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MONDAY, APRIL 28.
Quadrigis petimus bene vivere.
HOR. Ep. 11. 1. 1. V. 29.-
and do an irreparable injury to his wonderful ⚫ capacity.
" I happened to visit at the house last week, and miffing the young gentleman at the tea'table, where he feldom fails to officiate, could not
upon fo extraordinary a circumstance avoid enquiring after him. My lady told me he was < gone out with her woman, in order to make 'fome preparations for their equipage; for that
The intended very speedily to carry him to travel. The oddnefs of the expreffion fhocked me a little; however, I foon recovered myself enough to let her know, that all I was willing to understand by it was that the defigned this fummer to fhew her fon his eftate in a diftant county, in which he had never yet been. But fhe foon took care to rob me of that agrecable mistake, and let me into the whole affair. She ' enlarged upon young master's prodigious improvements, and his comprehenfive knowledge of all book-learning; concluding, that it was now high time he should be made acquainted with men and things; that he had refolved he fhould make the tour of France and Italy, but could not bear to have him out of her fight, and therefore intended to go along with him,
I was going to rally her for fo extravagant a ' refolution, but found myself not in a fit humour to meddle with a fubject that demanded the moft foft and delicate touch imaginable, I was 'afraid of dropping fomething that might feem to bear hard either upon the fon's abilities, or 6 the mother's difcretion; being fenfible that in both these cafes, though supported with all the 'powers of reason, I should instead of gaining her ladyship over to my opinion, only expofe myself to her difefteem: I therefore immedi ately determined to refer the whole matter to the Spectator.
When I came to reflect at night, as my cuf tom is, upon the occurrences of the day, I I could not but believe that this humour of carrying a boy to travel in his mother's lap, and that upon the pretence of learning men and things, is a cafe of an extraordinary nature, and carries on it a particular stamp of folly., I did not remember to have met with its parrallel within the compafs of my obfervation, though I could call to mind fome not extremely unlike it from hence my thoughts took occafion to ramble into the general notion of traveling, as it is now made a part of education. Nothing is more frequent than to take a lad from grammar and taw, and under the tuition of foine poor fcholar, who is willing to be banished for thirty pounds a year, and a little victuals, fend him crying and fnivelling into foreign countries, Thus he fpends his time as children do at puppet-fhows, and with much the fame advantage, in ftaring and gaping at an amazing variety of ftrange things; ftrange indeed to one who not prepared to comprehend the reafons and meaning of them; whilft he fhould be laying the folid foundations of knowledge in his mind, and furnishing it with just rules to direct his future progrefs in life under • fome fkilful mafter of the art of inftruction.
• Mr. Spectator,
LADY of my acquaintance, for whom I have too much refpect to be eafy while The is doing an indifcreet action, has given occafion to this trouble: the is a widow, to whom the indulgence of a tender husband has intrusted the management of a very great fortune, and a fon about fixteen, both which she is extremely fond of. The boy has parts of the middle fize, neither fhining nor defpicable, and has paffed the common exercises of his years with tolerable advantage, but is withal what you would call a forward youth: by the help of this laft qualification, which ferves as a varnish to all the reft, he is enabled to make the best ufe of his learning, and difplay it at full length upon all occafions. Laft fummer he diftinguished himself two or three times very remarkably, by puzzling the vicar before an affembly of moft of the ladies in the neighbourhood; and from fuch weighty confideratious as thefe, as it too often unfortunately falls out, the mother is become invincibly perfuaded that her fon is a great fcholar; and that to chain him down to the ordinary methods of education with others I of his age, would be to cramp his faculties,
Can there be a more aftonishing thought in nature, than to confider how men fhould fall into fo palpable a mistake? It is a large field, and may very well exercise a sprightly genius; but I do not remember you have yet taken a
turn in it. I wifh,Sir, you would make peopleder of a fet of drums. Thefe warlike founds understand, that to travel is really the laft step (methinks) are very improper in a marriageto be taken in the inftitution of youth; and concert, and give great offence; they seem to to fet out with it, is to begin where they should infinuate, that the joys of this ftate are fhort, end. and that jars and difcord foon enfue. I fear they have been ominous to many matches, and fometimes proved a prelude to a battle in the honey-moon. A nod from you may huth them; therefore, pray, Sir, let them be filenced, that for the future none but foft airs may ufher in the morning of a bridal night, which will be a favour not only to thofe who come after, but to me, who can fill subscribe myself,
Your most humble
Certainly the true end of vifiting foreign parts, is to look into their customs and policies, and obferve in what particulars they excel or ⚫ come short of our own; to unlearn fome odd ⚫ peculiarities in our manners, and wear off fuch aukward stiffnesses and affectations in our behaviour, as poffibly may have been contracted from conftantly affociating with one nation of men, by a more free, general, and mixed con ⚫ verfation but how can any of thefe advan tages be attained by one who is a mere stranger ⚫ to the customs and policies of his native coun · try, and has not yet fixed in his mind the first principles of manners and behaviour? Tỏ endeavour it, is to build a gaudy ftructuré without any foundataion; or, if I may be allowed the expreffion, to work a rich embroid.to ery upon a cobweb.
Another end of travelling, which deferves to be confidered, is the improving our taste of the beft authors of antiquity, by seeing the places where they lived, and of which they wrote; to · compare the natural face of the country with the defcriptions they have given us, and obferve how well the picture agrees with the original. This muft certainly be a moft charming exercife to the mind that is rightly turned for it; befides that it may in a good measure be made ⚫ fubfervient to morality, if the perfon is capable of drawing juft conclufions concerning the uncertainty of human things, from the ruinous alterations time and barbarity have brought upon fo many palaces, cities, and whole countries, which make the most illuftrious figure in hiftory. And this hint may not be a little improved by examining every little spot of ground T that we find celebrated as the fcene of fome famous action, or retaining any footsteps of a · Cato, Cicero, or Brutus, or fome fuch great vir " tuous man, A nearer view of any fuch particular, though really little and trifling in itself, may ferve the more powerfully to warm a ge nerous mind to an emulation of their virtues, ⚫ and a greater ardency of ambition to imitate ⚫ their bright examples, if it comes duly temper⚫ed and prepared for the impreffion. But this I believe you will hardly think thofe to who
are fo far from entering into the fenfe and fpirit T
of the ancients, that they do not yet understand their language with any exactness.'
But I have wandered from my purpofe,
Your humble fervant,
Birchin-Lane. WAS married on Sunday laft, and went peaceably to bed; but to my great surprise, was awakened the next morning by the thun! der
and most obedient fervant, Robin Bridegroom,'
• Mr. Spectator,
AM one of that fort of women whom the
I part arefapt
But to fhew them that I have very little regard their rallery, I fhall be glad to fee them all. at the Amorous Widow, or the Wanton Wife, which is to be acted, for the benefit of Mrs. Porter, on Monday the 28th inftant. I affure you, I can laugh at an amorous widow, or wanton wife, with as little temptation to imitate them, as I could at any other vicious character. Mrs Porter obliged me fo very much in the exquifite fenfe the feemed to have of the honourable fentiments and noble paffions in the character of Hermione, that I shall appear in her behalf at a comedy, though I have no great relith for any entertainments where the mirth is not feafoned with a certain feverity, which ought to recommend it to people who pretend to keep reafon and authority over all their actions.
TUESDAY, APRIL 29. Vere magis, quia vere calor redit offibus
VIRG. Georg, 3. V. 272. But moft in fpring; the kindly fpring infpires Reviving heat, and kindles genial fires.
HE author of the Menagiana acquaints us, that difcourfing one day with feveral ladies of quality about the effects of the month of May, which infufes a kindly warmth into the earth, and all its inhabitants; the Marchionefs of S- who was one of the company, told him, that though he would promife to be chafte in every month befides, the could not engage for herfelf in May.' 'As the beginning therefore of this month is now very near, I defign this paper for a caveat to the fair fex, and publifh it before April is quite out, that if any of them should be caught tripping, they may not pretend they had not timely notice,
I am induced to this, being perfuaded the above-mentioned obfervation is as well calculated for our climate as for that of France, and thrat fome of our British ladies are of the famé constitution with the French Marchioness.
I fhall leave it among phyficians to determine what may be the cause of such an anniversary inclination; whether or no it is that the spirits, after
after having been as it were frozen and congealed by winter, are now turned loofe, and fet a rambling; or that the gay profpects of fields and meadows, with the courtship of the birds in every bush, naturally unbend the mind and foften it to pleasure or that, as fome have imagined, a woman is prompted by a kind of inftinct to throw herself on a bed of flowers, and not to let those beautiful couches which nature has provided lie ufelefs. However it be, the effects of this month on the lower part of the fex, who act without disguise, are very visible. It is at this time that we fee the young wenches in a country parish dancing, round a May-pole, which one of our learned antiquaries fuppofes to be a relique of a certain Pagan worship that I do not think fit to mention.
It is likewife on the first day of this month that we fee the ruddy milk-maid exerting herself in a most sprightly manner under a pyramid of filver tankards, and, like the virgin Tarpeia, oppreffed by the coftly ornaments which her benefactors lay upon her.
I need not mention the ceremony of the green gown, which is also peculiar to this gay season.
The fame periodical love fits reign through the whole fex, as Mr. Dryden well obferves in his defcription of this merry month.
For thee, fweet month, the groves green liv'ries
If not the firft, the fairest of the year,
Accordingly among the works of the great mafters in painting, who have drawn this genial feafon of the year, we often obferve Cupids confused with Zephyrs flying up and down promifcuously in feveral parts of the picture. I cannot but add from my own experience, that about this time of the year love-letters come up to me in great numbers, from all quarters of the nation.
I received an epiftle in particular by the laft poft from a Yorkshire gentleman, who makes heavy complaints of one Zelinda, whom it seems he has courted unfuccefsfully these three years paft. He tells me that he defigns to try her this May, and if he does not carry his point, he will never think of her more.
Having thus fairly admonished the female fex, and laid before them the dangers they are exposed to in this critical month, I fhall in the next place lay down fome rules and directions for the better avoiding thofe calentures, which are so very frequent in this season.
this head with Virgil's advice to young people, while they are gathering wild ftrawberries and nofegays, that they fhould have a care of the fnake in the grass.'
In the fecond place, I cannot but approve those prefcriptions, which our aftrological phyficians give in their almanacks for this month; fuch as a fpare and fimple diet, with the moderate ufe of phlebotomy.'
Under this head of abftinence I shall also advise my fair readers to be in a particular manner careful how they meddle with romances, chocolate, novels, and the like inflamers, which I look upon as very dangerous to be made ufe of during this great carnival of nature.
-That fair field
As I have often declared, that I have nothing more at heart than the honour of my dear country-women, I would beg them to confider, whenever their refolutions begin to fail them, that there are but one-and-thirty days of this soft seafon, and that if they can but weather out this one month, the reft of the year will be easy to them. As for that part of the fair fex who stay in town, I would advife them to be particularly cautious how they give themselves up to their most innocent entertainments. If they cannot forbear the play-house, I would recommend tragedy to them, rather than comedy; and fhould think the puppetfhow much safer for them than the opera all the while the fun is in Gemini.
In the first place, I would advise them never to venture abroad in the fields, but in the company of a parent, a guardian, or fome other fober dif
creet apt T
HOR. Od. 22.1. 1. v. 17,
Set me where on fome pathlefs plain
To fee the chariot of the fun
So near the fcorching country run:
HERE are fuch wild inconfiftencies in the thoughts of a man in love, that I have often reflected there can be no reason for allow
are to trip in a flowery meadow, and fhall further obferve to them, that Proferpine was out a may-ing him more liberty than others poffeffed with ing, when he met with that fatal adventure, to which Milton alludes, when he mentions
phrenzy, but that his diftemper has no malevólence in it to any mortal. That devotion to his miftrefs kindles in his mind a general tenderness, which exerts itself towards every object as well as his fair one. When this paffion is reprefented by writers, it is common with them to endeavour at certain quaintneffes and turns of imagination,
Since I am going into quotations, Ishall conclude which are apparently the work of a mind at ease;
but the men of true taste can easily diftinguish the exertion of a mind which overflows with tender fentiments, and the labour of one which is. only defcribing diftrefs. In performances of this kind, the most abfurd of all things is to be witty; every fentiment must grow out of the occafion, and be fuitable to the circumftances of the character. Where this rule is tranfgreffed, the humble fervant, in all the fine things he fays, is but fhewing his mistress how well he can drefs, inftead of faying how well he loves. Lace and diapery is as much a man, as wit and turn is paffion.
• Mr. Spectator,
HE following verfes are a translation of a Lapland love-fong, which I met with in Scheffer's hiftory of that country. I was agreeably furprifed to find a fpirit of tenderness and poetry in a region which I never fufpted for 'delicacy. In hotter climates, though altogether uncivilized, I had not wondered if I had found fome fweet wild notes among the natives, where they live in groves of oranges, and hear the melody of birds about them: but a Lapland lyric, breathing fentiments of love and poetry, not unworthy old Greece or Rome; a regular ode from a climate pinched with froft, • and curfed with darkness fo great a part of the year; where it is amazing that the poor natives fhould get food, or be tempted to propagate their fpecies: this, I confefs, feemed a greater miracle to me, than the famous flories of their drums, their winds and enchantments.
I am the bolder in commending this northern fong, because I have faithfully kept to the fentiments, without adding or diminishing; and pretend to no greater praife from my transla tion, than they who fmooth and clean the furs of that country which have fuffered by carriage. The numbers in the original are as loose and unequal, as thofe in which the Bri tifh ladies fport their pindarics; and perhaps the fairest of them might not think it a difagreeable prefent from a lover: but I have ventured to bind it in ftri&ter meafures, as being more proper for our tongue, though perhaps wilder graces may better fuit the genius of the Laponian language.
It will be neceffary to imagine, that the author of this fong, not having the liberty of vifiting his miftrefs at her father's houfe, was in hopes of fpying her at a distance in the fields.
"No longer then perplex thy breaft,
• Mr. Spectator,
April the roth.
Am one of thofe defpicable creatures called·· a chambermaid, and have lived with a miftrefs for fome time, whom I love as my life, which has made my duty and pleasure infeparable. My greatest delight has been in being employed about her perfon; and indeed she is f very feldom out of humour for a woman of her quality but here lies my complaint, Sir; to bear with me is all the encouragement the is pleased to bestow upon me; for the gives her caft-off clothes from me to others: fome the is pleafed to bestow in the houfe to thofe that ⚫ neither want nor wear them, and fome to hang
ers-on, that frequent the house daily, who come dreffed out in them. This, Sir, is a very mortifying fight to me, who am a little neceffitous for clothes, and love to appear what I am, and caufes an uneafinefs, fo that I cannot ferve with that chearfulness as formerly; which my mistrefs takes notice of, and calls envy and ill-temper at feeing others preferred before me. My mistress has a younger fifter lives in the 'houfe with her, that is fome thousands below her in eftate, who is continually heaping her favours on her maid; fo that the can appear
every Sunday, for the first quarter, in a fresh fuit of clothes of her miftrefs's giving, with all other things fuitable. All this I fee without envying, but not without wifhing my mistress would a little confider what a difcouragement it is to me to have my perquifites divided be 'tween fawners and jobbers, which others enjoy entire to themfelves. I have fpoken to my miftrefs, but to little purpofe; I have defired to be difcharged (for indeed I fret myfelf to nothing) but that the answers with filence. f beg, Sir, your direction what to do, for I am fully refolved to follow your counfel; who am Your admirer
public from thefe my fpeculations, and which, were I to speak after the manner of logicians, I would diftinguish into the material and the for** mal. By the latter I understand thofe advantages which my readers receive, as their minds are either improved or delighted by thefe my daily labours but having already feveral times defcanted on my endeavours in this light, I thall at prefent wholly confine myself to the confideration of the former. By the word material I mean thofe benefits which arife to the public from thefe my fpeculations, as they confume a confiderable quantity of our paper manufacture, employ our artifans in printing, and find bufiefs for great numbers of indigent perfons.
Our paper-manufacture takes into it feveral mean materials which could be put to no other ufe, and affords work for feveral hands in the collecting of them, which are incapable of any other employment. Those poor retailers, whom we fee fo bufy in every street, deliver in their refpective gleanings to the merchant. The merchant carries them in loads to the paper-mill, where they pafs through a fresh fet of hands, and give life to another trade. Thofe, who have mills on their eftates, by this means confiderably raife their rents, and the whole nation is in a great meafure fupplied with a manufacture, for which formerly fhe was obliged to her neighbours.
The materials are no fooner wrought into paper, but they are diftributed among the preffes where they again fet innumerable artists at work, and furnish business to another mystery. From hence, accordingly as they are ftained with news or politics, they fly through the town in Poftmen, Poft-boys, Daily Courants, Reviews, Medleys, and Examiners. Men, women, and children contend who shall be the firft bearers of them, and get their daily fuftenance by fpreading them. In fhort, when I trace in my mind a. bundle of rags to a quire of Spectators, I find fo many hands employed in every step they take through their whole progrefs, that while I am writing a Spectator, I fancy myfelf providing bread for a multitude.
If I do not take care to obviate fome of my witty readers, they will be apt to tell me, that my paper, after it is thus printed and published, is ftill beneficial to the public on feveral occafions. I must confefs I have lighted my pipe with my own works for this twelvemonth paft: my landlady often fends up her little daughter to defire fome of my old Spectators, and has frequently told me, that the paper they are printed on is the beft in the world to wrap fpice in. They like wife make a good foundation for a mutton pie, as I have more than once experienced, and were very much fought for laft Chriftmas by the whole neighbourhood.
It is prudent enough to confider the changes that a linen fragment undergoes, by paffing through the feveral hands above-mentioned. The finest piece of holland, when worn to tatters, af fumes a new whitenefs more beautiful than their firit, and often return in the fhape of letters to their native country. A lady's fhift may be metamorphofed into billets-doux, and conie into her poffeffion a second time. A beau may perufe his cravat after it is worn out, with greater pleafure and advantage than ever he did in a glafs. In a word, a piece of cloth, after having officiated for
the most valuable piece of furniture in a prince's cabinet,
The politeft nations of Europe have endeavoured to vie with one another. for the reputation of the fineft printing: abfolute governments, as well as republics, have encouraged an art which feems to be the nobleft and moft beneficial that ever was invented among the fons of men. The prefent king of France, in his purfüits after glory,has par ticularly diftingishued himfelf by the promoting of this useful art, infomuch that several books have been printed in the Louvre at his own expence, upon which he fets fo great a value, that make to foreign princes and ambaffadors. If we he confiders them as the nobleft prefents he can look into the commonwealths of Holland and Venice, we shall find that in this particular they have made themselves the envy of the greatest monarchies. Elzevir and Aldus are more fre quently mentioned than any pensioner of the one or doge of the other.
The feveral preffes which are now in England, and the great encouragement which has been given to learning for fome years last past, has made our nation as glorious upon this account, as for its late triumphs and conquefts. The new edition which is given us of Cæfar's commentaries, has already been taken notice of in foreign Gazettes, and is a work that does honour to the English prefs. It is no wonder that an edition fhould be very correct, which has paffed through the hands of one of the most accurate, learned, and judicious writers this age has produced. The beauty of the paper, of the character, and of the feveral cuts with which this noble work is illuftrated, make it the finest book that I have ever feen; and is a true inftance of the English genius, which though it does not come the first into any art, generally carries it to greater heights than any other country in the world. I am particu larly glad that this author comes from a Eritish printing-houfe in fo great a magnificence, as he is the first who has given us any tolerable account of our country.
My illiterate readers, if any fuch there are, will be surprised to hear me talk of learning as the glory of a nation, and of printing as an art that gains a reputation to a people among whom it flourishes. When mens thoughts are taken up with avarice and ambition, they cannot look upon any thing as great or valuable, which does not bring with it an extraordinary power or intereft to the person who is concerned in it. But as I hall never fink this paper fo far as to engage with Goths and Vandals, I fhall only regard fuch kind of reafoners with that pity which is due to fo deplorable a degree of ftupidity and ignorance.
FRIDAY, MAY 2.
Nos decebat. Lugere ubi effet aliquis in lucem editus, Humane vita varia reputantes mala-: At qui labores morte finiffet graves, Omnes amicos laude & lætitia exéqui. EURIP. apud. TULL. When first an infant draws the vital air, Officious grief thou'd welcome him to care: But joy thou'd life's concluding fcene attend, And mirth be kept to grace a dying friend.
fome years as a towel or a napkin, may by this S the Spectator is in a kin a paper of news
means be raised from a dunghill, and become the
from the natural world, as others are from Bufy and politic paft of mankind, I fhall