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Unwiliing I forsook your friendly state !

dition into your tender consideration, who otherwise Commanded by the gods, and forc'd by fate ; must suffer with many thousands more as innocent Those gods, that fate, whose unresisted might as himself, that inhuman barbarity of a Shrove Have sent me to these regious void of light, Tuesday persecution. We humbly hope that our Through the vast empire of eternal night.

courage and vigilance may plead for us on this ocNor dard I to presume, that, pressed with grief, casion. My flight should urge you to this dire reliei.

“ Your poor petitioner most earnestly implores Stay, stay your steps, and listen to my vows; your immediato protection from the insolence of the 'Tis the last interview that fate allows

rabble, the batteries of cat-sticks, and a painful In vain he thus attempts her mind to move, lingering death, With tears and prayers, and late repenting love.

. And your petitioner, &c.' Disdainfully she look'd; then turning round, Upon delivery of this petition, the worthy.gentleBut fix'd her eyes unmov’d upon the ground; man, who presented it, told me the customs of many And what he says, and swears, regards no more wise nations of the east, through which he had Than the deaf rocks, when the loud billows roar; travelled; that 'nothing was more frequent than to But whirld away, to shun his hateful sight, see a dervise lay out a whole year's income in the Hid in the forest, and the shades of night: redemption of larks or linnets that had unhappily Then sought Sichæus through the shady grove, fallen into the hands of bird-catches; that it was Who answer'd all her cares, and equall'd all her love. also usual to run between a dog and a bull to keep

them from hurting one another, or to lose the use of 131.1 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1709. a limb in parting a couple of furious mastillos. He

then insisted upon the irgratitude and disingenuity -Quis talia fando Myrmidonum, Dolopumve, aut duri miles Ulyssei. animal, that has made the whole house keep good

of treating in this manner a necessary and doinestic Temperet a lacrymis ?

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hours, and called up the cook-maid for five years No even the hardest of our foes could bear,

together. · What would a Turk say,'continued he,

should he hear, that it is a common entertainment Nor stern Ulysses tell without a tear. Dryden.

in a nation, which pretenils to be one of the most Sheer-lane, February 15.

civilized in Europe, to tie an innocent animal to a I was awakened very early this morning by the stake, and put him to an ignominious death, who distant crowing of a cock, which I thought had the has perhaps been the guardian and proveditor of a finest pipe I ever heard. He seemed to me to strain poor family, as long as he was able to get eygs 'for his his voice more than ordinary, as if he designed to mistress ??. make himself heard to the remotest corner of the I thought what this gentleman said was very realane. Having entertained myself a little before I sonable; and have often wondered, that we do not went to bed with a discourse on the transmigration of liy aside a custom, which makes us appear barmen into other animals, I could not but fancy that barous to nations much more rude and unpolished this was the soul of some drowsy bellman who used than ourselves. Some French writers have repreto sleep upon his post, for which he was compelled to sented this diversion of the coinmon people much to do penance in feathers, and distinguish the several our disadvantage, and imputed it to natural fierceness watches of the night under the outside of a cock. and cruelty of temper; as they do some other enterWhile I was thinking of the condition of this poor tainments peculiar to our nation: I mean those elebellman in masquerade, I heard a great knocking at gant diversions of bull-baiting and prize-tighting, my door, and was soon after told by my maid, with the like ingenious recreations of the Bearthat my worthy friend, the tall black gentleman, garden. I wish I knew how to answer this reproach who frequents the coffee houses hereabouts, desired which is cast upon us, and excuse the death of so to speak with me. This ancient Pythagorean: who many innocent cocks, bulls, dogs, and bears, as have has as much honesty as any man living, but good been set together by the ears, or died untimely deaths, nature to an excess, brought me the following peti. only to make us sport. tion ; which I am apt to believe he penned himself,

It will be said, that these are the entertaipments the petitioner not being able to express his mind on of common people. It is true ; but they are the enpaper under his present form, however famous he tertainments of no other common people. Besides, might have been for writing verses when he was in I am afraid, there is a tincture of the same savage his original shape.

spirit in the diversions of those of higher rank, and

more refined relish. Rapin observes, that the English TO BICKERSTAFF, ESQUIRE,

OP theatre very much delights in bloodshed, which he

likewise represents as an indication of our tempers. * The humble petition of Job Chanticleer, in behalf I must own, there is something very horrid in the

of himself, and many other poor sufferers in the public executions of an English tragedy. ?tabbing same condition;

and poisoning, which are perforined behind the scenes From my Coop in Clare-market, in other nations, must be done openly among us, to SHEWETH, Feb. 13, 1709.

gratify the audience, " That whereas your petitioner is truly descended When poor Sandford was upon the stage, I have of the ancient family oof the Chanticleers, at Cock- seen him groaning upon a wheel, stuck with daghall near Rumford in Essex, it has been his misfor-gers, impaled alive, calling his executioners, with a tune to come into the mercenary bands of a certain dying voice, cruel dogs and villains!' and all this ill-disposed person, commonly called a higgler, who, to please his judicious spectators, who were wonder: under the close confinement of a pannier, has con. fully delighted with seeing a man in torment so well veyed him and many others up to London ; but acted. The truth of it is, the politeness of our hearing by chance of your worship’s great humanity English stage, in regard to decorum, is very ex. towards robin-red -breasts and tom-tits, he is em-traordinary. We act murders, to show our intreboldened to beseech you to take his deplorable con- pidity; and adulteries, to show our gallantry : both THE TAILER. No. 27

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of them are frequent in our most taking plays, with endeavour, by a little trash of words and sophistry, this difference only, that the forner are done in the to weaken and destroy those very principles, for the sight of the audience, and the latter wrought up to vindication of which, freedom of thought at first such a height upon the stage, that they are almost became laudable and heroic. These apostates from put in execution before the actors can get behind the reasou and good sense, can look at the glorious

frame of nature, without paying an adoration to Him I would not have it thought, that there is just that raised it; can consider the great revolutions in ground for those consequences which our cnemies the universe, without lifting up their minds to that draw against us from these practices ; but methinks superior power which hath the direction of it; can one would be sorry for any manner of occasion for presume to censure the Deity in his ways towards such m srepresentations of us. The virtues of ten- men; can level mankind with the beasts that perish; derness, compassion, and humility, are those by can estinguish in their own miuds all the pleasing which men are distinguished from brutes, as much hopes of a future state, and lull themselves into a as by reason itself; and it would be the greatest re- stupid security against the terrors of it. If one were proach to a nation, to distinguish itself from all to take the word priesteraft out of the mouths of others by any defect in these particular virtues. these shallow monsters, they would be immediately For which reasons, I hope that my dear country-struck dumb. It is by the help of this single term men will no longer expose themselves by an effusion that they endeavour to disappoint the good works of of blood, whether it be of theatrical heroes, cocks, or the most learned and venerable order of men, and any other innocent animals, which we are not harden the hearts of the ignorant against the very obliged to slaughter for our safety, convenience, or light of nature, and the common-received notions of nourishment. When any of these ends are not mankind. We ought not to treat such miscreants as served in the destruction of a living creature, I these upon the foot of fair disputants; but to pour cannot but pronounce it a great piece of cruelty, if out contempt upon them, and speak of them with not a kind of murder,

scorn and infamy, as the pests of society, the revilers

of human nature, and the blasphemers of a Being,

whom a good man would rather die than hear dis. No. 135.) SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1709.10. honoured. Cicero, after having mentioned the

great heroes of knowledge and recommended this Quòd si in hoc erro, quòd animos hominum im- divine doctrine of the immortality of the soul, calls mortales esse credam, libenter erro; nec mihi hunc those small pretenders to wisdom, who declared errorem, quo delector, dum vivo, extorqueri volo: against it, certain minute philosophers, using a dimusin mortuus, ut quidam minuti philosophi censent, nutive eren of the word liitle, to express the desinihil sentiam; non vereor, ne hunc errorem meum cable opinion he had of them. The contempt he mortui philosophi irrideant.

throws upon them in another passage is yet more

Cicero, De Senect. remarkable ; where, to show the mean thoughts he “But if I err in believing that the souls of men

entertains of them, he declares he would rather be are immortal, I willingly err; nor while I live would I

in the wrong with Plato, than in the right with such wish to have this delightful error extorted from me: company. There is, indeed, nothing in the world and if after death I shall fcel nothing, as some

so ridiculous as one of these grave philosophical minute philosophers think, I am not afraid'lest deal free-thinkers, that hath neither passions nor appe

tites to gratify, no heats of blood, nor vigour of conphilosophers should laugh at ine for the error.”

stitution, that can turn his systems of intidelity to bis Sheer-lane, February 17.

advantage, or raise pleasures out of them which are Several letters, which I have lately received, inconsistent with the belief of a hereafter. One that give me information, that some well-disposed per- has neither wit, gallantry, mirth, or youth, to insons have taken offence at.my using the word Free-dulge by these notions, by only a poor, joyless, unthinker as a term of reproach. To set, therefore, comfortable vanity of distinguishing himseli from the this matter in a clear light, I must declare, that no rest of mankind is rather to be regarded as a misone can have a greater veneration than myself for chievous lunatic, than a .mistaken philosopher. the Free-thinkers of antiquity; who acted the same A chaste infidel, a speculative libertine, is an animal part in those times, as the great men of the reforma- that I should not beliere to be in nature, did I not tion did in several nations of Europe, by exerting sometimes meet with this species of men, that plead themselves against the idolatry and superstition of for the indulgence of their passions in the midst of the times in which they lived. It was by this noble a severe studious life, and talk against the immorimpulse that Socrates and his disciples, as well as all tality of the soul over a dish of cofice. the philosophers of note in Greece; and Cicero, I would fain ask a minute philosopher, what good Seneca, with all the learned men of Rome, endea- he proposes to mankind by the publishing of his voured to enlighten their contemporaries amidst the doctrines ? Will they make a man a better citizen, darkness and ignorance in which the world was then or father of a family; a more endearing husband, sunk and buried.

friend, or son? will they enlarge his public or private The great points' which these free-thinkers en- virtues, or correct any of his frailties or vices? deavoured to establish and inculcate in the minds of What is there either joyful or glorious in such men, were, the formation of the universe, the super- opinions? do they either refresh or enlarge our intendeney of providence, the perfection of the thoughts ? do they contribute to the happiness, or Divine Nature, the immortality of the soul, and the raise the dignity, of human nature ? The only good future state of rewards and punishments. They all that I have ever heard protended to, is, that they complied with the religion of their country, as banish terrors, and set the mind at ease. But much as possible, in such particulars as did not con- whose terrors do they banish? It is certain, if there tradict and pervert these great and fundamental were any strength in their arguments, they would doctrines of mankind.

On the coutrary, the per- give great disturbance to minds that are influenced sons who now set up for free-thinkers, are such as by virtue, honour, and morality, and take from us thu

only comforts and supports of affliction, sickness, and sente you are in, and who it is that gave you the old age. The minds, therefore, which they set at power of that very speech which you make use of to ease, are only those of impenitent criminals and his dishonour. The young fellow, who thought to malefactors, and which, to the good of mankind, turn matters into a jest, asked him, 'if he was going should be in perpetual terror and alarmı.

to preach ?? but at the same tiine desired him to I must confess, nothing is more usual than for a take care what he said when he spoke to a man of free-thinker, in proportion as the insolence of scepti- honour' "A man of honour!' says the major; cism is abated in him by years and knowledge, or * thou art an infidel and a blasphemer, and I shall humbled and beaten down by sorrow or sickness, to use thee as such.' In short, the quarrel ran so reconcile himself to the genteel conceptions of rea-high, that the major was desired to walk out. Upon sonable creatures ; so that we frequently see the their coming into the garden, the old fellow advised apostates turning from their revolt towards the end his antagouist to consider the place into which one of their lives, and employing the refuse of their parts pass might drive him; but, finding him grow upon in promoting those truths which they had before en- him to a degree of scurrility, as believing the advice deavoured to invalidate.

proceeded from fear; “Sirrah,' says he, if a thunThe history of a gentleman in France is very well derbolt does not strike thee dead before I come at known, who was so zealous a promoter of infidelity, thee, I shall not fail to chastise thee for thy profanethat he had got together a select company of dis- ness to thy Maker, and thy sauciness to his servant.' ciples, and travelled into all parts of the kingdom to Upon this' he drew his sword, and cried out with a make converts. In the midst of his fantastical suc- loud voice, • The sword of the Lord and of Gideon! cess he fell sick, and was reclaimed to such a scuse which so terrified his antagonist, that he was immeof his condition, that after he had passed some time diately disarmed, and thrown upon his knees. In in great agonies and horrors of mind, he begged this posture he begged his life; but the major refused those who had the care of burying him, to dress his to grant it, before he had asked pardon for his ofbody in the habit of a capuchin, that the devil might fence in a short extemporary prayer, which the old not run away with it; and, to do further justice upon gentleman dictated to him upon the spot, and which himself, desired them to tie a halter about his neck, his proselyte repeated after him in the presence of as a mark of that ignominious punishment, which, in the whole ordinary, that were now gathered about his own thoughts, he had so justly deserved. him in the garden.

I would not have persecution so far disgraced, as to wish these vermin might be animadverted on by any legal penalties; though I think it would be No. 136.] TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1709-10. highly reasonable, that those few of them who die in

Deprendi iniserum est : Fabio vel ju lice vincam. the professons of their infidelity, should have such

Hor. l. Sat. i. ver. ult. tokens of infamy fixed upon them, as might distinguish those bodies which are given up by the owners

To be surpris’d, is sure a wretched tale,

Francis. to oblivion and putrefaction, from those which rest

And for the truth to Fabius I appeal. in hope, and shall rise in glory But at the same

White's Chocolate-house, February 18. time that I am against doing them the honour of the notice of our laws, which ought not to suppose BECAUSE I have a professed aversion to long bethere are such criminals in being, I have often won-ginnings of stories, I will go into this at once, by dered, how they can be tolerated in any mixed con- telling you, that there dwells near the Royal Exversations, while they are venting these absurd change as happy a couple as ever entered into wedopinions; and should think, that if, on any such oc- lock. These live in that mutual confidence of each casions, half a dozen of the most robust Christians in other, which renders the satisfaction of marriage the company would lead one of those gentlemen to even greater than those of friendship, and makes a pump, or convey him into a blanket, they would wife and husband the dearest appellations of human do very good service both to church and state. I do life. Mr. Balance is a merchant of good consideranot know how the law stands in this particular; but tion, and understands the world, not from speculaI hope, whatever knocks, bangs, or thumps, might tion, but practice. His wife is the daughter of an be given with such an honest intention, would not honest house, ever bred in a family-way; and has, be construed as a breach of the peace. I dare say, from a natural good understanding, and great innothey would not be returned by the person who re-cence, a fiecdom which men of sense kuow to be the ceives them; for, whatever these fools may say in certain sign of virtue, and fools take to be an enthe vanity of their hearts, they are too wise to risk couragement to vice. their lives upon the uncertainty of their opinions. Tom Varnish, a young gentleman of the Middle

When I was a young man about this town, I fre- | 'Temple, by the bounty of a good father, who was so quented the ordinary of the Black Horse in Holborn, obliging as to die, and leave him, in his twentywhere the person that usually presided at the table fourth year, besides a good estate, a large sum which was a rough old-fashioned gentleman, who, according lay in the hands of Mr. Balance, had by this means to the customs of those times, had been the major an intimacy at his house; and, being one of those and preacher of a regiment. It happened one day hard students who read plays for the improvement in that a noisy young officer, bred in France, was vent. the law, took his rules of life from thence. Upon ing some new-fangled notions, and speaking, in the mature deliberation, he conceived it very proper, gaiety of his humour, against the dispensations of that he, as a man of wit and pleasure of the town, Providence. The major, at first, only desired him should have an intrigue with his inerchunt's wife. to talk more respectfully of one for whom all the He no sooner thought of this adventure, but he becompany had an honour; but, finding him run on in gan it by an amorous epistle to the lady, and a his extravagance, began to reprimand him after a iaithful promise to wait upon her at a certain hour more serious manner. Young man,' said he, do the next evening, wheu he knew her husband was to not abuse your Benefactor whilst you are eating his be absent. bread. Consider whose air you breathe, whose prc. The letter was no sooner received, but it was com

THE HISTORY OF TOM VARNISH.

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municated to the husband, and produced no other of the enemy. During the whole winter, the minis, effcct in him than that he joined with his wife to ters of France have used their utmost skill in form raize all the mirih they could out of this fantastical ing such answers as might amuse the allies, in bopes piece of gallantry. They were so little concerned at of a favourable event cither in the north or some ilis dangerous min of mode, that they plotted ways other part of Europe, which inight affect some part to perplex him without hurting him. Varnish comes of the alliance too nearly to leave it in a capacity of exactly at his hour; and the lady's well acted con- adhering firmly to the interest of the whole. In all fusion at his entrance gave himn opportunity to re- this transaction, the French king's own name has peat some couplets very fit for the occasion with very been as little made use of as possible ; but the season much grace and spirit. His theatrical manner or of the year advancing too fast to admit of much making love was interiupted by an alarm of the longer delays in the present condition of France, husband's coming; and the witc, in a personated Mons. Torcy, in the name of the king, sent a letter terror, beseeched him, . if he had any value for the to Mons. Pettecum, wherein he says, ' That the honour of a woman that loved him, he would jump king is willing all the preliminary articles shall rest ont of the win low.' He did so, and fell upon feather as they are during the treaty for the 37th. beds placed on purpose to receive him. It is not to be conceived how great the joy of an

Sheer-lane, February 20. amourous man is when he has suffered for bis mis- I have been earnestly solicited for a further terin, tress, and is never the worse for it. Varnish the for wearing the fardingal by several of the fair ses, next day writ a most elegant billet, wherein he said but more especially by the following petitioners. all that imagination could form upon the occasion. 'The humble petition of Deborah Hark, Sarah He violently protested, ' going out of the window Threadpaper, and Rachel Thimble, spiosters and was no way terrible, but as it was going from her;' single women, commonly called waiting-maids, in with several other kind expressions, which procured

behalf of themselves and their sisterhood; him a second assignation. Upon his second visit, he

• SHEWETH, was conveyed by a faithful maid into her bed-chain- • That your worship has been pleased to order ber, and left there to expect the arrival of her inis- and command, that no person or persons shall pre

But the wench, according to her instructions, sume to wear quilted petticoats, on forfeiture of the ran in again to him, and locked the door after her said petticoats, or penalty of wearing ruffs, after the to keep out her master. She had just time enough seventeenth instant now expired. to convey the lover into a chest before she admitted . That your petitioners have, time out of mind, the husband and his wife into the room.

been entitled to wear their ladies' clothes, or to sell You may be sure that trunk was absolutely neces- the same. sary to be opened; but upon her husband's ordering * That the sale of the said clothes is spoiled by it, she assured him, 'she had taken all the care your worship’s said prohibition. imaginable in packing up the things with her own · Your petitioners therefore most humbly pras, hands, and he might send the trunk abroad as soon that your worship will please to allow, that all gesas he thought fit.' The casy husband believed his tlewomen's gentlewomen may be allowed to wear wife, and ihe good couple went to bed; Varnish the said dress, or to repair the loss of such a perquihaving the happiness to pass the night in his mis- site in such manner as your worship shall think fit. tre s's bed-chamber without molestation. The morn

And your petitioners, &c.' ing arosc, but our lover was not well situate to ob. I do allow the allegations of this petition to be serve her blushes; so that all we know of his senti- just; and forbid all persons, but the petitioners, or mucts on this occasion is, that he heard Balance ask those who shall purchase thein, to wear the said garfor the key, and say, ' he would himself go with this ment after the date hereof. chest, and have it opened before the captain of the ship, for the greater safety o'so valuable a lading.'

The goods were hoisted away; and Mr. Balance, No. 137.] TIIURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1709-10. marching by his chest with great care and diligence, Ter centum tonat ore Deos, Erebumque, Chaosque, omitted nothing that might give his passeng pera Tergeminamque llecaten- Virg. Æn. iv.510 plexity. But, to consummate all, he delivered the chest,' with strict charge, in case they were in

Ile thrice invokes th' infernal powers profound danger of being taken, to throw it overboard, for

Of Erebus and Chaos; thrice he calls there were leiters in it, the matter of which might

On Hecate's triple form

R, Wynne. be of great service to the cueiny.'

Sheer-lane, February 22. N.B. It is not thought advisable to proceed fur- Dick Reptile and I sat this evening later than the ther in this account; Mr. Varnish being just re- rest of the club; and as some men are better cunturned from his travels

, and willing to conceal the Ipany when only with one friend, others when there occasion of his first applying himself to the lan- , is a larger number, I found Dick to be of the former glages.

kind. He was bewailing to me, in very just terus, St. James's Coffee-house, Febrnary 20.

the offences which he frequently met with in the

abuse of specch; some use ten times more words This day came in a mail from Ilolland, with a : than they need; some put in words quite foreign to confirmation of our late advices, that a treaty of their purpose; and others adom their discuurses peace would very suddenly be set on foot, and that with oaths and blasphemies, by way of tropes and yachts were appointed by the stat-3 to convey the figures. What my good friend started dwelt upon ministers of France from Voerdly ke tu Gertruydlen- une after I came home this evening, and led me into burglı, which is appointed for the place wherein this an enquiry with myself, whence should arise such important negotiation is to be transacted. It is said, strange excrescences in discourse ? whereas it must this affair has been in agitation ever since the close be obvious to all reasonable beings, that the sooner of the list campaign; Mons. Pettecum having been a man speaks his mind, the more complaisant he is appsinied to receive from time to time the overtures to the inan with whom he talks: but, upon mature

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deliberation, I am come to this resolution, that for This gave me a perfect image of the insignificancy one man who speaks to be understood, there are ten of the creatures who practise this enormity; and who talk only to be admired.

made me conclude, that it is ever want of sense The ancient Greeks had little independent sylla- makes a man guilty in this kind. It was excellently bles called expletives, which they brought into their well said, 'that this folly had no temptation to exdiscourses both in verse and prose, for no other pur- cuse it, no man being born of a swearing constitupose but for the better grace and sound of their sen- tion,' In a word, a few rumbling words and coniences and periods. I know no example but this, sonants clapped together without any sense, will which can authorise the use of more words than are make an accomplished swearer. It is needless to neeessary. But whether it be from this freedom dwell long upon this blustering impertinence, which taken by that wise nation, or however it arises, Dick is already banished out of the society of well-bred Reptile hit upon a very just and common cause of men, and can be useful only to bullies and ill tragicoffence in the generality of people of all orders.-- writers, who would have sound and noise pass for We have one here in our lane, who speaks nothing courage and sense. without quoting an authority; for it is always with

St. James's Coffee-house, February 22. him, so and so, .as the man said.' He asked me this morning, how I did, .as the man said ?' and

There arrived a messenger last night from Harhoped I would come now and then to see him, as wich, who left that place just as the Duke of Marlthe man said.' I am acquainted with another, who borough was going on board. The character of this never delivers himself upon any subject, but he important general going out by the command of his cries, he only speaks his poor judgment; this is queen, and at the request of his country, puts me in his humble opinion; as for his part, if he might mind of that noble figure which Shakspeare gives presume to offer any thing on that subject." But of Harry the Fifth upon his expedition against France. all the persons who add elegancies and superfluities The poet wishes for abilities to represent so great a

: to their discourses, those who deserve the foremost rapk are the swearers; and the lump of these may,

Oh for a muse of fire ! I think, be very aptly divided into the common dis

Then should the warlike Harry like himself, tinction of high and 'low. Dulness and barrenness Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels, of thought is the original of it in both these sects,

Leash'd in, like hounds, should famine, sword, and they differ only in constitution. The low is

and fire, generally a phlegmatic, and the high a choleric cos

Crouch for employments.' comb. The man of phlegın is sensible of the empti- A conqueror drawn like the god of battle, with ness of his discourse, and will tell you, that, 'i' fack- such a dreadful leash of hell-hounds at his command, ins, such a thing is true; or, if you warm him a makes a picture of as much majesty and terror, as little, he may run into passion and cry, 'odsbodikins, is to be inet with in any poet. you do not say right.' But the high affects a sub- Shakspeare understood the force of this particular limity in dulness, and invokes hell and damnation' allegory so well, that he had it in his thoughts in at the breaking of a glass, or the slowness of a another passage, which is altogether as daring and drawer.

sublime as the former. What I mean is in the traI was the other day trudging along Fleet-street gedy of Julius Cæsar, where Antony, after having on foot, and an old army-friend came up with me. foretold the bloodshed and destruction that should We were both going towards Westminster; and, be brought upon the earth by the death of that finding the streets were so crowded that we could great man, to fill up the horror of his description, not keep together, we resolved to club for a coach. adds the following verses : This gentleman I knew to be the first of the order “ And Cæsar's spirit, raging for revenge, of the choleric. I must confess, were there no crime With Ate by his side, come hot from hell, in it, nothing could be more diverting than the im- Shall in these confines, with a monarch's voice, pertinence of the high juror: for, whether there is Cry havock: and let slip the dogs of war.' remedy or not against what offends him, still he is to I do not question but these quotations will call to show he is offended; and he must, sure, not omit to mind, in my readers of learning and taste, that ima be magnificently passionate, by falling on all things ginary person described by Virgil with the same in his way. We were stopped by a train of coaches spirit. He mentions it upon the occasion of a peace at Temple-bar. What the devil!' says my com- which was restored to the Roman empire ; and panion, cannot you drive on, coachman ? D- -n which we may now hope for from the departure of you all, for a set of sons of whores; you will stop that great man, who has given occasion to these rehere to be paid by the hour! There is not such a flections. The temple of Janus, says he shall be set of confounded dogs as the coachmen unhanged ! shut, and in the midst of it military Fury shall sit But these rascally citsounds, why should not upon a pile of broken arms, loaded with a hundred there be a tax to inake these dogs widen their gates ? chains, bellowing with madness, and grinding his Oh! but the hell-hounds move at last.' Ay,' said teeth in blood. I, 'I knew you would make them whip on, if once Claudentur belli portæ, Furor impius intus they heard you.'—No, says he, “but would it Sæva sedens super arma, et centum vinctus not fret a man to the devil, to pay for being carried ahenis slower than he can walk'? Look ye! there is for Post tergum nodis, fremit horridus ore cruento. ever a stop at this hole by St. Clement's church,

Virg. Æn. i. 298, Blood, you dog! Hark ye, sirrah !Why, and Janus himself before his fane shall wait,

you, do not you drive over that fellow ? And keep the dreadful issues of his gate, Thunder, furies, and damnation! I will cut your With bolts and iron bars. , Within remains ears off, you fellow before there Come hither, Imprisou’d Fury bound in brazen chains; you dog you, and let me wring your neck round High on a trophy rais'd of useless arms, your shoulders.' We had a repetition of the samc He sits and threats the world with vain alarms eloquence at the Cockpit, and the turning into

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