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the more peaceful habits that were growing in society.
4. In addition to Bath,3 Tunbridge Wells,3 Epsom, Buxton, and the more modest Islington,3 retained their popularity, and a new rival was rising into note. The mineral springs of Cheltenham* were discovered about 1730, and in 1738 a regular Spa was built.
5. Sea-bathing in the first half of the eighteenth century is very rarely noticed. Lord Chesterfield, indeed, having visited Scarborough in 1733, observed that it was there commonly practised by both sexes, but its general popularity dates only from the appearance of a medical work by Dr. Richard Russell, “On Glandular Consumption, and the Use of Sea-water in Diseases of the Glands,” which was published in Latin in 1750, and translated in 1753. The new remedy acquired an extraordinary favour, and it produced a great, permanent, and, on the whole, very beneficial change in the national tastes. In a few years obscure fishing villages along the coast began to assume the dimensions of stately watering places.
6. Before the century had closed, Cowper described, in the following indignant lines, the common enthusiasm with which all ages and classes rushed for health or pleasure to the sea :“ Your prudent grandmammas, ye modern belles,
Content with Bristol, Bath, and Tunbridge Wells,
Ingenious to diversify dull life,
With one consent to rush into the sea. 7. The favourite occupations of the country gentry were field sports. Hawking,” which had been extremely popular in the beginning of the seventeenth century, and which was a favourite sport of Charles 11.,* almost disappeared in the beginning of the eighteenth century. Stag-hunting declined with the spread of agriculture, but hare-hunting held its ground, and fox-hunting greatly increased.
8. Cricket, which would occupy a distinguished place in any modern picture of English manners, had apparently but just arisen. The earliest notice of it is to be found in some songs written in the beginning of the century. It was mentioned as one of the amusements of London by a writer in 1720, and towards the close of the century it had greatly increased.
Adapted from Lecky's “ History of England during the Eighteenth Century.”
1. Beau Nash, born 1674, died at 4. Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire, Bath, 1761. About 1705 he removed about 7 miles N.W. of Gloucester. to Bath, where he became distin- 5. Scarborough, on the east coast guished as a great fop. He got up of Yorkshire, now a very celebrated balls and concerts, and became watering place. master of the ceremonies; he was 6. Bristol.-The hot wells there nicknamed “ King of Bath.”
once famous medicinal springs. time he lived in splendour, but died 7. Hawking, once a very fashion.
able sport, sometimes called Falconry. 2. Śwords were at one time gener- Falcons or hawks were trained to ally worn by persons of rank and pursue other birds, and were carried position. This habit often led to on the wrist of the sportsman, with serious fights in the streets from their heads partly covered, or hooded, the most trifling cause.
until the game was in sight, when 3. Tunbridge Wells, in Kent. they were quickly turned off to catch Epsom, in Surrey. Buxton, in Derbyshire. Islington, now a popu- 8. Charles II. reigned from 1660 lous part of London.
MARK ANTONY'S ORATION OVER THE
BODY OF CÆSAR.2
10 (For Brutus is an honourable man
So are they all, all honourable men,)
When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept; 20 Ambition should be made of sterner stuff :
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious ;
But here I am to speak what I do know.
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him ?
But yesterday the word of Cæsar might
O masters, if I were disposed to stir
I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius: wrong,
To wrong the dead, to wrong myself, and you,
Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read50 And they would go and kiss dead Cæsar's wounds,-
And dip their napkins in his sacred blood ;
Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it;
And, being men, hearing the will of Cæsar, 60 It will inflame you, it will make you mad :
'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs ;
Will you be patient ? will you stay awhile ?
You will compel me, then, to read the will ?
And let me show you him that made the will. 70 Shall I descend ? and will you give me leave ?
Nay, press not so upon me; stand far off.
you bave tears, prepare to shed them now. You all do know this mantle : I remember