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Sheer-Lane, November 28.
.WORTHY SIR.

November 23.
Upon reading your Tatler on Saturday last, by

I was last week taking a solitary walk in the which we received the agreeable news of so many garden of Lincoln's-Inn (a savour that is indulged me deaths, we immediately ordered in a considerable by several of the benchers, who are my intimate quantity of blacks ; and our servants have wrought friends, and grown old with me in this neighbour. night and day ever since, to furnish out the neces. hood) when, according to the nature of men in years, saries for these decensed. But so it is, sir, that of who have made but little progress in the advancement this vast number of dead bodies, that go putrifying of their fortune or their fame, I was repining at the up and down the streets, not one of them has come

sudden rise of many persons who are my juniors, to us to be buried. Though we should be loath to and indeed, at the unequal distribution of wealth, be any hinderance to our good friends the physicians, honour, and all other blessings of life. I was lost yet we cannot but take notice what infection her in this thought, when the night came upon me, and majesty's subjects are liable to from the horrible drew my mind into a far more agreeable contemstench of so many corses. Sir, we will not detain plation. The heaven above me appeared in all its you ; our case in short is this: here are we embarked glories, and presented me with such a hemisphere of in this undertaking for the public good : now, if stars as made the most agreeable prospect imaginable people should be suffered to go on unburied at this to one who delights in the study of nature. It haprate, there is an end of the usefullest manufactures pened to be a freezing night, which had purified the and handicrafts of the kingdom : for where will be whole body of air into such a bright transparent your sextons, coffin-makers, and plumbers ? what æther, as made every constellation visible; and, at will become of your embalmers, epitaph-mongers, and the same time, gave such a particular glowing to the chief mourners? We are loath to drive this matter

stars, that I thought it the richest sky I had ever any farther, though we tremble at the consequences

I could not behold a scene só wonderfully of it; for if it shall be left to every dead man's adorned and lighted up, if I may be allowed that discretion not to be buried until he sees his time, no expression, without suitable meditations on the author man can say where that will end; but thus much of such illustrious and amazing objects : for, on these we will take upon us to affirm, that such a toleration occasions, philosophy suggests motives to religion, will be intolerable.

and religion adds pleasure to philosophy. What would make us easy in this matter is no

As soon as I had recovered my usual temper and more, but that your worship would be pleased to serenity of soul, I retired to my lodgings, with the issue out your orders to ditto Dead to repair forth satisfaction of having passed away a few hours in with to our office, in order to their interment; where the proper employments of a reasonable creature; coustant attendance shall be given to treat with all and promising myself that my slumbers would be persons according to their quality, and the poor to be sweet, I no sooner fell into them, but I dreimed a buried for nothing: and for the convenience of such dream, or saw a vision, for I know not which to call persons as are willing enough to be dead, but that it, that seemed to rise out of my evening meditation, they are afraid their friends and relations should and had something in it so solemn and serious, that know it, we have a back door into Warwick-street, I cannot forbear communicating it; though, I must from whence they may be interred with all the se consess, the wildness of imagination, which in a crecy imaginable, and without loss of time, or hin- dream, is always loose and irregular, discorers itself derance of business. But, in case of obstinacy, for too much in several parts of it. we would gladly make a thorough riddance, we desire

Methought I saw the same azure sky diversified a further power from your worship, to take up such with the same glorious luminaries which had enterdeceased as have not complied with your first orders, tained me a little before I fell asleep. I was looking wherever we meet them; and if after that there shall very attentively on that sign in the heavens which be complaints of any persons so offending, let them is called by the name of the Balance, when, on a lie at our doors. We are, your worship's until death, sudden there appeared in it an extraordinary light, • The master and company

as if the sun should rise at midnight. By its inof Upholders.

creasing in breath and lustre, I soon found that it •P. S. We are ready to give in our printed propo- discern something like a shadow hovering in the

approached towards the earth; and at length could sals at large; and if your worship approves of our undertaking, we desire the following advertisement midst of a great glory, which, in a little time after, I may be inserted in your next paper:

distinctly perceived to be the figure of a woman. I • Whereas, a commission of interment has been fancied at first it might have been the angel, oriaawarded against Doctor John Partridge, philomath, it descended; but, upon a nearer view, I saw about

telligence that guided the constellation from which professor of physic and astrology; and whereas the said Partridge hath not surrendered himself nor

her all the emblems with which the goddess of jus

Her countenance was shown cause to the contrary; these are to certify, tice is usually described. that the company of upholders will proceed to bury unspeakably awful and majestic, but exquisitely him from Cordwainers-hall , on Tuesday the twentyo behold it; her smiles transported with rapture, her

beautiful to those whose eyes were strong enough to ninth instant, where any six of his surviving friends, frowns terrified to despair. She held in her hand, • who still believe him to be alive, are desired to come prepared to hold up the pall.

mirror, endowed with the same qualities as that Note. We shall light away at six in the evening, which the painters put into the hand of truth. there being to be a sermon.'

There streamed from it a light, which distinguished itself from all the splendeurs that surrounded her,

more than a flash of lightning shines in the midst No. 100.) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1709.

of day-light. As she mored it in her hand, it Jam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna. brightened the heavens, the air, or the earth. When

Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 6. she had descended so low as to be seen and heard Returning justice brings a golden age.

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more supportable, she threw darkness and clouds settled in their right to their possessions and their about her, that tempered the light into a thousand progeny, but there was a third order proclaimed, • That beautiful shades and colours, and multiplied that all the posts of dignity and honour in the universe lustre, which was before too strong and dazzling, should be conferred on persons of the greatest merit, into a variety of milder glories.

abilities, and perfection. The handsome, the strong, In the mean time, the world was in an alarm, and and the wealthy, immediately pressed forward; but all the inhabitants of it gathered together upon a not being able to bear the splendour of the mirror, spacious plain ; so that I seemed to have the whole which played upon their faces, they immediately fell species before my eyes. A voice was heard from the back among the crowd; but, as the goddess tried the clouds declaring the intention of this visit, which multitude by her glass, as the eagle does its young was to restore and appropriate to every one living what ones by the lustre of the sun, it was remarkable, that was his due. The fear and hope, joy and sorrow, every one turned away his face from it, who had not which appeared in that great assembly, after this distinguished himself either by virtue, knowledge, or solemn declaration, are not to be expressed. The capacity in business, either military or civil. This. first edict was then pronounced, • That all titles and select assembly was drawn up in the centre of a proclaims to riches and estates, or to any part of them, digious multitude, which was diffused on all sides, should be immediately vested in the rightful owner. and stood observing them, as idle people use to gather Upon this, the inhabitants of the earth held up the about a regiment that are exercising their arms. They instruments of their tenure, whether in parchment, were drawn up in three bodies; in the first, were the paper, wax, or any other form of conveyance; and as men of virtue; in the second, men of knowledge; the goddess moved the mirror of truth which she and, in the third, the men of business. It is imposheld in her hand, so that the light which flowed from sible to look at the first column without a secret veit fell upon the multitude, they examined the several neration, their aspects were so sweetened with huinstruments by the beams of it. The rays of this manity, raised with contemplation, emboldened with mirror had a particular quality of setting fire to all resolution, and adorned with the most agreeable airs, forgery and falsehood. The blaze of papers, the which are those that proceed from secret habits of melting of seals, and crackling of parchments, made virtue. I could not but take notice, that there were a very odd scene. The fire very often ran through many faces among them which were unknown, not two or three lines only, and then stopped. Though only to the multitude, but even to several of their I could not but observe that the flames chiefly broke own body. out among the interlineations and codicils; the light In the second column, consisting of the men of of the mirror, as it was turned up and down, pierced knowledge, there had been great disputes before they into all the dark corners and recesses of the universe, fell into the ranks, which they did not do at last and by that means detected many writings and re- without the positive command of the goddess who cords which had been hidden or buried by time, presided over the assembly. She had so ordered it, chance, or design This occasioned a wonderful that men of the greatest genius and strongest sense revolution among the people. At the same time, the were placed at the head of the column. Behind these spoils of extortion, fraud, and robbery,with all the fruits were such as had formed their minds very much on of bribery and corruption, were thrown together in a the thoughts and writings of others. In the rear of prodigious pile, that almost reached to the clouds, the column were men who had more wit than sense, and was called, The Mount of Restitution ;' to or more learning than understanding.

All living which all injured persons were invited, to receive authors of any value were ranged in one of these what belonged to them.

classes; but, I must confess, I was very much surOne might see crowds of people in tattered gar-prised to see a great body of editors, critics, comments come up, and change cloaths with others that mentators, and grammarians, meet with so very ill a were dressed with lace and embroidery. Several who reception. They had formed themselves into a body, where Plums, or very near it, became men of mode- and, with a great deal of arrogance, demanded the rate fortunes ; and many others, who were overgrown first station in the column of knowledge ; but the in wealth and possessions, had no more left than goddess, instead of complying with their request, what they usually spent. What moved my concern clapped them all into liveries, and bid them know most was, to see a certain street of the greatest credit themselves for no other but lackeys of the learned. in Europe, from one end to the other, become bankrupt. The third column were men of business, and con

The next command was, for the whole body of sisting of persons in military and civil capacities. mankind to separate themselves into their proper fa- The former marched out from the rest, and placed themmilies; which was no sooner done, but an edict was selves in the front; at which the others shook their issued out, requiring all children to repair to their heads at them, but did not think fit to dispute the true and natural fathers.' This put a great part of post with them. I could not but make several obthe assembly in motion ; for, as the mirror was moved servations upon this last column of people; but I over them, it inspired every one with such a natural have certain private reasons why I do not think fit to instinct, as directed them to their real parents. It communicate them to the public. In order to fill up was a very melancholy spectacle to see the fathers of all the posts of honour, dignity, and profit, there was very large families become childless, and bachelors a draught made out of each column of men, who undone by a charge of sons and daughters. You were masters of all three qualifications in some de might see a presumptive-heir of a great estate ask gree, and were preferred to stations of the first rank. blessing of his coachman, and a celebrated toast paying The second draught was made out of such as were her duty to a ralet de chambre. Many, under vows of possessed of any two of the qualifications, who were celibacy, appeared surrounded with a numerous issue. disposed of in stations of a second dignity. Those This change of parentage would have caused great who were left, and were endowed only with one of lamentation, but that the calamity was pretty com- them, had their suitable posts. When this was over, mon; and that generally those who lost their child there remained many places of trust and profit undren, had the satisfaction of seeing them put into the billed, for which there were fresh draughts made out hands of their dearest friends, Men were no gooner of the surrounding multitude, who had any appear

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ance of these excellencies, or were recommended by men's land. From the beginning of November until those who possessed them in reality.

the opening of the campaign, he writ pamphlets and All were surprised to see so many new faces in the letters to members of parliament, or friends in the most eminent dignities; and, for my own part, I was country. But sometimes be would reliere his orde very well pleased to see that all my friends either nary readers with a murder, and lived comfortably a kept their present posts, or were advanced to higher. week or two upon strange and lamentable accidents.

Having filled my paper with those particulars of A little before the armies took the field, bis way ra my vision which concern the male part of mankiud, to open your attention with a prodigy; and a mesI must reserve for another occasion the sequel of it, sler, well writ, was two guineas the lowest price femei which relates to the fair sex.

This prepared his readers for his great and bloody per a news' from Flanders, in June and July. Poor Toespre

he is gone-but I observed, he always looked ved No. 101.] THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1709. after a battle, and was apparently fatter in a fighting Postquam fregit subsellia versu,

year. Had this honest careless fellow lived a Esurit intactam Paridi nisi vendit Agaven.

now, famine had stared him in the face, and later

Jur. Sat. vii. 87. rupted his merriment; as it must be a solid affiliate But while the common suffrage crown'd his cause,

to ail whose pen is their portion. And broke the benches with their loud applause;

As for my part, I do not speak wholly for on on His muse had starv'd, had not a piece unread,

sake in this point ; for palmistry and astrology ily

bring me in greater gains than these my papers; w And, by a player bought, supplied her bread.

that I am only in the coudition of a lawyer, vis Dryden. leaves the bar for chamber-practice. However

, I w From my own Apartment, Norember 30. be allowed to speak in the cause of learning itself

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and jament that a liberal education is the only one The progress of my intended account of what hap- / which a polite nation makes unprofitable. Al pened when justice visited mortals, is at present in-chanical artizans are allowed to reap the fruit of tber terrupted by the observation and sense of an injus- invention and ingenuity without invasion; bet be tice against which there is no remedy, even in a that has separated himself from the rest of milkingdom more happy in the care taken of the liberty kind, and studied the wonders of the creation, the and property of the subject than any other nation government of his passions, and the revolution of the upon earth. This iniquity is committed by a most world, and has an ambition to communicate the effect impregnable set of mortals, men who are rogues with- of half his life spent in such noble enquiries, has no ir the law; and, in the rery commission of what property in what he is willing to produce, but ses they are guilty of, prosessedly own that they forbear posed to robbery and want, with this melancholy and no injury, but from the terror of being punished for just reflection, that he is the only man who is s it. These miscreants are a set of wretches we authors protected by his country, at the same time that the call pirates, who print any book, poem, or sermon, as best deserves it. According to the ordinary roles soon as it appears in the world, in a smaller volume ; computation, the greater the adventure is, the greater and sell it, as all other thieves do stolen goods, at a ought to be the profit of those who succeed in 1 cheaper rate. I was in my rage calling them rascals, and by this measure, none have pretence of turning plunderers, robbers, highwaymen. But they acknow their labours to greater advantage than perusa ledge all that, and are pleased with those, as well as brought up to letters. A learned education, passing any other titles ; nay, will print them themselves, to through great schools and universities, is very ex* turn the penny.

pensive; and consumes a moderate fortune, before ! I am extremely at a loss how to act against such is gone through in its proper forms. The purchase open enemies, who have not shame enough to be of a handsome commission or employment, share touched with our reproaches, and are as well defended would give a man a good figure in another kind against what we can say as what we can do. Railing, lise, is to be made at a much cheaper rate. Now, therefore, we must turn into complaint, which I can- we consider this expensive royage which is under not forbear making, when I consider that all the taken in the search of knowledge, and how fer there labours of my long life may be disappointed by the are who take in any considerable merchandize, b* first man that pleases to rob me. I had Aattered my- less frequent is it, to be able to turn what men bare self that my stock of learning was worth a hundred gained into profit ; how hard is it, that the very and fifty pounds per annum, which would very small number who are distinguished with abilities ti handsomely maintain me and my little family, who know how to vend their wares, and have the good are so happy, or so wise, as to want only necessaries. fortune to bring them into port, should suffer being Before men had come up to this barefaced impu- plundered by privateers under the very cannan that dence, it was an estate to have a competency of un- should protect them! The most eminent and useful derstanding

author of the age we live in, after having iaid out An ingenious droll, who is since dead, (and indeed princely revenue in works of charity and beneficere it is well for him he is so, for he must have starved as became the greatness of his mind, and the sancity had he lived to this day,) used to give me an account of his character, would leave the person in the serie of his good husbandry in the management of his who was the dearest to him, in a narrow condition learning. He was a general dealer, and had his had not the sale of his immortal writings brought amusements as well comical as serious. The merry her in a very considerable dowry; .hough it was in rogue said, “When he wanted a dinner, he writ a possible for it to be equal to their value Erers com paragraph of Table Talk, and his bookseller upon will know, that I here mean the works of the late sight paid the reckoning. He was a very good judge Archbishop of Canterbury, the copy of which va of what would please the people, and could aptly hit sold for two thousand five hundred pounds. both the genius of his readers, and the season of the I do not speak with relation to any party; but year, in his writings. His brain, which was his has happened, and may often so happen, that mes estate, had as regular and different produce as other great learning and virtue cannot qualify themselves f

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being employed in business, or receiving preferments. | No. 102.) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1709.
In this case, you cut them off from all support, if you
take from them the benefit that may arise from their

From my own Apartment, December 2. writings. For my own part, I have brought myself

A CONTINUATION OF THE VISION. to consider things in so unprejudiced a manner, that THE male world were dismissed by the goddess of 1 esteem more a man who can live by the products justice, and disappeared, when, on a sudden, the of his understanding than one who does it by the whole plain was covered with women. So charming favour of great men.

a multitude filled my heart with unspeakable pleaThe zeal of an author has transported me thus far, sure; and as the celestial light of the mirror shone though I think myself as much concerned in the ca

upon their faces, several of them seemed rather perpacity of a reader. If this practice goes on, we must sons that descended in the train of the goddess, than never expect to see again a beautiful edition of a book such who were brought before her to their trial. The n Great Britain.

clack of tongues, and confusion of voices, in this new We have already seen the memoirs of Sir Wil, assembly, were so very great, that the goddess was iam Temple published in the same character and forced to command silence several times, and with rolume with the history of Tom Thumb, and the

some severity, before she could make them attentive Forks of our greatest poets shrunk into penny books

to her edicts. They were all sensible that the most ind garlands. For my o'yn part, 1 expect to see my important affair among womankind was then to be ucubrations printed on browner paper than they are i present, and, if the humour continues, must be settled, which every one knows to be the point of

place. This had raised innumerable disputes orced to retrench my expensive way of living, and among them, and put the whole sex into a tumult. pot smoke above two pipes a-day.

Every one produced her claim, and pleaded hier preMr. Charles Lillie, perfumer, at the corner of Beau

tensions. Birth, beauty, wit, or wealth, were words ort-buiklings, has informed me, that I am obliged that rung in my ears from all parts of the plain. o several of my customers for coming to his shop Some boasted of the merit of their husbands; others upon my recommendation, and has also given me fur

of their own power in governing them. Some pleade her assurances of his upright dealing with all who ed their unspotted virginity ; others their numerous hall be so kind as to make use of my name to him. issue. Some valued themselves as they were the acknowledge this favour, and have, for the service mothers, and others as they were the daughters, of f my friends who frequent his shop, used the force considerable persons. There was not a single ace { magical powers to add value to his wares. By complishment' umentioned, or unpractised.

The. ng knowledge in the secret operations of nature, I whole congregation was full of singing, dancing, tossa are made his powders, perfumed and į lain, have ing, ogling, squeaking, smiling, sighing: fanning, he same effect as love-powder, to all sho are too frowning, and all those irresistible arts which women nuch enamoured to do more than dress at their mis- put in practice, to captivate the hearts of reasonable

His amber, orange-flower, musk, and civet- creatures. The goddess, to end this dispute, caused iolet, put only into a handkerchief, shall have the it to be proclaimed, 'that every one should take place same effect towards an honourable lover's wishes, as according as she was more or less beautiful. This f he had been wrapped in his mother's smock. Wash

declaration gave great satisfaction to the whole asbaus perfumed, camphired, and plain, shall restore sembly, which immediately bridled up, and appeared complexions to that degree, that a country for-hunter, in all its beauties. Such as believed themselves wizo uses them, shall, in a week's time, look with a graceful in their motion found an occasion of falling sartly and affable paleness, without using the bagnio back, advancing forward, or making a false step, that or cupping. N. B. Mr. Lillie has snuffs, Barcelona, Seville, air. Such as had fine necks and bosoms were wore

they might show their persons in the most becoming nusty, plain, and Spanish, which may be taken by a derfully curious to look over the heads of the multiyoung beginner without danger of sneezing.

tude, and observe the most distant parts of the as. Sheer-lane Norember 30. sembly. Several clapt their hands on their foreWhereas several walking dead persons arrived heads, as helping their sight to look upon the glories within the bills of mortality, before and since the that surrounded the goddess, but in reality to show Steenth instant, having been informed of my war- fine hands and arms. The ladies were yet better please

200 given to the company of Upholders and being ed when they heard that, in the decision of this great terrified thereat, it not having been advertised that controversy, each of them should be her own judge, reivilege or protection would be allowed, have resolv- and take her place according to her own opinion of 1 forthwith to retire to their several and respective herself, when she consulted her looking-glass.' abodes in the country, hoping thereby ! elude any The goddess then let down the mirror of truth in comission of interment that may issue »ut against a golden chain, which appeared larger in proportion hem; and being informed of such th r fallacious as it descended, and approached nearer to the eyes of desims, I do hereby give notice, as well or the good the beholders. It was the particular property of this

the public, as for the great veneration I have for looking-glass, to banish all false appearances, and the before-mentioned useful society, that a process is show people what they are. The whole woman was Icae out against them; and that, in case of contempt, represented, without regard to the usual external they may be found, or heard of, at most coffee features, which were made entirely conformable to bouses in and about Westminster,

their real characters. In short, the most accomplishI must desire my readers to help me out from ed, taking in the whole circle of female perfections, ribe to time in the correction of these my Essays; were the most beautiful; and the most defective, the 13, as a shaking hand does not always write legibly, most deformed. The goddess so varied the motion the press sometimes prints one word for another; and of the glass, and p'aced it in so many different lights, when my paper is to be revised, I am perhaps so that each had an opportunity of seeing herself busy in observing the spots of the moon, that I have in it. ast time to find out the errata that are crept into niy It is impossible to describe the rage, the pleasure. izabrati nas.

or astonishment, that appeared in each face upon its representation in the mirror; multitudes started at the offender, and what should be the end of all pubtheir own form, and would have broke the glass if ishments, effectual for rooting out the crime. Upon this they could have reached it. Many saw their bloom, edict, which was as soon executed as published, the noise ing features wither as they looked upon them, and of the assembly very considerably abated. It was a their self-admiration turned into a loathing and melancholy spectacle, to see so many who had the abhorrence. The lady who was thought so agreeable reputation of rigid virtue struck dumb. A lady she in her anger, and was so often celebrated for a woman stood by me, and saw my concem, told me, she of fire and spirit, was frightened at her own image, wondered how I could be concerned for such a pack and fancied she saw a Fury in the glass. The inter- of 'I found, by the shaking of her head, she ested mistress beheld a Harpy, and the subtle jilt a was going to give me their characters; but, by her Sphinx. I was very much troubled in my own heart, saying no more, I perceived she had last the conto see such a description of fine faces; but, at the mand of her tongue. This calamity sell very heavy same time, had the pleasure of seeing several im- upon that part of women who are distinguished by proved, which I had looked upon as the greatest the name of Prudes, a courtly word for female hypia master-piece of nature. I observed, that some few crites, who have a short way to being rirtuous, by were so humble as to be surprised at their own showing that others are vicious. The second sentence charms, and that many a-one, who had lived in the was then pronounced against the loose part of the retirement and severity of a vestal, sbined forth in sex, that all should immediately be pregnant, who, all the graces and attractions of a siren. I was in any part of their lives, had run the hazard of it, ravished at the sight of a particular image in the mir- This produced a very goodly appearance, and revealed tor, which I think the most beautiful object that so many misconducts, that made those who were my eyes ever beheld. There was something more lately struck dumb repine more than ever at thea than human in her countenance, her eyes were so want of utterance; thougb, at the same time, as full of light, that they seemed to beautify every thing afflictions seldom come single, many of the mutes they looked upon.

Her face was enlivened with were also seized with this new calamity. The ladies such a florid bloom, as did not so properly seem the were now in such a condition, that they would have mark of health, as immortality. Her shape, her wanted room, had not the plain been large enough stature, and her mien, were such as distinguished to let them divide their ground, and extend the her even there, where the whole fair sex was as- lines on all sides. It was a sensible affliction to sembled.

me, to see such a multitude of fair ones, either damb. I was impatient to see the lady represented or big-bellied. But I was something more at ease, by so divine an image, whom I found to be the per- when I found that they agreed upon several regalason that stood at my right hand, and in the same tions to cover such misfortunes. Among others, point of view with myself

. This was a little old that it should be an established maxim in all nations woman, who in her prime had been about five feet that a woman's first child might come into the world high, though at present shrunk to about three quare within six months after her acquaintance with her ters of that measure. Her natural aspect was puck- husband ; and that grief might retard the birth of ered up with wrinkles, and her head covered with her last until fourteen months after his decease. gray hairs. I had observed all along an innocent This vision lasted until my usual hour of waking, cheerfulness in her face, which was not heightened which I did with some surprise, to find myself alone, into rapture, as she beheld herself in the glass. It after having been engaged almost a whole night in was an odd circumstance in my dream, but I cannot so prodigious a multitude. I could not but reflect forbear relating it. I conceived so great an incli- with wonder at the partiality and extravagance of my nation towards her that I had thoughts of discoursing vision ; which, according to my thoughts, has not her upon the point of marriage, when on a sudden done justice to the sex. If virtue in men is more she was carried from me; for the word was now venerable, it is in women more lovely; which given, that all who were pleased with their own images Milton has very finely expressed in his Paradise Lost, should separate, and place themselves at the head of where Adam, speaking of Eve, after having asserted

his own pre-eminence, as being first in creation and This detachment was afterwards divided into three internal faculties, breaks out into the following rapbodies, consisting of maids, wives, and widows; the ture : wives being placed in the middle, with the maids on

-Yet when I approach the right, and widow's on the left; though it was

Her loveliness, so absolute she seems, with difficulty that the two last bodies were hindered

And in herself complete, so well to know from falling into the centre. This separation of Her own, that what she wills, or do, or say, those who liked their real seves not having

Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best. lessened the number of the main body so

All higher knowledge in her presence falls considerably as it might have been wished, the

Degraded, wisdom in discourse with her goddess, after having drawn up her mirror,

Loses discountenanced, and like folly shews. thought fit to make new distinctions among those

Authority and reason on her wait, who did not like the figure which they saw in it.

As one intended first, not after male She made several wholesome edicts, which are slipped

Occasionally. And, to consummate all

, out of my mind; but there were two which dwelt

Greatness of mind, and nobleness, their seat upon me, as being very extraordinary in their kind, Build in her loveliest, and create an awe and executed with great severity. Their design was About her, as a guard angelic plac'd.' to make an example of two extremes in the female world ; of those who are very severe on the conduct of others, and of those who are very regardless of No. 103.] TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1709. their own. The first sentence, therefore, the goddess pronounced was, that all females addicted to censo- Hæ nugæ seria ducunt riousness and detraction should lose the use of speech;

In mala, derisum semel, exceptumque sinistre a punishment which would be the most grievous to

Hor. Ars Poet. ver. 452.

their sex.

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