. They seem generally to be of opinion, that the Fair at home ought to reward them for their services abroad, and that, until the cause of their country calls them again into the field, they have a sort of right to quarter. themselves upon the Ladies. In order to favour their approaches, I am desired by some to enlarge upon the accomplishments of their profeflion, and bý others to give them my advice in the carrying on their actacks. But let us hear what the Gentlemen say for themselves.
• Mr. SPECTATOR, • THough it may look fomewhat perverse, a.
mids the arts of peace, to talk too much of war, it is but gratitude to pay the last office to * its Manes, fince even peace itself is, in some mea' sure, obliged to it for its being.
• You have, in your former papers, always re• commended the accomplished to rlie favour of " the fair ; and, I hope, you will allow me to re
present some part of a military life ngt altogether ' unneceffary to the forming a Gentleman. I need
not tell ġou, that in France, whose fashions we
have been formerly. fo fond of, almost every one - derives his pretences to merit from the sword";
and that a man has fcarce the face to make his • court to a Lady, without some credentials froin • the service to recommend him. As the profef• fion is very ancient, we have reason to think
some of the greatest men among the old Romars 6. derived many of their virtues from it, their ' commanders being frequently in other respects "fome of the most. fhining characters of the age..
• The army not only gives a man opportunities " of exercising those two great virtues patience and
courage, but often produces them in the 'minds - where they had scarce any footing before. I muft
add, that it is one of the best-schools in the world * to receive a general notion of mankind in, and a
certain freedom of behaviour, which is not so ea'fily acquired in any other place. At the fame 6 time I must own, that some military airs are pret
ty extraordinary, and that a man who goes into • the army a coxcomb will come out of it a fort " of publick nusance : But a man of sense, or one
who before had not been fufficiently used to a mixed conversation, generally takes the true
The court has in all ages been allowed to * be the Itandard of good-breeding ; and I believe
there is not a jufter obfervation in Monsieur Rochefoucault, than that A man who has been bred up wholly to business, can never get the air of a caur. tier at court, but will immediately catch it in the camp. The reason of this most certainly is, that
the very essence of good-breeding and politeness ' consists in several niceries, which are fo minute • that they escape his observation, and he falls 'fhort of the original he would copy after ; but
when he sees the same things charged and aggra.vated to a fault, he no sooner endeavours to come
up to the pattern which is set before him, than, though he stops fomewhat fhort of that, he naturally reits where in reality he ought. I was,
two or three days ago, mightily plealed with the & observation of an humourous Gentleman upon
one of his friends, who was in other respects every way an accomplished person, that he wanted
nothing but a dalb of the caxcomb in bim; by which The understood a little of that alertness and uncon.
cern in the common actions of life, which is ufus * ally fo visible among Gentlemen of the army, and • which a campaign or two would infallibly have given him,
You will easily guess, Sir, by this my panegy! ric upon a military education, that I am myfelf a
foldier, and indeed I am so. I remember, with- in three years after I had been in the
I was • ordered into the country a recruiting. I had vee
ry particular fuccefs in this part of the fervice, • and was over and above affured, at my going a * way, that I might have taken a young Lady, who
was the most considerable fortune in the country, along with me. I preferred the pursuit of fame
at that time to all other considerations, and tho' ! I was not absolutely bent on a wooden leg, re• solved at least to get a scar or two for the : good of Europe. I have at present as much as I defire of this sort of honour, and if you could
recommend me effectually, should be well enough “contented to pass the remainder of my days in • the arms of some dear kind creature, and upon
a pretty estate in the country. This, as I take it, ''would be following the example of Lucius Cincin
natus, the old Roman dictator, who at the end of a war left the camp to follow the plough. I am, Sir, with all imaginable respects,
" Your most obedient
• WILL WARLY.
· Mr. SPECTATOR; ::I
Am an half-pay-officer, and am at present
with a friend in the country. Here is a rich ' widow in the neighbourhood, who has made « fools of all the fox-hunters within fifty miles of - her. She declares she intends to marry, but has
not yet been asked by the man she could like. . She usually admits her humble admirers to an • audience or two; but, after shie has once given • them denial;will never see them more. I am : '-afsured by a female relation, that I shall have
fair play at: her ; but as my whole success 'pends on my first approaches, I desire your ad. · vice, whether I had beft-storm, or proceed by way of sap.. · I am, Sir,
• Yours, &c. • PS. I had forgot to tell you, that I have al.. ready carried one of her outworks, that is, securered her maid.'
Mr. SPECTATOR, : I Have affifted in several fieges in the Low Coun
tries, and being still willing to employ my ta. lents, as a soldier and engineer, lay down this morning at feven o'clock before the door of ani