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is only capable of adoring it, none but himself assertions, ludicrous phrases, and works of hucan comprehend it.
mour ? not to mention those who violate ic by The advice of the son of Sirach is very just and folemn perjuries? It would be an affront to reasublime in this light. “By his word, all things fon to endeavour to set forth the horror and pro« confift. We may speak much, and yet come faneness of such a practice. The very mention “ short : wherefore in fum, he is all. How Thall of it exposes it sufficiently to those in whom the “ we be able to magnify him ? For he is great light of nature, not to say religion, is not utterly « above all his works. The Lord is terrible and extinguished. “ very great; and marvellous in his power. When
you glorify the Lord, exalt hiin as much as you « can : for even yet will he far exceed. And “ when you exalt him put forth all your Itrength,
N° 532. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10. « and be not weary; for you can never go far - enough. Who hath seen him, that he might Reddere quæ ferrum valet, exsors ipfa fecandi.
-Fungor vice cotis, acutum “ tell us ?' and who can magnify him as he is?
Hoki Ars Poet. ver. 304. “ there are yet hid greater things than these be, “ for we have seen but a few of his works." I have here only considered the Supreme Being To cut myself : 1 sharpen others wit.
I play the whetstone : useless and unfit
Creech. by the light of reason and philosophy. If we
very honest him to us, not only as infinitely great and glorious, but as infinitely good and just in his dif- fcruple of saying I have as much of this temper pensations towards man. But as this is a theory
as any man in the world.
It would not be a which falls under every one's consideration, though thing to be bragged of, but that it is what any indeed it can never be sufficiently, considered,
man may be matter of who will take pains enough I shall here only take notice of that habitual for it. Much observation of the unworthiness worship, and veneration which we ought to pay
in being pained at the excellence of another, to this Almighty Being. We should often refreih will bring you to a fcorn of yourself for that our minds with the thought of him, and annihi- unwillingness : and when you have gone fo far, late ourselves before him, in the contemplation
you will find it a greater pleasure than you ever of our own worthlessness, and of his transcendent before knew,, to be zealous in promoting the excellency and perfection. This would imprint in fame and welfare of the praise-worthy. I do our minds such a constant and uninterrupted awe and
not speak this as pretending to be a mortified veneration as that which I am here ricomnenda self-denying man, but as one who has turn
I claim ing, and which is in reality a kind of inceiranted his ambition into a right channel. prayer, and reasonable humiliation of the foul to myself the merit of having extorted excellent before him who made it.
productions from a person of the greatest abilia This would effectually kill in us all the little ties, who would not have let them appeared by seeds of pride, vanity, and self-conceit, which are any other means; to have animated a few young apt to thoot up in the minds of such whose thoughts gentlemen into worthy pursuits, who will be a Tun more on those comparative advantages which glory, to our age, and at all times, and by all they enjoy over some of their fellow-creatures, than pollible means in my power, undermined the on that infnite distance which is placed between interests of ignorance, vice, and folly, and atthem and the fupreme model of all perfection. It tempted to substitute in their stead, learning, would likewise quicken our desires and endea- piety, and good sense. It is from this honest vours of uniting ourtelves to him by all the acts of heart that I find myself honoured as a gentlereligion and virtue.
man-uther to che arts and sciences. Mr. Tickell Such an habitual homage to t! - Supreme Being and Mr. Pope have, it seems, this idea of me. would, in a particular manner, banith from among
The former has writ me an excellent paper of verses us that prevailing impiety of uting his name on
in praise, forsooth, of myself; and the other the most trivial occasions.
inclosed for my perusal an admirable poem, I find the following paffage in an excellent which, I hope, will thortly see the light. in the fermon, preached at the funeral of a gentleman mean time I cannot suppress any thought of his, who was an honour to his country, and a more
but infert this fentiment about the dying words diligent as well as successful inquirer into the
of Adrian. I will not determine in the case he works of nature, than any other our nation has mentions; but have thus much to say in favour ever produced : “ He had the profoundeft vene
of his argument, that many of his own works " ration for the great God of heaven and earth
which I have seen, convince me, that very " that I have ever observed in any person. The pretty and very fubliine tentiments may be lodg“ very name of God was never mentioned by him ed in the fame botom without diminution to its “ without a' pause and a vilble itop in his dif- greatness. « course : in which one that knew him moft par " Mr. Spečiator, 66 ticularly above twenty years, has told ine that Was the other day in company with five or “ he was so exact, that he does not remember to fix men of some learning; where chancing « have observed him once to fail in it."
to mention the famous verses which the EmpeEvery one knows the veneration which was ror Adrian spoke on his death-bed, they were paid by the Jews to a name to
grcat, wonderful all agreed, that i was a piece of gaicty unwor. and holy. They would not let it enter even into • thy that Prince in those circumstances. I could their religious discourses. What can we then not but diffent from this opinión : methinks it think of those who make use of so tremendous a was by no means a gay, but a
very serious Barre in the ordinary es refions of their anger, " foliloquy to his foul at the point of his deparmith, and most impertinent pasfions ? Of those who admit it into the most familiar quenions and
'ture : in which senfe I naturally took the verses
at my first reading them, when I was very
« First with the dogs, and king amidst the 'squires ;
From pert'to stupid links supinely down, young, and before I knew what interpretation the world generally put upon them;
• In youth a coxcomb, and in age a clown.
« Such readers scorn’d, thou wing'st thy daring Animula vagula, blandula,
flight • Hofpes comesque corporis,
« Above the stars, and tread'st the fields of light; Que nunc abibis in loca?
• Fame, heav'n and hell, are thy exalted theme, • Pallidula, rigida, nudula,
• And vifions such as Jove himselt might dream ; Nec ( ut foles) dabis jocos !
• Man sunk to flav'ry, though to glory born,
scorn. « Alas, my soul! thou pleasing companion of
Such hints alone could British Virgil lend, “ this body, thou fleeting thing that art now,de
And thou alone deserve from such a friend : serting it! whither art thou flying? To what
• A debt so borrow'd, is illustrious shame, “ unknown region? Thou art all trembling,
. And fame when shar'd with him is double fame. " fearful, and pensive. Now what is become of
• Sofulh’d with sweets, by beauty's queen bestow'd, V thy former wit and humour? Thou thalt jest 56 and be gay no more.” I confess I cannot appre
• With more than mortal charms Æneas glow'd. hend where lies the trifling in all this; it is
Such gen'rous strifes Eugene and Marlbro' try, the most natural and obvious reflection imagin
• And as in glory, so in friendship vie, ' able to a dying man : and if we consider the
• Permit these lines by thee to live—nor blame Emperor was a heathen, that doubt concerning
• A mufe that pants and languishes for fame; o the future state of his foul will seem so far
" That fears to fink when humbler themes the sings, ''from being the effect of want of thought, that
Loft in the mass of mean forgotten things. 6 it was scarce reasonable he should think other
• Receiv'd by thee, I prophesy, 'my rhimes " wife; not to mention that here is a plain conofession included of his belief in its immortality.
• The praise of virgins in succeeding times : « The diminutive epithet of vagula, blandula,
• Mix'd with thy works, their life no bounds shall
sec, . and the rest, appear not to me as expressions of
But stand protected, as inspir'd, by thee. • levity, but rather of endearment and concern : 5 such as we find in Catullus, and the authors of
• So some weak shoot, which else would poorly • Hendeca-syllabi after him, where they are used
rise, ' to express the utmost love and tenderness for " their mistreffes. If you think me right in my
Jove's tree adopts, and lifts him to the skies; notion of the last words of Adrian, be pleased to
Through the new pupil fost'ring juices flow, o infert this in the Spectator ; if not, to suppress
« Thrust forth the gems, and give the flow'rs to blow • Aloft ; immortal reigns the plant unknown,
With borrow'd life, and vigour not his own.
• I am, &c.
To the SPECTATOR-GENERAL.
· Mr. John Sly humbly sheweth, • Inchanted by this prostituted fair,
HAT upon reading the deputation given • Our youth“run headlong in the fatal snare;
to the said Mr. John Sly, all persons par• In height of rapture clasp unheeded pains, sing by his observatory behaved themselves with . And suck pollution through the tingling veins. • the same decorum, as if your honour yourself
had been present. Thy spotless thoughts unshock'd the prieits • That your said officer is preparing, according
o to your honour's secret initructions, hats for And the pure vellal in her bosom wear.
" the leveral kind of heads that make figures To conscious blushes and diminish'd pride, in the realms of Great-Britain, with cocks lige 'Thy glass betrays what treack'rous love would • nificant of their powers and faculties. hide ;
• That your faid officer has taken due notice of * . Nor harsh thy precepts, but infus’d by stealth, • your instructions and admonitions concerning
• Please while they cure, and cheat us into health. 6 the internals of the head from the outward • Thy works in Chloe's toilet gain a part,
6 form of the same. His hats for men of the • And with his tailor thare the fapling's heart :
• faculties of law and phyfic do but juit turn up, Lash'd in thy fatire, the penurions cit
« to give a little life to their fagacity.; his mi-> Laughs at himself, and finds no harm in wit : • litary hats glare full in the face; and he has 6. From felon gamelters the raw 'squire is free, prepared a family easy cock for all good com"And Britain owes her rescu'd oaks to thee. • panjons between the above mentioned extremes. : 6 His miss the frolic viscount dreads to toaft,
For this end he has consulted the most learned 6. Or his third cure the shallow templar boast; o of his acquaintance for the true forms and di(And the raih fool who scorn'd the beaten road, o'mensions of the Lepidum Caput, and made a hat
6 for it. • Dares quake at thunder, and confess his God.
Your said officer does further represent, that • The brainless stripling, who, expell’d the town, the young divines about town are many of them • Damn’d the stiff college and pedantic gown),
got into the cock military, and desires your inAw'd by thy name, is dumb), and thrice a week • Itructions therein. Spells uncouth Latin, and pretends to Greek, That the town has been for several days " A santring tribe ! such born to wide estates, very well behaved, and further your said officer ¢ With yea and no in senates hold debates :
6 faith not.
L 12 " At length despis’d, cach to his fields retires,
Tranda's fortune is equal to those I have men
6 ticned; but her relations are not intimates N° 533. TUESDAY, Nov. 11. 6 with mine. Ah! there's the rub. Miranda's
• person, wit, and humour, are what the nicest Immo duas dabo, inquit ille, una fi parum eft:
PLAUT. Et si duarum pænitebit, addentur duæ.
fancy could imagine; and though we know
you to be so elegant a judge of beauty, yet there Nay, says he, if one is too little; I will give " is none among all your various characters of
you two; and if two will not satisfy you, I < fine women preferable to Miranda. In a word, will add two more.
• she is never guilty of doing any thing but one
( amiss, (if she can be thought to do amiss by To the SPECTATOR,
me) in being as blind to my faults, as she is to ! SIR,
• her own perfections.
“ Your very humble obedient servant, • of parents, in forcing their children to marry
Duftereraftus.' contrary to their inclinations. My own cafe, without further preface, I will day before you,
- Mr. Spectator, ! and leave you to judge of it. My father
HEN you spent so much time as you and mother both being in declining years,
did lately in censuring the ambitious ! would fain fee me, their eldest son, as they call young gentlemen who ride in triumph through cit, settled. I am as much for that as they can town and country in coach-boxes, I wished « be ; but I. must be settled, it seems, not ac you had employed those moments in considera? cording to my own, but their liking. Upon • tion of what passes sometimes within side of • this account, I am teized every day, because r those vehicles. I am sure I suffered sufficient! I have not yet fallen in love, in spite of na ly by the infolence and ill breeding of some
ture, with one of a neighbouring gentleman's persons who travelled lately with me in a stage • daughters; for out of their abundant genero coach out of Essex to London. I am sure,
lity, they give me the choice of four. Jack, " when you have heard what I have to say, you i begins my father, Mrs. Catharine is a fine wo will think there are persons under the character
-Yes, Sir, but she is rather too old - of gentlemen that are fit to be no where else She will make the more discreet manager, boy. but in the coach-box. Sir, I am a young woman Then my mother plays her part. Is not Mrs. of a sober and religious education, and have
Betty exceeding fair ? Yes, madam, but she is preserved that character ; but on Monday was i of no conversation ; the has no fire, no agreea fortnight it was my misfortune to come to r ble vivacity ; the neither speaks nor looks with " London. I was no sooner clapt in the coach, < spirit. True, fon : but for those very reasons, but to my great surprise, two persons in the
the will be an easy, soft, obliging, tractable ' habit of gentlemen attacked me with such inc creature. After all, cries an old aunt, (who decent discourse as I cannot repeat to you, so you
belongs to the class of those who read plays 'may conclude not fit for me to hear. I had no with Ipeétacles on) what think you, nephew, ? relief but the hopes of a speedy end of my short
of proper Mrs. Dorothy? What do I think? journey. Sir, form to yourself what a perfe(why, I think the cannot be above fix feet two (cution this must needs be to a virtuous and
inches high. Well, well, you may banter as ? chaste mind; and in order to your proper
long as you please, but height of stature is com ? handling such a subject, fancy your wise or ! manding and majestic.' Come, come, fays a daughter, if you had any, in such circumI cousin of mine in the family, I will fit him ; 'stances, and what treatment you would think
Fidelia is yet behind --Pretty Miss Fiddy ? then due to such dragoons. One of them was 6 must please you
-Oh ! your very humble ? called a captain, and entertained us with < servant, dear cóz, the is as much too young as nothing but filthy ftupid questions, or lewd
her eldest filter is too old. Is it so indeed, songs, all the way. Ready to burst with shame quoth the, good Mr. Pert? You who are but and indignation, I repined that nature had not barely turned of twenty-two, and Miss Fiddy allowed us as easily to shut our ears as our - in half a year's time will be in her teens, and eyes. But was not this a kind of rape ? Why " and the is capable of learning any thing. Then " Mould there be accetlaries in ravishment any
the will be to observant; the will cry perhaps more than murder? Why should not every con
now and then, but never be angry. Thus they I tributor to the abuse of chasticy suffer death? I will think for ine in this matter, wherein I am "I am sure there Nameless hell-hourds deferved
more particularly concerned than any, body it highly. Can you excrt yourself better than i eile. If I name any woman in the world, one on such an occasion ? If you do not do it ef? of these daughters have certainly the same • fectuaily, I will read no more of your papers.
qualities. 'You see by these few hints, Mr. . ' Has every impertinent fellow a privilege to • Speétator, what a comfortable life I lead. TO .' torment me, who pay my coach-hire as well i be still inore gren and free with you, I have been as he? Sir, pray consider us in this respect as • passionately fond of a young lady. (whom give. ! the weakest rex, and have nothing to defend
me leave to call Miranda) now for these three I ourselves ; and I think it is as gentleman-like years." I have often urged the matter home to to chailenge a woman to fight, as to talk ob. my parents with all the submission of a fon,
'scenely in her company, especially when me " but the impatience of a lover. Pray, Sir, think' has not power to stir. Pray let me tell you a 6 of three years ;. what inexpressible scenes of in i story which you can make fit for public view, • quietude, what variety of misery must I have "I knew a gentlenian, who having a very good
gone through in three long whole years? Mi- ! opinion of the gentlemen of the army, invited
ten or twelve of them to sup with him ; and which did me no great service in my educaat the same time invited two or three friends, tion. I have perhaps an uncommon desire for who were very severe against the manners and knowledge of what is suitable to my sex and morals of gentlemen of that profeffion. It quality ; but as far as I can remember, the happened one of them brought two captains of whole dispute about me has been, whether his regiment newly come into the
' such a thing was proper for the child to do, or at first onset engaged the company with very
not ? Or whether such or such a food was the lewd healths and suitable discourse. You may :
more wholesome for the young lady to eat; easily imagine the confusion of the entertainer, " This was ill for my shape, that for my čomwho finding some of his friends very uneasy, plexions, and the other for my eyes. I am not desired to tell them the story of a great man,
extravagant when I tell you, I do not know one Mr. Locke (whom I find you frequently
" that I have trod upon the very earth ever fince mention) that being invited to dine with the 'I was ten years old : a coach or chair I am 'then Lords Halifax, Anglesey, and Shafts obliged to for all my motions from one place
bury; immediately after dinner, instead of ' to another ever fince I can remember. All 'conversation, the cards were called for, where
who had to do to instruct me, have ever been • the bad or good success produced the usual bringing stories of the notable things I have
passions of gaming. Mr. Locke 'retiring to a faid, and the womanly manner of my behaving window, and writing; my Lord Anglesey de • myself upon fuch and such an occasion. This fired to know what he was writing : "why,
has been my státe, until I came towards years “ My Lord,” answered he, “I could not neep
of womanhood; and ever since I grew towards «latt night for the pleasure and improvement I
the age of fifteen, I have been abused after " expected from the conversation of the greatest
( another manner. Now, forsooth, I am so, « men of the age.” This 'so sensibly ftung them killing, no one can safely speak to me. Our " that they gladly compounded to throw their house is frequented, by men of sense, and I love cards in the fire if he would his paper, and fo
to ask questions when I fall into such conversa conversation ensued fit for such perfons. This sation; but I am cut short with something or story preft so hard upon the young captains,
other about my bright eyes. There is, Sir, a ( together with the concurrence of their superior • language particular for talking to women in ; • officers, that the young fellows left the com
rand none but those of the very first goodbreed. pany in confusion. Sir, I know you hate long
ring (who are very few, and who seldom come things; but if you like it you may contract it,
Sinto my way) can speak to us without regard I or how you will ; but I think i: has a moral • to our sex. Among the generality of those in it.
o they call gentlemen, it is impossible for me to But, Sir, I am told you are a famous ine ' speak upon any subject whatsoever without (chanic as well as a looker-on, and therefore provoking somebody to say, “ oh! 'to be sure humbly propose you, would invent some pad
« fine Mrs. such-a-one must be very particulock, with full power under your hand and
« larly acquainted with all that; all the world (seal, for all modest persons, either men or wo
« would contribute to her entertainment and in
“ formation.” Thus, Sir, I am fo handsome, men, to clap upon the mouths of all such in. pertinent impudent fellows : and I wish you
" that I murder all who approach me;' so wise, would publish a proclamation, that no modeft.
" that I want no new notice; and so well bred, person that has a value for her countenance,
" that I am treated by all that know me like a and consequently would not be put out of it,
(fool, for no one will answer as if I were their presume to travel after such a day without one
friend or companion. Pray, Sir, be pleased to • of them in their pockets. I fancy a sınart
take the part of us beauties and fortunes into Spectator upon this subject would serve for such your consideration, and do not let us be thus a padlock; and that public notice may be
flattered out of our senses. I have got an husly given in your paper where they may be had
of a maid, who is most craftily given to this with directions, price 2d. and that part of the
ill quality. I was at first diverted with a - directions may be, when any person presumes
certain absurdity the creature was guilty of in to be guilty of the above-mentioned crime, the, every thing the said ; Me is a country girl, and party aggrieved may produce it to his face,
in the dialect of the Mire she was born in, with a request to read it to the company. He
I would tell me that every body reckoned her ( must be very much hardened that could out
lady had the purest red and white in the ! face'tliat rebuke; and his further punishment
( world: then she would tell me, I was the most I leave you to prescribe.
like one Silly Dobson in their town, who made " Your humble servant,
the miller make away with himself, and walk T'
" Penance Cruel.'
afterwards in the corn-field were they used to meet, . With all this, this cunning huffy can lay letters in my way, and put a billet in my
glove and then stand in it the knows nothing N° 534. WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12.
I do not know, from iny birth to this
day, that I have been ever treated by any one Rarus enim fermè sensus communis in illâ Fortuna
Juv. Sat. 3. ver. 73.
as I ought; and if it were not for a few books
( which I delight in, I should be at this hour a -We seldom find
(novice to all common sense. Would it not be Much sense with an exalted fortune join'd. ' worth your while to lay down rules for beha
STEPNEY. ! viour in this case, and tell people, that we fair - Mr. Spectator,
? ones expect honest plain answers as well as Am a young woman of nineteen, the only (other people? Why must I, gond Sir, because
daughter of very 'wealthy parents; and • I have a good air, a fine complexion, and am have my whole life been used with a tenderness in the Lloom of my years, be milled in all my
6 of it.
6 actions ;
"actions; and have the notions of good and ill ' mean time, whilst we parley, our several in- . • confounded in my mind; fór no other offence,
terests are neglected.
As his fiege grows " but because I have the advantages of beauty • stronger, my tea grows weaker; and while " and fortune? Indeed, Sir, what with the filly • he pleads at my bar, none' come to him for " homage which is paid to us by the sort of counfelbut in forma pauperis. Dear Mr.
people I have above spoken of, and the utter • Spectator, advise him not to infist upon hard negligence which others have for us, the con- . • articles, nor by his irregular desires contradict versation of us young women of condition is the well-meaning lines of his countenance. If no other than what must expose us to igno- . ''we were agreed, we might settle to something, rance and vanity, if not vice. All this is as soon as we could determine where we humbly submitted to your spectatorial wisdoin, . ' should get most by the law, at the coffee.
6 house, or at Westminster. • Sir, your humble servant,
Your humble servant, • Sbarlot Wealtby.'
Lucinda Parly.' "Mr. Spestator, Will's Coffee-House,
A Minuté from Mr. John Sly.
HE world is pretty regular for about if you put in this; which is only to ask,
forty rods east, and ten west of the ob• whether that copy of verses, which is a para- : « servatory of the said Mr. Sly; but he is cre
phrase of Isaiah, in one of your speculations, «dibly informed, that when they are got be• is not written by Mr. Pope? Then you get on yond the pass into the Strand, or those who " another line, by putting in, with proper dis
move city-ward are got within Temple-Bar, tances, as at the end of a letter,
..they are just as they were before. It is there( I am, Sir, - Your humble servant,
forę humbly proposed, that moving sentries
may be appointed all the busy hours of the day Abrabam Dapperwit.'
6 between the Exchange and Westminster; and • Mr, Dapperwit,
report what passes to your honour, or your AM glad to get another line forward, by subordinate officers, from time to time.”
faying that' excellent piece is Mr. Pope's; • and so with proper distances,
Ordered, "I am, Sir,
That Mr. Sly name the said officers, proYour humble servant,
vided he will answer for their principles and - The Spectator." morals.
T • Mr. Spectator,
WAS a wealthy grocer in the city, and
as fortunate as diligent; but I was a single No.535. THURSDAY, Nov. 13. man, and you know there are women.
One • in particular came to my shop, who I wished Spem longam reseces
Hor. Od. II. l. 1. ver. 7. ( might, but was afraid never would make a gro• cer's wife. I thought, however, to take an Cut short vain hope. 'effectual way of courting, and fold her at less
price than I bought, that I might buy at less Y four hundred and seventy-first specula. price than I sold. She, you may be sure, often tion turned upon the subject of hope in came and helped me to many customers at the general. I design this paper as a speculation
same rate, fancying 'I was obliged to her. You upon that vain and foolish hope, which is miso must needs think this was a good living trade, employed on temporal objects, and produces • and my riches must be vastly improved. In many sorrows and calamities in human life.
fine, I was nigh being declared bankrupt, when It is a precept several times inculcated by
I declared myself her lover, and the herself Horace, that we should not entertain a hope of 'married. I was just in a condition to support any thing in life, which lies at a great distance ' myself, and am now in hopes of growing rich from us. The shortness and uncertainty of our by loang my customers.
time here, makes such a kind of hope unreason« Yours,
able and absurd. The grave lies unseen between Jeremy Comfit. us, and the object which we reach after: where
one man lives to enjoy the good he has in view, • Mr. Spektator,
ten thousand are cut off in the pursuit of it. AM in the condition of the idol you was It happens likewise unluckily, that one hope
once pleased to mention, and bar-keeper no sooner dies in us, but another rises up in its of a coffee-house. I believe it is needless to stead. We are apt to fancy that we shall be tell you the opportunities i mult.give, and the happy and satisfied if we poffess ourselves of
importunities I luffer. But there is one gen- such and such particular enjoyments; but either "tleman who befieges me as close as the French by reason of their emptiness, or the natural
did Bouchain. His gravity makes him work inquietude of the mind, we have no sooner 'cautious, and his regular approaches denote a gained one point, but we extend our hopes to
good enginèer. You need not doubt of his another. We still find new inviting scenes and
oratory, as he is a lawyer : and especially since låndkips lying behind those which at a distance (he has had so little use of it.at Westminster, he terminated our view. may spare the more for me.
The natural consequences of such reflexions 6. What then can weak woman do? I am are these ; that we should take care not to let willing to surrender, but he would have it at our hopes run out into too great a length; that discretion, and I with discretion. In the we Mould sufficiently weigh the objects of our