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This only grant me, that my means may lie
Some honour I would have,
Rumour can ope the grave:
My houst al cottage, inore
My garden painted o'er
And in this true delight,
But boldıy say each night,
Or in clouds hide thein; I have lived to-day. You may se! by it I was even ther acquainted with the poets, for the conclusion Is taken out of Horace; and perhap. it was the immature and immoderate love of them which stamped first, or rathe: engraved, the characters iu me. They were like letters cut in the bark of a young tree, which, with the tree, still grow proportionably. But how this love come to be produced iu me so early, is a hard question; I believe I can tell the particular little ciance that tilled my head first with such chimes of verse, as nuve never since left ringiug there : for I remember when I begun to read, and take some pleasure in it, there was wont to lie in my mother's parlourI know not by what accident, for she herself never in her life read any book but of devotion--but there was wont to lie Spenser's works; this I happened to fall upon, and wis intinitely delighted with the stories of the knights, and giants, and monsters, and brave houses which I found everywhere there-though my understanding had little to do with all this--and by degrees, with the tiusling of the rhyme, and dance of the numbers; so that I think I had read him all over before I was twelve years old.
With these affections of mind, and my heart wholly set upon letters, I went to the university; but was soon ton from thence by that public violent storm, which would suffer lothing to stand where it did, but rooted up every plant, even from the princely celars, to me, the hyssop. Yet I had is good fortune as could have befallen me in such a tempest: for I was cast by it into the family of one of the best persons, and into the court of one of the best princesses in the world. Now, though I was here engaged in ways most contrary to the original design of my life; that is, into much company, and no small business, and into a daily sight of greatDess, both militant and triunphant-for that was the state then of the English and the French courts--yet all this was so far from altering my opinion, that it only added the confirmation of reason to that which was bifore but natural inclination. I saw plainly all the paint of that kind of life the nearer I carne to it; and that benuty which I did not fall in love wiih, when, for anght I know, it was real, was not like to bewitch or entice me when I saw it was adulterite. Iinet with severai yrent pereons, whom I liked vysy well, but could not perceive that any part of their grentness was to be liked or desired, no more than I would be ghed or content to be in a storm, though I saw many ships which rid safely and hravely in it. A storm would not agree with my stomach, if it did with my courage: though I was in a crowd of as goor company as conld be found anywhere, thougu I was in business of great and honourable trust. though I eat at the best table, and enjoved the best conveniEDC8 for present cubsistence that ought to be desired by a mau of my condition, in
hanishment and public distresses; yet I could not abstain from renewing my old echoolboy's wish, in a copy of verses to the same effect:
Well, tiren, I now do plainly see
This busy world and I stul Be'er agree, &c. And I never the proposed to myself any other advantage from his majesty's happy ppeioration, but the gatiing into one noderately convenient retreat in the country, which I thought in that cas I might easily have compaud, as well as some other, who, with no Teater probabilities or patects, have arrived to extraordinary fortunes. But I liard before written a slirewd prophecy against myself, and I think Apollo inspired me in the truth, though not in the elegance of it:
Thau neither great at court Dar in the sa,
Which thy neglected verse dues raise, te. However, by the failing of the forces which I had expected, I did not quit the design which I had repolved on; I cast myself into it a corpus perdituin, without making capitulations, or taking coursel of fortune. But God laughs at man, who says to bis soul, • Take thy ere:' I met presently not only with many little incumbrances and imprediments, but with so much sickness--a new misfortune to me-as would love spoiled the happiness of an emperor as well as mine. Yet I do ueither repent por alder my course; Sin em perfidum diri meramentum (I have not falsely sworn). Nothing shal sepurite me from a mistress which I have loved so long, and have now at last married; though she neither has brought me a rich portion, nor lived yet so quictly with me as I hoped from her.
See ros, dulcissimit mundi
Nor by me e'er shall yon,
The Spring-tides of Public Affairs. Thare often observed, with a'l submission and resiguation of spirit to the inscrutable mysteries of Eternal Providence, that when the full avd maturity of time is come that produces the great confusions and changes in the world, it usually pleases God to make it appear, by the in::oner of them, that they aru not the effects of human force or policy, but of the divine justice and predestination; and, though we see a man, like that which we call Jack of the Clock-house. striking as it were, the honr of that fulness of time, vet our reason must Deeds be convinced that his hand is moved by some secret, and, to us who stand without, invisible direction. And the stream of the current is then so violent, that the strongest men in the world cannot draw up against it; and non are so weak but they may sail down with it. These are the spring-tides of public affairs, which we ke otten bapp.in, but seek in vain to discover any certain causi's. And one man then, hy maliciously opening all the sluices that he can come nt. can never be the sole anthor of all this shongh he may be as guilty as if he rrally were, by intending and imarining to be so--but it is God that breaks up the flood-gates of so general a deluge, and all the art then, and industry of mankind, is not sufficiunt to raise up dikes and ramparts against it.
The Antiquity of Agriculture. The three first men in the world were a gardener, a plonghmar, and a grazier; and if any man object that the second of these wis a murtherer, I desire lic would conRider that, as soon as he was so. he quitted our profepaion and turned bnilder. It is for this reason, I suppose, that Ecclesiasticus forhids us to hate husbandry; .because,' saya be, 'the Most High has created it,' We were all born to this art, and
taught by Nature to ronrish onr bedies by the same earth ort of which they were made, and to which they must return, and pay at last for their sustenance. Behold the original and primitive nobility of all these gient persons, who are too prond now. not only to iill the ground, but almost to tread upon it! We my talk what we please of lilies and lions rampant, and spread eagles in fields d'or or d'argent; but if heraldry were guided by reason, a plough in a weld aruble woul. be the most noble and ancient arms.
Of Obscurity. What a brave privilege is it to be free from all contentions, from all envying or being euvied, from receiving and from paying all kind of ceremonies! It is, in my mind, a very delightful pasiime for two good and greeable friends to travel up and dowu together, in places where they are by nobody known, nor hnow anybody. It was the cast of Eneas and his Achatts, when they walked invisibly about the fields aud streets of Cartbage. Venus herself
A veil of thickened air aronnd them cast,
VIRG. 1 En. The common story of Demosi henes's confession, that he bad taken great pleasure in he:uring of a tanker-xomau say, as he passed : This is that Demosthenes,' is wonderfully ridicu ois from so solid w orator. I myslf have ofteu met with that temptation to vanity, it it were any; but am so far irom finding it any pleasure that it only makes me run fa-tur from the place, till I get, as it were, out of sight--hot. Democritos relates, and in such a manner as if he gloried in the good fortune aud cornmodity of it, thai, when he came to Athens, nobody tbere did so much as take notice of him; and Epicurus lived there very well, that is, lay hid many years in his girilens, -o famous since that time, with his friend Metroxlorus: atter whose death, making, in one of his letters, a kind commemoratiou of the happiness which they two liud enjoyed tog ther, he adds at last that he thought it no disparugement to thos great clicitis of their life, ibat, in the midst of the most talked-of and talking country in the world, they had lived so long, not only without fame, but almost withcut being heard of; and yet, within a very few years aftorward, there were no two names of men more known or inore generally cel brated. If we engage into a large acquaintance and various familiarities, we set open our gates to the invaders of most of our time; we expos? our life to it quotidian ague of frigid impertinences, which would make a wine mau tremble to think of. Now, as for being knowu much by Bizht, and pointed at, I canvo: comprnend the honour that lies in that; wlia'soev5 ab. , ( Very inoontebank has it more than the best doctor, and the bangman more tante Jori chief-justice of a city. Every creature has it, both of nature and art, if it banyways extraordinary. It was as often said : This is that Bucephalus,' or, • This is that Incitatu-,' when they wer: led prancing through the streets, as, • This is that Al sundur.' or, . This is that Domítinn ;' and truly, for the latter, I take Incitatus to have ben a much more honourable beast than his muster, and more dustrving the consulship than he the empire.
I love and commend a true good fame, becanse it is the shadow of virtue : not that it doth any good to th body which it accompanies, but it is an efficacious shadow, and lik: that of St. Pater, cures the disuses of others. The best kind of Kory, no doubt, is that which is ret:cted from honesty, such as was the glory of Cato and Aristides; but it was harmful to them both, and is seldom beneficial to any man whilat he lives; what it is to him after his death I cannot say, because I love uot philosophy m?rely notional and conjectural, and no man who has made the experiinelit has been so kind as to come back to iuform 18. l'pon the whole.matier. I account a person who has a moderate mind and forte, and lives in the conversation of two or three agreeable friends, with little commerce in the world biisides, who is esteemed well enough by his fe'w neighbours that know him, and is truly Irreproachable by mylody: and so, after a healthful quiet life, before the grat ilconveniences of old age, goes more silently out of it than he came in-for I would not have him so much as cry in the exit ; this innocent deceiver of the world, as Horace calls him, this muta persona, I take to have been more happy in his part than the greatest actors that fill the stage with show and noise; Day, even than Augustus himself, who asked, with his last breath, whether he had not played his farce very well.
The Danger of Procrastination. I am gla:1 that you approve and all paid my d son of wild:aring myself from all tumult and luilla of the forci, and consult the l.1.re's on tiime to those studies which nature solotiers uchind me, and Iru ini untune, i ka step-ino ler, has o 101.5 dcined in. But, nevertheless, you si rith ch but is arra, merd, a l'u-? wlach spoils the good metal it g:01 up.)—but pon siy you would advis: ne not to precipitate iliut resolution, but to stay awhi longer with patience and complaisance, in I had gotieu such an elatusmgt afloril mi according to the sarms of uut prsou, who you and I love very much, und would blive us soon aa anoiner man-cum dignit it otiut. Thus were excellent advic to Joshu, who could bid the fun stay too). But there's no fooling with life, when it is once turned beyond forty: the sking for a torine Inn is bit a desperite oftere gaine; 'uis a hundrat to one in a man tling the sixes, and recover all; especially it his hand be no luckir hru mine.
There & som help for all the defects of fortune; fcr if a man cannot attain to the length of his wi-bes, he may have his remedy by cutting of them shorter. Epicurus writes a letter to Idomenius--who was th n a very powerful, wealthy, and, it seems, a bountiful person-to recommend to liim, who had m:de so many rich, one Pythocleg, a friend of his, whom he disir d night be bad a rich mau too; but I enreat you that you would not do it just the tanie may us you have done to my 1 ss desrving permovis; but is the most gentlemanly manner of olig ng hin, which is, not to add anything to lis estate, but to tak something from his desir
The aim of this is that for the certain hope of some conveni nes, we ought pot to deter the execution of a wo k that is necessary; especially when th 11- 01 those things which we wou'd pay for may otherwise bo : supplieci, bit by loss of time 1.vir recovered; ny, further y ii!hon, we were sur toitun all that we had a miud to, thorigh we were ruire optimis dever so much by continuung the game, yet when the light of life is sy near gong out, and ought to b. so previous, le jeu ne reut pas le chandelle, the play is not worth thexpens of the cando; aftr having been long to-sid in a tinipist, if our mess he standing, and we have still suil an tackling amongh 10 carry 18 to port, it is :o mutter for the wait of streamere and topguillants. A gentle nat), in our late civil wars, wh'n bis quarters were buatan up by the eneiny, wis tik in pis rer. aud lost his life afterwards only by staying to put on a band and adjust bis periwig: he would escape like a person of of quality, or not at all, und died the noble martyr of ceremouy and gentility.
Vision of Oliver Cromwell. I was interrupted by a strong and terrible apparition ; for those appeared to me -- rising out of the earth as I conceived the figure of a man, taller than a giant, or inded than th shadow of any giant in the evening. His borly was naked, but tt nakidness adorned, or rather deformed, all over with everal figure, after the manner of the ancient Britous, p:inted upon it; and I presived that most of thim wer: the representation of the late battles in our civil wars, and, it I be not much mi:tikin, it was the latti. of Nuseby that was drawn upou bis breast. wire I ke burning bra-s; ad there were three crowns of the same metz), 19 I guessed, anıl that took us ltd-hot, too, ipou his head. Ileh ld in his right and a sword that was ye: boody, and nevertheless, the motto of it was Pax queritur bello (. We war for peac: "); and in his lift and a thick book, upon the back of which was written, in litt rs of go'd, Mets, Ordinances, Protestations, Covenanti, Engagements, Deratious. R.mons rances. &r.
Thong thía xudden, masal. ani dradful object ipight have quellel a greater conseihiu mine, toit pas : Gol--for there is nothing boll rthna 11 i a vision---that I was not at all daunted, but asked him rosolutey and briefly: 'W..t At tho.??? And he said : Iam call d the Norti-ww.et Priuc pality, his ligoness the Profesot ir of the Cominou wealth of England Scotland, and Innd, and the dumine ions belonging this,'1111to; for I am that Angel to whom the Almighty has cainiitid the gorement of those three kingiloms, which thou 8.2from this place.' An: I answered and suid: If it be so, sir, it seems to me that for almost these twisty years past your highness has been absent from your chargo; for not ouly if any.
angel, but if any wise înd honest man had since that time hen onr governor, we slvuld not huve wandered thus long in ti se lalorious and endless lubyriuths of contu-on; but eithe nuthav: entered at all into them, or : t last have returned back ere we had absolutely lost our wty; but, instead of your higun. ss, we have had sine: such a protector as was his predecessor Richard Ill to the king, bis nephew ; fcr he presently slew the Commonwealth, which he pritended to protect, and set up himself in the place of it: alue) --- guilly, judeed, 211 one respect, because the oth: slew au inocut, a 1) this man did but wurd ra murderer. Such a protector veli ve had as we would have been giad to be changed for an enemy, and mother reejvid it constant Turk than this every mouth's apostate; such a protettur at man is flocks which he shears, and sells, or d yours himself; and I would sain kuow what the wolf, which he protects him from. could do more? Such a protector :- And as I was proceeding, methought his bighness becau to put on a displeased und threatening countenance, as men use to do when their darst friends happen to ise trad:1c:d in their company; which gave me the first iize of jealousy against him; for Idd not believe that Cromwell, anong ull lis foreign corrispondencer, had ever held any with angels. However, I was not beruened encugh yut to Venture a quarrel with him then; and therefori-is if I had probin to the Protector himself in Whitehall-I desired hiin.that his bighness would plense to pardon ine, if I had unwittingly spoken anything to the disparagemon of a pereen whose relations to bis highness I'had not the honour to know.' At which he told m..that he had no other concernment for his late Highese, than as lie took hiin to be the greatest man that ever was of the English nation, if not,' said he, of th whole world; which gives me a just title to the defince of his reputation. since I now account mayself, as it were, a natur:visid English engl, l y having had so long the management of the affairs of that country.- And pray, countryma'ruit lie, very kirdiy and very flatteringly, for I would not have you fall into the general crror of the world, that d tsis and decries so extraordinery a viriü; vhat can be rior: extraordinary than that it person of mean birth, 10 forite, no en ivent qualities of body, which have sometimes, or of mind, which have often, indeed men to th: highest lignities, should have the corrag. to attempt, and the taj piness to suced in. so iinprobable adsign as the destruction of one of the most ancient and mnost solidly founded monarchiez upon the earth ? that he bould have the power or bodnes to put luis prince and master to an open and is famous death; to banish that mum rong and strongly allied family: to do all this under the name and wages cf a puliamont; 10 trample upon them, 100, as he pleased, and spun then out of cor: when he gruw weary of ihm; to rise up a new and unheard-of monster ont of their ashes; to stiil: that in the very infancy, and set up himself above uil thing? that ever were called sovereign in England; to oppres- all his qenies by arms, and all his friends afterwards by artific •; to serve all parti:3 patiently for a while, 2.1:d to cominand them victoriously at last'; to overrun eich coin rerile three tous, and overcome with equal facility both the riches of the south on the poverty of the north; to befard and courted by all foreign princes, and i dopt da brother 10 tho gods of the carth; to call together parliaments with a word of his pen, and scatter them again with the breath of his mouth; to be humbly and daily petitioned, that he woald pla39 02 b:hirel at the rate of two millions a year, to be the naster of those who had hired him before to be th« ir sérvaut; to have the estates and lives of thre: kingiloms as much at his dispo-ulas was the little inh-ritance of his 13tler, and to be as noble avd liberal in the spending of them; and, lastly-for there is no end of all the particulars of his gory-to bequeath all this with one word to his poeterity; to die with peace at home, and triumph abroad ; to be buried among kings, and with more than regal folemnity; and to leave a name bhind him not to bo extinguished but with the whole world; which, as it is now too little for his praises. $0 might have been, too, for his conquests, if the short line of his human life could have been stretched out to the extent of his immortal desigus.'
IZAAK WALTON. One of the most interesting and popular of our early writers mag IZASK WALTON (1592-1683), an English worthy of the simple antique Cast, who retained in the bcart of London, and in the midst of close