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sufficient if she is not so far suuk and immersed in nuance both of the Spectator and their bread and matter, nor entangled and perplexed in her opera-butter, having given particular orders that the tea. tions with such motions of blood and spirits, as when table shall be set forth every morning with its cusshe actuates the machine in its waking hours The tomary bill of fare, and without any manner of de. corporeal union is slackened enough to give the falcation. I thought myself obliged to mention this mind more play. The soul seems gathered within particular, as it does honour to this worthy gentle. herself
, and recovers that spring which is broke and man; and if the young lady Lætitia, who sent me weakened, when she operates more in concert with this account, will acquaint me with his name, I will the body.
insert it at length in one of my papers, if he de· The speculations I have here made, if they are sires it. not arguments, they are at least strong intimations, I should be very glad to find out any expedient not only of the excellency of a human soul, but of that might alleviate the expense which this wy paper its independence on the body; and if they do not brings to any of my readers; and, in order to it, prove, do at least confirm these two greai points, must propose two points to their consideration, which are established by many other reasons that First, that if they retrench any the smallest partiarç altogether unanswerable.-0.
cular in their ordinary expense, it will easily make up the halfpenny a day which we have now under
consideration. Let a lady sacrifice but a single No. 4-18.] FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1712. riband to her morning studies, and it will be suffi
cient: let a family burn but a candle a night less Quanti emptæ ? parvo. Quanti ergo ? octo assibus. Eheu!
than the usual number, and they may take in the What doth it cost? Not much, upon my word.
Spectator without detriment to their private affairs, How much, pray? Why, Two-pence, I'wo-pence, O Lord !
In the next place, if my readers will not go to the
CRKECH. price of buying my papers by retail, let them have I vino by several letters which I receive daily, patience, and they may buy thein in the lump, withthat many of my readers would be better pleased to cut the burtheu of a tax upon them. My speculapay three-halfpence for my paper than two-pence.
tions, when they are sold single, like cherries upuu The ingenious T, W.* tells me that I have deprived the stick, are delights for the rich and wealthy : af. him of the best part of his breakfast; for that, since ter some time they come to market in greater quanthe rise of my paper, he is forced every morning to tities, and are every ordinary man's money. The drink his dish of coffee by itself, without the addi-truth of it is, they háve a certain favour at their first tion of the Spectator, that used to be better than appearance, from several accidental circumstances of lace † to it
. Eugenius informs me, very obligingly, time, place, and person, which they may lose if they that he dever thought he should have disliked any is to consider, whether it is not better for liím to be
are not taken early; but in this case, every reader passage in my paper, but that of late there have been two words in every one of them which he half a year behindhand with the fashionable and could heartily wish left out, viz. “ Price Two lite part of the world, than to strain himself beyond pence." I have a letter from a soap-boiler, who his circumstances. My bookseller has now about condoles with me very affectionately upon the neces- he is ready to publish, having already disposed of as
ten thousand of the third and fourth volumes, which sity we both lie under of setting a higher price on our commodities since the late tax has been laid large an edition both of the first and second volume. upon them, and desiring me, when I write next on his business, he thinks they would be a very proper
As he is a person whose head is very well turned to that subject, to speak a word or two upon the sent duties on Castile soap. But there is none of present to be made to persons at christenings, marthese my correspondents, who writes with a greater riages, visiting
days, and the like joyful solemnities, turn of good sense, and elegance of expression, than as several other books are frequently given at funethe generous Philomedes, who advises me to value rals. He has printed them in such a little portable every Spectator at six-pence, and promises that he volume, that many of them may be ranged together himself will engage for above a hundred of his ac upon a single plate; and is of opinion, that a salver quaintance, who shall take it in at that price.
of Spectators would be as acceptable an entertain-, Letters from the female world are likewise come
ment to the ladies as a salver of sweetmeats. to me, in great quantities, upon the same occasion ;
I shall conclude this paper with an epigram lately and, as i naturally bear a great deference to this sent to the writer of the Spectator, after having repart of our species, I am very glad to find that
those turned my thanks to the ingenious author of it: who approve my conduct, in this particular, are “ SIR, much more numerous thav those who condemn it...“ Having heard the following epigram very much A large family of daughters have drawn me up a commended, I wonder that it has not yet bad' a very handsome remonstrance, in which they set place in any of your papers ; I think the suffrage of forth that their father having refused to take in the our poet-laureat should not be overlooked, which Spectator, since the additional price was set upon shows the opinion he entertains of your paper, wheit , they offered him unanimously to bate him the ar- ther the notion he proceeds upon be true or false ticle at bread and butter in the tea-table account, I make bold to convey it to you, not knowing if it provided the Spectator might be served up to them has yet come to your hands.” every morning as usual. Upon this the old:gentle
ON THE SPECTATOR. man, being pleased, it seems, with their desire of improving themselves, has granted them the conti.
Aliusque et idem
Nasceris-Hor. Carm: Sæe: 10. Dr. Thomas Walker, head-master of the Charter-house
You rise another and the same
When first the Tatler to a mute was turn't..
BY MR. TATK.
the blst year of his age..
so the first man the sun's first setting view'd, other as laying it! Were we only to consider the Aad sigh'd till circling days his joys renew'd. Yet, doubtful how that second sun to name,
sublime in this piece of poetry, what can be dobler Whether a bright successor, or the same,
than the idea it gives us of the Supreme Being thus So we : but now from this suspense are freed,
raising a tumult among the elements, and recovering Since all agree, who both with judgment read, them out of their confusion; thus troubling and be
"Tis the same sun, and does himself succeed. 0.
calming nature ?”
“ Great painters do not only give us landscapes
of gardens, groves, and meadows, but very oftea et No. 489.) SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 1712.
ploy tbeir pencils upon sea-pieces. I could wish you
would follow their example. If this small sketch The mighty force of ocean's troubled flood.
may deserve a place among your works, I shall ac
company it with a divine ode made by a gentleman “ Upon reading your essay concerning the Plea- upon the conclusion of his travels."
1. sures of the Imagination, I find, among the three sources of those pleasures which you have disco
How are thy servants blest! O Lord
How sure is their defence ! vered, that greatness is one. This has suggested to Eternal wisdom is their guide, me the reason why, of all objects that I have ever
Their help Omnipotence. seen, there is none which affects my imagination so
IL. much as the sea, or ocean. I cannot see the heav.
In foreign realms and lands remote, ings of this prodigious bulk of waters, even in a
Supported by thy care, calm, without a very pleasing astonishment; but
Through burving climes I pass'd unhurt,
And breath'd in tainted air when it is worked up in a tempest, so that the horizon on every side is nothing but foaming billows and
II. floating mountains, it is impossible to describe the Thy mercy sweeten'd every soil,
Made every region please : agreeable horror that rises from such a prospect. A The hoary Alpine hills it warm d, troubled ocean, to a man who sails upon it, is, I
And smooth'd the Tyrrhene seas. think, the biggest object that he can see in motion,
IV and consequently gives his imagination one of the Think. O my soul, devoutly think, highest kinds of pleasure that can arise from great
How with affrighted eges, ness. I must confess it is impossible for me to sur.
Thou saw'st the wide extended deep vey this world of Auid matter, without thinking on
In all its horrors rise ! the hand that first poured it out, and made a proper
v. channel for its reception. Such an object naturally
Confusion dwelt in ev'ry face, raises in my thoughts the idea of an Almighty Being,
And lear in ev'ry heart; and convinces me of his existence as much as a me.
When waves on waves, and gulfs in guuks,
O'ercame the pilot's art. taphysical demonstration. The imagination prompts
VI. the understanding, and, by the greatness of the sensible object, produces in it the idea of a Being who
Yet then from all my griefs, O Lord,
Thy mercy set me free. is neither circumscribed by time nor space.
Whilst, in the confidence of prayer, . "As I have made several voyages upon the sea, I
My soul took hold on thee. have often been tossed in storms, and on that occa
VII. sion have frequently reflected on the descriptions of For though in dreadful whirls we hung, them in ancient poets. I remember Longinus highly
High on the broken wave, recommends one in Homer, because the poet has not
I knew thou wert nol slow to hear, amused himself with little fancies upon the occasion,
Nor impotent to save. as authors of an inferior genius, whom he mentions,
VIII. had done, but because he has gathered together
The storm was laid, the winds refir'd,
Obedient to thy will; those circumstances which are the most apt to terrify
The sea that roar'd at thy command, the imagination, and which really happen in the
At thy command was stiu. raging of a tempest. It is for the same reason that I prefer the following description of a ship in a
In midst of dangers, fears, and death, storm, which the Psalmist has made, before any
Thy goodness I'll adore, other I have ever met with : • They that go down to And praise thee for thy mercies past the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
And humbly hope for more. these see he works of the Lord, and his wonders in
X. the deep. For he commandeth and raiseth the My life, if thou preservost my life, stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Thy sacrifice shall be ;
And death, if death must be my doom, They mount up to the heaven, they go down again
Shall join my soul to thee. to the depths; their soul is melted because of trouble. 0. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he briogeth them
No. 490.] MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 1712 out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, Domus et placens uxor.-Hor. 2 Od. xiv. 21. so that the waves thereof are still. Then they are Thy house and pleasing wise ---CREICH. glad, because they be quiet, so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.'
I have very long entertained an ambition to make “ By the way, bow much more comfortable, as
the word wire the most agreeable and delightful well as rational, is this system of the Psalmist, than name in nature. If it be not so in itself
, all the the pagan scheme in Virgil and other poets, where wiser part of mankind, from the beginning of the
world to this day, has consented in an error. Portante one deity is represented as raising a storm, and an
our unhappiness in England has been, that a ke • Pa cvi. 23. et seqe
loose men, of genrus for pleasure, baye turned it all
to the gratification of ungoverned desires, in despite With all persons who have made good sense the of good sense, form and order; when, in truth, any rule of action, marriage is described as the state casatisfaction beyond the boundaries of reason is but pable of the highest human felicity: Tully has a step towards madness and folly. But is the sense cpistles full of affectionate pleasure, when he writes of joy and accomplishment of desire no way to be to his wife, or speaks of his children. But, above indulged or attained ? And have we appetites given all the hints of this kind I have met with in writers us not to be at all gratified? Yes, certainly. Mar- of ancient date, I am pleased with an epigram of riage is an institution calculated for a constant scene Martial, in honour of the beauty of his wife Cleoof as much delight as our being is capable of. Two patra. Commentators say it was written the day persons who have chosen each other out of all the after his wedding-night. When his spouse was respecies, with design to be each other's mutual com tired to the bathing-room in the heat of the day, he, fort and entertainment, have in that action bound it seems, came in upon her when she was just going themselves to be good-humoured, affable, discreet, into the water. To her beauty and carriage on this forgiving, patient, and joyful, with respect to each occasion we owe the following epigram, which I others frailties and perfections, to the end of their showed my friend Will Honeycomb in French, who lives. The wiser of the two (and it always happens has translated it as follows, without understanding one of them is such) will, for her or his own sake, the original. I expect it will please the English keep things from outrage with the utmost sanctity. better than the Latin rcader :When this union is thus preserved (as I have often
When my bright consort, now ner wife nor maid, said), the most indifferent circunstance administers Ashamod and wantom, of embrace afraid, delight. Their condition is an endless source of new Fled to the streams, the streams my fair betray'd gratifications. The married man can say, “ If I
To my sond eyes she all transparent stood;
She blush d; I sinil'd at the slight covering flood. am unacceptable to all the world beside, there is
Thus through the glass the lovely lily glows: one whom I entirely love, that will receive me with Thus through the ambient gem shines forth the rose. joy and transport, and think herself obliged to double I saw new charms, and plung 'd to seize my store
Kisses I snatch'd-the waves prevented more. her kindness and caresses of me from the gloom with which she sees me overcast. I need not dissemble My friend would not allow that this luscious acthe sorrow of my heart to be agreeable there; that couni could be given of a wife, and therefore used very sorrow quickens her affection.”
the word consort; which, he learnedly said, would This passion towards each other, when once well serve for a mistress as well, and give a more gentleSxed, enters into the very constitution, and the kind. manly turn to the epigram. But, under favour of ness flows as easily and silently as the blood in the him and all other such fine gentlemen, I cannot be veins. When this affection is enjoyed in the most persuaded but that the passion a bridegroom has for sublime degree, unskilful eyes see nothing of it; a virtuous young woman, will, by little and little, but when it is subject to be changed, and has an grow into friendship, and then it is ascended to a allay in it that may make it end in distaste, it is apt higher pleasure than it was in its first fervour. to break into rage, or overflow into fondness, before Without this happens, he is a very unfortunate man the rest of the world,
who has entered into this state, and left the babiUxander and Viramira arc amorous and young, tudes of life he might have enjoyed with a faithful and have been married these two years ; yet do they friend. But when the wife proves capable of filling so much distinguish each other in company, that in serious as well as joyous hours, she brings happiness your conversation with the dear things you are still unknown to friendship itself. Spenser speaks of put to a sort of cross-purposes. Whenever you ad- each kind of love with great justice, and attributes dress yourself in ordinary discourse to Viramira, she the highest praise to friendship; and indeed there turns her head another way, and the answer is made is no disputing that point, but by making that friend. to the dear Uxander. If you tell a merry tale, the shiv take its place between two married persons, application is still directed to her dear; and when
llard is the doubt, and difficult to deem, she should commend you, she says to him, as if he When all three kinds of love together meet, bad spoke it, " That is, my dear, so pretty.”—This And do dispart the heart with power extreme, pots me in mind of what I have somewhere read in Whether shall weigh the balance down; to wit,
The dear affection unto kindred swcet, the admired memoirs of the famous Cervantes; where,
Or raging fire of love to womankind, while honest Sancho Pança is putting some necessary Or zeal of friends combin'd by virtues meet: humble question concerning Rosinante, his supper, or
But, of them all, the band of virtuous mind, bis lodging, the knight of the sorrowful countenance
Methinks, the gentle heart should most assured bind. is ever improving the harmless lowly hints of his
And quenched is with Cupid's greater flame; squire to poetical conceit, rapture, and fight, in con But faithful friendship doth them both suppress, templation of the dear Dulcinea of his affections.
And them with mastering discipline doth tame, On the other side, Dictamnus and Moria are ever
Through thoughts aspiring to eternal fame,
For as the soul doth rule the earthly mass, squabbling; and you may observe them, all the time And all the service of the body frame; they are in company, in a state of impatience. As
So love of soul doth love of body pass, Uxanda and Viramira wish you all gone, that they
No less than perfect gold surmounts the meanest brass.
T. may be at freedom for dalliance; Dictamnus and Moria wait your absence, that they may speak their harsh interpretations on each other's words and ac- No. 491.] TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1712. tions, during the time you were with them. It is certain that the greater part of the evils at
-Digna satis fortuna revisit-Virg. Æn. iii. 318. tending this condition of life arises from fashion.
A just reverse of fortune on him waits. Prejudice in this case is turned the wrong way: and, It is common with me to run from book to book instead of expecting more happiness than we shall to exercise my mind with many objects, and qualify Theet with in it
, we are laughed into a prepossession, myself for my daily labours. After an hour spent that we shall be disappointed if we hope for lasting in this loitering
way of reading, soinething will reBatisfactions.
main to be food to the imagination. The writings SILCT2T08-Nos. 71 & 72.
For natural affection soon doth cease,
that please me most on such occasions are stories, 1“ If you will save your husband, you must give me for the truth of which there is good authority. The an account of all you know without prevarication ; mind of man is naturally a lover of justice; and for every body is satisfied he was too fond of you to when we read a story wherein a criminal is over- be able to hide from you the names of the rest of taken, in whom there is no quality which is the ob- the conspirators, or any other particulars whatsoject of pity, the soul enjoys a certain revenge for ever.” He went to his closet, and soon after the the offence done to its nature, in the wicked actions lady was sent for to an audience. The servant committed in the preceding part of the history. knew his distance when matters of state were to be This will be better understood by the reader from debated; and the governor, laying aside the air wità the following narration itself, than from any thing which he had appeared in public, began to be the which I can say to introduce it.
supplicant, to rally an affliction, which it was in When Charles, Duke of Burgundy, surnamed The her power easily to remove, and relieve an innocent Bold, reigned over the spacious dominions now swal. man from his imprisonment. She easily perceived lowed up by the power of France, he heaped many his intention; and bathed in tears, began to-deprefavours and honours upon Claudius Rhynsault, a cate so wicked a design. Lust, like ambition, tales German, who had served him in his wars against all the faculties of the mind and body into its serthe insults of his neighbours. A great part of Zea- vice and subjection. Her becoming tears
, her boland was at that time in subjection to that dukedon. nest anguish, the wringing of her hands, and the The prince himself was a person of singular huma- many changes of her posture and figure in the venity and justice. Rhynsault
, with no other real hemence of speaking, were but so many attitudes quality than courage, had dissimulation enough to in which he beheld her beauty, and further incea. pass upon his generous and unsuspicious master for tives of his desire. Al humanity was lost in that a person of blunt honesty and fidelity, without any one appetite, and he signified to her in so many vice that could bias him from the execution of jus- plain terms, that he was unhappy till he had pos. tice.
His highness, prepossessed to his advantage, sessed her, and nothing less should be the price of upon the decease of the governor of his chief town her husband's lifc; and she must, before the follorof Zealand, gave Rhynsault that command. He ing noon, pronounce the death, or enlargement, of was not long seated in that government, before he Danvelt. After this notification, when he saw cast his eyes upon Sapphira, a woman of exquisite Sapphira enough again distracted, to make the subbeauty, the wife of Paul Danvelt, a wealthy mer-ject of their discourse to common eyes appear diffechant of the city, under his protection and govern- rent from what it was, be called servants to conduct ment. Rhynsault was a man of a warm constitu- her to the gate. Loaded with insupportable afilietion, and violent inclination to women, and not un- tion, she immediately repairs to her husband; and skilled in the soft arts which win their favour. He having signified to his gaolers that she bad a preknew what it was to enjoy the satisfactions which posal to make to her husband from the governor, are reaped from the possession of beauty, but was she was left alone with him, revealed to him all that an utter stranger to the decencies, honours, and had passed, and represented the endless conflict she delicacies that attend the passion towards them in was in between love to his person and fidelity to his elegant minds. However, he had so much of the bed. It is easy to imagine the sharp affliction ilis world, that he had a great share of the language honest pair was in upon such an incident, in lises which usually prevails upon the weaker part of that not used to any but ordinary occurrences. The sex; and he could with his tongue utter a passion man was bridled by shame from speaking what his with which his heart was wholly untouched. He fear prompted, upon so near an approach of death was one of those brutal minds which can be gratified but let fall words that signified to her, he should with the violation of innocence and beauty, without not think her polluted, though she had not yet con: the least pity, passion, or love, to that with which they fessed to him that the governor had violated her are so much delighted. Ingratitude is a vice inse- person, since he knew her will had no part in the parable to a lustful man; and the possession of a action. She parted from him with this oblique per woman by him, who has no thought but allaying a mission to save a life he had not resolution enough passion painful to hiirself, is necessarily followed by to resign for the safety of his honour. distaste and aversion. Rhynsault, being resolved The
next morning the unhappy Sapphira attended to accomplish his will on the wife of Danvelt, left the governor, and being led into a remote apartno arts untried to get into a familiarity at her house; inent, submitted to his desires. Rhynsault com. but she knew his character and disposition too weli
. mended her charms, claimed her familiarity after not to shun all occasions that might insnare her into what had passed between them, and with an air of his conversation. The governor, despairing of suc- gaiety, in the language of a gallant, bid her return; cess by ordinary means, apprehended and impri- and take her husband out of prison': " but,” coati
, soned her husband, under pretence of an informa- nued he, “ my fair one must not be offended that I tion, that he was guilty of a correspondence with have taken care he should not be an interruption to the enemies of the duke to betray the town into our future assignations.” These last words foretheir possession. This design had its desired effect; boded what she found when she canue to the gaoland the wife of the unfortunate Danvelt, the day her husband executed by the order of Rhynsault! before that which was appointed for his execution, It was remarkable that the woman, who was full presented herself in the hall of the governor's house, of tears and lamentations during the whole course and, as he passed through the apartment, threw of her affliction, uttered neither sigh nor complaint, herself at his feet, and holding his knees, beseeched but stood fixed with grief at this consummation of his mercy. Rhynsault beheld her with a dissembled her misfortunes. She betook herself to be abode ; satisfaction; and, assuming an air of thought and and after having in solitude paid her devotions tú authority, he bid' her arise, and told her she must Him who is the avenger of innocence, she repaired follow hiin to his closet; ard, asking her whether privately to court.
Her person, and a certain she knew the hand of the letter he pulled out of his grandeur of sorrow, negligent of forms, gained ber pocket, went from her, leaving this admonition aloud, ( passage into té:e presence of the duke her sorereigis
As soon as she came into the presence, she broke write to you to vent my indignation agaiast severa. forth into the following words : " Behold, O mighty pert creatures who are addressed to and courted in Charles, a wretch weary of life, though it has always this place, while poor I, and two or three like me, been spent with innocence and virtue. It is not are wholly upregarded. in your power to redress my injuries, but it is to “ Every one of these affect gaining the hearts of arenge them. And if the protection of the dis- your sex. This is generally attempted by a partitressed, and the punishment of oppressors is a task cular manner of carrying themselves with famiworthy a prince, I bring the Duke of Burgundy liarity. Glycera has a dancing walk, and keeps ample matter for doing honour to his own great time in ber ordinary gait. Chloe, her sister, who name, and wiping the infamy off of mine." is unwilling to interrupt her conquests, comes into
When she had spoken this, she delivered the the room before her with a familiar run. Dulcissa Duke a paper reciting her story. He read it with takes advantage of the approach of the winter, and all the emotions that indignation and pity could raise has introduced a very pretty shiver; closing up aer in a prince jealous of his honour in the behaviour shoulders, and shrinking as she moves. All that are of Liis officers, and prosperity of his subjects. in this mode carry their fans between both hands Upon an appointed day, 'Rhynsault was sent for before them. Dulcissa, herself
, who is author of to court
, and, in the presence of a few of the council, this air, adds the pretty run to it; and has also, confronted by Sapphira. The prince asking, “ Do when she is in a very good humour, a taking famiyou know that lady?” Rhynsault, as soon as he liarity in throwing herself into the lowest seat in could recover his surprise, told the duke he would the room, and letting her hooped petticoats fall with inarry her, if his highness would please to thruk that a lucky decency about her. I know she practises a reparation. The duke seemed contented with this this way of sitting down in her chamber; and in. auswer, and stood by during the immediate solem-deed she does it as well as you may have seen an nization of the ceremony. At the conclusion of it actress fall down dead in a tragedy.' Not the least he told Rhynsault, " Thus far you have done as indecency in her posture. If you have observed what ctastrained by my authority: I shall not be satisfied pretty carcasses are carried off at the end of a verse of your kind usage of her, without you sign a gift of at the theatre, it will give you a notion how Dulcissa your whole estate to her after your decease." Toplumps into a chair. Here is a little country girl the performance of this also the duke was a witness that is very cunning, that makes her use of being When these two acts were executed, the duke turned young and uubred, and outdoes the ensnarers who to the lady, and told her, “ It now remains for me are almost twice her age. The air that she takes to put you in quiet possession of what your husband is to come into company after a walk, and is very has so bountifully bestowed on you;"' and ordered successfully out of breath upon occasion. Her mothe immediate execution of Rhynsault.-T. ther is in the secret, and call her romp, and then
looks round to see what young men stare at her.
" It would take up more than can come in to one No. 492) WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 1712. of your papers, to enumerate all the particular airs Quicquid est boni moris. levitate extinguitur.-SEXECA.
of the younger company in this place. But I can Levity of behaviour is the bane of all that is good and virtuous dolent imaginable, but still as watchiul of conquest
not omit Dulceorella, whose manner is the most in. Tunbridge, Sept. 18. as the busiest virgin among us. She has a peculiar “ DEAR MR. SPECTATOR,
art of staring at a young fellow, till she sees she has "I Am a young woman of eighteen years of age, got him, and inflained him by so much observation. and I do assure you a maid of unspotted reputation, When she sees she has him, and he begins to toss founded upon a very careful carriage in all my bis head upon it, she is immediately short-sighted, looks, words, and actions. At the same time I must and labours to observe what he is at a distance, with own to you, that it is with much constraint flesh her eyes half shut. Thus the captive that thought and blood that my behaviour is so strictly irre- her first struck, is to make very near approaches, proachable ; for I am naturally addicted to mirth, or be wholly disregarded. This artifice has done to gaiety, to a free air, to motion, and gadding. Now, more execution than all the ogling of the rest of what gives me a great deal of anxiety, and is some the women here, with the utmost variety of half discouragement in the pursuit of virtue, is, that the glances, attentive heedlessnesses, childish inadverFoung women who run into greater freedoms with tencies, haughty contempt, or artificial oversights.' the men are more taken notice of than I am. The After I have said thus much of ladies among us who men are such unthinking sots, that they do not pre- fight thus regularly, I am to complain to you of a før her who restrains all her passions and affections, set of familiar romps, who have broken through all and keeps much within the bounds of what is law- common rules, and have thought of a very effectual fulto ber who goes to the utmost verge of inno- way of showing more charms than all of us. These, cence, and parleys at the very brink of vice, whe- Mr. Spectator, are the swingers. You are to know ther she shall be a wife or a mistress. But I must these careless pretty creatures are very innocents appeal to your spectatorial wisdom, who, 1 find, have again; and it is to be no matter what they do, for passed very much of your time in the study of wo- it is all harmless freedom. They get on ropes, as man, whether this is not a most unreasonable pro. you must have seen the children, and are swung by ceeding. I have read somewhere that Hobbes of their men visitants. The jest is, that Mr. Such-aMalmesbury asserts, that continent persons have one can name the colour
of Mrs. Such-a-one's stockmore of what they contain than those who give a ings; and she tells him he is a lying thief, so he is, loose to their desires. According to this rule, let and full of roguery; and she will lay a wager, and there be equal age, equal wit, and equal good her sister shall tell the truth if he says right, and he bomour, in the woman of prudence, and her of cannot tell what colour her garters are of
. In this liberty, what stores has he to expect who takes the diversion there are very many pretty shrieks, tot fermier? What refuse must he be contented with so much for fear of falling, as that their petticoats Wau chooses the latter ? Well, but I sat down to should untie; for there is a great care had to avoid