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Hor. 2 Sat. fii. 156.

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sufficient if she is not so far suck 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 deThe speculations I have here made, if they are sires it. tot 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 ihe 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 great points, must propose two points to their consideration, which are established by many other reasons that First, that if they retrench any the smallest partiare 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 candie 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

price of buying my papers by retail, let them have I Pino by several letters which I receive daily, patience, and they may buy them in the lunip, with. that many of my readers would be better pleased to tions, when they are sold single

, like cherries upuu

out the burtheu of a tax upon them. My speculapay three-halfpience for my paper than two-pence, the stick, are delights for the rich and wealthy: af. The ingenious T, W.* tells me that I have deprived bin of the best part of his breakfast; for that, since ter some time they come to market in greater quan. the 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 have a certain flavour 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 never thought he should have disliked any is to consider, whether it is not better for him to be

are not taken early; but in this case, every reader passage in my paper, but that of late there have half a year behindhand with the fashionable and pobeen two words in every one of them which he lite part of the world, than to strain himself beyond could heartily wish left out, viz.“ Price Twopence." 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 present 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 entertainLetters 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 aod, as naturally bear a great deference to this sent to the writer of the Spectator, after having re? part of our species, I am very glad to find that those turned my thanks to the ingenious author of it: whe approve my conduct, in this particular, are mueh more numerous than 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 had' a very handsome remonstrance, in which they set place in any of your papers; I think the suffrage of forih 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, whe: in they offered him unanimously to bate him the ar- ther the notion he proceeds upon be true or false tiele a 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 moming 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.

Alíusque et idem

Nasceris-Hor. Carm. Sæe. 10. Dr. Thomas Walker, head-master of the Charter-house

You rise another and the same: stogt, whose scholars Addison and Steele had been. The When first the Tatler to a mute-was turn']." doctor was head-master 49 years, and died June 12, 1728, in Great Britain for her ceasor's silence mouro d: the blat year of his age.

Robbed of his sprightly beams she weplihe night, t a little brandy or rum.

Till the Spectator rose, and blaz d as bright

“SIR,

BY MR. TATK.

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so the first man the sun's first setting view'd,

other as laying it! Were we only to consider the And sigh'd till circling days his joys

renew'd.

sublime in this piece of poetry, what can be doblet Yet, doubtful how that second sun to name, 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.

calming nature ?” 0.

“ Great painters do not only give us landscapes

of gardens, groves, and meadows, but very oftea emNo. 489.) SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 1712. ploy their pencils upon sea-pieces. I could wish you

would foilow their example. If this small sketch The mighty force of ocean's troubled food.

may deserve a place among your works, I shall acSir,

company it with a divine ode made by a gentleman " Upon reading your essay concerning the Plea- upon the conclusion of his travels.” sures of the Imagination, I find, among the three

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How are thy servants blest! O Lord sources of those pleasures which you have disco

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 done which affects my imagination so

IL. much as the sea, or océan. 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 burning

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 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 warmid, 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 eyes, 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 thoughis the idea of an Almighty Being,

And fear in ev'ry heart; and convinces me of his existence as much as a me

When waves on waves, and gulfs in guils,

O'ercame the pilot's art. taphysical demonstration. The imagination prompts the understanding, and, by the greatness of the sen

Yet then from all my griefs, O Lord, sible object, produces in it the idea of a Being who

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 not 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. bad done, but because he has gathered together

The storm was laid, the winds retir'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 still. raging of a tempest. It is for the same reason that

IX. 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 preserv'st 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 bringeth them

No. 490.] MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 1712 out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, Domus et placens uxor.---Hor. 2 Od. tiv. 91. so that the waves thereof are still. Then they are Thy house and pleasing wise.--CRIECE. 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 wite 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 one deity is represented as raising a storm, and an-world to this day, has consented in an error. But

our unhappiness in England has been, that a few Ps. cvü. 23. et seqq.

loose wen, of genius for pleasure, baye turned it all

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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 epistles 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 bave 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, caine 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 nor wife nor maid, said), the most indifferent circuinstance administers

Asham d and wanton, of embrace afraid, delight. Their condition is an endless source of new Fled to the streams, the streams my fair betray'd gratificatious. The married man can say, “ If I

To my sond eyes she all transparent stood;

She blush d; I smild 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 • her kindness and caresses of me from the gloom with

Kisses I snatch d-the waves prevented more. 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 count 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 gentlefixed. 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 hiin 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 babi. Uxander and Viramira are 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. cach 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 friendto 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, had spoke it, " That is, my dear, so pretty.”—This And do dispart the heart with power extreme, pats me in mind of what I have somewhere read in Whether shall weigh the balance down; to wil, the admired memoirs of the famous Cervantes; where,

The dear aflection unto kindred swcet,

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, his lodging, the knight of the sorrowful countenance

Methinks, the gentle heart should most assured bind.

For natural affection soon doth cease, is ever improving the harmless lowly hints of his

And quenched is with Cupid's greater flame; squire to poetical conceit, rapture, and light, 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. leading 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 meet 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 re

main to be food to the imagination. The writings SILC12708-Nos. 71 & 72.

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satisfactions.

that please me must on such occasions are stories, “ 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 19 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 wbatsoject of pity, the soul enjoys a certain revenge for ever.” He went to his closet, and soon after the the offelice 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 with 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 ber 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, takes 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 dukedom. 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 inceu. pass upon his generous and unsuspicious master for tives of bis desire. All 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 unbappy 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 life; and she must, before the follor. of 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 agaiu 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 bis 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 afflietion, 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 bis gaolers that she bad a proknew 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 couflict 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 this world, that he had a great share of the language honest pair was in upon such au incident, in lives which usually prevails upon the weaker part of that not used to any but ordinary occurrences. sex; and he could with his tongue utter a passion man was bridled by shame from speaking what has 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 lessed 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 himself, 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 apart no arts untried to get into a familiarity at her house; inent, submitted to his desires. Rhynsanlt evinbut she knew his character and disposition too well. 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,” conti

, soned her husband, under pretence of an informa- nued be, "my fair one must not be offended that I tion, that he was guilty of a correspondence with bave 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 came to the gaol. and 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 fall 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 to 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 her pocket, went from her, leaving this admonition alvud, passage into the presence of the duke her sovereigte.

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As soon as she came into the presence, she broke write to you to vent my indignation against 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 avenge 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 famiwortby 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 her 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 cmotions 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 tis officers, and prosperity of his subjects. in this mode carry their fans between both hands

Upoa an appointed day, Rhynsault was sent for before them. Dúlcissa, 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 think 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. ausver, 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 calls 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.-SENECA.

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 inTunbridge, 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 imniediately short-sighted, looks, words, and actions. At the same time I must and labours to observe what he is at a distance, with OD to you, that it is with much constraint to fesh 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 inadveryoung 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- tight thus regularly, I am to complain to you of a fæ her wbo 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 ful, to her 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, I 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 be is, loase 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 bumour, 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 former? What refuse must be 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

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