Изображения страниц

ing out me glory, wee =which are ercules, va

ion by the ca gentleman niles from S

tte, that is of the tor Towns and f

un with

it The

nighting is sick a streams

n be pita cras, and Os and

ed in the The sons

the dau ancest

[merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small]

stands still is sure to point right once in twelve them rose up. Some stared at the prodigious bo-
hours. In this case therefore I would advise them tom, and some at the little top of this strange dress.
as a gentleman did his friend who was hunting In the mean time the lady of the manor filled the
about the whole town after a rambling fellow, area of the church, and walked up to her pew with
if you follow him you will never find him; but an unspeakable satisfaction, amidst the whispers,
if you plant yourself at the corner of any one conjectures, and astonishments of the whole con-
street, I will engage it will not be long before you gregation.
see him.
Upon our way from hence we saw a young
I have already touched upon this subject in a fellow riding towards us full gallop, with a bob
speculation which shows how cruelly the country wig and a black silken bag tied to it. He stopt
are led astray in following the town; and equipped short at the coach, to ask us how far the judges
in a ridiculous habit, when they fancy themselves were behind us. His stay was so very short, that
in the height of the mode. Since that speculation we had only time to observe his new silk waist-
I have received a letter (which I there hinted at) coat, which was unbuttoned in several places to
from a gentleman who is now in the western cir- let us see that he had a clean shirt on, which was
ruffled down to his middle.


[ocr errors]

From this place, during our progress through 'MR. SPECTATOR, the most western parts of the kingdom, we fancied 'BEING a lawyer of the Middle-Temple, a Cor- ourselves in King Charles the Second's reign, the nish-man by birth, I generally ride the western people having made very little variations in their circuit for my health; and, as I am not interrupted dress since that time. The smartest of the country with clients, have leisure to make many observa- squires appear still in the Monmouth-cock, and tions that escape the notice of my fellow-travel- when they go a wooing, (whether they have any lers. post in the militia or not) they generally put on a 'One of the most fashionable women I met with red coat. We were indeed very much surprised, in all the circuit was my landlady at Staines, where at the place we lay at last night, to meet with a I chanced to be on a holiday. Her commodet gentleman that had accoutred himself in a nightwas not half a foot high, and her petticoat within cap-wig, a coat with long pockets and slit sleeves, some yards of a modish circumference. In the and a pair of shoes with high scollop tops; but we same place I observed a young fellow with a tole soon found by his conversation that he was a perrable periwig, had it not been covered with a hat son who laughed at the ignorance and rusticity of that was shaped in the Ramilie-cock. As I pro- the country people, and was resolved to live and ceeded in my journey, I observed the petticoat die in the mode. grew scantier and scantier, and about threescore Sir, if you think this account of my travels miles from London was so very unfashionable, that may be of any advantage to the public, I will a woman might walk in it without any manner of next year trouble you with such occurrences as I inconvenience. shall meet with in other parts of England. For 'Not far from Salisbury I took notice of a jus. I am informed there are greater curiosities in the tice of peace's lady, who was at least ten years northern circuit than in the western; and that a behind-hand in her dress, but at the same time as fashion makes its progress much slower into Cumfine as hands could make her. She was flounced berland than into Cornwall. I have heard in parand furbelowed from head to foot; every ribbon ticular, that the Steenkirk* arrived but two months was wrinkled, and every part of her garments in ago at Newcastle, and that there are several comcurl, so that she looked like one of those animals modes in those parts which are worth taking a which in the country we call a Friezland hen. journey thither to see.

'Not many miles beyond this place I was in-
formed that one of the last year's little muffs had
by some means or other straggled into those parts,
and that all the women of fashion were cutting
their old muffs in two, or retrenching them, accord-
ing to the little model which was got among them.
I cannot believe the report they have there, that it
was sent down franked by a parliament-man, in
a little packet; but probably by next winter this
fashion will be at the height in the country, when
it is quite out at London.

[ocr errors]


N° 130. MONDAY, JULY 30, 1711.

Semperque recentes
Convectare juvat prædas, et vivere rapto.
VIRG. En. vii. 748.
Hunting their sport, and plund'ring was their trade.


The greatest beau at our next country sessions As I was yesterday riding out in the fields with my was dressed in a most monstrous flaxen periwig, friend Sir Roger, we saw at a little distance from that was made in King William's reign. The wearer us a troop of gipsies. Upon the first discovery of of it goes, it seems, in his own hair when he is at them, my friend was in some doubt whether he home, and lets his wig lie in buckle for a whole should not exert the justice of the peace upon such half year, that he may put it on upon occasion to with him, who is a necessary counsellor on these a band of lawless vagrants; but not having his clerk meet the judges in it. 'I must not here omit an adventure which hap- the worse for it, he let the thought drop: but at occasions, and fearing that his poultry might fare pened to us in a country church upon the frontiers of Cornwall. As we were in the midst of the ser- the same time gave me a particular account of the vice, a lady who is the chief woman of the place, mischiefs they do in the country, in stealing peoand had passed the winter at London with her hus.ple's goods and spoiling their servants. If a stray band, entered the congregation in a little head- piece of linen hangs upon an hedge,' says Sir Roger, dress, and a hooped petticoat. The people, who they are sure to have it; if the hog loses his way were wonderfully startled at such a sight, all of in the fields, it is ten to one but he becomes their prey: our geese cannot live in peace for them; if a man prosecutes them with severity, his hen-roost

No. 119.

+ See the first note on No. 98,

A sort of military neckcloth, made of black silk.

is sure to pay for it. They generally straggle into chuyt, or hackney-boat, which carries passengers these parts about this time of the year; and set from Leyden to Amsterdam, was putting off, a the heads of our servant-maids so agog for bus boy running along the side of the canal desired to bands, that we do not expect to have any business be taken in: which the master of the boat redone as it should be whilst they are in the country. fused, because the lad had not quite money enough I have an honest dairy-maid who crosses their hands to pay the usual fare. An eminent merchant being with a piece of silver every summer, and never fails pleased with the looks of the boy, and secretly being promised the handsomest young fellow in the touched with compassion towards him, paid the parish for her pains. Your friend the butler has money for him, and ordered him to be taken on been fool enough to be seduced by them; and board. Upon talking with him afterwards, he though he is sure to lose a knife, a fork, or a found that he could speak, readily in three or four spoon every time his fortune is told him, generally languages, and learned upon further examination shuts himself up in the pantry with an old gipsy that he had been stolen away when he was a child for above half an hour once in a twelvemonth. by a gipsy, and had rambled ever since with a Sweethearts are the things they live upon, which gang of those strollers up and down several parts they bestow very plentifully upon all those that of Europe. It happened that the merchant, whose apply themselves to them. You see now and then heart seems to have inclined towards the boy by a some handsome young jades among them: the secret kind of instinct, had himself lost a child sluts have very often white teeth and black eyes.' some years before. The parents, after a long Sir Roger, observing that I listened with great search for him, gave him for drowned in one of attention to his account of a people who were so the canals with which that country abounds; and entirely new to me, told me, that, if I would, they the mother was so afflicted at the loss of a fine should tell us our fortunes. As I was very well boy, who was her only son, that she died for grief pleased with the knight's proposal, we rid up and of it. Upon laying together all particulars, and communicated our hands to them. A Cassandra examining the several moles and marks by which of the crew, after having examined my lines very the mother used to describe the child when he diligently, told me, that I loved a pretty maid in was first missing, the boy proved to be the son of a corner, that I was a good woman's man, with the merchant whose heart had so unaccountably some other particulars which I do not think proper melted at the sight of him. The lad was very well to relate. My friend Sir Roger alighted from his pleased to find a father who was so rich, and likely horse, and exposing his palm to two or three that to leave him a good estate; the father on the stood by him, they crumpled it into all shapes, and other hand was not a little delighted to see a son diligently scanned every wrinkle that could be return to him, whom he had given for lost, with made in it; when one of them, who was older and such a strength of constitution, sharpness of undermore sun-burnt than the rest, told him, that he had standing, and skill in languages.'-Here the printa widow in his line of life. Upon which the knighted story leaves off; but if I may give credit to recried,Go, go, you are an idle baggage;' and at ports, our linguist having received such extraorthe same time smiled upon me. The gipsy, find-dinary rudiments towards a good education, was ing he was not displeased in his heart, told him afterwards trained up in every thing that becomes after a further inquiry into his hand, that his true- a gentleman; wearing off by little and little all love was constant, and that she should dream of the vicious habits and practices that he had been him to-night. My old friend cried Pish, and bid used to in the course of his peregrinations. Nay, her go on. The gipsy told him that he was a ba-it is said, that he has since been employed in fochelor, but would not be so long; and that he was reign courts upon national business, with great redearer to somebody than he thought. The knight putation to himself and honour to those who sent still repeated,She was an idle baggage,' and bid him, and that he has visited several countries as a her go on. Ah, master,' says the gipsy, that public minister, in which he formerly wandered as roguish leer of yours makes a pretty woman's heart a gipsy. ache; you have not that simper about the mouth! for nothing. The uncouth gibberish with which all this was uttered, like the darkness of an ora cle, made us the more attentive to it. To be short, the knight left the money with her that he had crossed her hand with, and got up again on his!


As we were riding away, Sir Roger told me. that he knew several sensible people who believed!


N° 131. TUESDAY, JULY 31, 1711.

Ipse rursum concedite sylva.
VIRG. Eel. x. 63.
Once more, ye woods, adieu.


these gipsies now and then foretold very strange Ir is usual for a man who loves country sports to things; and for half an hour together appeared preserve the game in his own grounds, and divert more jocund than ordinary. In the height of his himself upon those that belong to his neighbour. good-humour, meeting a common beggar upon the My friend Sir Roger generally goes two or three road, who was no conjurer, as he went to relieve miles from his house, and gets into the frontiers of him he found his pocket was picked; that being his estate, before he beats about in search of a hare a kind of palmistry at which this race of vermin or partridge, on purpose to spare his own fields, are very dexterous. where he is alway's sure of finding diversion, when I might here entertain my reader with historical the worst comes to the worst. By this means the remarks on this idle profligate people, who infest breed about his house has time to increase and all the countries of Europe, and live in the midst multiply, besides that the sport is the more agree. of governments in a kind of commonwealth by able where the game is the harder to come at, and themselves. But instead of entering into obser- where it does not lie so thick as to produce any vations of this nature, I shall fill the remaining perplexity or confusion in the pursuit. For these part of my paper with a story which is still fresh in reasons the country gentleman, like the fox, selHolland, and was printed in one of our monthly dom preys near his own home. accounts about twenty years ago. As the treks

In the same manner I have made a month's ex

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

cursion out of the town, which is the great field of in this kind of life. I shall therefore retire into
game for sportsmen of my species, to try my for- the town, if I may make use of that phrase, and
tune in the country, where I have started several get into the crowd again as fast as I can, in order
subjects, and hunted them down, with some plea- to be alone. I can there raise what speculations
sure to myself, and I hope to others. I am here I please upon others without being observed my-
forced to use a great deal of diligence before I can self, and at the same time enjoy all the advantages
spring any thing to my mind, whereas in town, of company, with all the privileges of solitude.
whilst I am following one character, it is ten to one In the meanwhile, to finish the month, and con-
but I am crossed in my way by another, and put clude these my rural speculations, I shall here in-
up such a variety of odd creatures in both sexes, sert a letter from my friend Will Honeycomb, who
that they foil the scent of one another, and puzzle has not lived a month for these forty years out of
the chase. My greatest difficulty in the country the smoke of London, and rallies me after his way
is to find sport, and in town to choose it. In the upon my country life.
mean time, as I have given a whole month's rest
to the cities of London and Westminster, I pro-
mise myself abundance of new game upon my re- I SUPPOSE this letter will find thee picking of
turn thither.
daisies, or smelling to a lock of hay, or passing


It is indeed high time for me to leave the coun-away thy time in some innocent country diversion try, since I find the whole neighbourhood begin to of the like nature. I have however orders from grow very inquisitive after my name and charac- the club to summon thee up to town, being all of ter; my love of solitude, taciturnity, and particu-us cursedly afraid thou wilt not be able to relish lar way of life, having raised a great curiosity in our company, after thy conversations with Moll all these parts. White and Will Wimble. Pr'ythee do not send The notions which have been framed of me are us up any more stories of a cock and a bull, nor various; some look upon me as very proud, some frighten the town with spirits and witches. Thy as very modest, and some as very melancholy. Will speculations begin to smell confoundedly of woods Wimble, as my friend 'the butler tells me, observ-and meadows. If thou dost not come up quickly, ing me very much alone, and extremely silent when we shall conclude that thou art in love with one I am in company, is afraid I have killed a man. of Sir Roger's dairy-maids. Service to the knight. The country people seem to suspect me for a con- Sir Andrew is grown the cock of the club since he jurer; and some of them, hearing of the visit which left us, and, if he does not return quickly, will I made to Moll White, will needs have it that Sir make every mother's son of us commonwealth's Roger has brought down a cunning man with him, men. to cure the old woman, and free the country from her charms. So that the character which I go under in part of the neighbourhood, is what they here call a White Witch.

[blocks in formation]

On the other side, some of Sir Roger's friends are afraid the old knight is imposed upon by a designing fellow; and as they have heard that he converses very promiscuously when he is in town, do not know but he has brought down with him some discarded Whig, that is sullen, and says nothing because he is out of place.


Thine eternally,



N° 132. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1711. 、

Qui, aut tempus quid postulet non videt, aut plura loquitur, aut se ostentat, aut eorum quibuscum est rationem non habet, is inep... tus esse dicitur.


That man is guilty of impertinence, who considers not the cir cumstances of time, or engrosses the conversation, or makes himself the subject of his discourse, or pays no regard to the company he is in.

[ocr errors]

HAVING notified to my good friend Sir Roger, that I should set out for London the next day, his Such is the variety of opinions which are here horses were ready at the appointed hour in the entertained of me, so that I pass among some for evening: and, attended by one of his grooms, I a disaffected person, and among others for a popish arrived at the county-town at twilight, in order to priest; among some for a wizard, and among others be ready for the stage-coach the day following. As for a murderer; and all this for no other, reason soon as we arrived at the inn, the servant who that I can imagine, but because I do not hoot, and waited upon me inquired of the chamberlain, in halloo, and make a noise. It is true, my friend my hearing, what company he had for the coach? Sir Roger tells them, That it is my way,' and that The fellow answered, Mrs. Betty Arable the great I am only a philosopher; but this will not satisfy fortune, and the widow her mother; a recruiting them. They think there is more in me than he officer (who took a place because they were to go) discovers, and that I do not hold my tongue for young 'Squire Quickset her cousin (that her mother nothing. wished her to be married to); Ephraim the quaker, For these and other reasons I shall set out for her guardian; and a gentleman that had studied London to-morrow, having found by experience himself dumb from Sir Roger de Coverley's.' I that the country is not a place for a person of my observed, by what he said of myself, that accordtemper, who does not love jollity, and what they ing to his office he dealt much in intelligence; and call good neighbourhood. A man that is out of doubted not but there was some foundation for his humour when an unexpected guest breaks in upon reports of the rest of the company, as well as for him, and does not care for sacrificing an afternoon the whimsical account he gave of me. to every chance-comer, that will be the master of morning at day-break we were all called; and I, his own time, and the pursuer of his own in-who know my own natural shyness, and endeavour clinations, makes but a very unsociable figure to be as little liable to be disputed with as possible,

The next

The captain was so little out of humour, and

dressed immediately, that I might make no one wait. Ja little impertinent if thou hadst not reprimanded The first preparation for our setting out was, that me. Come, thou art, I see, a smoky old fellow, the captain's half pike was placed near the coach- and I will be very orderly the ensuing part of my man, and a drum behind the coach. In the mean journey. I was going to give myself airs, but, time the drummer, the captain's equipage, was ladies, I beg pardon.' very loud, 'that none of the captain's things should be placed so as to be spoiled;' upon which his our company was so far from being soured by this cloak-bag was fixed in the seat of the coach: and little ruffle, that Ephraim and he took a particular the captain himself, according to a frequent, though delight in being agreeable to each other for the invidious behaviour of military men, ordered his future; and assumed their different provinces in man to look sharp, that none but one of the ladies the conduct of the company. Our reckonings, apartshould have the place he had taken fronting the ments, and accommodation, fell under Ephraim; coach-box. and the captain looked to all disputes upon the We were in some little time fixed in our seats, road, as the good behaviour of our coachman, and and sate with that dislike which people not too the right we had of taking place as going to Lon. good-natured usually conceive of each other at don, of all vehicles coming from thence. The first sight. The coach jumbled us insensibly into occurrences we met with were ordinary, and very some sort of familiarity: and we had not moved little happened which could entertain by the rela above two miles when the widow asked the cap- tion of them: but when I considered the company tain what success he had in his recruiting? The we were in, I took it for no small good fortune, officer, with a frankness he believed very graceful, that the whole journey was not spent in imperti. told her, that indeed he had but very little luck, nences, which to the one part of us might be an and had suffered much by desertion, therefore entertainment, to the other a suffering. What should be glad to end his warfare in the service of therefore Ephraim said when we were almost arher or her fair daughter. In a word,' continued rived at London, had to me an air not only of good he, 'I am a soldier, and to be plain is my character: understanding, but good-breeding. Upon the you see me, madam, young, sound, and impudent; young lady's expressing her satisfaction in the take me yourself, widow, or give me to her, I will journey, and declaring how delightful it had been be wholly at your disposal. I am a soldier of for- to her, Ephraim delivered himself as follows: tune, ha!-This was followed by a vain laugh of There is no ordinary part of human life, which his own, and a deep silence of all the rest of the expresseth so much a good mind, and a right incompany. I had nothing left for it but to fall fast ward man, as his behaviour upon meeting with asleep, which I did with all speed. Come,' said strangers, especially such as may seem the most he, resolve upon it, we will make a wedding at unsuitable companions to him: such a man, when the next town: we will wake this pleasant com- he falleth in the way with persons of simplicity panion who is fallen asleep, to be the brideman; and innocence, however knowing he may be in and,' giving the quaker a clap on the knee, he the ways of men, will not vaunt himself thereof, concluded, This sly saint, who, I'll warrant, un- but will the rather hide his superiority to them, derstands what is what as well as you or I, widow, that he may not be painful unto them. My good shall give the bride as father.' The quaker, who friend,' continued he, turning to the officer, 'thee happened to be a man of smartness, answered, and I are to part by and by, and peradventure we • Friend, I take it in good part that thou hast may never meet again: but be advised by a plain given me the authority of a father over this comely man: modes and apparel are but trifles to the real and virtuous child; and I must assure thee, that man, therefore do not think such a man as thyself if I have the giving her, I shall not bestow her terrible for thy garb, nor such a one as me con on thee. Thy mirth, friend, savoureth of folly: temptible for mine. When two such as thee and thou art a person of a light mind, thy drum is a I meet, with affections as we ought to have totype of thee, it soundeth because it is empty.wards each other, thou shouldst rejoice to see my Verily, it is not from thy fulness, but thy empti- peaceable demeanour, and I should be glad to see ness, that thou hast spoken this day. Friend, friend, thy strength and ability to protect me in it.' we have hired this coach in partnership with thee, to carry us to the great city; we cannot go any other way. This worthy mother must hear thee if thou wilt needs utter thy follies; we cannot help it, friend, I say: if thou wilt, we must hear thee; but if thou wert a man of understanding, thou wouldst not take advantage of thy courageous countenance to abash us children of peace.-Thou art, thou sayest, a soldier; give quarter to us, who cannot resist thee. Why didst thou fleer at our friend, who feigned himself asleep? He said nothing; but how dost thou know what he containeth? If thou speakest improper things in the hear-THERE is a sort of delight, which is alternately ing of this virtuous young virgin, consider it is an mixed with terror and sorrow, in the contemplation outrage against a distressed person that cannot get of death. The soul has its curiosity more than orfrom thee: to speak indiscreetly what we are ob- dinarily awakened, when it turns its thoughts upon liged to hear, by being hasped up with thee in this the conduct of such who have behaved themselves public vehicle, is in some degree assaulting on the with an equal, a resigned, a cheerful, a generous, high road.' or heroic temper in that extremity. We are af Here Ephraim paused, and the captain with a fected with these respective manners of behaviour, happy and uncommon impudence, which can be as we secretly believe the part of the dying perconvicted and support itself at the same time, cries, son imitable by ourselves, or such as we imagine Faith, friend, I thank thee; I should have been ourselves more particularly capable of. Men of

[ocr errors]



N° 133. THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 1711.

Quis desiderio sit pudor, aut modus
Tam chari capitis?

HOR. Od. xxiv. lib. i. ver, 1.
-Who can grieve too much, what time shall end
Our mourning for so dear a friend?

eprimanded exalted minds march before us like princes, and rectly into his bed-chamber, where I found my old fell, are, to the ordinary race of mankind, rather sub-friend* in the agonies of death.—What could I part ofjects for their admiration than example. How-do? The innocent mirth in my thoughts struck If airs, bever, there are no ideas strike more forcibly upon upon me like the most flagitious wickedness: I in our imaginations, than those which are raised from vain called upon him; he was senseless, and too humour, a reflections upon the exits of great and excellent far spent to have the least knowledge of my sorured byth men. Innocent men who have suffered as criminals, row, or any pain in himself. Give me leave then to a particthough they were benefactors to human society, transcribe my soliloquy, as I stood by his mother, other for the seem to be persons of the highest distinction, among dumb with the weight of grief for a son who was provinces the vastly greater number of human race, the dead her honour and her comfort, and never till that When the iniquity of the times brought Socrates hour since his birth had been an occasion of a moto his execution, how great and wonderful is it ment's sorrow to her. to behold him, unsupported by any thing but the testimony of his own conscience and conjectures

nings, apar er Ephra

es upon

chman, a

oing to Lat

ence. T

ry, and re by the re he compa

od for in imper ight be c


almost a

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

'How surprising is this change! From the posof hereafter, receive the poison with an air of session of vigorous life and strength, to be reduced mirth and good-humour, and, as if going on an in a few hours to this fatal extremity! Those lips agreeable journey, bespeak some deity to make it which look so pale and livid, within these few days fortunate! gave delight to all who heard their utterance: "it When Phocion's good actions had met with the was the business, the purpose of his being, next to like reward from his country, and he was led to obeying Him to whom he is gone, to please and indeath with many others of his friends, they be- struct, and that for no other end but to please and wailing their fate, he walking composedly towards instruct. Kindness was the motive of his actions, the place of execution, how gracefully does he and with all the capacity requisite for making a support his illustrious character to the very last in- figure in a contentious world, moderation, goodstant! One of the rabble spitting at him as he nature, affability, temperance, and chastity, were passed, with his usual authority he called to know the arts of his excellent life.-There as he lies in if no one was ready to teach this fellow how to helpless agony, no wise man who knew him so well behave himself. When a poor-spirited creature as I, but would resign all the world can bestow to that died at the same time for his crimes bemoaned be so near the end of such a life. Why does my himself unmanfully, he rebuked him with this ques-heart so little obey my reason as to lament thee, tion, 'Is it no consolation to such a man as thou thou excellent man?-Heaven receive him or reart to die with Phocion? At the instant when he store him!-Thy beloved mother, thy obliged was to die, they asked what commands he had for friends, thy helpless servants, stand around thee his son? he answered, 'To forget this injury of without distinction. How much wouldst thou, badst the Athenians.' Niocles, his friend, under the same thou thy senses, say to each of us! may sentence, desired he might drink the potion before thehim: Phocion said, 'because he had never denied vote him any thing, he would not even this, the most My difficult request he had ever made.'

[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

These instances were very noble and great, and the reflections of those sublime spirits had made death to them what it is really intended to be by the Author of nature, a relief from a various being, ever subject to sorrows and difficulties.

'But now that good heart bursts, and he is at rest-With that breath expired a soul who never indulged a passion unfit for the place he is gone to. Where are now thy plans of justice, of truth, of honour? Of what use the volumes thou hast collated, the arguments thou hast invented, the examples thou hast followed? Poor were the expectations of the studious, the modest, and the good, if the reward of their labours were only to be exEpaminondas, the Theban general, having re- pected from man. No, my friend, thy intended theeceived in fight a mortal stab with a sword, which pleadings, thy intended good offices to thy friends, have was left in his body, lay in that posture till he had thy intended services to thy country, are already intelligence that his troops had obtained the vic-performed (as to thy concern in them) in His sight, destory, and then permitted it to be drawn out, at before whom, the past, present, and future appear which instant he expressed himself in this manner, at one view. While others with thy talents were This is not the end of my life, my fellow-soldiers; tormented with ambition, with vain-glory, with it is now your Epaminondas is born, who dies in much glory.'

It were an endless labour to collect the accounts with which all ages have filled the world of noble and heroic minds that have resigned this being, as if the termination of life were but an ordinary

Occurrence of it.

This common-place way of thinking I fell into from an awkward endeavour to throw off a real and fresh affliction, by turning over books in a melancholy mood; but it is not easy to remove griefs which touch the heart, by applying remedies which only entertain the imagination. As there fore this paper is to consist of any thing which concerns human life, I cannot help letting the present subject regard what has been the last object of my eyes, though an entertainment of sorrow.

envy, with emulation, how well didst thou turn thy mind to its own improvement in things out of the power of fortune; in probity, in integrity, in the practice and study of justice! How silent thy passage, how private thy journey, how glorious thy end! "Many have I known more famous, some more knowing, not one so innocent.” ›

[blocks in formation]

OVID. Met. l. i. ver. 581.
And am the great physician call'd below.

I went this evening to visit a friend, with a design to rally him, upon a story I had heard of his ets have been left for me, which were not forDURING my absence in the country, several packintending to steal a marriage, without the privity warded to me, because I was expected every day of us his intimate friends and acquaintance. I

came into his apartment with that intimacy which This, we are told, was Stephen Clay, Esq. barrister, of the I have done for very many years, and walked di- Inner Temple.

« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »