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will be pleased with it. I fall leave it with the critics to determine whether the place, which this thepherd fo par. ticularly points out, was not the above-inentioned Leicate, or at least some other lover's leap, which was fupposed to have had the fame effect. I cannot believe, as all the interpreters do, that the shepherd ineans nothing farther here, than that he would drown himself, since he representsthe issue of his leap as doubtful, by adding; That if he should escape with life, he knows liss mistress would be pleased with it; which is according to our interpretation, that she would rejcice any way to get rid of a lover who was so troublesome to her.
After this thort preface, I Mall present my reader: with some letters which I have received upon this fubject. . The first is sent me by a physician.
HE lover's leap, which you mentioned in your
:T , , a
effectual 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 passion 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 6.leap; and in particular, that very inany persons who 6. tried it, escaped not only witli their lives, but their limbs., • If by this means they got rid of their love, though it..
may in, part be ascribed to the reasons you give for it ; , 6 why may not we suppose that the cold bath, into which
they plunged themselves, had also fome, share in their 6 cure ? A leap into the fea, 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 reason 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 6.as this comparison is a little too coarse for your paper, e-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.. lire you to consider whether, if the frenzy produced by:
• these two different caules be of the same nature, it may
I am, 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 appliit cations to me for three years together, and filled my • head with a thousand dreams of happiness, some few
days since married another. Pray tell me in what päri ny of the world your promontory lies, which you
cail • the lover's leap, and whether one may go to it by land? - But, alas, I'am afraid it has lost its virtue, and that
a woman of our times would find no more relief in s taking such a leap, than in singing an hyınn to Verints. and So that I must cry out with Dido in Dryden's Virgil. Ah! cruel heaven, that made 130 Ci!re for love'!
Your disconfolate servant..
Y heart is so full of lofes and passions for Mrs
Gwinifrid, and she is so pettish and over-run • 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 di• stance but twenty nile from the lofer's leap, I would in• deed indefour to preak iny neck upon it on purpose. Now, • good mister SPICTATUR of Crete Pritain, you mult - know it, there iss in Caernarvansisire a very pig moun
tain, 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 ftony and bad for
o shooes. Now, there is upon the forehead of this inoun? tain a very high rock, like a parish steeple, that conneth
a huge deal over the sea; so when I ain in my melan
cholies, and I do throw myself froin it, I do desire my ' fery good friend to tell me in his Spictatur, if I shall be
cure of my griefous lofes ;, for there is the sea clear as
glass, and as creen as the leek : 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 iny
pusiness without 'loss of time. I remain with cordial * affections, your ever lofing friend,
Davyth ap Sherikyn. P. S. « My law suits have brought me to London, but
I have lost my causes; and so have made my resolutions * 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 Don Quixote may be às effectual to cure the extravagancies of this paffior, as any of the old philosophers. I hali therefore publish very feedily the translation of a little Greek manuscript, which is lent me hy a learnied friend. It appears to have been a piece of those records which were kept in the temple of Apollo, that stood upon the promontory of Leucate. The reader will find it to be a fummary account of several persons who tried the lover's leap, and of the success they found in it. As there seem to be in it fome 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 expofe my ignorance, if they caught me tripping in a matter of fo great inomeht.
Wednesday, November 21.
Percunctatoreix fugito, nam garrulus idem est.
Hor. Ep. 18. 1. I. v. 69.
Shun the inquisitive and curious man:
POOLY. HERE is a creature who has all the orgass of speecll, 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 observe, 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' you know he is fit for the most polite conversation, you shall see hiin 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 excrcise, or any the like impertinence; and be as well pleased as if you talked to him on the most important truths. This humour is far from making a man unhappy, tho' it may subject him to rallery, for he generally falls in with a person who seems to be born for him, which is your talkative fellow. It is so ordered, tliat there is a secret bent, as natural as the meeting of different sexes, in these two characters, to supply each other's wants. I had the honour the other day to sit in a public-rooin, and saw an inquisitive man look with an air of satisfaction upon the approach of one of these talkers. The man of readý utterance fat down by hiin, 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 s is the matter with me, but I fiept very ill last night; whether I caught cold or no, I know not, but I fancy I do not wear shoes thick enough for the weather, and I have VOL. III.
« coughed all this week: it must be so, for the custom of " washing my head winter and summer with cold water, < prevents any injury from the season entering that way; « so it must come in at my feet : but I take no notice of « 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 In• dian answered very well to an European, who asked liin s 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 thein, or think they suffer 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 than to say, The town will liave it, or I have it from a good hand: so 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 most 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,