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• Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory re ' I Mall pray for you, and defire you would • joiceth: my Aeth also shall rest in hope. For pay the bearer twenty thillings for value • thou wilt not leave my foul in helt, neither wilt « feceived from, • thou suffer thine holy one to fee corruption.
ISIR, " Thou wilt (hew me the path of life : in thy « presence there is fulness of joy, at thy right Cripple-Gate, (Your humble servant, (Hard chete are pleasures for evermore.'
Aug. 29. 1713. · LAZARUS HOPEFUL,
The reader's own imagination will fuggest to N 471. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1. him the reasonableness of such correspondencesy
and diversify them into a thousand forms; but -Voluptat
I shall close this as I began upon the fubject of Solamenque mali
Virg. Æn. 3. v. 660; bhindness. The following letter seems to be
written by a man of learning, who is returned This only főlace his hard fortune fends.
to his study after a fulpence of an ability to do DRYDEN. fo. The benefit he reports himself to have re
he can give the operator. had a preface to itwherein coursed at large of the innumerable objects of
"Mr. Spečiator, charity in a nation, and admonished the richi, who were afflicted with any distemper of bodys Uminating lately on your admirable disa particularly to regard the poor in the same fpe
courses on the pleasures of the Imaginacies of affliction, and confine their tenderwers to tion, I began to consider to which of our senses them, since it is imposible to aflift all who are we are obliged for the greatest and most ima prefented to them. The propofer had been re portant fhare of those pleasures; 'and I soon lieved from a malady in his eyes by an operation the clear deraitin of the fenfes, and mother of all performed by Sir William Read, and being a man of condition, had taken a resolution to ' the arts and sciences, ihat have refined the maintain three poor blind men during their lives,
(rudeness of the uncultivated mind to a polite. in gratitode for that great bleifing. This mis ners that distinguishes the fine spirits from the fortone is so very great and unfrequent, that one « barbarous goût of the great vulgar and the would think, an establishment for all the poor 'small. The light is the obliging benefactress under it might be easily accomplished, with the
that bestows on as the most transporting sentaaddition of a very few others to those wealthy I tions that we have from the various and won. who are in the same calamity. However, the • derful products of nature. To the fight wé thought of the proposer arose from a very good owe the amazing discoveries of the height, motive, and the parcelling of ourselves out, as ! magnitude and motion of the planets; their called to particular acts of beneficence, would
several revolutions about their common ccntre be a pretty cement of society and virtue. It is of light, heat and motion, the sun. The fight the ordinary foundation for mens holding a com
travels yet farther to the fixed stars, and fute merce with each other, and becoming familiar, nishes tíre understanding with solid reasons to that they agree in the same fort of pleasure; and prove, that each of them is a fun moving on fure it may also be some reason for amity, that
its own axis in the centre of its own vortex they are under onc common distress. If all the or turbillion, and performing the fame offices Ich who are lame in the gout, from a life of to its dependent planets, that our glorious fun case, pleasure and luxury, would help those fevý
o does to this. But the inquiries of the light who have it without a previous life of pleafure,
« will not be stopped here, but make their pro. and add a few of fuch laborious men, who are
gress through the immenfe expanse of the become lame from unhappy blows, falls, or other Milky Way, and there divide the blended accidents of age or fickness; I say, would fuchi
fires of the Galaxy into infinite and different gouty persons administer to the necessities of worlds, made up of distinct suns, and their men disabled like themselves, the consciousness peculiar equipages of planets, until unable to of such a behaviour would be the beft julep,
pursue this track any farther, it deputes the cordial, and anodyne in the feverish, faint and imagination to go on to new discoveries, until tormenting vicissitudes of tlrat miserable dif it fill the unbounded space with endless worlds. temper. The same may be said of all other, The light informs the ftatuary's, chissel with both bodily and intellectual evils. These classes power to give breath to lifeless brass and of charity would certainly bring down blessings
marble; and the painter's pencil to swell the upon an age and people; and if men were not "Aat canvas with moving figures actuated by petrified with the love of this world, against all
imaginary fouls. Music indeed may plead ano. sense of the commerce which ought to be among
'ther original, tince Jubal, by the different falls them, it would not be an unreasonable bill for a
cóf his haminer on the anvil, discovered by poor man in the agony of paing aggravated by
ļ the ear the first rude music that pleased the anwant and poverty, to draw upon a fick alder
tediluvian fathers; but then the light has not man after this form:
only reduced those willier founds into artfuļi
i order and harmony, bút conveys that harmony • Mr. BASIL PLENTY,
6. to.the most distant parts of the world without
the help of found. To the right we owe not
• only all the discovcries of philosophy, but alk ou have the gout and store, with the divine imagery of poetry that transports
the intelligent reaches of Homer, Milton and in pous and stone, not worth one farthing; Virgil
* As the light has polished the world, fo does, artist which can restore the former, and redress it fupply us with the most grateful and haiting the latter My frequent petulal of the adverpleafure. Let love, let friendihip, paternal sisements in the public news papers, generally. affection, filial piety, and conjugal duty, de thie moet agreeable, entertaininent they afford, clare the joys the right befows on a meeting has pretented me with many and various boneafter absence. But it would be endless to enu fits of this kind done to my countrymen by merate all tlie pleasures and advantages of that ikaful artit Dr. Grant, her majelty's ocfight; every one that has it, every hour he culift extraordinary, whore happy hand has makes use of it, Ånds them, feels them, en brought and reftored to fight feveral hundreds joys them.,
in less than four years. Maniy have received (Thus as our greatest pleasures and know- fight by liis means who came blind from their ledge are derived from the fight, so has Provi. s mothers womb, as in the fandous instance of dence been mote curious in the formation of "Jones of Newington. Inayself have been cured
its feat, the eye, than of the organs of the by him of a weakness in my eyes, text to blinda other senses. That tupendous machine is a stess, and am ready to believe any thing that composed in a wonderful manner of muscles, is reported of his ability this way; and knoto membranes, and humours. Its motions are that many, who could not purchase his afliitadmirably directed by the muscles; the perspi-, arice witli money, have enjoyed it from his çuity of the humours transmit the rays of " charity. But a list of particulars would fwelt light; the rays are regularly refracted by their my letter beyond its botinds, what i have fail
figure, the black lining of the sclerotes effec. being sufficient to comfort those who are ia ' cually prevents their being confounded by re (the like distress, since they may conceive hopes « fexion. It is wonderful indeed to 'confider of being 110 longer miserable in this kind, while • how many objects the eye is fitted to tako in at there is yet alive so able an aculift.as Dr. Grants once; and successively in an instant, and at the
I am the Spectator's humble fervant, « same time to make a judgment of their position, T
PHILANTHROPUS, * figure, or, colour. It watches against out
dangers, guides our steps, and lets in all the • visible objects, whose beauty and variety in- N° 473. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1. <struct and delight.
« The pleasures and advaritages of fight being
so great, the lofs must be very grievous; of Quid? fi quis vultu torvo ferus &* pede nudo,
Hor. Ep. 19. 1.' 1. V, İz
Suppose a man the coarseft gown should wears To light in the former.
No Thoes, his forehead rough, his look fevere, Thee I revifit fafe
And ape great Cato in his form and dress;
Muft he his virtues and his mind express ?
• To the Spectator,
AM now in the country, and employ mork
of my time in reading, or thinking upon * Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose,
What I have read. Your paper comes con. 6 Or flocks or herds, or human face divine;
' Itantly down to me, and it affects me so much, • But cloud instead, and ever-during dark « Surround me: from the chearful ways of men
(that find my thoughts run into your way;
6 and I recommend to you a subject upon which • Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair, Prefented with an universal blank
you have not yet touched, and that is, the satisOf Nature's works, to me expung'd and raz’d, fections : I think one may call it glorying in
faction some men seem to take in their imper. * And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.'
their insufficiency. A certain great author is Again, in Samson Agonistes.
of opinion it is the contrary to envy, though But chief of all
. perhaps it may proceed from it. Nothing is lofs of fight! of thee I most complain;
so common as to hear men of this fort, speak« Blind among enemies ! O worse than chains,
"ing of themselves, add to their own merit, as . Dungeon, or beggary, or decrepid age!
" they think, by impairing it, in praising theme
"felves for their defects, freely allowing they • Light, the prime work of God, to me is extinct,
commit some few frivolous errors, in order to • And all her various objects of delight • Anaull'd
• be esteemed persons of uncommon talents and
great qualifications. They are generally proStill as a fool,
' fessing an injudicious neglect of dancing, fence « In pow'r of others, never in my own,
ing, and riding, as also an unjust contempt for * Scarce half I seem to live, dead more than half; travelling, and the modern languages; as for 6 O dark! dark! dark! amid the blaze of noon: their part, say they, they never valued or trou« Irrevocably dark, total eclipse,
• bled their heads about them. This panegyri• Without all hopes of day!'
6 cal satire on themselves certainly is worthy of your animadversion.
I have known one of • The enjoyment of fight then being so great these gentlemen think himself obliged to forget a blessing, and the loss of it so terrible an evil, the day of an appointment, and sometimes even r bow excellent and valuable is the kill of that that you spoke to him, and when you see them,
they hope you will pardon them, for they have "Mr. Spectator, • the worst memory in the world. One of them AM a man of a very good estate, and am « started up the other day in some confufion, and honourably in love. I hope you will allow, • faid, Now I think on it, I am to meet Mr. when the ultimate purpose is honest, there may « Mortmain the attorney about some business, įbe, without trespass against innocence, fome. « but whether it is to-day, or to-morrow, faith, • toying by the way. People of condition are « I cannot tell.” Now to my certain know • perhaps too diftant and formal on those occa« ledge he knew his time to a moment, and was . fions; but however that is, I am to confess to
there accordingly. These forgetful persons " you that I have writ some verses to atone for have, to heighten their crime, generally the • my offence. You professed authors are a little best memories of any people, as I have found • severe upon us, who write like gentlemen : but
out by their remembering sometimes through " if you are a friend to love, you will insert my ( inadvertency. Two or three of them that I poem. You cannot imagine how much ser
know can say most of our modern tragedies vice it would do me with my fair one as well « by heart. I asked a gentleman the other day as reputation with all my friends, to have some..
that is famous for a good carver, at which ac I thing of mine in the Spectator. My crime was,
quifition he is out of countenance, imagining that I snatched a kiss, and my poetical excuse • it may detract from some of his more essential s as follows: « qualifications, to help me to something that was near him; but he excused himself, and
1. blushing told me, “ Of all things he could
Belinda, see from yonder flowers « never carve in his life;" though it can be
" The bee Aies loaded to its cell; • proved upon him that he cuts up, disjoints,
. Can you perceive what it devours ? and uncases with incomparable dexterity. I
• Are they impair'd in Thow or smell? « would not be understood as if I thought it * laudable for a man' of quality and fortune to
II. rival the acquisitions of artificers, and endeav • So, tho' I robb'd you of a kiss, our to excel in little handy qualities; no, I "Sweeter than their ambrofial dew; argue only against being ashamed at what is • Why are you angry at my bliss ? really praise-worthy. As these pretences to • Has it at all impoverish'd you! ingenuity thew themselves several ways, you
III. ( will often see a man of this temper alhamed to • be clean, and setting up for wit only from ne.
( 'Tis by this cunning I contrive, gligence in his habit. Now I am upon this
In spite of your unkind reserve, • head, I cannot help observing also upon a very
• To keep my familh'd love alive. • different folly proceeding from the same cause.
" Which you inhumanly would (tarve. " As these above mentioned arise from affecting
• I am, SIR, an equality with men of greater talents from
• Your humble servant, • having the same faults, there are others that • would come at a parallel with those above
" TIMOTHY STANZA.' • them, by poffeffing little advantages which • they want. I heard a young man not long
Aug. 23, 1712, • ago, who has sense, comfort himself in his ig
AVING a little time upon my hands, I • norance of Greek, Hebrew, and the Orientals :
could not think of bestowing it better, ' at the same time that he published his averfion
« than in writing an epistle to the Spectator, ' to those languages, he said that the knowledge
"" which I now do, and am, • of them was rather a diminution than an ad. • vancement of a man's character; though at the
“SIR, ( same time I know he languishes and repines he
• Your humble servant, is not matter of them himself. Whenever I ' take any of these fine persons thus detracting
6 BOB SHORT. « from what they do not understand, I tell them " I will complain to you, and say I am sure you "P.S. If you approve of my style, I am like• will nnt allow it an exception against a thing, ly enough to become your correspondent. I " that he who contemns it is an ignorant in it. defire your opinion of it. I design it for that · I am, SIR,
" way of writing called by the judicious the Fa - Your most humble servant, miliar,'
T «S, T,'