Зображення сторінки
PDF
ePub

-Si ad

transient flushings of guilt and joy, which the poet greater incidents, however, are not only set off by represents in our first parents upon eating the for being shown in the same light with several of the bidden fruit, to those flaggings of spirit, damps of same nature in Homer, but by that means may bu sorrow, and mutual accusations which succeed it, are also guarded against the cavils of the tasteless or conceived with a wonderful imagination, and de- ignorant.-L. scribed in very natural sentiments.

When Dido, in the fourth Æneid, yielded to that fatal temptation which ruined her, Virgil tells us

No. 352.1 MONDAY, APRIL 14, 1712. the earth trembled, the heavens were filled with

onestatem nati sumus, ea aut sola expetenda Aashes of lightning, and the nymphs howled upon est, aut certe omni pondere gravior est habenda quam rethe mountain tops. Milton, in the same poetical

liqua omnia.–Tulia spirit, has described all nature as disturbed upon If we be macie for honesty, either it is solely to be sought, or Eve's eating the forbidden fruit :

certainly to be estimated much more highly than all other

things. So saying, her rash hand in evil hour, Forth reaching to the fruit, she pluck d, she ate:

WILL HONEYCOMB was complainicg to me yesEarth felt the round, and Nature, from her seat terday that the conversation of the town is so altered Sigbing, through all her works gave signs of woe of late years, that a fine gentleman is at a loss for That all was lost.

matter to start a discourse, as well as unable to fall Upon Adam's falling into the same guilt, theiu with the talk he generally meets with. Will whole creation appears a second time in convulsions: takes notice, that there is now an evil under the

sun which he supposes to be entirely new, because He scrupled not to eat

not mentioned by any satirist, or moralist, in any Against his better knowledge; not deceivid, But fondly overcome with female charm.

age.

“ Men," said he, “ grow knaves sooner than Earth trembled from her entrails, as again

they ever did since the creation of the world before." In pangs, and nature gave a second groan;

If you read the tragedies of the last age, you find Sky low'r'd, and, muttering thunder, some sad drops Wept at completing of the mortal sin.

the artful men, and persons of intrigue, are ad

vanced very far in years, and beyond the pleasures As all nature suffered by the guilt of our first and sallies of youtlı; but now Will observes, that parents, these symptoms of trouble and consterna- the young have taken in the vices of the aged, and tion are wonderfully imagined, not only as prodi. you shall have a man of five-and-twenty, crafty, gies, but as marks of her sympathizing in the fall false, and intriguing, not ashamed to over-reach, of man.

cozen, and beguile. My friend adds, that will about Adam's converse with Eve, after having eaten of the latter end of King Charles's reign there was not the forbidden fruit, is an exact copy of that between a rascal of any eminence under forty. In the places Jupiter and Juno in the fourteenth Iliad. Juno of resort for conversation, you now hear nothing but there approaches Jupiter with the girdle which she what relates to the improving men's fortunes, witbhad received from Venus; upon which he tells her, out regard to the methods towards it. This is so that she appeared more charming and desirable than fashionable, that young incu form themselves upon she had ever done before, even when their loves a certain neglect of every thing that is candid, were at the highest. The poet afterward describes simple, and worthy of true ésteer; and affect being them as reposing on a summit of Mount Ida, which yet worse than they are, by acknowledging, in their produced under them a bed of flowers, the lotus, general turn of mind and discourse, that they have ibe crocus, and the hyacinth : and concludes his de- not any remaining value for true honour and ho. scription with their falling asleep.

nesty; preferring the capacity of being artful to Let the reader compare this with the following gain their ends, to the merit of despising those ends passage in Milton, which begins with Adam's speech when they come in competition with their honesty. to Eve:

All this is due to the very silly pride that generally For never did thy beauty since the day

prevails, of being valued for the ability of carrying I saw thee frst and wedded thee, adoru'd

their point; in a word, from the opinion that shallow With all perfections, so inflame my sense

and unexperienced people entertain of the short. With ardour to enjoy thee, fairer now Than ever, bounty of this virtuous tree.

lived force of cunning. But I shall, before I enter So said he, and forbore not glance or toy

upon the various faces which folly, covered with ar. Of amorous intent, well understood

tifice, puts on to impose upon the unthinking, proOf Eve, whose eye darted contagious fire. Her hand he seized, and to a shady bank,

duce a great authority for asserting, that nothing Thick overhead with verdant roof embower'd, but truth and ingenuity* has any lasting good effect, He led her, nothing loath ; flowers were the couch, even upon a man's fortune and interest. Pansies, and violets, and asphodel,

“ Truth and reality have all the advantages of And hyacinth, Earth's freshest softest lap. There they their fill of love and love's disport

appearance, and many more.

If the show of any Took largely of their mutual guilt the seal,

thing be gooz for any thing, I am sure sincerity is The solace of their sin, till dewy sleep

better; for why does any man dissemble, or seem Oppressid them.

to be that which he is not, but because he thinks it As no poet seems ever to have studied Homer good to have such a quality as he pretends to ? for more, or to have more resembled him in the great to counterfeit and dissemble is to put on the appear. ness of genius,' than Milton, I think I should have ance of some real excellency. Now the best way given but a very imperfect account of his beauties, in the world for a nian to seem to be any thing, if I had not observed the most remarkable passages is really to be what he would seem to be. Bewhich look like parallels in these two great-authors. sides, that it is many times as troublesome to make I might, in the course of these criticisms, have taken good the pretence of a good quality, as to have it ; notice of many particular lines and expressions and if a man have it not, it is ten to one but he is which are translated from the Greek poet ; but as I discovered to want it, and then all his pains and thought this wevuld have appeared tov minute and orer-curious, I have purposely omitted them. The • Ingenuity seems to be here used for ingenuousness.

In tenui labor

labour tó seem to have it is lost. There is some present advantage, nor forbear to seize upon it, thing unnatural in painting, which a skilful eye will though by ways never so indirect; they cannot see easily discern from native beauty and complexion. so far as to the remote consequences of a steady in

* It is hard to personate and act a part long; for tegrity, and the vast benefit and advantages which where truth is not at the bottom, nature will always it will bring a man at last. Were but this sort of bc endeavouring to return, and will peep out and men wise and clear-sighted enough to discern this, betray herself one tinc or other. Therefore if any they would be honest out of very koavery, not out man think it convenient to seem good, let him be so of any love to honesty and virtue, but with a crafty indecd, and then bis goodness will appear to every design to promote and advance more effectually body's satisfaction; so that upon all accounts sin- | their own interests; and therefore the justice of thc cerity is true wisdom. Particularly as to the affairs Divine Providence has hid this truest point of wis. of this world, integrity has many advantages over dom from their eyes, that bad men might not be on all the fine and artificial ways of dissimulation and equal terms with the just and upright, and serve deceit; it is much the plainer and easier, much the their own wicked designs by honest and lawful safer and more secure way of dealing in the world : I means. it has less of trouble and difficulty, of entanglement “ Indeed, if a man were only to deal in the world and perplexity, of danger and hazard in it; it is the for a day, and should never have occasion to conshortest and nearest way to our end, carrying us verse more with mankind, never more need their thither in a straight line, and will hold out and last opinion or good word, it were then no great matter longest. The arts of deceit and cunning do con- (speaking as to the concernments of this world) if tinually grow weaker and less effectual and service- a man spent his reputation all at once, and ventured able to them that use them; whereas integrity gains it at one throw: but if he be to continue in the strength by use, and the more and longer any man world, and would have the advantage of conversapractiseth it, the greater service it does him, by con- tion whilst he is in it, let him make use of truth and firming his reputation, and encouraging those with sincerity in all his words and actions; for nothing whom he hath to do to repose the greatest trust and but this will last and hold out to the end : all other confidence in him, which is an unspeakable advan-arts will fail, but truth and integrity will carry a tage in the business and affairs of life.

man through, and bear him out to the last."-T. “ Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out; it is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out be

No. 353.] TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 1712. fore we are aware ; whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack, and one

VIRO. Georg. iv. & trick needs a great many more to make it good. It

Though low the subject, it deserves our pains. is like building upon a false foundation, which con

Tae gentleman who obliges the world in general, stantly stands in need of props to shore it up, and and me in particular, with his thoughts upon edizproves at last more chargeable than to have raised a cation, has just sent me the following letter :substantial building at first upon a true and solid foundation ; for sincerity is firm and substantial,

“Sir, and there is nothing hollow and unsound in it, and, “ I take the liberty to send you a fourth letter because it is plain and open, fears no discovery; of upon the education of youth. In my last I gave which the crafty man is always in danger; and you my thoughts upon some particular tasks, which when he thinks he walks in the dark, all his pre-i conceived it might not be amiss to mix with their tences are so transparent, that he that runs may usual exercises, in order to give thein an early read them; he is the last man that finds himself to seasoning of virtue : I shall in this propose some he sound out; and whilst he takes it for granted others, which I fancy might contribu:e to give there that he makes fools of others, he renders himself a right turn for the world, and enable them to make ridiculous.

their way in it. “Add to all this, that sincerity is the most com “ The design of learning is, as I take it, either pendious wisdom, and an excellent instrument for to render a man an agreeable companion to himself, the speedy dispatch of business; it creates confi- and teach him to support solitude with pleasure; dence in those we have to deal with, saves the labour or, if he is not born to an estate, to supply that deof many inquiries, and brings things to an issue in fect, and furnish him with the means of acquiring few words." It is like travelling in a plain beaten one. A person who applies himself to learuing road, which commonly brings a man sooner to his with the first of these views, may be said to study journey's end than by-ways, in which men often lose ) for ornament; as he who proposes to himself the themselves. In a word, whatsoever convenience second, properly studies for use. The one does it may be thought to be in falsehood and dissimulation, to raise himself a fortune; the other, to set off that it is soon over; but the inconvenience of it is per- which he is already possessed of. But as far the petual, because it brings a man under an everlast- greater part of mankind are included in the latter ing jealousy and suspicion, so that he is not be class, I shall only propose some methods at present lieved when he speaks truth, nor trusted when for the service of such who expect to advance thet. perhaps he means honestly. When a man has once selves by their learning. In order to which I shall forfeited the reputation of his integrity, he is set premise, that many more estates have been acquired fast; and nothing will then serve his turn, neither by little accomplishments than by extraordinary truth nor falsehood.

ones; those qualities which make the greatest figure “ And I have often thought, that God hath, in in the eye of the world, not being always the most his great wisdom, hid from men of false and dis- useful in themselves, or the most advantageous to honest minds the wonderful advantages of truth and their owners. integrity to the prosperity even of our worldly " The posts which require men of shining and affairs : these men are so blinded by their covetous- uncommon parts to discharge them are so very fres Dess and ambitiou, that they cannot look beyoud as that many a grcat genius goes out of the world with

out ever baving had an opportunity to exert itself; bitherto chiefly insisted upon these things for such whereas persons of ordinary endowments meet with boys as do not appear to have any thing extraordioccasions fitted to their parts and capacities every nary in their natural talents, and consequently are day in the common occurrences of life.

not qualified for the finer parts of learning ; yet I “I am acquainted with two persons who were believe I might carry this matter still further, and formerly school-fellows,* and have been good friends venture to assert, that a lad of genius has soinetimes ever since. One of them was not only thought an occasion for these little acquirements, to be as it impenetrable blockhead at school, but still main- were the forerunners of his parts, and to introduce tained his reputation at the university; the other him into the world. was the pride of his master, and the most celebrated History is full of examples of persons who, person in the college of which he was a member. though they have had the largest abilities, hare The man of gevius is at present buried in a country been obliged to insinuate themselves into the favour parsonage of eightscore pounds a-year; while the of great men by these trivial accomplishments ; as other, with the bare abilities of a common scrivener, the complete .gentleman, in some of our modern has got an estate of above a hundred thousand comedies, makes his first advances to his mistress pounds.

under the disguise of a painter or a dancing-master. "I fancy, from what I have said, it will almost “ The difference is, that in a lad of genius these appear a doubtful case to many a wealthy citizen, are only so many accomplishments, which in an. whether or no he ought to wish his son should be a other are essentials; the one diverts hiunself with great genius: but this I am sure of, that nothing is them, the other works at them. In short, I look more absurd than to give a lad the education of one, upon a great genius with these little additions, in whom nature has pot favoured with any particular the same light as I regard the Grand Seignior, who marks of distinction.

is obliged, by an express command in the Alcoran, " The fault therefore of our grammar-schools is, to learn and practise some handicraft irade: though that every boy is pushed on to works of genius; I need not to have gone for my instauce further whereas it would be far more advantageous for the than Germany, where several emperors have volun. greatest part of them to be taught such little prac- tarily done the same thing. Leopold the last tical arts and sciences as do not require any great worked in wood : and I have heard there are several share of parts to be master of them, and yet may handicraft works of bis making to be seen at Vi. come often into play during the course of a man's life. enna, so neatly turned, that the best joiner in

"Such are all the parts of practical geometry. Europe might safely own them witbout any disgrace I have known a man contract a friendship with a to his profession.* îninister of state upon cutting a dial in his window: “ I would not be thought, by any thing I have and remember a clergyman who got one of the best said, to be against improving a boy's genius to the benefices in the west of England, by setting a utmost pitch it can be carried. What I would en. country gentleman's affairs in some method, and deavour to show in this essay is, that there may be giving him an exact survey of his estate.

methods taken to make learning advantageous even “While I am upon this subject, I cannot forbear to the meanest capacities. mentioning a particular which is of use in every

X

“ I am, Sir, yours," &c. station of life, and which, methinks, every master should teach his scholars; I mean the writing of English letters. To this end, instead of perplexing No. 354.) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1712. thern with Latin epistles, themes, and verses, there

-Cam magnis virtutibus affers inight be a punctual correspondence established Grande superciliumbetween two boys, who might act in any imaginary Their signal virtues hardly can be borne, parts of business, or be allowed sometimes to give Dash'd as they are with supercilious scorn a range to their own l'ancies, and communicate to “ MR. SpecTATOR, each other whatever trifles obey thought fit, provided Deither of them ever failed at the appointed time to

“ You have in some of your discourses described answer his correspondent's letter.

most sort of women in their distinct and proper "I believe I'may venture to affirm, that the classes, as the ape, the coquette, and many others; generality of boys would tind themselves more ad- but I think you have never yet said any thing of a santaged by this custom, when they come to be devotee. A devotee is one of those who disparage men, than by all the Greek and Latin their masters religion by their indiscreet and unseasonable introcan reach them in seven or eight years.

duction of the mention of virtue on all occasions. " The wact of it is very visible in many learned She professes she is what nobody ought to doubt persons, who, while they are admiring

the styles of she is; and betrays the labour she is put to, to be Demosthenes or Cicero, want phrases to express She lives in the world, and denies herself none of

what she ought to be with cheerfulness and alacrity. themselves on the most common occasions. I have seeti a letter from one of these Latin orators which the diversions of it, with a constant declaration how would hare been deservedly laughed at by a com- herself but at church ; there she displays her virtue,

insipid all things in it are to her. She is never mon attorney.

“ Under this head of writing, I cannot omit ac- and is so fervent in her devotions, that I have frecounts and short-hand, which are learned with little quently seen her pray herself out of breath. While pains, and very properly come into the number of other young ladies in the house are dancing, or sach arts as I have been here recommending.

playing at questions and commands, she reads aloud " You must doubtless, Sir, observe, that i have in her closet. She says, all love is ridiculous, ex.

cept it be celestial; but she speaks of the passion of Sutft and Mr. Stratford, a merchant. - Stratford is worth one mortal to another with too much bitterness for rete educated together at the same school and university." aptars, and is now lending the government 40.0001. yet we one that had no jealousy mixed with her contempt Ski, Works, vol. 481. p. 10. cr. 8vo.-Stratford was alier. warda a bankrupt.

* The instance of Czar Peter is still more recent, and n.ore I remarkable.

Juv. Sat. vi. 168

Nor branded the bold front of shameless men.

of it. If at any time she sees a man warm in his who are acquainted with these objects, ridicule bin addresses to his mistress, she will lift up her eyes to rusticity. I have known a fellow with a burden on heaven, and ery, 'What nonsense is that fool talk- his head steal a hand down from his load, and slily iug! Will the bell never ring for prayers ?' We twirl the cock of a squire's hat behind him: while have an eminent lady of this stamp in our country, the offended person is swearing, or out of couple. who pretends to amusements very much above the nance, all the way-wits in the highway are grioving rest of her sex. She never carries a white shock-in applause of the ingenious rogue that gave him dog with bells under her arm, nor a squirrel or dor- the tip, and the folly of him who had not eyes all muuse in her pocket, but always an abridged piece round his head to prevent receiving it. These of morality, to steal out when she is sure of being things arise from a general affectation of smartness, observed." When she went to the famous ass-race wit, and courage. Wycherley somewhere rallies (which I must confess was but an odd diversion to the pretensions this way, by making a fellow say, be encouraged by people of rank and figure), it was Red breeches are a certain sign of valour;' and not, like other ladies, to hear those poor animals Otway makes a man, to boast his agility, trip up a bray, nor to see fellows run naked, or to hear coun. beggar on crutches. From sucb hints I beg a spe: try 'squires in bob-wigs and white girdles make love culation on this subject: in the mean time I shall at the side of a coach, and cry, "Madam, this is do all in the power of a weak old fellow in my owa dainty weather.' Thus she describes the diversion; defence; for as Diogenes, being in quest of an for she went only to pray heartily chat nobody might honest man, sought for him when it was broad be hurt in the crowd, and to see if the poor fellow's day-light with a lantern and candle, so I intend face, which was distorted with grinning, might any for the future to walk the streets with a dark way be brought to itself again. She never chats lantern, which has a convex crystal in it; and if over her tea, but covers her face, and is supposed any man stares at me, I give fair warning that I in an ejaculation before she tastes a sup. This will direct the light full into his eyes. Thus, de ostentatious behaviour is such an offence to true spairing to find men modest, I hope by this meana sanctity, that it disparages it, and makes virtue not to evade their impudence. only unamiable, but also ridiculous. The sacred

I am, Sir, your humble Servant, writings are full of reflections which abhor this kind

T.

“ SOPHROSCNIUS." of conduct; and a devotee is so far from promoting goodness, that she deters others by her example. Polly and vanity in one of these ladies is like vice No 355.] THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1712. in a clergyman': it does not only debase him, but Non ego mordaci distrinxi carmine quenquan. makes the inconsiderate part of the world think the

Ovid, Trist. ii. 562 worse of religion.

I ne'er in gall dipp'd my envenom'd pen, “ I am, Sir, your humble Servant,

“ Hotspur.”

I Have been very often tempted to write invece “Mr. SPECTATOR,

tives upon those who have detracted from my works

or spoken in derogation of my person ; but I look « Xenophon, in his short account of the Spartan upon it as a particular happiness, that I have always commonwealth, speaking of the behaviour of their hindered my resentinents from proceeding to this young men in the streets, says, “There was so much extremity. I once had gone through half a satire, modesty in their looks, that you might as soon have but found so many motions of humanity rising in turned the eyes of a marble statue upon you as me towards the persons whom I had severely treated, theirs; and that in all their behaviour they were that I threw it into the fire without ever finishing it. more modest than a bride when put to bed upou her I have been angry enough to make several little wedding-night.' This virtue, which is always sub-epigrams and lampoons; and, after having admired joined to magnanimity, had such an influence upon them a day or two, have likewise committed them their courage, that in battle an enemy could not to the flames. These I look upon as so many salook them in the face, and they durst not but die crifices to humanity, and have received much greater for their country,

satisfaction from the suppressing such perfo: naucesy “ Whenever I walk into the streets of London than I could have done from any reputation they and Westminster, the countenances of all the young might have procured me, or froni any niortification fellows that pass by me make me wish myself in they might have given my enemies, in case I had Sparta : I meet with such blustering airs, big looks, made them public. If a man has any talent in and bold fronts, that, to a superficial observer, would writing, it shows a good mind to forbear answering bespeak a courage above those Grecians. I am calumnies and reproaches in the same spirit of bitarrived to that perfection in speculation, that I un- terness in which they are offered. But when a mio derstand the language of the eyes, which would be has been at some pains in making suitable returns a great misfortune to me had 'I not corrected the to an enemy, and has the instruments of revenge in testiness of old age by philosophy. There is scarce his hands, to let drop his wrath, and stifle his rp. a man in a 'red coat, who does not tell me, with a sentments, seems to have something in it great and full stare, he is a bold man: I see several swear in- heroical. There is a particular merit in such a way wardly at me, without any offence of mine, but the of forgiving an enemy; and the more violent and oddness of my person: I meet contempt in every unprovoked the offence has been, the greater still is street, expressed in different manners by the scorn- the merit of him who thus forgives it. ful look, the elevated eyebrow, and the swelling I never met with a consideration that is more nostrils of the proud and prosperous. The 'prentice finely spun, and what has better pleased me, than speaks his disrespect by an extended finger, and the one in Epictetus, which places an enemy in a new porter by stealing out his tongue. If a country light, and gives us a view of him altogether different gentleman appears a little curious in observing the fron that in which we are used to regard him. The edifices, signs, clocks, coaches, and dials, it is not sense of it is as follows : “ Does a nian reproach to be imagined how the police rabble of this town, I thce for being proud or ill-natured, epvious or con

DRYDEN.

ceited, ignorant or detracting? Consider with thy- veller, who was so pestered with the noise of grass. self whether his reproaches are true, If they arc hoppers in his cars, that he alighted from his horse net, consider that thou art not the person whom he in great wrath to kill them all. “This," says the reproaches, but that be reviles an imaginary being, antbor, “ was troubling himself to no manner of and perhaps loves what thou really art, though he purpose. Had he pursued his journey without taking hates what thou appearest to be. If his reproaches noticc of them, the troublesome inscets would have are true, if thou art the envious, ill-natured man he died of themselves in a very few weeks, and he takes thee for, give thyself another turn, become would have suffered nothing from them."-L. mild, affable, and obliging, and his reproaches of thee naturally cease. His reproaches may indeed continue, but thou art no longer the person whom No. 356.1 FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 1712... be reproaches."

-Aptissima quæque dabunt dii. I often apply this rule to myself; and when I Charior est illis homo quam sibi.Juv. Sat. x. 349. hear of a satirical speech or writing that is aimed

The gods will grant at me, I examine my own heart, whether I deserve What their unerring wisdom sees they want: it or not. If I bring in'a verdict against myself, I

In goodness, as in greatness, they excel:

Ab? that we loved ourselves but half as well! eadeavour to rectify my conduct for the future in those particulars which have drawn the censure upon me; but if the whole iovective be grounded upon a

It is owing to pride, and a secret affectation of a falsehood, I trouble myself no further about it, and certain self-existence, that the noblest motive for look upon my name at the head of it to signify no action that ever was proposed to man is not ac. more than one of those fictitious names made use of knowledged the glory and happiness of their being, by an author to introduce an imaginary character. The heart is treacherous to itself

, and we do not let Why should a man be sensible of the sting of a re- the most honourable incentive to good and worthy

our reflections go deep enough to receive religion as proach, who is a stranger to the guilt that is implied actions. It is our natural weakness to Hatter ourin it? or subject himself to the penalty, when he knows he has never committed the crime? This is selves into a belief, that if we search into our inmost a piece of fortitude which every one owes to his own and divested of any views arising from self-love and

thoughts, we find ourselves wholly disinterested, jopocenee, and without which it is impossible for a aran of any merit or figure to live at peace with him- vain-glory. But however spirits of a superficial xell, in a country that abounds with wit and liberty.

greatness may disdain at first sight to do any thing, The famous Monsiear Balzac, in a letter to the but from a noble impulse in themselves, without any Chancellor of France, who had prevented the publi- stricter inquiry they will find, to act worthily, and

future regards in this or any other being; upon ration of a book against him, has the following words, which are a lively picture of the greatness expect to be rewarded only in another world,' is as oi miad so visible in the works of that author : “ If heroic a pitch of virtue as human nature can arrive it was a new thing, it may be I should not be dis at. If the tenour of our actions have any other mopleased with the suppression of the first libel that tive than the desire to be pleasing in the eye of the should abusc me; but since there are enough of Deity, it will necessarily follow that we must be them to make a small library, I am secretly pleased

more than men, if we are not too much exalted in to see the number increased, and take delight in prosperity and depressed in adversity. But the raising a heap of stones that envy has cast at me whose life and sufferings must administer comfort in

Christian world has a Leader, the contemplation of without doing me any harm.”

The author here alludes to those monumentst of affliction, while the sense of his power and omni. the eastern nations, which were mountains of stones potence must give them humiliation in prosperity. raised upon the dead bodies by travellers, that used

It is owing to the forbidding and unlovely conto cast every one his stone upon it as they passed straint with which men of low conceptions act when by. It is certain that no monument is so glorious well as to the more odious corduct of hypocrites,

they think they conform themselves to religion, as as one which is thus raised by the hands of envy that the word Christian does not carry with it at For ny part, I admire an author for such a temper first view all that is great, worthy, friendly, geneei mind as enables him to bear an undeserved reproach without resentment, more than for all the rous, and heroic. The man who suspends his hopes wit of any the finest satirical reply.

of the reward of worthy actions till after death, who Thus far I thought necessary to explain myself can bestow upscon, who can overlook hatred, do ia relation to those who have animadverted on this good to his slanderer, who can never be angry at his paper, and to show the reasons why I have not formed for the benefit of society. Yet these are so

friend, never revengeful to his enemy, is certainly thi ught fit to return them any formal answer. musi further add, that the work would have been of far from heroic virtues, that they are but the ordivery little use to the public had it been filled with nary duties of a Christian. personal reflections and debates ; for which reason

When a man with a steady faith looks back on Dever once turned out of my way to observe those the great catastrophe of this day,* with what bleed lule cavils which have been made against it by ing emotions of heart must he contemplate the life er, or igporance. The common fry of scribblers, and sufferings of his Deliverer! When his agonics abo have no other way of being taken notice of bui pecur to him, how will he weep to reflect that he to attacking what has gained smine reputation in has often forgot them for the glance of a wanton, for the world, would have furnished inc with business the applause of a vain world, for a heap of fleeting rough, had they found me disposed to enter the past pleasures, which are at present aching sorrows ! usis with them.

How pleasing is the contemplation of the lowly I shall conclude with the fable of Boccalini's tra- steps our Almighty Leader took in conducting us to

his heaveniy mansions !. In plain and apt parable, Epiet Fuck cap. 48 and 61, ed. Berk. 167 0.8vo. • There are abundant montinents of the same kind in North

similitude, and allegory, our great Master enforced La sin, where they are called " cairns."

• This paper was published on Good Friday, 1712.

« НазадПродовжити »