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fluster themselves with warmer liquors: thus all nothing but what a hundred before me have aseribed pretenders advance as fast as they can to a fever or it to the custom of giving board-wages. This one a diabetes. I must repeat to you, that I do not look instance of false economy is sufficient to debanch with an evil eye upon the profit of the idols or the the wbole nation of servants, and makes them as it diversions of the lovers; what I hope from this re- were but for some part of their time in that quality. monstrance, is only that we plain people may not be They are either attending in places where they meet served as if we were idolaters; but that from the and run into clubs, or else, if they wait at taverns, time of publishing this in your paper, the idols would they eat after their anasters, and reserve their wages mix ratsbane only for their admirers, and take more for other occasions. From hence it arises, that they care of us who don't love them.
are but in a lower degree what their masters them. “I am, Sir, yours, selves are; and usually affect an imitation of their R.
“T. T." manners; and you have in liveries, beaux, fops, and
coxcombs, in as high perfection as among people No. 88.) MONDAY, JUNE 11, 1711.
that keep equipages. It is a common humour
among the retinue of the people of quality, wben Quid domini facient, audent cum talia fures?
they are in their revels--that is, when they are out What will not masters do, when servants thus presume ?
of their masters' sight-to assume in a humorous
way the names and titles of those whose liveries they “ MR. SPECTATOR,
May 30, 1711. wear. By which means, characters and distinctions “ I have no small value for your endeavours to become so familiar to them, that it is to this, among lay before the world what may escape their observa- other causes, one may impute a certain insolence tion, and yet highly conduces to their service. You among our servants, that they take po notice of any have, I think, succeeded very well on many subjects ; gentleman, though they know him ever so well, exand seem to have been conversant in very different cept he is an acquaintance of their master. scenes of life. But in the considerations of man
My obscurity and taciturnity leave me at liberty, kind, as a Spectator, you should not omit circum- without scandal, to dine, if I think fit, at a common stances which relate to the inferior part of the world, ordinary, in the meanest as well as the most snmpany more than those which concern the greater. tuous house of entertainment.--Falling in the other There is one thing in particular, which I wonder day at a victualling-house near the house of peers, you have not touched upon-and that is the general I heard the maid come down and tell the landlady corruption of manners in the Servants of Great Bri- at the bar, that my lord bishop swore he would throw tain. I am a man that have travelled and seen her out at window, if she did not bring up more many nations, but have for seven years last past re- mild beer, and that my lord duke would have a sided constantly in London or within twenty miles double mug of purl. My surprise was increased, in of it. In this time I have contracted a numerous hearing loud and rustic voices speak and answer to acquaintance among the best sort of people, and each other upon the public affairs, by the names of have hardly found one of them happy in their serv- the most illustrious of our nobility; till of a sudden ants. This is matter of great astonishment to one came running in, and cried the house was rising. foreigners, and all such as have visited foreign coun- Down came all the company together, and away! tries; especially since we cannot but observe, that The alehouse was immediately filled with clamour, there is no part of the world where servants have and scoring one mug to the marquis of such a place, those privileges and advantages as in England. oil and vinegar to such an earl, three quarts to my They have no where else such plentiful diet, large new lord for wetting his title, and so forth. It is a wages, or indulgent liberty. There is no place thing too notorious to mention the crowds of serv. where they labour less, and yet where they are so ants, and their insolence, near the courts of juslittle respectful, more wasteful, more negligent, or tice, and the stairs towards the supreme assembly, where they so frequently change their masters. To where there is a universal mockery of all order, such this I attribute, in a great measure, the frequentriotous clamour and licentious coufusion, that one robberies and losses which we suffer on the high would think the whole nation lived in jest, and that road and in our own houses. That indeed which there were no such thing as rule and distinction gives me the present thought of this kind is, that a among us. careless groom of mine has spoiled me the prettiest The next place of resort, wherein the servile pad in the world with only riding him ten miles; world are let loose, is at the entrance of Hyde-park, and I assure you, if I were to make a register of while the gentry are at the ring. Hither people all the horses I have known thus abused by the neg- bring their lackeys out of state, and here it is that ligence of servants, the number would mount a all they say at their tables, and act in their houses, regiment. I wish you would give us your observa- is communicated to the whole town. There are men tions, that we may know how to treat these rogues, of wit in all conditions of life; and mixing with or that we masters may enter into measures to re- these people at their diversions, I have heard coform them. Pray give us a speculation in general quettes and prudes as well rallied, and insolence and about servants, and you make me, “ Yours,
pride exposed (allowing for their want of education) “ Pallo-BRITANNICUS. with as much humour and good sense, as in the po. “ P.S. Pray do not omit the mention of grooms litest companies. It is a general observation, that in particular.”
all dependants run in some measure into the manThis honest gentleman, who is so desirous that I ners and behaviour of those whom they serve. You should write a satire upon grooms, has a great deal shall frequently meet with lovers and men of inof reason for his resentment; and I know po evil trigue among the lackeys as well as at White's or which touches all mankind so much as this of the in the side-boxes. I remember some years ago an misbehaviour of servants.
instance of this kind. A footman to a captain of The complaint of this letter runs wholly upon the guards used frequently, when his master was men-servants; and I can attribute the licentiousness out of the way, to carry on amours and make assig. which has at present prevailed among them, to nations in his master's clothes. The fellow had a
very good person, and there are very many women that I shall distinguish this sect of women by the who think no farther than the outside of a gentle title of Demurrers. I find by another letter from man : besides which, he was almost as learned a one who calls himself Thyrsis,' that his mistress has man us the colonel himself: I say, thus qualified, been demurring above these seven years. But among the fellow could serawl billets-dout so well, and fur- all my plaintiffs of this nature, I most pity the un. nisb a conversation on the common topies, that he fortunate Philander, a man of a constant passion had, as they call it, a great deal of business on his and plentiful fortune, who sets forth that the timo. bands. It happened one day that, coming down a rous and irresolute Sylvia has demurred till she is tavern stairs, in his master's fine guard-coat, with past child-bearing. Strephon appears by his letter a well-dressed woman masked, he met the colonel to be a very choleric lover, and is irrevocably smitten coming up with other company; but with ready as with one that demurs out of self-interest. He tells surance be quitted his lady, came up to him, and me with great passion that she has bubbled him out said, “Sir, I know you have too much respect for of his youth; that she drilled him to tive and fifty, yourself to cane me in this honourable habit. But and that he verily believes she will drop him in his you see there is a lady in the case, and on that score old age, if she can find her account in another. I also you will put off your anger till I have told you shall conclude this narrative with a letter from honest alt another time." After a little pause the colonel Sam Hopewell, a very pleasant fellow, who it seems cleared up his countenance, and with an air of fa- has at last married a Demurrer. I must only premiliarity whispered his man apart, “ Sirrah, bring mise, that Sam, who is a very good bottle-compathe lady with you to ask pardon for you :" then nion, has been the diversion of his friends, upon aloud, "Look to it, Will, I'll never forgive you else.” account of his passion, ever since the year one The fellow went back to his mistress, and telling thousand six hundred and eighty-one. her, with a loud voice and an oath, that was the
“ DEAR SIR, honestest fellow in the world, conveyed her to a hackney-coach.
“ You know very well my passion for Mrs. Mar
She took But the many irregularities committed by servants tha, and what a dance she has led me. in the places above-mentioned, as well as in theatres, me out at the age of two-and-twenty, and dodged of which masters are generally the occasions, are with me above thirty years. I have loved her till too various not to need being resumed on another she is grown as gray as a cat, and am with much ado occasion.-R.
become the master of her person, such as it is, at present. She is however in my eye a very charming
old woman. We often lament that we did not marry No. 89.1 TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1711. sooner, but she has nobody to blame for it but her. -Petite hine, juvenesque senesque,
self. You know very well that she would never Finem animo certum, miserisque viatica canis.
think of me whilst she had a tooth in her head. I Cras hoe fiet. Idem cras fiet Quid? quasi magnum, have put the date of my passion (anno amoris trigesNempe diem donas? sed cum lux altera venit, Jam cras besternum consumpsimus; ecce aliud cras
imo primo) instead of posy on my wedding-ring. I Egerit hos aunos, et semper paulum erit ultra.
expect you should send me a congratulatory letter, Kain quamvis prope te, quamvis temone sub uno,
or, if you please, an epithalamium upon this occasion. Vertentem sese frustra sectabere canthum.-Pers. Sat. v 64. “ Mrs. Martha's and yours eternally, Prxs. From thee both old and young with profit learn
* SAM HOPEWELL." The bounds of good and evil to discern. Corn. Unhappy be, who does this work adjourn,
In order to banish an evil out of the world, that And to to-morrow would the search delay: His lazy morrow will be like to-day.
does not only produce a great uneasiness to private Pers. But is one day of ease too much to borrow?
persons, but has also a very bad influence on the Cors. Yes, sure; for yesterday was once to-morrow
public, I shall endeavour to shew the folly of demur. That yesterday is gone, and nothing gain d;
rage, from two or three reflections which I earnestly And all thy fruitless days will thus be drain'd For thou hast more to-morrows yet to ask,
recommend to the thoughts of my fair readers. And wilt be ever to begin thy task ;
First of all, I would have them seriously think on Who, like the hindmost chariot-wheels, are curst,
the shortness of their time. Life is not long enough Sull to be near, but ne'er to reach the first.—DRYDEN.
for a coquette to play all her tricks in. A timorous As my correspondents upon the subject of love woman drops into her grave before she is done deliare very pumerous, it is my design, if possible, to berating. Were the age of man the same that it range them under several heads, and address myself was before the flood, a lady might sacrifice half a to them at different times. The first branch of them, century to a scruple, and be two or three ages in to whose service I shall dedicate this paper, are those demurring. Had she nine hundred years good, she that have to do with women of dilatory tempers, who might hold out to the conversion of the Jews before are for spinning out the time of courtship to an im- she thought fit to be prevailed upon. But, alas ! moderate length, without being able either to close she ought to play her part in haste, when she conwith their lovers or to dismiss them. I have many siders that she is suddenly to quit the stage, and letters by me filled with complaints against this sort make room for others. of women. In one of them no less a man than a In the second place, I would desire my female readbrother of the coift tells me, that he began his suiters to censider that as the term of life is short, that ricerimo nono Caroli secundi, before he had been a of beauty is much shorter. The finest skin wrinkles twelvemonth at the Temple; that he prosecuted it in a few years, and loses the strength of its colouring for many years after he was called to the bar; that so soon, that we have scarce time to admire it. at present he is a serjeant at law, and notwith- might embellish this subject with roses and rainbows, standing he hoped tbat matters would have been long and several other ingenious conceits, which I may since brought to an issue, the fair one still demurs. possibly reserve for another opportunity. - I am so well pleased with this gentleman's phrase, There is a third consideration which I would like. : In the Spect. in folio, and in the edit. of 1712, in 8vo, danger of her falling in love when she is about three
wise recommend to a demurrer-and that is, the great Baís officer is styled both captain and colonel. tie. A serjeant al law.
score, if she cannot satisfy her doubts and scruples
before that time. There is a kind of latter spring, have once taken root, and spread themselves in the that sometimes gets into the blood of an old woman, soul, they cleave to her inseparably, and remain ia and turns her into a very odd sort of an animal. I her for ever, after the body is east off and thrown would therefore have the Demurrer consider what a aside. As an argument to confirm this their docstrange figure she will make, if she chances to get trine, they observe, that a lewd youth who goes on over all difficulties, and comes to a final resolution, in a continued course of voluptuousness, advances in that unscasonable part of her life.
by degrees into a libidinous old man; and that the I would not however be understood, by any thing passion survives in the mind wben it is altogether I have here said, to discourage that natural modesty dead in the body; nay, that the desire grows more in the sex, which renders a retreat from the first violent, and (like all other habits) gathers strength approaches of a lover both fashionable and graceful. by age, at the same time that it has no power of exeAll that I intend is, to advise them, when they are cuting its own purposes. If, say they, the soul is prompted by reason and inclination, to demur only the most subject to these passions at a time when it out of form, and so far as decency requires. A vir- has the least instigations from the body, we may well tuous woman should reject the first offer of marriage, suppose she will still retain them when she is eras a good man does that of a bishoprick; but I would tirely divested of it. The very substance of the advise neither the one nor the other to persist in re- soul is festered with them, the gangrene is gone too fusing what they secretly approve. I would in this far to be ever cured; the inflammation will rage to particular propose the example of Eve to all her all eternity. daughters, as Milton has represented her in the fol- In this therefore (say the Platonists) consists the lowing passage, which I cannot forbear transcribing punishment of a voluptuous man after death. He entire, though only the twelve last lines are to my is tormented with desires which it is impossible for purpose.
him to gratify; solicited by a passion that has neither The rib he formed and fashiond with his hands; objects nor organs adapted to it. He lives in a Under his forming hands a creature grew, Man-like, but different sex; so lovely fair,
state of invincible desire and iinpotence, and always That what seem'd fair in all the world, seemd now
burns in the pursuit of what he always despairs to Mean, or in her summ'd up, in het contain d,
possess. It is for this reason (says Plato) that the And in her looks; which from that time infus'd
souls of the dead appear frequently in cemeteries, Sweetness into my heart unfelt before, And into all things from her air inspird
and hover about the places where their bodies are The spirit of love and amorous delight.
buried, still hankering after their old brutal plea. She disappear'd, and left me dark; I wak'd sures, and desiring again to enter the body that To find her, or for ever to deplore Her loss, and other pleasures all abjure :
gave them an opportunity of fulfilling them. When out of hope, behold her, not far off,
Some of our most eminent divines have made use Such as I saw her in my dream, adorn'd
of this Platonic notion, so far as it regards the subWith what all earth or heaven could bestow
sistence of our passions after death, with great To make her amiable. On she came, Led by her heavenly Maker though unseen,
beauty and strength of reason. Plato indeed carAnd guided by his voice, nor uninform'd
ries the thought very far when he grafts upon it his Of nuptial sanctity and marriage rites :
opinion of ghosts appearing in places of burial. Grace was in all her steps, Heav'n in her eye, In every gesture dignity and love
Though, I must confess, if one did believe that the I, overjoyed, could not forbear aloud.
departed souls of men and women wandered up and * This turn hath made amends : thou hast fulfill'd down these lower regions, and entertained themThy words, Creator bounteous and benign!
selves with the sight of their species, one could not Giver of all things fair : but fairest this of all thy gifts, nor enviest.
devise a more proper hell for an impure spirit than Bone of my bone. flesh of my flesh, myself."
that which Plato has touched upon. She heard me thus, and though divinely brought, The ancients seem .o have drawn such a state of Yet innocence and virgin modesty, Her virtue, and the conscience of her worth,
torments in the description of Tantalus, who was That would be wood, and not unsought be won,
punished with the rage of an eternal thirst, and set Not obvious, not obtrusive, but retird,
up to the chin in water that fled from his lips when. The more desirable or, to say all, Nature herself, though pure of sinful thought,
ever he attempted to drink it. Wrought in her so, that seeing me she turni d.
Virgil, who has cast the whole system of Platonic I follow'd her : she what was honour knew,
philosophy, so far as it relates to the soul of man, And with obsequious majesty approv'd
into beautiful allegories, in the sixth book of his My pleaded reason. To the nuptial bower I led her blushing like the morn
Æneid gives us the punishment of a voluptuary PARADISE LOST, viii. 469-511.
after death, not unlike that which we are here L.
speaking of :
-Lucent genialibus altis No. 90.) WEDNESDAY, JUNE, 13, 1711.
Aurea fulcra toris, epulæque ante ora paratæ
Regifico luxu: furiarum maxima juxta
Accubat, et manibus prohibet contingere mensas:
Exurgitque facem attollens, atque intonat ore.
They lie below on golden beds display'd.
And genial feasts with regal pomp are made :
The queen of furies by their side is set, THERE is pot, in my opinion, a consideration more And snatches from their mouths the untasted meat effectual to extinguish inordinate desires in the soul
Which, if they touch, ber hissing snakes she rears. of man, than the notions of Plato and his followers
Tossing her torch, and thundering in their ears.—DRYDIN. upon that subject. They tell us, that every passion That I may a little alleviate the severity of this which has been contracted by the soul during her my speculation (which otherwise may lose me severesidence in the body remains with her in a sepa- ral of my polite readers,) I shall translate a story rate state; and that the soul in the body, or out of that has been quoted upon another occasion by one the body, differs no more than the man does from of the most learned men of the present age, as I himself when he is in his house, or in open air. find it in the original. The reader will see it is not When therefore the obscene passions in particular foreign to my present subject, and I dare say will
I now see
think it a lively representation of a person lying truly my bed-fellows left me about an hour before under the torments of such a kind of tantalism, or day, and told me, if I would be good and lie still, Platonic hell, as that which we have now under con- they would send somebody to take me up as soon as sideration. Monsieur Pontignan, speaking of a it was time for me to rise. Accordingly about nine love-adventure that happened to him in the country, o'clock in the morning an old woman came to ungives the following account of it.*
swathe me. I bore all this very patiently, being re“ When I was in the country last summer, I was solved 10 take my revenge on my tormentors, and to often in company with a couple of charming women, keep no measures with them as soon as I was at liwho had all the wit and beauty one could desire in berty; but upon asking my old woman what was female companions, with a dash of coquetry, that become of the two ladies, she told me she believed from time to time gave me a great many agreeable they were by that time within sight of Paris, for torments. I was, after my way, in love with both that they went away in a coach and six before five of them, and had such frequent opportunities of plead- o'clock in the morning."-L. ing my passion to them when they were asunder, that I had reason to hope for particular favours from each of them. As I was walking one evening in
No. 91.1 THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1711. my chamber with nothing about me but my night- In furias ignemque ruunt: amor omnibus idem. gown, they both came into my room, and told me
VIRG. Georg. iii. 244. they had a very pleasant trick to put upon a gentle
They rush into the name ;
For love is lord of ail, and is in all the same.-DRYDEN. man that was in the same house, provided I would bear a part in it. Upon this they told me such a Though the subject I am now going upon would plausible story, that I laughed at their contrivance, be much more properly the foundation of a comedy, and agreed to do whatever they should require of I cannot forbear inserting the circumstances which me. They immediately began to swaddle me up in pleased me in the account a young lady gave me of my night-gown, with long pieces of linen, which the loves of a family in town, which shall be namethey folded about me till they had wrapped me in less; or rather, for the better sound and elevation of above a hundred yards of swath. My arms were the history, instead of Mr. and Mrs. Such-a-one, I shall pressed to my sides, and my legs closed together by call them by feigned names. Without farther preface so many wrappers one over another, that I looked you are to know that within the liberties of the city of like an Egyptian mummy. As I stood bolt-upright Westminster lives the lady Honoria, a widow about upon one end in this antique figure, one of the the age of forty, of a healthy constitution, gay temper, ladies burst out a-laughing. “And now, Pontig- and elegant person. She dresses a little too much nan,” says she, “we intend to perform the promise like a girl
, affects a childish fondness in the tone of that we find you have extorted from each of us. her voice, sometimes a pretty sullenness in the leanYou have often asked the favour of us, and I dare ing of her head, and now and then a downcast of say you are a better-bred cavalier than to refuse to her eyes on her fan. Neither her imagination nor go to bed to two ladies that desire it of you.” After her health would ever give her to know that she is having stood a fit of laughter, I begged them to un- turned of twenty ; but that in the midst of these case me, and do with me what they pleased. “No, pretty softnesses and airs of delicacy and attraction, 10," said they, "we like you very well as you are;" she has a tall daughter within a fortnight of fifteen, and upon that ordered me to be carried to one of who impertinently comes into the room, and towers their houses, and put to bed in all my swaddles. so much towards woman, that her mother is always The room was lighted up on all sides : and I was checked by her presence, and every charm of Honolaid very decently between a pair of sheets, with my ria droops at the entrance of Flavia. The agreeable head (which was indeed the only part I could move) Flavia would be what she is not, as well as her upon a very high pillow: this was no sooner done, mother Honoria ; but all their beholders are more but my two female friends came into bed to me in partial to an affectation of what a person is growing their finest night-clothes. You may easily guess at up to, than of what has been already enjoyed, and the condition of a man that saw a couple of the most is gone for ever. It is therefore allowed to Flavia beautiful women in the world undressed and a-bed to look forward, but not to Honoria to look back. with him, without being able to stir band or foot. Flavia is no way dependant on her mother with reI begged them to release me, and struggled all I lation to her fortune, for which reason they live could to get loose, which I did with so much vio- almost upon an equality in conversatior: ; and as lence, that about midnight they both leaped out of Honoria has given Flavia to understand that it is the bed, crying out they were undone. But seeing ill-bred to be always calling mother, Flavia is as well me safe, they took their posts again, and renewed pleased never to be called child. It happens by their raillery. Finding all my prayers and endea- this means, that these ladies are generally rivals in Fours were lost, I composed myself as well as I all places where they appear; and the words mother could, and told them that if they would not unbind and daughter never pass between them but out of me, I would fall asleep between them, and by that spite. Flavia one night at a play observing Honoria means disgrace them for ever. But, alas ! this was draw the eyes of several in the pit, called to a lady impossible ; could I have been disposed to it, they who sat by her, and bid her ask her mother to lend would have prevented me by several little ill-natured her her snuff-box for one moment. Another time, caresses and endearments which they bestowed upon when a lover of Honoria was on his knees beseechme. As much devoted as I am to womankind, I ing the favour to kiss her hand, Flavia, rushing int would not pass such another night to be inaster of the room, kneeled down by him and asked her bis. the whole sex. My reader will doubtless be curious sing. Several of these contradictory acts of laty to know what became of me the next morning. Why have raised between them such a coldness, the they
generally converse when they are in mixa comThe substance of the story here paraphrased is taken from a litle book entitled Academie Galante, printed at Paris pany, by way of talking at one another, and not to and in Holland in 1682, and afterward at Amst, in 1708. one another. Honoria is ever complaining of a certhat edit. p. 125; and first Dutch edit. p. 160.
tain sufficiency in the young women of this age, who .
assume to themselves an authority of carrying all meagre looks, and spare body. The old gentleman' things before them, as if they were possessors of the immediately left the room with some disorder, and esteem of mankind, and all who were but a year be the conversation fell upon untimely passion, afterfore them in the world were neglected or deceased. love, and unseasonable youth. Tulip sang, danced, Flavia, upon such a provocation, is sure to observe, moved before the glass, led his mistress half á that there are people who can resign nothing, and minuet, hummed know not how to give up what they know they can
Celia the fair, in the bloom of fifteen! not hold : that there are those who will not allow when there came a servant with a letter to him, youth their follies, not because they are themselves which was as follows:past them, but because they love to continue in them. These beauties rival each other on all occasions, not that they have always had the same lovers,
“I understand very well what you meant by your but each has kept up a vanity to show the other the mention of Platonic love. I shall be glad to meet charms of her lover. Dick Črastin and Tom Tulip: house, or attend you to Barn-elms, or any other
you immediately in Hyde-park, or behind Montagueamong many others, have of late been pretenders in this family—Dick to Honoria, Tom to Flavia. Dick fashionable place that's fit for a gentleman to die in,
that is the only surviving beau of the last age, and Tom
you shall appoint for,
* Your most humble servant, almost the only one that keeps up that order of men
“RICHARD CHAstix." in this.
I wish I could repeat the little circumstances of a Tulip's colour changed at the reading of this conversation of the four lovers with the spirit in epistle; for which reason his mistress snatched it to which the young lady I had my account from re- read the contents. While she was doing so, Tulip presented it at a visit where I had the honour to be went away; and the ladies now agreeing in a compresent; but it seems Dick Crastin, the admirer of mon calamity, bewailed together the danger of their Honoria, and Tom Tulip, the pretender to Flavia, lovers. They immediately undressed to go out, and were purposely admitted together by the ladies, that took hackneys to prevent mischief; but after alarmaeach might show the other that her lover had the ing all parts of the town, Crastin was found by his superiority in the accomplishments of that sort of widow in his pumps at Hyde-park, which appointcreature whom the sillier part of women call a fine ment Tulip never kept, but made his escape into gentleman. As this age has a much more gross taste the country. Flavia tears her hair for his inglorious in courtship, as well as in every thing else, than the safety, curses and despises her charmer, and is fallen last had, these gentlemen are instances of it in their in love with Crastin; which is the first part of the different manner of application. Tulip is ever history of the rival mother.
R. making allusions to the vigour of his person, the sinewy force of his make; while Crastin professes a wary observation of the turns of his mistress's mind.
No. 92.1 FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1711. Tulip gives himself the airs of a resistless ravisher,
-Convivæ prope dissentire videntur.
Poscentes vario multum diversa palato; Crastin practises those of a skilful lover. Poetry is
Quid dem? Quid non dem?-HOR. 2 Ep. ii. 61. the inseparable property of every man in love ; and as men of wit write verses on those occasions, the
What would you have me do, rest of the world repeat the verses of others. These When out of twenty I can please not two ? servants of the ladies were used to imitate their man. One likes the pheasant's wing, and one the leg:
The vulgar boil, the learued roast an egg: ner of conversation, and allude to one another,
Hard task, to hit the palate of such guests.-Pope rather than interchange discourse in what they said when they met. Tulip the other day seized his mis- have been sent to me, I found the following one :
LOOKING over the late packets of letters which tress's hand, and repeated out of Ovid's Art of Love,
“ MR. SPECTATOR,
"Your paper is a part of my tea equipage; and Fresh as the day, and active as the light.
my servant knows my humour so well, thai calling Upon hearing this, Crastin, with an air of de- for my breakfast this morning (it being my usual ference, played with Honoria's fan, and repeated,
hour), she answered, the Spectator was not yet come
in; but that the tea-kettle boiled, and she expected Sedley has that prevailing gentle art, That can with a resistless charm impart
it every moment. Having thus in part signified to The loosest wishes to the chastest heart;
you the esteem and veneration which I bave for you, Raise such a conflict, kindle such a fire,
| I must put you in mind of the catalogue of books Betneen declining virtue and desire,
which you have promised to recommend to our ses; Till the poor vanquish'd maid dissolves away In dreams all night, in sighs and tears all day.*
for I have deferred furnisbing my closet with authors, When Crastin had uttered these verses with a
till I receive your advice in this particular, being tenderness which at once spoke passion and respect,
your daily disciple and humble servant,
“LEONORA." Honoria cast a triumphant glance at Flavia, as exulting in the elegance of Crastin's courtship, and
In answer to my fair disciple, whom I am very upbraiding her with the homeliness of Tulip's. proud of, I must acquaint her and the rest of my Tulip understood the reproach, and in return began readers, that since I have called out for help in my to applaud the wisdom of old amorous gentlemen, catalogue of a lady's library, I bave received many who turned their mistress's imagination as far as letters upon that head, some of which I shall give possible from what they had long themselves forgot an account of. and ended his discourse with a sly commendation of
In the first class I shall take notice of those which the doctrine of Platonic love; at the same time he come to me from eminent booksellers, who every ran over, with a laughing eye, Crastin’s thin legs, have printed, and consequently have an eye to their
one of them mention with respect the authors they • These verses on Sir Charles Sedley, are from Lord own advantage more than to that of the ladies. One Rochester's Imitation of Horace, 1 Sat. X.
tells me, that he thinks it absolutely necessary for