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These toys will once to serious mischiess fall, deliver out to him a plain joint, headed with walnut ; When he is laugh’d at, when he's jeer'd by all. and then, in order to wean him from it by degrees,
Creech. permitted him to wear it three days in a week, and From my own Apartment, December 5.
to abate proportionably until he found himself able
to go alone. THERE is nothing gives a man a greater satisfac- The second who appeared came limping into the tion, than the sense of having despatched a great court : and setting forth in his petition many predeal of business, especially when it turns to the tences for the use of a cane, I caused them to be public emolument. I have much pleasure of this examined one by one; but finding him in different kind upon my spirits at present, occasioned at the stories, and confronting him with several witnesses fatigue of affairs which I went through last Saturday. who had seen him walk upright, I ordered Mr. It is some tine since I set apart that day for exami- Lillie to take in his cane, and rejected his petition as ning the pretensions of several who had applied to frivolous. me for canes, perspective-glasses, snuff-boxes, orange A third made his entry with great difficulty, leanflower waters, and the like ornaments of life. In ing upon a slight stick, and in danger of falling every order to adjust this matter, I had before directed step he took. I saw the weakness of his hams; and Charles Lillie, of Beaufort-buildings, to prepare a hearing that he had married a young wife about a great bandle of blank licenses in the following fortnight before, I bid him leave his cane, and gave words;
him a new pair of crutches, with which he went off • You are hereby required to permit the bearer of in great vigour and alacrity. This gentleman was this cane to pass and repass through the streets and succeeded by another, who seemed very much pleased suburbs of London, or any place within ten miles of while his petition was reading, in which he repreit, without let or molestation, provided that he does sented, That he was extremely affilicted with the not walk with it under his arm, brandish it in the gout, and set his foot upon the ground with the cauair, or hang it on a button : in which case it shall be tion and dignity which accompany that distemper. I forfeited ; and I hereby declare it forfeited to any one suspected him for an impostor, and having ordered who shall think it safe to take it from him.
him to be searched, I committed him into the hands ISAAC BICKERSTAFF,'
of Doctor Thomas Smith in King-street, my own.
corn-cutter, who attended in an outward room, and The same form, differing only in the provisos, will wrought so speedy a cure upon him, that I thought serve for a perspective, snuff-box, or perfumed hand- fit to send him also away without his cane. kerchief. I had placed myself in my elbow.chair at
While I was thus dispensing justice, I heard & the upper-end of my great parlour, having ordered noise in my outward room; and enquiring what was Charles Lillie to take his place upon a joint-stool, the occasion of it, my door-keeper told me, that they with a writing-desk before him. John Morphew also had taken up one in the very fact as he was passing took his station at the door ; I having, for his good by my door. They immediately brought in a lively and faithful services, appointed him my chamber-fresh-coloured young man, who made great resistance keeper upon court-days. He let me know, that there with hand and foot, but did not offer to make use of was a great number attending without. Upon which his cane, which hung upon his fifth button. Upon I ordered him to give notice, that I did not intend examination, I found him to be an Oxford scholar, to sit upon snuff-boxes that day; but that those who who was just entered at the Temple. He at first appeared for canes might enter. The first presented disputed the jurisdiction of the court; but being me with the following petition, which I ordered Mr. driven out of his little law and logic, he told me Lillie to read.
very pertly, that he looked upon such perpendicular * TO ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, ESQUIRE, CENSOR OF
creatures as man to make a very imperfect figure without a cane in his hand. It is well known,'
says he, 'we ought, according to the natural situa*The humble petition of Simon Trippit, tion of our bodies. to walk upon our hands and feet ; Showeth,—That your petitioner having been and that the wisdom of the ancients had described bred up to a cane from his youth, it is now becoming man to be an animal of four legs in the morning, two as necessary to him as any other of his limbs.
at ngon, and three at night; by which they intimated, • That, á great part of his behaviour depending that the cane might very properly become part upon it, he should be reduced to the utmost neces
of us in some period of life.' Upon which I asked sities if he should lose the use of it,
him, whether he wore it at his breast to have it in • That the knocking of it upon his shoe, leaning readiness when that period should arrive ?' My one leg upon it, or whistling with it on his mouth, young lawyer immediately told me, he had a property are such great reliefs to him in conversation, that he
in it, and a right to hang it where he pleased, and to does not know how to be good company without it.
make use of it as he thought fit, provided that he • That he is at present engaged in an amour, and did not break the peace with it: and further said, must despair of success if it be taken from him.
'that he never took it off his button, unless it were • Your petitioner, therefore,' hopes, that the pre
to lift it up at a coachman, hold it over the head of mises tenderly considered, your worship will not
a drawer, point out the circumstances of a story, or deprive him of so useful and so necessary a support for other services of the like nature, that are all * And your petitioner shall ever, &c.'
within the laws of the land.' I did not care for Upon the hearing of his case, I was touched with discouraging a young man, who, I saw, would come some compassion, and the more so, when, upon ob- to good; and, because his heart was set upon his new serving him nearer, I found he was a Prig. I bid purchase, I only ordered him to wear it about his him produce his cane in court, which he had left at neck, instead of hanging it upon his button, and so the door. He did so, and I finding it to be very dismissed him, curiously clouded, with a transparent amber head, There were several appeared in court, whose pretenand a blue ribband to hang npon his wrist, I imme- sions I found to be yery good, and, therefore, gave diately ordered my clerk, Lillie, to lay it up, and I them their licences upon paying their fees; as many THE TATLER, No. 22.
others had their licences renewed, who required more the mind of the person that commits them. Whea time for recovery of their lameness than I had before I was a young man, I remember a geutleman of great allowed them.
integrity and worth was very remarkable for wearing Having dispatched this set of my petitioners, there a broad belt and a hanger, instead of a fashionable came in a well-dressed man, with a glass tube in one sword, though in all other points a rery well-bre hand, and his petition in the other.
I suspected him at first sight to hare someentering the room, he threw back the right side of his thing wrong in him, but was not able for a long while wig, put forward his right leg, and advancing the glass to discover any collateral proofs of it. I watched to his right eye, aimed it directly at me. In the him narrowly for six-and-thirty years, when at last, mean while, to make my observations also, I put on to the surprise of every body but myself, who had my spectacles ; in which posture we surrered each long expected to see the folly break out, he married other for some time. Upon the removal of our his own cook-maid. glasses, I desired him to read his petition, which he did very promptly and easily; though at the same time it set forth, that he could see nothing distinctly, and No. 104.] THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1709. was within very few degrees of being utterly blind; concluding with a prayer, that he might be permitted to
-Garrit aniles strengthen and extend bis sight by a glass.' In answer Ex re fabellas
Hor. ii. Sat. vi. 78. to this, I told him, he might sonietimes extend it to He tells an old wife's tale very pertinently. his own destruction. As you are now,' said I, ‘you are out of the reach of beauty; and shafts of the fine eyes
From my own Apartment, December 7. lose their force before they can come at you ; you can: My brother Tranquillus being gone out of town not distinguish a toast from an orange-wench; you for some days. my sister Jenny sent me ord sbe can see a whole circle of beauty without any inter- would come and dine with me, and therefore desired ruption from any impertinent face to discompose you. me to have no other company. I took care acIn short, what are snares for others—' My petitioner cordingly, and was not a little pleased to see her enter would hear no more, but told me very seriously, the room with a decent and matron-like behaviour, • Mr. Bickerstaff, you quite mistake your man ; it is which I thought very much became her. I say she the joy, the pleasure, the employment of my life, to had a great deal to say to me, and easily discovered frequent public assemblies, and gaze upon the fair.' | in her eyes, and the air of her countenance, that she In a word, I found his use of a glass was occasioned had abundance of satisfaction in her heart, which she by no other infirmity but his vavity, and was not so longed to communicate. However, I was resolved to much designed to make him see, as to make him be let her break into her discourse her own way, and seen and distinguished by others. I therefore refused reduced her to a thousand little derices and intihim a licence for a perspective, but allowed him a mations to bring me to the mention of her husband. pair of spectacles, with full permission to use them in But, finding I was resolved not to name him, she any public assembly, as he should think fit. He began of her own accord. My husband,' said she, was followed by so very few of this order of men, gives his humble service to you,' to which I orly that I have reason to hope this sort of cheats is almost answered, 'I hope he is well;' and, without waiting at an end.
for a reply, fell into other subjects. She at last was The orange-flower-men appeared next with peti- out of all patience, and said, with a smile and manner tions perfumed so strongly with musk, that I was that I thought had more beauty and spirit than I had almost overcome with the scent; and for my own sake ever observed before in her, “I did not think, brother, was obliged forthwith to licence their handkerchiefs, you had been so ill-natured. You have seen, erer especially when I found they had sweetened them at since I came in, that I had a mind to talk of my Charles Lillie's, and that some of their persons would husband, and you will not be so kind as to gire me not be altogether inoffensive without them. John an occasion.'-—I did not know,' said I, but it Morphew, whom I have made the general of my dead might be a disagreeable subject to you. You do not men, acquainted me, that the petitioners were all of take me for so old-fashioned a fellow as to think of that order, and could produce certificates to prove it, entertaining a young lady with the discourse of her if I required it.'. I was so well pleased with this way husband. I know, nothing is more acceptable than of their embalming themselves, that I commanded the to speak of one who is to be so, but to speak of one abovesaid Morphew to give it in orders to his whole who is so ! indeed, Jenny, I am a better bred man army, that every one, who did not surrender himself than you think me.' She showed a little dislike at up to be disposed of by the upholders, should use the my raillery; and, by her bridling up, I perceived she same method to keep himself sweet during his present expected to be treated hereafter not as Jenny Distaff, state of putrefaction.
but Mrs. Tranquillus. I was very well pleased with I finished my session with great content of mind, this change in her humour; and, upon talking with reflecting upon the good I had done ; for, however her on several subjects, I could not but fancy that I slightly men may regard these particulars, and little saw a great deal of her husband's way and manner follies in dress and behaviour, they lead to greater in her remarks, her phrases, the tone of her voice, erils. The bearing to be laughed at for such singu- and the very air of her countenance. This gare larities, teaches us insensibly an impertinent fortitude, me an unspeakable satisfaction, not only because I and enables us to bear public censure for things had found her a husband, from whom she could which more substantially deserve it. By this means learn many things that were laudable, but also be they open a gate to folly, and oftentimes render a cause I looked upon her imitation of him as an man so ridiculous, as to discredit his virtues and infallible sign that she entirely loved him. This is capacities, and unqualify him from doing any good an observation that I never knew fail, though I do in the world. Besides, the giving into uncommon not remember that any other has made it. The 'habits of this nature, is a want of that humble defer- natural shyness of her sex, hindered her from telling ence which is due to mankind, and, what is worst me the greatness of her own passiop; but I easily of all, the certain indication of some secret flaw in collected it from the representation she gave me of
his. I have every thing,' says she, in Tranquillus, | son, return every moment to my imagination : the that I can wish for; and enjoy in him, what, indeed, brightness of your eyes hath hindered me from closyou have told me were to be met with in a good ing mine since I last saw you. You may still add husband, the fondness of a lover, the tenderness of a to your beauties by a smile. A frown will make me parent, and the intimacy of a friend.' It transported the most wretched of men, as I am the most passionate me to see her eyes swimming in 'tears of affection of lovers.' when she spoke. 'And is there not, dear sister,' said I, "more pleasure in the possession of such a
It filled the whole company with a deep melancholy, man, than in all the little impertinencics of balls, person that occasioned it, who was now reduced to
to compare the description of the letter with the assemblies, and equipage, which it cost me so much pains to make you contemn ? she answered, smiling, of eaith.
a few crumbling bones, and a little mouldering heap * Tranquillus has made me a sincere convert in a few letter, which began with, My dear, dear wife.'
With much ado I decyphered another weeks, though I am afraid you could not have done This gave me a curiosity to see how the style of one it in your whole life. To tell you truly, I have only written in marriage differed from one written in one fear hanging upon me, which is apt to give me courtship. To my surprise, I found the fondness trouble in the midst of all my satisfactions; I am afraid, you must know, that I shall not always make turned upon a different accomplishment. The words
rather augmented than lessened, though the panegyric the same amiable appearance in his eye that I do at
were as follow: present. You know, brother Bickerstaff, that you have the reputation of 3 conjurer; and, if you have know that I loved you so much as I really do; though,
* Before this short absence from you, I did not any one secret in your art to make your sister always at the same time, I thought I loved you as much as beautiful, I should be happier than if I were the possible. I am under great apprehension, least you mistress of all the worlds you have shewn me in a starry night Jenny,' said I, without having of my share in it, and cannot think of tasting any
should have any uneasiness whilst I am defrauded recourse to magic, I shall give you 'one plain rule, pleasures that you do not partake with me. Pray, that will not fail of making you always amiable to a man who has so great a passion for you, and is of so
my dear, be careful of your health, if for no other equal and reasonable a temper as Tranquillus. you. It is natural in absence to make professions
reason, but because you know I could not outlive Endeavour to please, and you must please; be always of an inviolable constancy; but towards so much in the same disposition as you are when you ask for merit
, it is scarce a virtue, especially when it is but tbis secret, and you may take my word, you will never want it. An inviolable fidelity, good humour, such continued proofs ever since' our first acquaint
a bare return to that of which you have given me and complacency of temper, out-live all the charms
I am, &c.' of a fine face, and make the decays of it invisible.' We discoursed very long upon this head, which lent persons was by when I was reading this letter.
It happened that the daughter of these two excelwas equally agreeable to us both; for, I must confess, At the sight of the coffin, in which was the body of as I tenderly love her, I take as much pleasure in giving her instructions for her welfare, as she herself her mother, near that of her father, she melted into
a flood of tears. does in receiving them. I proceeded, therefore, to
As I had heard a great character
of her virtue, and observed in her this instance of filial inculcate these sentiments, by relating a very par- piety, I could not resist my natural inclination of ticular passage that happened within my own knowledge.
giving advice to young people, and therefore addressed There were several of us making merry at a friend's short is the possession of that beauty, in which
myself to her. Young lady,' said I, you see how house in a country village, when the sexton of the parish church entered the room in a sort of surprise, melancholy sight before you is a contradiction to the
nature has been so liberal to you. You find the and told us, that as he was digging a grave in the chancel, a little blow of his pick-axe opened a decayed first letter that you
heard on that subject ; whereas, coffin, in which there were several written papers.'
you may observe, the second letter, which celebrates Our curiosity was immediately raised, so that we
your mother's constancy, is itself, being found in this went to the place where the sexton had been at work, caution you, not to think the bodies that lie before
place, an argument of it. But, madam, I ought to and found a great concourse of people about the grave. Among the rest, there was an old woman.
you your father and your mother. Know, their conwho told us, the person buried there was a laciy, mingling of their ashes, in a state where there is no
stancy is rewarded by a nobler union than by this whose name I do not think fit to mention, though danger or possibility of a second separation.' there is nothing in the story but what tends very much to her honour. This lady lived several years
i an exemplary pattern of conjugal love, and, dying No. 105.] SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1709. soon after her husband, who every way answered her character in virtue and affection, made it her death
Sheer-lane, December 9. bed request, 'that all the letters which she had As soon as my midnight studies are finished I received from him, both before and after her marriage, take but a very short repose, and am again up at an should be buried in the coffin with her.' These, i exercise of another kind ; that is to say, my sencing. found upon examination, were the papers before us. Thus my life passes away in a restless pursuit of Several of them had suffered so much by time, that fame, and a preparation to defend myself against I could only pick out a few words; as my soul ! lilies ! such as attack it. This anxiety, in the point of reputaroses ! dearest angel ! and the like. One of them, tion, is the peculiar distress of fine spirits, and makes which was legible throughout, ran thus.
them liable to a thousand inquietudes, from which MADAM,
men of grosser understandings are exempt ; so that
nothing is more common, than to see one part of If you would know the greatness of my love, con- mankind live at perfect ease under such circumsider that of your own beauty. That blooming stances as would make another part of them entirely countenance, that snowy bosom, that graceful per- miserable.
This may serve for a preface to the history of poor revealed to him, that, miserable woman as she was, Will Rosin, the fiddler of Wapping, who is a man as she had been false to his bed? Will was glad to much made for happiness and a quiet life, as any hear it was no worse; but, before he could reply, one breathing; but has been lately entangled in so 'nay,' said she, 'I will make you all the atonemeet many intricate and unreasonable distresses, as would I can, and take shame upon me, by proelaiming it to have made him, had he been a man of too nice all the world, which is the only thing that can rehonour, the most wretched of all mortals. I came to move my present terrors of mind.' This was indeed the knowledge of his affairs by mere accident. too true, for her design was to prevent Mr. Bronie Several of the narrow end of our lane having made face's marriage, which was all she apprehended. Wh an appointment to visit some friends beyond Saint was thoroughly angry, and began to curse and see, Katharine's, where there was to be a merry-meeting, the orditrary expressions of passion in persons of his they would needs take with them the old gentleman, condition. Upon which his wife_Ah, William ! as they are pleased to call me. I, who value' my how well you mind the oath you have taken, and tire company by their good will, which naturally has the distress of your poor wife, who can keep nothing same effect as good breeding, was not too stately, or from you! I hope you will not be such a perjared too wise, to accept of the invitation. Our design was wretch as to forswear yourself.' The fiddler anto be spectators of a sea-ball; to which I readily swered, that his oath obliged him only not to be consented, provided I. might be incognito, being angry at what was passed; but I find you intend to naturally pleased with the survey of human life in all make me laughed at all over Wapping.'
-'No, no, its degrees and circumstances. In order to this replied Mrs. Rosin, • I see well enough what you would merriment, Will Rosin, who is the Corelli of the be at, you poor-spirited cuckold! You are afraid to Wapping side, as Tom Scrape is the Bononcini of expose Boniface, who has abused your poor wife, and Redriffe, was immediately sent for; but, to our utter would fain persuade me still to suffer the stings of disappointment, poor Will was under an arrest, and conscience; but I assure you, sirrah, I will not go to desired the assistance of all his kind masters and the devil for you.' Poor Will was not made for con mistresses, or he must go to jail. The whole com- tention, and, beseeching her to be pacified, desired pany received his message with great humanity, and she would consult the good of her soul her own way, very generously threw in their halfpence a piece in a for he would not say her nay in any thing.' great dish, which purchased his redemption out of Mrs. Rosin was so very loud and public in her inthe hands of the bailiffs. During the negociation for rectives against Boniface, that the parents of his his enlargement, I had an opportunity of acquainting mistress for bade the banns, and his match ras pree myself with bis history.
vented; which was the whole design of this deep Mr. Wiiliam Rosin, of the parish of Saint Katha- stratagem. The father of Boniface brought his action rine, is somewhat stricken in years, and married to a of defamation, arrested the fiddler, and recoreret young widow, who has very much the ascen over damages. Th was the distress from which he tas him; this degenerate age being so perverted in all relieved by the company; and the good husband's things, that, even in the state of matrimony, the air, history, and jollity upon his enlargement, gare young pretend to govern their elders. The musician occasion to very much mirth; especially when Wit is extremely fond of her ; but is often obliged to lay finding he had friends to stand by Irim, proclaimed by his fiddle, to hear louder notes of hers, when she himself a cuckoldy by way of insult orer the family is pleased to be angry with him : for, you are to of the Bonifaces. Here is a man of tranquillity with know, Will is not of consequence enough to enjoy her out reading Seneca! What work had such an inconversation but when she chides him, or makes use cident maile among persons of distinction! The of him to carry on her amours: for she is a woman brothers and kindred of each side must have been of stratagem; and even in that part of the world, drawn out, and hereditary hatred entailed on the where one wculd expect but very little gallantry, by families as long as their very namnes remained in the the force of natural genius, she can be sullen, sick, world. Who would believe that Herod, Othelle, and out of humour, splenetic, want new clothes, and more Will Rosin; were of the same species ? money, as well as if she had been bred in Cheapside, There are quite different sentiments which reign or Cornhill. She was lately under a secret discon- in the parlour and the kitchen; and it is by the tent, upon account of a lover she was like to lose by point of honour, when justiy regulated, and inviolable his marriage; for her gallant, Mr. Ezekiel Boniface, observed, that some men are superior to others, had been twice asked in the church, in order to be much as mankind in general are to brutes. This potr joined in matrimony with Mrs. Winifred Dimple, me in mind of a passage in the admirable poem called spinster, of the same parish. Hereupon Mrs. Rosin • The Dispensary, where the nature of trees was far gone in that distemper which well-governed honour is artfully described in au ironical dispraise husbands know by the description of, "I am I know of it: not how;' and will soon understood, that it was his
• But'ere we once engage in honour's cause, part to enquire into the occasion of her melancholy,
First know what honour is and whence it tas. or suffer as the cause of it himself. After much im
Scorn'd by the base, 'tis courted by the brave, portunity, all he could get out of her was, that she
The hero's tyrant, and the coward's slave. was the most unhappy and the most wicked of all
Born in the noisy camp, it lives on air ; women, and had no friend in the world to tell her
And both exists by hope, and by despair. grief to. Upon this, Will doubled his importunities; but she said, that she should break her poor heart,
Angry whene'er a montent's ease.we gain,
And reconcil'd at our returns of pain. if he did not take a solemn oath upon a book that he
It lives when in death's arms the hero lies, would not be angry; and that he would expose the
But when his safety he consults, it dies. person who had wronged her to all the world, for the case of her mind, which was no way else to be
Bigoted to this idol, we disclaim quieted.' The fiddler was so melted, that he imme
Rest, health, and ease, for nothing but a name.' diately kissed her, and afterwards the book. When A very odd fellow visited me to-day at my lodgings, his oath was taken, she began to lament herself, and and desired encouragement and recommendation
y from me for a new intention of knockers to doors further about fifty similes, that were never yet applied, in which he told me he had made, and professed to teach besides three-and-twenty descriptions of the sun erustic servants the use of them. I desired him to rising, that might be of great use to an epic poet.
show me an experiment of this invention; upon which These are my more bulky commodities ; besides
he fixed one of his knockers to my parlour-door. He which, I have several small wäres that I wonld part ? then gave me a complete set of knocks, from the with at easy rates ; as, observations upon life, and
solitary rap of the dun and beggar, to the thunderings moral sentences, reduced into several couplets, very pant of the sauey footmán of quality, with several flourishes proper to close up acts of plays, and may be easily en and rattlings never yet performed. He likewise introduced by two or three lines of prose, either in y played over some private notes, distinguishing the tragedy or comedy. If I could find a purchaser to familiar friend or relation from the most modish curious in Latin poetry, I could accommodate him with
visitor; and directing when the reserve candles are two dozen of epigrams, which by reason of a few
to be lighted. He has several other curiosities in false quantities, should come for little, or nothing.' * this art. He waits only to receive my approbation I heard the gentleman with much attention, and it of the main design. He is now ready to practise to asked him, · Whether he would break bulk, and sell ca such as shall apply themselves to him; bat I have his goods by retail, or designed they should all go in * put off his public licence until next court-day. a lump? He told me, That he should be very loath N. B. He teaches under-ground.
to part them, unless it was to oblige a man of quality, or any person for whom I had a particular friendship.'
My reason for asking,' said I, 'is, only because I I No. 106.] TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1709. know a young gentleman who intends to appear next
spring in a new jingling chariot, with the figures of -Invenies disjecti membra poeta. Hor. Sat. iv. 62. the nine muses on each side of it ; and, I believe, You will find the linbs of a dismember'd poet.
would be glad to come into the world in verse.' We Will's Coffee-house, December 12.
could not go on in our treaty, by reason of two or
three critics that join us. They had been talking, it I was this evening sitting at the side-table and
seems, of the two letters which were found in the coffin, reading one of my own papers with great satisfaction, and mentioned in one of my late lucubrations, and not knowing that I was observed by any in the room.
came with a request to me, that I would communicate I had not tong enjoyed this secret pleasure of an any others of them that were legible. One of the author, when a gentleman, some of whose works 1 gentlemen was pleased to say that it was a very proper have been highly entertained with, accosted me after instance of a widow's constancy; and said, he the following manner. 'Mr. Bickerstaff
, you know I wished I had sabjoined, as a foil to it, the following have for some years devoted myself wholly to the passage in Hamlet.' The young prince was not yet muses, and, perhaps, you will be surprised when I acquainted with all the guilt of his mother, but turns tell you I am resolved to take up, and apply myself his thoughts on her sudden forgetfulness of his to business. I shall therefore beg you will stand my father, and the indecency of her hasty marriage: friend, and recommend a customer to me for several goods that I have now upon my hands.'- I desired
-That it should come to this! him to let me have a particular, and I would do my
But two months dead ! nay, not so much, not two; utmost to serve him.' — I have first of all,' says lie,
So excellent a king! that was, to this, the progress of an amour digested into sonnets, Hyperion to a satyr : so loving to my mother : beginning with a poem to the unknown fair, and that he might not let e’en the winds of heaven ending with an epithalamium. I have celebrated in
Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth! it her eruelty, her pity, her face, her shape, her wit, Must I remember ? Why she would hang on him, her good humour, hur dancing, her singing'--' could
As if increase of appetite had grown not forbear interrupting him; “This is a
By what it fed on: and yet, within a month ! accomplished lady,' said I ; but has she really, with
Let me not think on't-Frailty thy name is Woman! all these perfections, a fine voice ?'--'Pugh,' says he,
A little month! or ere those shoes were old, * You do not believe there is such a person in nature.
With which she followed my poor father's body, This was only my employment in solitude last Like Niobe, all tears, why she, even she, summer, when I had neither friends nor books to
( heaven ! a brute, that wants discourse of reason, dirert me.'-' I was going,' said I, 'to ask her name,
Would have mourned longer-married with mine
uncle ! but I find it is only an imaginary mistress.' - That's true,' replied my friend, but her name is Flavia. I My father's brother ! but no more like my father, have,' continued he, in the second place, a collection Than I to Hercules. Within a month ! of lampoons, calculated either for the Bath, Tunbridge, Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears or any place where they drink waters, with blank Had left the flushing in her gauled eyes, spaces for the names of such person or persons as
She married-0 most wicked speed, to post may be inserted in them on occasion. Thus much
With such dexterity to incestuous sheets ! I have told only of what I hare by me, proceeding It is not, por it cannot come to, good. from love and malice. I have also at this time the But, break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue ! sketch of a heroic poem upon the next piece : The several emotions of mind, and breaks of passion, several, indeed of the verses are either too long or in this speech, are admirable. He has touched every too short, it being a rough draught of my thoughts circumstance that aggravated the fact, and seemed upon that subject.' I thereupon told him, “That, as capable of hurrying the thoughts of a son into disit was, it might probably pass for a very good Pindaric, traction. His father's tenderness for his mother, and I believe I knew one who would be willing to expressed in so delicate a particular : his mother's deal with him for it upon that foot. I must teil you fondness for his father, no less exquisitely described : also,' said he, I have made a dedication to it, which the great and amiable figure of his dead parent drawn is about four sides close written, that may serve any by a true filiat piety; his disdain of so unworthy & one that is tall, and understands Latiu. I bave successor to his bed; but, above all, the shortness of