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will be pleased with it. I shall leave it with the critics to determine whether the place, which this thepherd fo- par. ticularly points out, was not the above-inentioned Leucate, or at least some other lover's leap, which was supposed to have had the fame effect: I cannot believe, as all the interpreters do, that the shepherd ineans nothing farther liere, than that he would drown himfelf, since he represents. the issue of his leap as doubtful, by adding; That if he should escape with life, he knows liis mistress would be pleased with it; which is according to our interpretation, that she would retice any way to get rid of a lover whó was so troublesome to her.

After this thort preface, I Mall present-my reader with some letters which I have received upon this subject.. The firit is sent me by a physicianl..

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Mr SpecTATORI

HE lover's leap, which you mentioned in your :

223d paper, was generally; I believe, a very effectuat cure for love, and not only for love, but for-all: other evils. In short, Sir, I am afraid it was such a leap as that which Hero took to get rid of her pallion for

Leander. A man is in no danger of breaking his heart, 6. who breaks his neck.to prevent it. I know very well the

wonders which ancient authors-relate concerning this leap; and in particular, that very inany persons who 6. tried it, escaped not only with their lives.but their limbs.:

If by this means they got rid of their love, though it.

may ia part be ascribed to the reasons you give for it ; 'why may not we suppose that the cold bath, into which • they plunged themselves, had also fome, share in their • cure? A leap into the sea, or into any creek of salt wa

ters, very often gives a new motion to the spirits, and a new turn to the blood; for which reafon.we prescribe b.it in distempers which no... Other medicine will reach. I 6 could produce a quotation out of a very venerable author, ,

-in which the frenzy produced by love, is compared to (that which is produced by the biting of a mad dog. But - as this comparison is a little too coarse for your paper, 6-and might look as if it were cited to ridicule the author 6s who has inade use of it; I shall only hint at it, and de.. -6-fire you to consider wbether, if the frenzy produced by

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these two different caules be of the fame nature, it may -s not very properly be cured by the same ineans.

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Your anofi humble servant,

and quell-wisher,

ÆSCULAPIUS.

SIR,

Mr SPECTATOR,
I AM A young woman, crossed in love. My story is

very long and melancholy. To give you the heads • of it: A young gentleman, after having made his appli*cations to me for three years together, and filled my • head with a thousand dreapıs of happiness, some fet

days since inarried another. Pray tell me in what para * of the world your promontory lies, which you

cail the lover's leap, and whether one may go to it by land?

But, alas, l'am afraid it has lost its virtue, and that

a woman of our times would find no more relief in - taking such a leap, than in singing an hymnn to Verius. * So that I must cry out with Dido in Dryden's Virgil. Ah! cruel heaven, that made 10 cure for love! :

Tour difconfolate servant.

ATHENAIS.

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MISTER SPICTATUR,

Y heart is so full of lofes and passions for Mrs

with cholers against me, that if I had the good happi• nefs to have my dwelling (which is placed by my creat

cranfather upon the pottom of an hill) no farther distance but twenty nuile from the lofer's leap, I would indeed indefour to preak my neck upoirit on purpose. Now, good mister SPICTATUR of Crete: Pritain, you mult know it, there iss in Caernarvanfire a very pig inountain, the clory of all Wales, which is named Permainmaure, and you must also know, it ifs no crete journey on foot from me; but the road is itony and bad for

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shooes. Now, there is upon the forehead of this inoun*tain a very high rock, like a parish steeple, that cometh

a huge deal over the sea; 'so when I ain in my melancholies, and I do throw myself froin it, I do defire

my fery good friềnd to tell me in his Spictatur, 'if I lhall be cure of my griefous lofes ;, for there is the sea clear as

glass, and as creen as the Week : "then "likeways if I be * drown, and preak my neck, if Mrs Gwinifrid will not

lofe me afterwards. Pray be speedy in your answers, for I am in creat heste, and it is my tesires to do inny pusiness without loss of time. I remain with cordial affections, your ever lofing friend,

Davyth ap Shenkyn. P. S. My law suits have brought me to London, but I have lost

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causes;
and to have made

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refolutions to go down and leap before the frosts begin; for I am apt to take colds:

RIDICULE, perhaps, is a better expedient against love 'than sober advice, and I am of opinion, that Hudibras and Dun Quixote may be as effectual to cure the extravagancies of this passion, as any of the old philosophers. I hall therefore publish very speedily the translation of a little Greek manuscript, which is sent me by a learned friend. It appears to "have been a piece of those records which were kept in the temple of Apollo, that stood upon the proinontory of Leucate. The reader will find it to be a fummary account of several peisons who tried the lover's leap, and of the fùccess they found in it. As there seemn 'to be in it some anachronisins and deviations from the ancient orthography, I am not wholly satisfied myself that it is authentic, and not rather the production of one of thofe Grecian fophifters, who have iinposed upon the world several spurious works of this nature. I speak this by way of precaution, because I know there are several writers of uncommon erudition, who would not fail to expose my ignorance, if they caught ine tripping in a matter of so great inomeht.

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No. 228.

No 228.

Wednesday, November 21.

Percunctatoreix fugito, 11ain garrulus idem eft.

Hor. Ep. 18. 1. 1. v. 69.

Shun the inquisitive and curious man:
For what he hears he will relate again.

POOLY. TI

"HERE is a creature who has all the orgass of speech,

a tolerable good capacity for conceiving what is faid to it, together with a pretty proper behaviour in all the occurrences of common life; but naturally very vacant of thought in itself, and therefore forced to apply itself to foreign assistances of this make is that man who is very inquisitive. You may often oblerve, that though he speaks as good sense as any man upon any thing with which he is well acquainted, he cannot trust to the range of his own fancy to entertain himself upon that foundation, but goes on still to new inquiries. Thus, tho' yaụ know he is fit for the most polite conversation, you shall see him very

well contented to sit by-a jockey, giving an account of the many revolutions in his horse's health, what potion he made him take, how that agreed with him, how afterwards he came to his stomach and his exercise, or any the like imperdinence; and be as well pleased as if you talked to him on the most important truths. This humour is far from mak. ing a man unhappy, tho' it may subject him to rallery, for he generally falls in with a perfon who seems to be born for him, which is your talkative fellow. It is so ordered, tliat there is a sēcret bent, as natural as the meeting of different. sexes, in thele two characters, to supply each other's wants. I had the honour the other day to fit in a public-rooin), and faw an inquisitive man look with an air of satisfaction upon the approach of one of these talkers. The man of readý utterance sat down by him, and rubbing his head, leaning on his arm, and making an uneasy countenance, he began; • There is no manner of news to day. I cannot tell what

is the matter with me, but I slept very ill last night; whe6ther I

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prevents any injury from the season entering that way: • To it must come in at my feet: but I take no notice of 6 it ; as it comes so it goes. Most of our evils proceed « from too much tenderness; and our faces are 'naturally

little able to resist the cold as other parts. The Indian answered very well to an European, who asked liin how he could go naked; I am all face.'

I OBSERVED this discourse was as welcome to my general inquirer as any other of more consequence could have been; but somebody calling our talker to another part of the room, the inquirer told the next man who fat by hiin, that Mr fucli-a-one, who was just gone from him, used to wash his head in cold water every morning; and so repeated almost verbatim all that had been said to him.

The truth is, the inquisitive are the funnels of conversation; they do not take in any thing for their own use, but merely to pass it to another: they are the channels through which all the good and evil that is spoken in town are conveyed. Such as are offended at them, or think they fuffer by their behaviour, may themselves mend that inconvenience; for they are not a malicious people, and if you will supply them, you may contradict any thing they have said before by their own mouths. A farther account of a thing is one of the gratefullest goods that can arrive to them; and it is seldom that they are more particular tlan to say, The town wil lave it, or I have it from a good hand: fo that there is room for the town to know the matter more particularly, and for a better hand to contradict what was said by a good one.

I have not known this humour .more ridiculous than in a father, who has been earnestly follicitous to have an ac. count how his son has passed away his leisure hours.; if it be in a way thoroughly insignificant, there cannot be a greater joy than an inquirer discovers in seeing him follow so hopefully his own steps: but this humour among men is moft, pleasant when they are saying something which is not wholly proper for a third person to hear, and yet is in itself indifferent. The other day there came in a well-dressed young fellow, and two gentlemen of this species immediately fell a whispering his pedigree. I could over-hear, by breaks,

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