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YY rather to make you a request than a Dedication. I must desire, that if you think fit to throw away any moments on it, you would not do it after reading those excellent pieces with which you are usually conversant. The images which you will meet with here, will be very faint, after the. perusal of the Creeks and Remans, who are your ordinary companions. I must confess I am obliged toyou for the taste of many of their excellencies, which I had not observed until you pointed them to me. I am very proud that there are some things in these Papers which I know you,pardon; and it is no small pleasure to have one's labours suffered by the judgment of a man, who so well understands the true charms of eloquence and poesy. But I direct this address to you; not that I think I can entertain, you with my Writings, but to thank you for the new delight I, have, from your conversation,, in those of other men..
May you enjoy a long continuance of thetrue- relish of the happiness heaven has bestowed' upon you. I know not how to fay a more affectionate thing to you, than to wish that you may be always what you are; and that you may ever think, as I know you now do, thatt you have a much larger fortune than you want?,.
T A T L E R.
N° 51. Saturday, August 6, 1709.
Shiicquid agunt homints—~*mstri farrago libelli.
Juv. Sat. 1. Y.
Whatever good is done, whatever ill ■ ~
Wbit?% Chocolate-house, August 5.
FORTUNE being now propitious to the gay Orlando, he dressed, he spoke, he moved as a man might be supposed to do in a nation of Pygmies, and had an equal value for our approbation or dislike. It is usual for those, who profess a contempt of the world, to fly from it and live in obscurity; bill Orlando, with a greater magnanimity, contemned it, and appeared in it to tell them so. If therefore his exalted mien met with an unwelcome reception, he was sure always to double the cause which gave the distaste. You fee our Beauties affect a negligence in the ornament of their hair, and ad* justing their head-dresses, as conscious that they adorn whatever they wear. Orlando had not only this humour in common with other Beauties, but also had a neglect Vol. II. B whether whether things became him, or not, in a world he confemned. For this reason* a noble particularity appeared in all his œconomy, furniture, and equipage. And to convince the present little race, how unequal all their measures were to an Antediluvian, as he called himself, in respect of the insects which now appear for men, he sometimes rode in an open tumbril, of less size than ordinary, to show the largeness of his limbs, and the grandeur of his personage, to the- greater -advantage :~*At other seasons, all his appointments had a magnificence, as if it were formed by the genius of Trimalchio of old, which shewed itself in doing ordinary things with an air of pomp and grandeur. Orlando therefore called for Tea by beat of drum; his valet got ready to sliave him by a trumpet to horse; and water was brought for his teeth, when the sound was changed to boots and saddle. . In all these glorious excesses from the common practice, did the happy Orlando live and reign in an uninterrupted tranquillity, until an unlucky accident brought to his remembrance, that one evening he was married before he courted the nuptials of Villaria. Several fatal Memorandums were produced to revive the memory of this accident, and the unhappy Lover was forever banished "her presence, to whom he owed the support of his just renown and gallantry. But distress does not debase noble minds; itonly changes the scene, and gives them new glory by that alteration. Orlando therefore now ra^es in a garret, and calls to his neighbour-flcies to pity his dolours, and to find redress for an unhappy Lover. All high Spirits, in any great agitation of mind, are inclined to relieve themselves by poetry: The renowned sorter of Oliver had not more volumes around his cell in the college of Bedlam, than Orlando in his present apartment. And though inserting poetry in the midst of prose be thought a licence among correct Writers not to be indulged, it is hoped the necessity of doing it, to give a just idea of the hero of whom we treat, will plead for liberty we shall hereafter take, to print Orlando's soliloquies in verse and prose, after the manner of great Wits, and such as those to whom they are near allied.
Will's Coffee house, August 5.
A good company of us were this day to fee, or rather to hear, an artful person do several feats of activity with, his throat and windpipe. The first thing, wherewith he presented us, was a ring of bells, which he imitated in a most miraculous manner; after that, he gave us all the different notes of a pack of hounds, to our great delight and astonishment. The company expressed their applause with much noise; and never was heard such a harmony of men and dogs: But a certain plump merry felllow, from an angle of the room, fell a crowing like a cock so ingeniously, that he won our hearts from the other operator in an instant. As soon as I saw him, I recollected 1 had seen him on the stage, and immediately knew it to be Tom Mirrour, the comical actor. He immediately addressed himself to me, and told me, he wai surprised to see a Virtuoso take satisfaction in any representations below that of human life; and asked me, whether I thought this acting bells and dogs was to be considered under the notion of Wit, Humour, or Satire? Were it not better, continued he, to have some particular picture of man laid before your eyes, that might incite your laughter? He had no sooner spoke the word, but he immediately quitted his natural shape, and talked to me in a very different air and tone from what he had used before; upon which, all that sat near us laughed; but I saw no destortion in his countenance, or any thing that appeared to me disagreeable. 1 asked.Pa<akt, what meant that sudden whisper about us? for I could not take the jest. He answered, The Gentleman you were talking to, assumed your air and countenance so exactly, that all fell a laughing to sec how little you knew your-* self, and how much you were enamoured with your own Image. But that person, continued my monitor, if men would make the right use of him, might be as instrumental to their reforming errors in gesture, language, and speech, as a dancing master, linguist, or orator. You fee he laid yourself before you with so much address, that you saw nothing particular in his behaviour: He has so hafjpy a knack of representing errors and im*•• B a perfections.