« PreviousContinue »
pected Armida's dragons should rush forward to- number of powdered footmen. Just before the wards Argantes, I found the hero was obliged to lady were a couple of beautiful pages that were
go to Armida, and hand her out of her còach. stuck among the harness, and by their gay dresses - We had also but a very short allowance of thun- and smiling features, looked like the elder bro. * der and lightning; though I cannot in this place thers of the little boys that were carved and painted ! omit doing justice to the boy who had the direc- in every corner of the coach. • tion of the two painted dragons, and made them The lady was the unfortunate Cleanthe, who
spit fire and smoke; he flashed out his rosin in afterwards gave an occasion to a pretty melancho! such just proportions and in such due time, that ly novel. She had for several years received the " I could not forbear conceiving hopes of his be addresses of a gentleman, whom after a long and
ing one day a most excellent player. I saw in- intimate acquaintance the forsook, upon the ac« deed but two things wanting to render his whole count of this shining equipage, which had been : action complete, I mean the keeping his head a offered to her by one of great riches but a crazy • little lower, and hiding his candle.
constitution. The circumstances in which I saw ' I observe that Mr. Powell and the Underta- her, were, it seems, the disguises only of a broken * kers had both the same thought, and I think heart, and a kind of pageantry to cover distress;
much about the same time, of introducing ani- for in two months after Me was carried to her grave • mais on their several stages, though indeed with with the same pomp and magnificence! being
very different success. The Sparrows and Chaf- sent thither partly by the loss of one lover, and ` finches at the Hay-Market fly as yet very irregu- partly by the poñersion of another, ! larly over the stage; and instead of perching on I have often reflected with myf-lf on this unac• the trees and performing their parts, these young countable humour in woman-kind, of being smit
actors either get into the galleries, or put out the ten with every thing that is thowy and superficial; < candles; whereas Mr. Powell has so well disci- and on the numberless ev. Is that befal the fex from • plined his Pig, that in the first scene he and this light fantastical disposition. I myself remem• Punch dance a minuet together. I am informed ber a young lady, that was very warmly solicited ! however, that Mr. Powell resolves to excel his by a couple of importunate rivals, who, for several • adversaries in their own way; and introduce months together, did all they could to recommend • Larks in his next Opera of Susanna, or Inno- themselves by complacency of behaviour, and • cence betrayed, which will be exhibited next agreeableness of conversation. At length, when • weck with a pair of new Elders.
the competition was doubtful, and the lady un· The moral of Mr. Powell's dramais violated, determined in her choice, one of the young lovers ! I confess, by Punch's national reflections on the very luckily bethought himfelf of adding a su• French, and King Harry's laying his leg upon pernumerary lace to his l'veries, which had fo
the Queen's lapin too ludicrous a manner before good an effect that he married her the very week ( so great an afsembly.
after. • As to the mechanism and scenery, every thing
The usual couversation of ordinary women very • indeed was uniform and of a piece, and the much cherishes this natural weakness of being ta
scenes were managed very dexterously; which ken with outside and appearance. Talk of a new• calis on me to take notice, that at the Hay- married couple, and you iinmediately hear whe* Market the Undertakers forgetting to change ther they keep their coach and fix, or eat in plate; ' their lide-scenes, we were presented with a prof- mention the name of an absent lady, and it is ten . pect of the ocean in the midst of a delightful to one but you learn something of her gown and
grove; and though the gentleman on the stage petticoat. A ball is a great help to discourse, and * had very much contributed to the beauty of the a birth-day furnilles courersation for a twelve
grove, by walking up and down between the month after. A furbelow of precious stones, an
trees, I must own I was not a little astonished hat buttoned with a diamond, a brocade waistcoat • to see a well-dressed young fellow, in a full-bot or petticoat, are ftanding topicks. In ihort, they * tomed wig, appear in the midst of the sea, and consider cnly the drapery of the species, and never • without any visible concern taking snuff. cast away a thought on those ornaments of the
' I thall only observe one thing farther, in which mind that make perfons illustrous in themselves * both dramas agree; which is, that by the squeak and useful to others. When women are thus per6 of their voices the heroes of each are eunuchs; petually dazzling one another's imaginations, and • and as the wit in both pieces is equal, I must filling their heads with nothing but colours, it is * prefer the perforinance of Mr. Powell, because no wonder that they are more attentive to the fuKit is in our own Language.
perficial parts of life than the solid and substantial ! I am, &c.'
R blessings of it. A girl who has been trained up
in this kind of conversation, is in danger of every
embroidered coat that comes in her way. A pair N° 15. SATURDAY, MARCH 17.
of fringed gloves may be her ruin. In a word,
lace and ribbons, silver and gold galloons, with Parva leves capiunt animos
the like glittering gew-gaws, are so many lures to OviD, Ars Am. i. 159. women of weak minds or low educations, and Light minds are pleas'd with trifles.
when artificially displayed, are able to fetch down HEN I was in France, I used to gaze with the most airycoquette from the wildest of her flights grcat astonishment at the splendid equi
and rambles. pages, and party-coloured habits, of that fantastic
Truc happiness is of a retired nature, and an nation. I was cne day in particular contempla- enemy to pomp and noise ! it arises, in the first ting a lady, that fat in a coach adorned with gildcū place, from the enjoyment of cne's self; and, in Cupids, and finely painted with the loves of Ve
the next, from the friendship and conversation of nus and idcris. the coach was drawn by fix tude, and naturally haunts groves and fountains,
a few select companions; it loves fade and folia milk-white horses, and loaden behind with the lame fields and mcadows: in short, it feels everything
it wants within itself, and receives no addition from multitudes of witnesses and spectators. On N° 16. MONDAY, MARCH 19. the contrary, false happiness loves to be in a crowd, and to draw the eyes of the world upon her. She Quod verum atque docens curo & rogo, & omnis in does not receive any satisfaction from the applauses,
HOR. I. Ep.i. II. which she gives herself, but from the admiration What right, what true, what fit we justly call,
Pope. which she raises in others. She flourishes in courts
Let this be all my care---for this is all. and palaces, theatres and assemblies, and has no HAVE received a letter, defiring me to be very existence but when she is looked upon.
satirical upon the little Muff that is now in faAurelia, though a woman of great quality, de- Thion; another informs me of a pair of filver Gar. lights in the privacy of a country life, and passes ters buckled below the knee, that have been lateaway a great part of her time in her own walks ly seen at the Rainbow Coffee-house in Fleetand gardens. Her husband, who is her bosom street ; a third sends me an heavy complaint friend and companion in her folitudes, has been againtt fringed gloves. To be brief, there is in love with her ever since he knew her. They both scarce an ornament of either sex which one or abound with good sense, confummate virtue, and other of my correspondents has not inveighed a mutual esteem; and are a perpetual entertain- against with some bitterness, and recommended ment to one another. Their family is under fo to my observation. I must therefore, once for regular an ceconomy, in its hours of devotion and all, inform my readers, that it is not my intenrepast, employment and diversion, that it looks tion to fink the dignity of this my paper with like a little commonwealth within itself. They reflections upon red-heels or top-knots, but raoften go into company, that they may return with ther to enter into the passions of mankind, and the greater delight to one another; and sometimes to correct those depraved sentiments that give live in town, not to enjoy it so properly as to grow birth to all those little extravagancies which ap. weary of it, that they may renew in themselves the pear in their outward dress and behaviour. Foprelish of a country life. By this means they are pish and fantastic ornaments are only indications happy in each other, beloved by their children, of vice, not criminal in themselves. Extinguish adored by their servants, and are become the envy, vanity in the mind, and you naturally retrench or rather the delight, of all that know them. the little superfluities of garniture and equipage.
How different to this is the life of Fulvia ! Me The bloffoms will fall of themselves when the considers her husband as her steward, and looks root that nourishes them is destroyed. upon discretion and good houswifry as little do. I shall therefore, as I have said, apply my remee mestic virtues, unbecoming a Woman of Quality. dies to the first seeds and principles of an affect. She thinks life loft in her own family, and fancies ed dress, without descending to the dress itself; herself out of the world when she is not in the though at the same time I must own, that I have Ring, the Play - house, or the Drawing - room; thoughts of creating an officer under me, to be she lives in a perpetual motion of body, and reft- entituled, “ The Censor of small Wares," and of lessness of thought, and is never easy in any one allotting him one day in a week for the execution place, when he thinks there is more company in of such his office. An operator of this nature another. The missing of an opera the first night might act under me with the same regard as a would be more afiŝing to her than the death of surgeon to a physician; the one might be ema child. She pities all the valuable part of her ployed in healing those blotches and tumours own sex, and calls every woman of a prudent, which break out in the body, while the other is modeft, and retired life, a poor-spirited unpolish- sweetening the blood and rectifying the constitued creature. What a mortification would it be tion. To speak truly, the young people of both to Fulvia, if she knew that her setting herself to sexes are so wonderfully apt to shoot out into long view is but exposing herself, and that the grows swords or sweeping trains, bushy head-dresses, or contemptible by being conspicuous.
full-bottomed perriwigs, with several other inI cannot conclude my paper, without observing cumbrances of dress, that they stand in need of that Virgil has very finely touched upon this fe- being pruned very frequently, left they should be male passion for dress and show, in the character oppressed with ornaments, and over-run with the of Camilla; who, though Nie seems to have sha- luxuriance of their habits. I am much in doubt, ken off all the other weaknesses of her sex, is still whether I should give the preference to a quaker described as a woman in this particular. The that is trimmed close and almost cut to the quick, poet tells us, that after having made a great or to a beau that is loaden with such a redundance Daughter of the enemy, the unfortunately cast her of excrescences. I must therefore desire eye on a Trojan, who wore an embroidered tunic, respondents to let me know how they approve my a beautiful coat of mail, with a mantle of the project, and whether they think the erecting of fineft purple.
“ A golden bow,” says he, “hung such a petty censorship may not turn to the emoupon his shoulder; his garment was buckled lument of the Public; for I would not do any “ with a golden clasp, and his head was covered thing of this nature rashly and without advice. “ with an helmet of the same shining metal.” There is another set of correspondents to whom The Amazon immediately singled out this well. I must address myself in the second place; I mean dressed warrior, being seized with a woman's such as fill their letters with private scandal and longing for the pretty trappings that he was adorn- black accounts of particular persons and families. ed with:
The world is so full of ill-nature, that I have -- Totumque incauta per agmen
- lampoons sent me by people who cannot spell, Fæemineo præda & spoliorum ardebat amore. and satires composed by those who fcarce know
Æn. xi. ver. 782. how to write. By the last post in particular, I This heedless pursuit after these glittering trifles, received a packet of scandal which is not legible; the poet (by a nice concealed moral) represents and have a whole bundle of letters in womens hands to have been the destruction of his female hero. that are full of blots and calumnies, insomuch, € that when I see the name of Cælia, Phillis, Pas
6 I am,
stora, or the like, at the bottom of a scrawl, I ness; and therefore beg of you that you will be conclude on course that it brings me some ac pleased to put me into some small poft under count of a fallen virgin, a faithless wife, or an you.
I observe that you have appointed your amorous widow. I must therefore inform these printer and publisher to receive letters and admy correspondents, that it is not my design to be vertisements for the city of London; and shall a publisher of intrigues and cuckoldoms, or to think myself very much honoured by you, if bring little infamous stories out of their prefent
you will appoint me to take in letters and adlurking-holes into broad day-light. If I attack vertisements for the city of Westminster and the the vicious, I shall only set upon them in a body; dutchy of Lancaster. Though I cannot promise and will not be provoked, by the worst usage I to fill such an employment with sufficient abican receive from others, to make an example of lities, I will endeavour to make up with indusany particular criminal. In short, I have so much try and fidelity what I want in parts and genius. of a Drawcansir in me, that I shall pass over a single foe to charge whole armies. It is not Lais
Sir, your most obedient servant, nor Silenus, but the Harlot and the Drunkard,
CHARLES LILLIE.' whom I shall endeavour to expose; and Mall consider the crime as it appears in a species, not as it is circumstanced in an individual. I think it N° 17. TUESDAY, MARCH 20.. was Caligula who wished the whole city of Rome had but one neck, that he might behead them at
Tetrum ante omnia vultum. a blow. I shall do, out of humanity, what that
Juv. Sat. X. 191. emperor would have done in the cruelty of his
A visage rough, temper, and aiın every stroke at collective body
DRYDEN of offenders. At the same time
am very fenfi. INCE our persons are not of our own making, ble, that nothing spreads a paper like private ca
when they are such as appear defective or lumny and defamation; but as my speculations uncomely, it is, methinks, an honest and laudare not under this neceffity, they are not exposed able fortitude to dare to be ugly; at least to keep to this temptation.
purselves from being abashed with a consciousness In the next place, I must apply, myself to my of imperfections which we cannot help, and in party correspondents, who are continually teazing which there is no guilt. I would not defend an me to take notice of one another's proceedings. haggard beau for passing away much time at a How often am I asked by both sides, if it is pof- glass, and giving softnesses and languishing graces fible for me to be an unconcerned spectator of the to deformity; all I intend is, that we ought to bę rogueries that are committed by the party which contented with our countenance and shape, so far, is opposite to him that writes the letter. About as never to give ourselves an uneasy reflection on two days since I was reproached with an old Gre- that subject. It is to the ordinary people, who are cian law, that forbids any man to stand as a neu not accustomed to make very proper remarks on ter or a looker-on in the divisions of his country. any occasion, matter of great jeft, if a man enters However, as I am very sensible my paper would with a prominent pair of Thoulders into an assemlose its whole effect, mould it run into the out. bly, or is distinguished by an expansion of mouth, rages of a party, I shall take care to keep clear of or obliquity of aspect. It is happy for a man, that every thing which looks that way. If I can any has any of these oddnesses about him, if he can be way affuage private infiammations, or allay pub as merry upon himself, as others are apt to be upon lic ferments, I shall apply myself to it with my that occafion; when he can possess himself with utmost endeavours; but will never let my heart such a chearfulness, women and children, who reproach me with having done any thing towards
are at first frighted at him, will afterwards be as increafing those feuds and animofities that extin- much pleased with hịm. As it is barbarous in guish religion, deface government, and make a in others to railly him for natural defects, it is nation miserable.
extremely agreeable when he can jest upon himWhat I have said under the three foregoing self for them. heads will, I am afraid, very much retrench the Madam Maintenon's first husband was an hero number of my correspondents : I shall therefore in this kind, and has drawn many pleasantries from acquaint my reader, that if he has started any the irregularity of his shape, which he describes as hint which he is not able to pursue, if he has met very much resembling the letter 2,
He diverts with any furprising ftory which he does not know himself likewise, by representing to his reader the how to tell, if he has discovered any epidemical make of an engine and pully, with which he used vice which has escaped my observation, or has to take off his hat. When there happens to be any heard of any uncommon virtue which he would thing ridiculous in a visage, and the owner of it Celire to publish ; in short, if he has any materials thinks it an aspect of dignity, he must be of very that can furnish out an innocent diversion, I thall great quality to be exempt from raillery; the best promise him my best affittance in the working of expedient therefore is to be pleasant upon himself. them up for a public entertainment.
Prince Harry and Falstaff, in Shakespear, have carThis
paper my reader will find was intended ried the ridicule upon fat and lean as far as it will for an answer to a multitude of correspondents ; go. Falstaff is humourously callid Woolfack, Bedbut I hope he will pardon me if I fingle out one preffer, and Hill of Aesh ; Harry, a Starveling, an of them in particular, who has made me so very Elves-skin, a Sheath, a Bow-case, and a Tuck. humble a request
, that I cannot forbear comply. There is, in several incidents of the conversation ing with it
between them, the jest still kept up upon the per« To the SPECTATOR.
son. Great tenderness and sensibility in this point
is one of the greatest weaknesses of self-love. For AM at present fo unfortunate, as to have my face, which is not quite so long as it is broad:
March 15, 1710-11. my own part, I am a little unhappy in the mold of I nothing to do bus to mind my own bullie whether this might not partly arise from my open.
ing my mouth much feldomer than other people, "ron, iludibras, and the old Gentleman in Oldand by consequence not so much lengthening the ham, with all the celebrated ill faces of antifres of my visage, I am not at leisure to deter quity, as furniture for the Club-room. mine. However it be, I have been often put out . As they have always been profeffud admirers of countenance by the shortness of my face, and of the other sex, so they unanimously declare was formerly at great pains in concealing it by that they will give all possible encouragement to wearing a perriwig with an high foretop, and letto " such as will take the benefit of the itatute, ing my beard grow. But now I have thoroughly though none yet have appeared to do it. got over this delicacy, and could Þe contented with • The worthy President, who is their molt dea much shorter, provided it might qualify me for ? voted champion, has lately shewo me two copies a member of the merry Club, which the following of verfes compof:d by a gentleman of this fociletter gives me an account of. I have received it ! ety; the first, a congratulatory ode inscribed to from Oxford; and as it abounds with the spirit Mrs. Touchwood, upon the loss of her two foreof mirth and good-humour which is natural to s teeth ; the other, a panegyric upon Mrs. Andithat place, I shall set it down word for word as ron's left shoulder. Mrs. Vizard, he says, fince it came to me.
" the small-pox, is grown tolerably ugly, and a
top toast in the Club; but I never heard hiinfo Most profound Sir,
• lavish of his fine things, as upon old Nell Trot, AVING been very well entertained in the who constantly officiates at their table; her he
last of your speculations that I have yet reven adcres and extols as the very counter-part of ' seen, by your specimen.upon Clubs, which I ' mother Shipton; in short, Nell, says he, is one ' therefore hope you will continue, I shall take the of the extraordinary works of sature; but as
liberty to furnish you with a brief account of for complexion, shapes and features, fo valued "luch a one as perhaps you have not seen in all hy others, they are all mcre outside and symme
your travels, unless it was your fortune to touch try, which is his aversion. Give me leave to add, uposi some of the woody parts of the African con that the l’resident is a facetious pleasant gentle
tinent, in your voyage to or from Grand Cairo. 'man, and never more so, than when he has got « There have arose in this University (long since (as he calls 'em) his dear Mummers about him; - you left us without saying any thing) several of and he often proteits it does him good to meet • these inferior hebdomadal societies, as the Pun a feliow with a right genuine grimace in his air
ning Club, the Witty Club, and, among the rest, ' (which is so agreeable in the generality of the
the Handsome Club; as a burlesque upon which, French nation); and, as an instance of his fin• a certain merry species, that seem to have come cerity in this particular, he gave me a sight of a «into the world in masquerade, for some years litt in his pocket-book of all of this class, who - last past have associated themselves together, and for these five years have fallen under his obser- assumed the name of the Ugly Club. This il! - - vation, with himíclf at the head of 'em, and in ' favoured fraternity consists of a President and the rear (as one of a promising and improving ( twelve Fellows; the choice of which is not con
(afpea), fined by patent to any particular foundation, (as 'St. John's men would have the world believe, Oxford, " Your obliged and < and have therefore erected a separate society. March. 12, 1710.
humble servant, within themselves) but liberty is left to elect R
ALEXANDER CARBUNCLE,' • from any school in Great-Britain, provided the
candidates be within the rules of the Club, as fet N° 18. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21. • forth in a table, intituled, The Aft of Deformity. - A clause or two of which I shall transinit to ----Equitis quoque ; ama migravit ab aure voluptas
Omnis ad inceriös oculos, o gaudia vara. you. I. That no person whatsoever shall be admit
Hor. Ep. ii. v. 187. o ted without a visible queerity in his aspect, or
But now our nobles too are fops and vain, ' peculiar cast of countenance; of which the Pre. Neglect the fente, but love the painted scene. • lident and Officers for the time being are to de
CREECH. "termine, and the President to have the casting TT is my design in this paper to deliver down to < voice.
posterity a faithful account of the Italian opeII. That a singular regard be had, upon ex ra, and of the gradual progress which it has made (amination, to the gibbosity of the gentlemen upon the English Itage; for there is no question " that offer themselves as founders kinsinen; or but our great grand-children will be very curious
to the obliquity of their figure, in what fort to know the reason why thair forefathers used to foever.
fit together like an audience of foreigners in their * III. That if the quantity of any man's nose own country, and to hear whole plays acted be. « be eminently miscalculated, whether as to length fore them in a tongue which they did not under
or breadth, he shall have a just pretence to be ' Itand. ( elected.
Arfinoe was the first opera that gave us a taste Lastly, That if there Mall be two or more of Italian munc. The great success this opera met competitors for the same vacancy, cæteris paris with produced some attempts of forming pieces
bus, he that has the thickert ikin to have the pre- upon Italian plans, which thould give a more 11a (ference.
tural and reasonable entertainment than what can Every fresh member, upon his first night, is to be met with in the elaborate trifies of that nation. entertain the company with a dish of cod-fith, This alarmed the poetasters and fiddlers of the « and a speech in praise of Æfop; whose portrai- town, who were used to deal in a more ordinary • ture they have in full proportion, or rather dif- kind of ware; and thererore laid down an eta.
proportion, over the chimney; and their design blidhed rule, wiich is received as such to this day, sis, as soon as their funds are sufficient, to pur ( That nothing is capable of being well-set to r chase the heads of Therfites, Duns Scotus, Sca- " music, that is not nonsense."
This maxim was no sooner received, but we im- ces, though they may do it with the samc safety as Wirecall to translating the Italian operas; if it were behind our backs. In the mean time,
so was no great danger of hurting the I cannot forbear thinking how naturally an histo. Anle of those extraordinary pieces, our authors rian who writes two or three hundred years hence,
Hoftcr make words of their own, which were and does not know the taste of his wiseforefathers, i
ly foreign to the meaning of the passages they will make the following reflection, “ In the belarut ded to trantlate; their chief care being to “ ginning of the eighteenth century, the Italian mche the numbers of the English verse answer to tongue was so well understood in England, that those of the Italian, that both of them might go “ the operas were acted on the public stage in that is the same tune. Thus the famous song in Ca
“ language.” inila,
One scarce knows how to be serious in the conBarbara fi t'intendo, &c.
futation of an absurdity that news itself at the barbarous vounan, yes I know your meaning - sense to see the ridicule of this monstrous practise;
first sight. It does not want any great measure of whics espreides the resentments of an angry lover, but, what makes it more astonishing, it is not the was transat d into that English lamentation, taste of the rabble, but of persons of the greatest Frail are lover's hopes, &c.
politeness, which has established it.
If the Italians have genius for music above the Ard it was pleasant enough to see the most refined English, the English have a genius for other perperfors of the British nation dying away and lan- formances of a much higher nature, and capable guilling to notes that were filled with a spirit of of giving the mind a much nobler entertainment. Tif and indignation. It happened also very fre- Would one think it is possible (at a time when quently, where the sense was rightly translated, the an author lived that was able to write the Phænecefiary transpofition of words, which were drawn dra and Hippolitus) for a people to be so stupidly out of the phrase of one tongue into that of ano. fond of the Italian opera, as scarce to give a third ther, inade the music appear very abfurd in one day's hearing to that admirable tragedy? Music tur gue that was very natural in the other. I re- is certainly a very agreeable entertainment; but member an Italian verse that runs thus, word for if it would take the entire poffeffion of our ears, word,
if it would make us incapable of hearing sense,
if it would exclude arts that have a much greater And turn'd my rage into pity;
tendency to the refinement of human nature; I which the English for rhyme fake translated,
must confess I would allow it no better quarter And into pity turn'd my rage.
than Plato has done, who banishes it out of his
commonwealth. By this means the soft notes, that were adapted to At present, our notions of music are so very Pity in the Italian, fell upon the word Rage in uncertain, that we do not know what it is we the English; and the angry sounds, that were tuned like; only, in general, we are transported with to rage in the original, were made to express pity any thing that is not English; fo be it of a foin the translation. It oftentimes happened likewise, reign growth, let it be Italian, French, or Highthat the finest notes in the air fell upon the moft Dutch, it is the same thing. In short, our Eninsignificant words in the sentence. I have known - glish music is quite rooted out, and nothing yet the word And pursued through the whole gamut, planted in its stead. have been entertained with many a melodious The, When a royal palace is burnt to the ground, and have heard the most beautiful graces, qua- every man is at liberty to present his plan for a vers, and divisions bestowed upon Then, For, and new one; and though it be but indifferently put From; to the eternal honour of our English par- together, it may furnish several hints that may be ticles,
of use to a good architect. I fall take the same The next step to our refinement, was the intro- liberty, in a following paper, of giving my opiducing of Italiar. Actors into our opera; who sung nion upon the subject of music; which I Mall their parts in their own language, at the same time, lay down only in a problematical manner, to be that our countrymen performed theirs in our na considered by those who are masters in the art. tive tongue. The king or hero of the play generally spoke in Italian, and his Naves answered him in Englith: the lover frequently made his court, No 19. THURSDAY, MARCH 22. and gained the heart of his princess, in a language which she did not understand. One would have Di bene fecerunt, inopis me quódque pufilli thought it very difficult to have carried on dia- Finxerunt unimi, raro & perpauca loquentis. logue after this manner, without an interpreter
Hor. Sat. IV. i. 176 between the persons that conversed together; but Thank Heaven that made me of an humble mind; this was the state of the English Itage for about To action little, less to words inclin’d!
Bserving one person behold another, who At length the audience grew tired of under was an utter stranger to him, with a cast standing half the opera; and therefore, to ease of his eye, which, methought, expressed an emo. themselves intirely of the fatigue of thinking, have tion of heart very different from what could be fo ordered it at present, that the whole opera is raised by an object fo agreeable as the gentleman performed in an unknown tongue. We no longer he looked at, I began to consider, not without understand the language of our own stage; info- some secret forrow, the condition of an envious much that I have often been afraid, when I have man. Some have fancied that envy has a cerseen our Italian performers chattering in the ve tain magical force in it, and that the eyes of the hemence of action, that they have been calling us envious have by their fascination blasted the ennames, and abusing us among themselves; but I joyments of the happy. Sir Francis Bacon says, hope, since we do put such an intire confidence in Some have been so curious as to remark the times then, they will not talk against us before our fa. and scarons when the stroke of an envious eye is