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the doctrine of our salvation; but they of his ac- the reception of so mean a benefactor; and were quaintance, instead of receiving what they could not now enougb esasperated with benefits to conspire oppose, were offended at the presumption of being his death. Our Lord was sensible of their design, wiser than they. They could not raise their little and prepared his disciples for it, by recounting to ideas above the consideration of him, in those cir- them now more distinctly what should befal bim; cumstances familiar to them, or conceive that he, but Peter, with an ungrounded resolution, and in who appeared not more terrible or pompous should a flush of temper, made sanguine protestation, that have any thing more exalted than themselves; he though all men were offended in him, yet would not in that place, therefore, would no longer ineffectu. he be offended. It was a great article of our Sa. ally exert a power which was incapable of conquer- viour's business in the world to bring us to a sense ing the prepossession of their narrow and mean of our inability, without God's assistance, to do any conceptions.

thing great or good; he therefore told Peter, who Multitudes followed him, and brought him the thought so well of his courage and fidelity, that they dumb, the blind, the sick, and maimed; whom when would both fail him, and even he should deny hin their Creator bad touched, with a second life they thrice that very night. saw, spoke, leaped, and ran. In affection to him, “ But what heart can conceive, what tongue utter and admiration of his actions, the crowd could not the sequel ? Who is that yonder, buffeted, mocked, leave him, but waited near bim till they were almost and spurned? Whom do they drag like a felon? as faint and helpless as others they brought for suc. Whither do they carry my Lord, my King, my cour. He had compassion on them, and by a Saviour, and my God? And will be die to expiate miracle supplied their necessities. Oh, the ecstatic those very injuries ? See where they have pailed entertainment, when they could behold their food the Lord and Giver of life! How his wounds immediately increase to the distributor's hand, and blackel), his body writbes, and heart heaves with see their God in person feeding and refreshing his pity and with agony! O Almighty sufferer, look creatures! Oh envied happiness! But why do I down, look down from thy triumphant infamy! Lo, say envied ? as if our God did not still preside over he inclines his head to his sacred bosom! Hark, our teniperate meals, cheerful hours, and innocent he groans! See, he expires ! The earth trembles, conversations.

the temple rends, the rocks burst, the dead arise. But thongh the sacred story is every where fullWhich are the quick ? Which are the dead? Sure of miracles not inferior to this, and though in the nature, all nature is departing with her Creamidst of those acts of divinity he never gave the tor ?"*-T. least hint of a design to become a secular prince, yet had not hitherto the apostles themselves any other than hopes of worldly power, preferment,

No. 357.) SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 1712. others, and poinp; for Peter, upon an accident of

Quis talia fando ambition among the apostles, hearing his Master

Temperet a lachrymis ? - VIRG. Æn ii. 6.

Who can relate such woes without a tear ?t explain that his kingdom was not of this world, was so scandalized that he whom he had so long followed The tenth book of Paradise Lost has a greater should suffer the ignominy, shame, and death, which variety of persons in it than any other in the whole he foretold, that he took him aside and said, “Be poem. The author, upon the winding up of his it far from thee, Lord; this shall not be unto thee;" action, introduces a.I those who had any concern in for which he suffered a severe reprehension from his it, and shows with great beauty the influence which Master, as having in his view the glory of man it had upon each of them. It is like the last act rather than that of God.

of a well-written tragedy, in wbich all who had part The great change of things began to draw Dear, in it are generally drawn up before the audience, when the Lord of nature thought fit, as a Saviour and represented under those circumstances in which and Deliverer, to make his public entry into Jeru- the determination of the action places them, salem with more than the power and joy, but nonc I shall therefore consider this book under four of the ostentation and pomp, of a triumph: he came heads, in relation to the celestial, the infernal, the humble, meek, and lowly: with an unfelt new ec- buman, and the imaginary persons, who have their stasy, multitudes strewed his way with garments and respective parts allotted in it. olive-branches, crying with loud gladness and To begin

with the celestial persons. The guardian acclamation, “ Hosannah to the Son of David! angels of Paradise are described as returning to Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!” heaven upon the fall of man, in order to approve At this great King's accession to the throne, men their vigilance; their arrival, their manner of te. were not ennobled, but saved; crimes were not ception, with the sorrow which appeared in themremitted, but sins forgiven. He did not bestow selves, and in those spirits who are said to rejoice medals, honours, favours; but health, joy, sight, at the conversion of a sinner, are very finely laid speech The first object the blind ever saw was the together in the following lines: Author of sight; while the lame ran before, and the

Up into heav'n from Paradise in haste dumb repeated the hosannab. Thus attended, he Th' angelic guards ascended, mute and sad entered into his own house, the sacred temple, and For man; for of his state by this they knew: by bis divine authority expelled traders and world.

Much wond'ring how the subtle fiend had stol'n

Entrance unseen. Soon as th' unwelcome news lings that profaned it; and thus did he for a time,

From earth arriv'd at heav'n gate, displeas'd use a great and despotic power, to let unbelievers All were who heard ; dim sadness did not spare understand that it was not want o:, but superiority That time celestial visages: yet, mixt to, all worldly dominion, that made him not exert

With pity, violated not their bliss. it. But is this, then, the Saviour? Is this the

• Transcribed from Steele's Christian Heru. Deliverer? Shall this obsure Nazarene command 1 The motto to this paper in the original publication in folio Israel, and sit on the throne of David ? Their proud is the same with that which is now prefixed to No. 279.

Reddere persona seit convenientia cuique. and disdainful hearts, which were petrified with the

Hor. Ars Poel. 316, love and pride of this world, were impregnable to To each character he gives what besi betits.


About the new-arrivu in multitudes

it in a different posture to the sun from what it had Thethereal pepe ran to hear and know, How all befel. They tow'rds the throne supreme

before the fall of man, are conceived with that subAccountable made haste, to make appear,

linne imagination which was so peculiar to the author: With righteous plea, their utinost vigilance,

Some say he bid his angels turn askance
And easily approvd; when the Most High
Eternal Father, from his secret cloud

The poles of earth twice ten degrees and more

From the sun's axle; they with labour push'd
Amidst, in thunder utter'd thus his voice.

Oblique the centric globe The same Divine Person, who in the foregoing We are in the second place consider the inparts of this poem interceded for our first parents fernal agents under the view which Milton has given before their fall, overthrew the rebel augels, and us of them in this book. It is observed, by chose created the world, is now represented as descending who would set forth the greatness of Virgil's plan, to Paradise, and pronouncing sentence upon the that he conducts his reader through all the parts of three offenders. The cool of the evening being a the earth which were discovered in his time. Asia, 'circumstance with which holy writ introduces this Africa, and Europe, are the several scenes of his goat scene, it is poetically described by our author, fable. The plan of Milton's poem is of an infinitely he has also kept religiously to the form of words greater extent, and fills the mind with many more in which the three several sentences were passed astonishing circumstances. Satan, having surrounded upon Adam, Eve, and the serpent. He has rather the earth seven times, departs at length from Parachosen to neglect the numerousness of his verse, dise. We then see him steering his course among than to deviate from those speeches which are re- the constellations; and, after having traversed the corded on this great occasion. The guilt and con- whole creation, pursuing his voyage through the fusion of our first parents, standing naked before chaos, and entering into his own infernal dominions. their julge, is touched with great beauty. Upon His first appearance in the assembly of fallen the arrival of Sin and Death into the works of the angels is worked up with circumstances which give creation, the Almighty is again introduced as speak- a delightful surprise to the reader : but there is no ing to his angels that surrounded himn.

incident in the whole poem which does this more See! with what heat these dogs of hell advance,

than the transformation of the whole audience, that To waste and havne yonder world, which I

follows the account their leader gives them of his So fair and good created, &c.

expedition. The gradual change of Satan himself The following passage is formed upon that glorious is described after Ovid's manner, and may vie with image in holy writ, which compares the voice of an any of those celebrated transformations which are sanumerable host of angels uttering hallelujahs, to looked upon as the mos beautiful parts in tirat poet's the voice of mighty thunderings, or of many waters: works. Milton never fuils of improving his own

hints, and bestowing the last finishing touches to He ended, and the heav'nly audience loud Sung hallelujah, as the sound of seas,

every incident which is admitted into his poem. The Through multitude that sung: “ Just are thy ways,

unexpected hiss which arises in this episode, the diRighteous are thy decrees in all thy works:

mensions and bulk of Satan, so much superior to Who can extenuate thee?"

those of the infernal spirits who lay under the same Though the author, in the whole course of his transformation, with the annual change which they poem, and particularly in the book we are now ex- The beauty of the diction is very remarkable in this

are supposed to suffer, are instances of this kind. amining, bas infinite allusions to places of Scripture, whole episode, as I have observed in the sixth paper I have only taken notice in my remarks of such as - are of a poetical nature, and which are woven with of these my remarks the great judgment with which

it was contrived. great beauty into the body of his fable. Of this kind is that passage in the present book, where, de

The parts of Adam and Eve, or the human perscribing. Sin and Death as marching through the sons, come next under our consideration. Milton's works of nature, he adds,

art is no where more shown, than in his conducting

the parts of these our first parents. The represenBehind her Death

tation he gives of them, without falsifying the story, Close following pace for pace, mounted yet On his pale horse

is wonderfully contrived to influence the reader with

pity and compassion towards them. Though Adam Which alludes to that passage in Scripture so won-involves the whole species in misery, his crime proderfully poetical, and terrifying to the imagination : ceeds froin a weakness which every man is inclined "And I looked, and behold a pale horse, and his to pardon and commiserate, as it seems rather the Lame that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed frailty of human nature, than of the person who with him ; and power was given unto them over the offended. Every one is apt to excuse a fault which fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with he himself might have fallen into. It was the exceshunger, and with sickness, and with the beasts of sive love for Eve that ruined Adam and his posterity. the earth.” Under this first head of celestial per. I need not add, that the author is justified in this soas we must likewise take notice of the command particular by many of the fathers and the most or. which the angels received, to produce the several thodox .writers. Milton has by this means filled a changes in nature, and sully the beauty of the crea- great part of his poem with that kind of writing tion. Accordingly they are represented as infecting which the French critics call the tendre, and which the stars and planets with malignant influences, is in a particular manner engaging to all sorts of weakening the light of the sun, bringing down the readers. winter into the milder regions of nature, planting Adam and Eve, in the book we are now consider. winds and storms in several quarters of the sky, ling, are likewise drawn with such sentiments as do storing the clouds with thunder, and, in short, per- not only interest the reader in their afflictions, but verting the whole frame of the universe to the con- raise in' him the most melting passions of humanity dition of its criminal inhabitants. As this is a noble an: commiseration. When Adain sees the several incident in the poem, the following lines, in which changes of nature produced about him, he appear. se see the angels beaving up the earth, and placing in a disorder of mind suitable to one who had for


feited both his innocence and his happiness; he is Fell humble; and embracing them besought filled with horror, remorse, despair; in the anguish

His peace, and thus proceeded in her plaint:

"Forsake me not thus, Adam! Witness, Heav'n, of his heart, he expostulates with his Creator for What love sincere, and rev'rence in my heart having given him an unasked existence :

I bear thee, and unweeling bave offended,

Unhappily deceived! Thy suppliant Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay

I bey, and clasp thy knees. Bereave me not To mould me man? Did I solicit thee

(Whereon I live), ihy gentle looks, thy aid, From darkness to promote me? or here place

Thy counsel in this uttermost distress, In this delicious garden? As my will

My only strength and stay! Forlorn of thee, Concurr'd not to iny being, 'twere but right

Whither shall I betake me? where subsist? And equal to reduce me to my dust,

While yet we live (scarce one short hour, perhaps) Desirous to resign, and render back

Between us two let there be peace," &c. All I received He immediately after recovers from his presump same spirit of tenderness. Eve afterward proposes

Adam's reconcilement to her is worked up in the tion, owns his doim to be just, and begs that the to her husband, in the blindness of her despair, that, death which is threatened him may be inflicted on to prevent their guilt from descending upon poste him :

rity, they should resolve to live childless; or, if that -Why delays

could not be done, they should seek their own His hand to execute what his decree Fix'd on this day? Why do I over-live?

deaths by violent methods. As those sentiments Why am I mock'd with death, and lengthen'd out Daturally engage the reader to regard the other To deathless pain? How gladly would I meet of nfankind with more than ordinary commiseration, Mortality my sentence, and be earth

they likewise contain a very fine moral. The resoInsensible ! how glad would lay me down, As in my mother's lap! There I should rest

lution of dying to end our miseries does not show And sleep secure; his dreadful voice no more

such a degree of magnanimity as a resolution to Would thunder in my ears: no fear of worse

bear them, and submit to the dispensations of ProTo me, and to my offspring, would torment me

vidence. Our author, has, therefore, with great deWith cruel expectation

licacy, represented Eve as entertaining this thougal, This whole speech is full of the like emotion, and and Adam as disapproving it. varied with all those sentiments which we may sup- We are, in the next place, to consider the imagpose natural to a mind so broken and disturbed. !nary persons, or Death and Sin, who act a large must not omit that generous concern which our first part in this book. Such beautiful extended allegos father shows in it for his posterity, and which is sories are certainly some of the finest compositions of proper to affect the reader:

genius; but, as I have before observed. are vor -Hide me from the face

agreeable to the nature of an heroic poem. This of of God, whom to behold was then my height

Sin and Death is very exquisite in its kind, if not of happiness! yet well, is here wouli end

considered as a part of such a work. The truths The misery: I'deserved it and would bear

contained in it are so clear and open, that I shall My own deservings : but this will not serve: All that I eat, or drink, or shall beget.

not lose time in explaining them; but shall only obIs propagated curse. O voice once heard

serve, that a reader, who knows the strength of the Dolightfully," Increase and multiply;"

English tongue, will be amazed to think how tha Now death to hear :

poet could find such apt words and phrases to de Posterity stands curst! Fair patrimony,

scribe the actions of those two imaginary persons, That I must leave ye, sons! O were I able

and particularly in that part where death is exhi. To waste it all myself, and leave ye none !

bited as forming a bridge over the chaos; a work So disinherited, how would ye bless Me, now your curse! Ah, why should all mankind suitable to the genius of Milton. For one man's fault, thus guiltless be condemnd, Since the subject I am upon gives me an oppor. If guiltless ? But from me what cau proceed

tunity of speaking more at large of such shadowy But all corrupt?

and imaginary persons as may be introduced into Who cau afterward behold the father of mankind, heroic poems, I shall beg leave to explaiu myself in extended upon the earth, uttering his midnight com a matter which is curious in its kind, and which none plaints, bewailing his existence, and wishing for of the critics have treated of. It is certain Homer death, without sympathizing with him in his distress! and Virgil are full of imaginary persons, who are Thus Adam to himself lamented loud

very beautiful in poetry, when they are just shown Through the still night; not now (as ere man fell) without being engaged in any series of action. Wholesome and cool, and mild, but with black air, Homer, indeed, represents Sleep as a person, and Accompanied with damps and dreadful gloom,

ascribes a short part to bim in his lliari; but we Which to his evil conscience represented

must consider, that though we now regård such All things with double terror. On the ground Outstretch'd he lay: on the cold ground! and oft person as entirely shadowy and unsubstantial, the Cursid his creation; death as oft accus'd

heathens made statues of bim, placed him in their Of tardy execution

temples, and looked upon him as a real deity. · The part of Eve in this book is no less passionate, When Homer makes use of other allegorical per. and api to sway, the reader in her favour. She is sons, it is only in short expressions, which convey represented with great tenderness as approaching an ordinary thought to the mind in the most pleasing Adam, but is spurned from him with a spirit of up- manner; and may rather be looked upon as poetical braiding and indignation, conformable to the nature phrases, than allegorical descriptions. Instead of of man, whose passions had now gained the domi- ielling us that men naturally fly when they are terpion over hin. The following passage, wherein she rified, he introduces the persons of Flight and Fear, is described as renewing her addresses to him, with who, he tells us, are inseparable companions. In. the whole speech that follows it, have something in stead of saying that the time was come wlien Apollo them exquisitely moving and pathetic:

ought to have received his récompense, he tells us, He added not, and from her turn'd: but Eve

tbat the Hours brought him his rewarch Instead of Not so repuls'd, with tears that ceas'd not towing,

describing the effects which Minerva's ægis proAu tresses all disorderd, at his feet

duced in battle, he tells us that the brims of it were

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encompassed by Terror, Rout, Discord, Fury, Pur- upon so fine a piece of antiquity. Among other suit, Massacre, and Death. In the same figure of things, I remember he gave me his opinion, which speaking, be represents Victory as following Dio- he drew from the ornaments of the work, thai this raetles; Discuri as the mother of funerals and was the floor of a room dedicated to Mirth and Con mourning; Veous as dressed by the Graces ; Bel-cord. Viewing this work, made my lancy run over lona as wearing Terror and Consternation like a the many gay expressions I had read in ancient garmeut. I might give several other instances out authors, which contained invitations to lay aside of Homer, as well as a great many out of Virgil. care and anxiety, and give a loose to that pleasing Milton has likewise very often made use of the saine forgetfulness wherein men put off their characters of way of speaking, as where he tells us that Victory business, and enjoy their very selves. These bours sat on the right hand of the Messiah, when he were usually passed in rooms adorned for that purmarched forth against the rebel angels; that, at the pose, and set out in such a manner, as the objocts rising of the sun, the Hours unbarred the gates of all around the company gladdened their hearts ; light; that Discord was the daughter of Sin. of which, joined to the cheerful looks of well-chosen the samne nature are those expressions, where, de and agreeable friends, gave new vigour to the airy, scribing the singing of the nightingale, he adds, produced the latent fire of the modest, and gave "Silence was pleased;" and upon the Messiah's grace to the slow humour of the reserved. A judibilding peace to the chaos, “Confusion heard his cious mixture of such company, crowned with chapyoice," I might add innumerable instances of our lets of flowers, and the whole apartment glittering poet's writing in this beautiful figure. It is plain with gay lights, cheered with a profusion of roses that these I have mentioned, in which persons of an artificial falls of water, and intervals of soft notes to imaginary nature are introduced, are such short alle songs of love and wine, suspended the cares of gories as are not designed to be taken in the literal human life, and made a festival of mutual kindness. sense, but only to convey particular circumstances Such parties of pleasure as these, and the reports of to the reader, after an unusual and entertaining the agreeable passages in their jollities, have in all 1020ner. But when such persons are introduced as ages awakeucd the dull part of mankind to pretend principal actors, and engaged in a series of adven- to mirth and good humour, without capacity for such tures, they take too much upon them, and are by no entertainments; for, if I may be allowed to say so, means proper for an heroic poem, which ought to there are a hundred men fit for any employment, to appear credible in its principal parts, I cannot for one who is capable of passing a night in company of bear therefore thinking, that Sin and Death are as the first taste, without shocking any member of tho iinproper agents in a work of this nature, as Strength society, overrating his own part of the conversation, and Necessity in one of the tragedies of Æschylus, but equally receiving and contributing to the pleawho represented those two persons nailing down sure of the whole company. When one considere Prometheus to a rock; for which he has been justly such collections of companies in past times, and such censured by the greatest critics. I do not know as one might name in the present age, with how any imaginary person made use of in a more sublime much spleen must a man needs reflect upon the manner of thinking than that in one of the pro- awkward gaiety of those who affect the frolic with phets, who, describing God as desceuding, from an ill grace! I have a letter from a correspondent heaven, and visiting the sins of mankind, adds that of mine, who desires me to admonish all loud, misdreadful circumstance, “Before him went the l'esti-chievous, airy, dull companions, that they are mislence.". It is certain that this imaginary person taken in what they call a frolic. Irregularity in itmight have been described in all her purple spots. self is not what creatės pleasure and mirth; but to The Fever might have marched before her, Pain see a man, who knows what rule and decency are, might have stood at her right hand, Frenzy on her descend from them agreeably in our company, is left, and Death in her rear. She might have been what denominates him a pleasant companion. Inintroduced as gliding down from the tail of a comet,stead of that, you find many whose mirth consists or darted upon the earth in a flash of lightning. She only in doing things which do not become them, might have tainted the atmosphere with her breath. with a secret consciousness that all the world know's The very glaring of her eyes might have scattered they know better: to this is always added something infection. But I believe every reader will think, mischievous to themselves or others. I have heard that in such sublime writings the mentioning of her, of some very merry fellows among whom the frolic as it is done in Scripture, has something in it more was started, and passed by a great majority, that just, as well as great, than all that the most fanci- every man should immediately draw a tooth; after fal poet could have bestowed upon her in the rich- which they have gone in a body and smoked a cob. Ress of his imagination.

bler. The same company, at another night, has L.

each man, burned his cravat; and one perhaps,

whose estate would bear it, has thrown a long wig No. 358.1 MONDAY, APRIL 21, 1712 and laced hat into the same fire. Thus they have - Desipere in loco.-HOR. 4. Od. xii. l. ult.

jested themselves stark-naked, and run into the

streets and frightened women : very successfully. Tis joyous folly that unbends the mind.-Francis.

There is no inhabitant of any standing in CoventCHARLES LILLIE attended me the other day, and gardec, but can tell you a hundred good humours, inade me a present of a large sheet of paper, on where people have come off with a little bloodshed, which is delineated a pavement in Mosaic work, and yet scoured all the witty hours of the night. i lately discovered ai Stunsfield near Woodstock. A kvou a gentleman that has several wounds in the person who has so much the gift of speech as Mr. head by watch-poles, and has been thrice run through Lillie, and can carry on a discourse without a reply, the body to carry on a good jest. He is very old for had great opportunity on that occasion to expatiate a man of so much good humour; but to this day he

is seldom merry but he bas occasion to be valiant at • Engraved by Vertue in 1712 See an account of it in the same time. But, by the favour of these gentleGough's British Topography, vol. il. p. 88.

men, I am humbly of opiniou, that a man may be a *SPECTATOR-Nos. 53 & 54.

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very witty man, and never offend one statute of this Will Honeycomb, who looks upon love as his par. kingdom, not excepting even that of stabbing. ticular province, interrupting our friend with a janty

The writers of plays have what they call unity of laugh, " I thought, knight," said he, “thou hadst time and place, to give a justness to their represen- lived long enough in the world not to pin thy baptation; and it would not be amiss if all who pretend piness upon one that is a woman, and a widow. 'I to be companions would confine their actions to the think that, without vanity, I may pretend to know place of meeting; for a frolic carried further may as much of the female world as any man in Great be better performed by other animals than men. It Britain ; though the chief of my knowledge consists is not to rid much ground, or do much mischief, in this, that they are not to be known." Will inthat should denominate a pleasant fellow, but that mediately, with his usual fluency, rambled into an is truly frolic which is the play of the mind, and account of his own amours...“ I am now," says be, consists of various and unforced sallies of imagina-“ upon the verge of fifty' (though, by the way, we tion. Festivity of spirit is a very uncommon talent, all knew he was turned of threescore). " You may and must proceed from an assemblage of agreeable casily guess," continued Will, "that I have not qualities in the same person. There are some few lived so long in the world without having had some whom I think peculiarly happy in it; but it is a ta- thoughts of settling in it, as the phrase is. To tell lent one cannot name in a man, especially when one you truly, I have several times tried my forune that considers, that it is never very graceful but where way, though I cannot much boast of my success. it is regarded by him who possesses it in the second « I made my first addresses to a young lady in place. The best man that I know of for heightening the country; but, when I thought things were pretty the revel gaiety of a company is Estcourt, whose well drawing to a conclusion, her father happening jovial humour diffuses itself from the highest person to hear that I had formerly boarded with a surgeon, at an entertainment to the meanest waiter. Merry the old put forbade me his house, and within a fort tales, accompanied with apt gestures and lively re- night after married his daughter to a fox-hunter in presentations of circumstances and persons, beguile the neighbourhood. the gravest mind into a consent to be as humorous “ I made my next application to a widow, and atas himself. Add to this, that when a man is in his tacked her so briskly, that I thought myself within good graces, he has a mimicry that does not debase a fortnight of her, As I waited upon her one monthe person he represents; but which, taking from ing, she told me, that she intended to keep het the gravity of the character, adds to the agreeable-ready money and jointure in her own hand, and deness of it. This pleasant fellow gives one some idea sired me to call upon her attorney in Lyon's Inn, of the ancient pantomime, who is said to have given who would adjust with me what it was proper for me the audience in dumb-show, an exact idea of any to add to it. I was so rebuffed by ihis overture, character or passion, or an intelligible relation of that I never inquired either for her or her attorney any public occurrence, with no other expression than afterwards. that of his looks and gestures. If all who have A few months after, I addressed myself to s been obliged to these talents in Estcourt will be young lady who was an only daughter, and of a at Love for Love to-morrow night, they will but good family. I danced with her at several balls, pay him what they owe him, at so easy a rate as squeezed her by the hand, said soft things to bet, being present at a play which nobody would omit and in short made no doubt of her heart; and though seeing, that had, or had not, ever seen it before.-T. my fortune was no way equal to hers, I was in hopes

that her fond father would not deny her the map sbe

had fixed her affections upon. But as I went one No. 359.) TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 1712.

day to the house, in order to break the matter to

him, I found the whole family in confusion, and Torva leæna lupum sequitur, lupus ipse capellam : beard, to my unspeakable surprise, that Miss Jenny Florentem cytisum sequitur lasciva capella.

was that very morning run away with the butler. Virg. Ecl. ij. 63.

“ I then courted a second widow, and am at a loss Lions the wolves, and wolves the kids pursue,

to this day how I came to miss her, for she had often The kids sweet thyme, and still I follow you.—WARTON. commended my person and behaviour. Her maid As we were at the club last night, I observed that indeed told me one day, that her mistress kad said my old friend Sir Roger, contrary to his usual cus- she never saw a gentleman with such a spindle pair tom, sat very silent, and instead of minding what of legs as Mr. Honeycomb. was said by the company, was whistling to himself “ After this I laid siege to four heiresses svecesin a very thoughtful mood, and playing with a cork. sively, and, being a handsome young dog in those I jogged Sir Andrew Freeport, who sat between us; days, quickly made a breach in their hearts; but I and, as we were both observing him, we saw the don't know how it came to pass, though I seldom knight shake his head, and heard him say to him- failed of getting the daughter's consent, I could self, “A foolish woman; I can't believe it.” Sir nevet in my life get the old people on my side Andrew gave him a gentle pat upon the shoulder, “ I could give you an account of a thousand other and offered to lay him a bottle of wine that he was unsuccessful attenipts, particularly of one which I thinking of the widow. My old friend started, and, te- made some years since upon an old woman, whom covering out of his brown'study, told Sir Andrew, that I had certainly borne away with Aying colours, it once in his life he had been in the right. In short, her relations had not come pouring in to her assist after some little hesitation, Sir Roger told us, in the ance from all parts of England; nay, I believe ! fulness of his heart, that he had just received a letter should have got her at last, had not she been carried from his steward, which acquainted bim that his old off by a hard frost." rival and antagonist in the country, Sir David Dun- As Will's transitions are extremely quiek, leve drum, bad been making a visit to the widow. “How. torned from Sir Roger, and applying himself to me, ever,” says Sir Roger, “I can never think that told me there was a passage in the book I had sans she'll have a man that's half a year older than I am, sidered last Saturday, which deserved to be writ in and a noted republican into the bargain." letters of gold : and taking out a pocket Milton, read

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