his language of a merchant? It may possibly be in that which consists in birth, title, or riches: it is the power of a very shallow creature to lay the ruin the most foreign to our natures, and what we can of the best family in the most opulent city; and the least call our own of any of the three kinds of the more so, the more bighly he deserves of bis quality. In relation to the body, quality arises country; that is to say, the further he places his from health, strength, or beauty; which are nearer wealth out of his hands, to draw home that of an- to us, and more a part of ourselves than the former. other climate.

Quality, as it regards the mind, bas its rise from In this case an ill word may change plenty into knowledge or virtue; and is that which is more want, and by a rash sentence a free and generous essential to us, and more intimately united with us fortune may in a few days be reduced to beggary. than either of the other two. How little does a giddy prater imagine, that an idle The quality of fortune, though a man has less phrase to the disfavour of a merchant, may be as reason to value himself upon it than on that of pernicious in the consequence, as the forgery of a the body or mind, is however the kind of quality deed to bar an inheritance would be to a gentleman ? which makes the most shining figure in the eye of Land stands where it did before a gentleman was the world. calumniated, and the state of a great action is just As virtue is the most reasonable and genuine as it was before calumny was offered to diminish it, source of honour, we generally find in titles an inand there is time, place, and occasion expected to timation of some particular merit that shoʻuld reunravel all that is contrived against those charac-commend men to the high stations which they ters; bat the trader who is ready only for probable possess. Holiness is ascribed to the pope; majesty demands upon him, can have no armour against the to kings; serenity or mildness of temper to princes; inquisitive, the malicious, and the envious, who are excellence or perfection to ambassadors; grace to prepared to fill the cry to his dishonour. Fire and archbishops; honour to peers; worship or venesword are slow engines of destruction, in comparison rable behaviour to magistrates; and reverence, which of the babbler in the case of the merchant. is of the same import as the former, to the inferior

For this reason, I thought it an inimitable piece clergy, of humanity of a gentleman of my acquaintance, In the founders of great families, such attributes who had great variety of affairs, and used to talk of honour are generally correspondent with the vir: with warmth enough against gentlemen by whom tues of the person to whom they are applied; but he thought himself ill dealt with; that he would in the descendants, they are too often the marks never let any thing be urged against a merchant rather of grandeur than of merit. The stamp and (with whom he had any difference) except in a denomination still continues, but the intrinsic valur court of justice. He used to say, that to speak ill is frequently lost. of a merchant was to begin his suit with judgment The death-bed shows the emptiness of titles in a and execution. One cannot, I think, say more on true light. A poor dispirited sinner lies trembling this occasion, than to repeat, that the merit of the under the apprehensions of the state he is entering merchant is above that of all other subjects: for on: and is asked by a grave attendant how his while he is untouched in his credit, his hand-writing holiness does ? Another hears himself addressed is a more portable coin for the service of his fellow- to under the title of highness or excellency, who citizens, and his word the gold of Ophir to the lies under such mean circumstances of mortality country wherein he resides.—Ť.

as are the disgrace of human nature. Titles at such a time look rather like insults and mockery

than respect. No. 219.) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1711. The truth of it is, honours are in this world

Vix ea nostra voco.- OVID, Met. xiii. 141. under no regulation; true quality is neglected, These I scarce call our own.

virtue is 'oppressed, and vice triumphant. The

last day will rectify this disorder, and assign to THERE are but few men who are not ambitious every one a station suitable to the dignity of his of distingnishing themselves in the nation or coun- racter. Ranks will be then adjusted, and pretry where they live, and of growing considerable cedency set right. among those with whom they converse. There is Methinks we should have an ambition, if not to a kind of grandeur and respect, which the meanest advance ourselves in another world, at least to preand most insignificant part of mankind endeavour to serve our post in it, and outshine our inferiors in procure in the little circle of their friends and ac- virtue here, that they may not be put above us in a quaintance. The poorest mechanic, nay, the man state which is to settle the distinction for eternity. who lives upon common alms, gets him his set of Men in Scripture are called strangers and coadmirers, and delights in that superiority which he journers upon earth, and life a pilgrimage. Several enjoys over those who are in some respects beneath heathen, as well as Christian authors, under the him. This ambition, which is natural to the soul same kind of metaphor, have represented the world of man, might, methinks, receive a very happy as an inn, which was only designed to furnish us turn; and, if it were rightly directed, contribute as with accommodations in this our passage. It is much to a person's advantage, as it generally does therefore very absurd to think of setting up our to his uneasiness and disquiet.

rest before we come to our journey's end, and not I shall therefore put together some thoughts on rather to take care of the reception we shall there this subject, which I have not met with in other meet with, than to fix our thoughts on the little writers; and shall set them down as they have oc- conveniences and advantages which we enjoy one curred to me, without being at the pains to connect above another in the way to it. or methodize them,

Epictetus makes use of another kind of allusion, All superiority and pre-eminence that one man which is very beautiful, and wonderfully proper to can have over another, may be reduced to the incline us to be satisfied with the post in which notion of quality, which, considered at large, is Providence has placed us. We are here, says he, either, that of forcune, body, or mind. The first is, as in a theatre, where every one has a part




to him. The great duty which lies upor a man is sider the ill-consequence of such a match ; you are to act his part in perfection. We may indeed say, fifty-five, I twenty-one. You are a man of business, that our part does not suit us, and that we could act and mightily conversant in arithmetic and making another better. But this, says the philosopher, is calculations ; be pleased therefore to consider what not our business. All that we are concerned in is proportion your spirits bear to mine; and when you to excel in the part which is given us. If it be an have made a just estimate of the necessary decay improper one, the fault is not in us, but in Him who on one side, and the redundance on the other, you has cast our several parts, and is the great disposer will act accordingly. This perhaps is such lanof the drama.*

guage as you may not expect from a young lady; The part that was acted by this philosopher bim- but my happiness is at stake, and I must talk self was but a very indifferent one, for he lived and plainly. I mortally hate you; and so, as you and died a slave. His motive to contentment in this my father agree, you may take me or leave me: but particular, receives a very great enforcement from if you will be so good as never to see me more, you the above-mentioned consideration, if we remember will for ever oblige, that our parts in the other world will be new cast,

Sir, your most humble Servant, and that mankind will be there ranged in different

“ HENRIETTA." stations of superiority and pre-eminence, in propor- “ MR. SPECTATOR, tion as they have here excelled one another in vir

“ There are so many artifices and modes of false tue, and performed in their several posts of life the wit, and such a variety of humour discovers itself duties which belong to them.

among its votaries, that it would be impossible to There are many beautiful passages in the little exhaust so fertile a subject, if you would think fit apocryphal book, entitled, The Wisdom of Solomon, to resume it. The following instances may, if you to set forth the vanity of honour, and the like tem- think fit, be added by way of appendix to your disporal blessings which are in so great repnte among courses on that subject. men, and to comfort those who have not the possess- “ That feat of poetical activity mentioned by ion of them. It represents in very warm and noble Horace, of an author who could compose two hun terms this advancement of a good man in the other dred verses while he stood upon one leg, has been world, and the great surprise which it will produce imitated (as I have heard) by a modern writer; among those who are his superiors in this. Then who, priding himself on the burry of his invention, shall the righteous man stand in great boldness be thought it no small addition to bis fame to have each fore the face of such as have afflicted him, and made piece minuted with the exact number of hours or no account of his labours. When they see it they days it cost him in the composition. He could taste shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be no praise until he had acquainted you in how short amazed at the strangeness of his salvation, so far space of time he had deserved it, and was not so beyond all that they looked for. And they repent- much led to an ostentation of his art, as of his ing and groaning for anguish of spirit, shall say dispatch : within themselves, This was he whom we had some

-Accipe, si vis, time in derision, and a proverb of reproach. We Accipe jam tabulas ; detur nobis locus, hora, fools accounted his life madness, and his end to be

Custodes: videamus uter plus scribere possit. without honour. How is he numbered among the

Hor. 1 Sat. iv. 14

Here's pen and ink, and time, and place : let's try children of God, and his lot among the saints !”+

Who can write most, and fastest, you or 1.-CREECE. If the reader would see the description of a life

“ This was the whole of bis ambition; and therethat is passed away in vanity and among the shadows fore I cannot but think the flights of this rapid of pomp and greatness, be may see it very finely author very proper to be opposed to those laborious drawn in the same place f In the mean time, since nothings which you have observed were the delight it is necessary, in the present constitution of things, of the German wits, and in which they so happily that order and distinction should be kept up in the world, we should be happy if those who enjoy the got rid of such a tedious quantity of their


“I have known a gentleman of another turn of upper stations in it, would endeavour to surpass humour, who, despising the name of an author, others in virtue as much as in rank, and by their never printed his works, but contracted his talent, humanity and condescension make their superiority and by the help of a very fine diamond which he easy and acceptable to those who are beneath them, wore on his little finger, was a considerable poet and if, on the contrary, those who are in meaner posts of life, would consider how they may better upon glass. He had a very good epigrammatic wit; their eondition hereafter, and by a just deference where he visited or dined for some years, which did

and there was not a parlour or tavern window and submission to their superiors, make them happy not receive some sketches or memorials of it. It in those blessings with which Providence has thought

was his misfortune at last to lose his genius and his fit to distinguish them.-C.

ring to a sharper at play, and he has not attempted to make a verse since.

“ But of all contractions or expedients for wit, I No. 220.1 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1711. admire that of an ingenious projector whose book I Rumoresque serit varios

have seen. This virtuoso being a mathematician, A thousand rumours spreads.

has, according to his taste, thrown the art of poetry

into a short problem, and contrived tables, by which “Sir,

any one, without knowing a word of grammar or " Why will you apply to my father for my love ? Lsense, may to his great comfort be able to compose, I cannot help it if he will give you my person ; but or rather to erect, Latin verses.* His tables are a I assure you it is not in his power, nor even in my own, to give you my heart. "Dear Sir, do but con- imagined. There was a projector of this kind named Juba

• This is no fiction of the Spectator's, as might naturally be

Peter, who published a very thin pamphlet in 8vo entited. • Vid. Epicteti Enchirid. cap. 23.

Artifieial Versifying, a New Way to make Latin verses, Lund. Ib. 8-14.

VIRG. Æn. xii 228.

Wisd. v. 1-5.


-Ab ovo

HOR. Sat. 3 1. 1. v. 6.

kind of poetical logarithms, which being divided No. 221.] TUESDAY, NOVEMBER, 13, 1711. into several squares, and all inscribed with so many incoberent words, appear to the eye somewhat like

Usque ad mala a fortune-telling screen. What a joy must it be to

From eggs, which first are set upon the board, the unleamed operator to find that these words being

To apples ripe, with which it last is stord carefully collected and writ down in order accorda ing to the problem, start of themselves into hexa- When I have tinished any of my speculations it meter and pentaneter verses ? A friend of mine, is my method to consider which of the ancient auwho is a student in astrology, meeting with this thors have touched upon the subjects that I treat of. book, performed the operation, by the rules there set By this means I meet with some celebrated thought down; he showed his verses to the next of his ac- upon it, or a thought of my own expressed in better quaintance, who happened to understand Latin words, or some similitude for the illustration of my suband being informed they described a tempest of ject. This is what gives birth to the muotto of a specuwind, very luckily prefixed them, together with a lation, which I rather choose to take out of the poets translation, to an almanac he was just then print than the prose-writers, as the former generally give ing, and was supposed to have foretold the last a finer turn to a thought than the latter, and by great storm.*

couching it in few words, and in harınonious uum“I think the only improvement beyond this bers, make it more portable to the memory. would be that which the late Duke of Buckingham

My reader is therefore sure to meet with at least mentioued to a stupid pretender to poetry, as a pro-pne good line in every paper, and very often finds ject of a Dutch mechanic, viz. a mill to make verses. his imagination entertained by a hint that awakens

This being the most compendious method of all in his memory some beautiful passage of a classic which have been yet proposed, may deserve the author. thoughts of our modern virtuosi who are employed It was a saying of an ancient philosopher, * which in new discoveries for the public good; and it may I find some of our writers have ascribed to Queen be worth the while to consider, whether in an island Elizabeth, who perhaps might have taken occasion where few are content without being thought wits, to repeat it, that a good face is a letter of recomit will not be a common benefit, that wit as well as mendation. It Daturally makes the beholders inlabour should be made cheap.

quisitive into the person who is the owner of it, and “ I am, Sir, your humble Servant," &c. generally prepossesses them in his favour. A hand“MR. SPECTATOR,

some motto has the same effect. Besides that it "I often dine at a gentleman's house where there always gives a supernumerary beauty to a paper, are two young ladies in themselves very agreeable, writer is engaged in what may appear a paradox to

and is sometimes in a manner necessary, wbeu the but very cold in their behaviour, because they understand me for a person that is to break my vulgar minds, as it shows that he is supported by mind,' as the phrase is, very suddenly to one

of good authorities, and is not singular in his opinion. them. But I take this way to acquaint thein that

I must confess the motto is of little use to an unI am not in love with either of thein, in hopes they learned reader, for which reason I consider it only will use me with that agreeable freedom and indif- as "a word to the wise.” But as for my unlearned ference which they do all the rest of the world, and friends, if they cannot relish the motto, I take care not to drink to one another only, but sometimes to make provision for them in the body of my paper. cast a kind look, with their service to,

If they do not understand the sign that is hung out, “Sir, your humble Servant.”

they know very well by it that they may meet with

entertainment in the house; and I think I was “ MR. SPECTATOR,

never better pleased than with a plain man's com“ I am a young gentleman, and take it for a piece pliment, who upon his friend's telling him that he of good-breeding to pull off my hat when I see any would like the Spectator much better if he underthing peculiarly charming in any woman, whether stood the motto, replied that “good wine needs no I know her or not, I take care that there is no- bush." thing ludicrous or arch is my manner, as if I were I have heard of a couple of preachers in a country to betray a woman into a salutation by way of jest town, who endeavoured which should outshine one or humour; and yet except I am acquainted with another, and draw together the greatest congregaher, I find she ever takes it for a rule, that she is to tion. One of them being well versed in the Fathers, look upon this civility and homage I pay to ber used to quote every now and then a Latin sentence supposed merit

, as an impertinence or forwardness to his illiterate hearers, who it seems found them. which she is to observe and neglect. I wish, Sir, selves so edified by it, that they flocked in greater you would settle the business of salutation; and numbers to this learned man than to his rival. The please to inform me how I shall resist the sudden other finding his congregation mouldering every impulse I have to be civil to what gives an idea of Sunday, and hearing at length what was the occamerit; or tell these creatures how to behave them- sion of it, resolved to give his parish a little Latin selves in return to the esteem I have for them. My in his turn; but being unacquainted with any of the affairs are such that your decision will be a favour Fathers, he digested into his sermons the whole to me, if it be only to save the unnecessary expense book of Quæ Genus, adding however such explicaof wearing out my hat so fast as I do at present.

tions to it as he thought might be for the benefit of “I am, Sir, yours, his people. He afterward entered upon As in Pro

“T. D.

senti, which he converted in the same manner to POSTSCRIPT. “ There are some that do know me, and won't time thickened his audience, filled his church, and

the use of his parishioners. This in a very little bow to me."

routed his antagouist. Viz. November 26, 1703.

* Aristotle, or, according to some, Diogenes. See Diogenes I aertius, lib. v. cap. 1. n. 11.

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The natural love to Latin, which is so prevalent degree, he preached before the university of Cansin our common people, makes me think that my bridge, upon the first verse of the first chapter of speculations fare never the worse among them for the first book of Chronicles, “in which,” says be, that little scrap which appears at the head of them; "you have the three following words; and what the more encourages me in the use of

* Adam, Sheth, Enosh.' quotations in an unknown tongue, is, that I hear He divided this short text into many parts, and by the ladies, whose approbation I value more than that discovering several mysteries in each word, made a of the whole learned world, declare themselves in a most learned and elaborate discourse. The same more particular manner pleased with my Greek of this profound preacher was Dr. Alabaster, of mottos.

whom the reader may find a more particular as Designing this day's work for a dissertation upon count in Dr. Fuller's book of English Worthies the two extremities of my paper, and having already This instance will, I hope, convince my readers that dispatched my motto, I shall, in the next place, dis- there may be a great deal of fine writing in the cacourse upon those single capital letters, which are pital letters which bring up the rear of my paper, placed at the end of it, and which bave afforded and give them some satisfaction in that particular. great matter of speculation to the curious. I have But as for the full explication of these inatters, I heard various conjectures upon this subject. Some must refer them to time, wbich discovers all things. tell us that C is the mark of those papers that are

C. written by the clergyman, though others ascribe them to the club in general: that the papers marked with R were written by my friend Sir Roger; that No. 222.] WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14,1711. L signifies the lawyer, whom I have described in

Cur alter fratrum cessare, et ludere, et ungi, my second speculation; and that T stands for the

Præferat Herodis palmetis pinguibus trader or merchant. But the letter X, which is

HOR. 2 Ep. č. 183. placed at the end of some few of my papers, is that Why, of two brothers, one his pleasure loves, which has puzzled the whole town, as they cannot Prefers his sports to Herod's fragrant groves.-Cazacu think of any name which begins with that letter, es

“ MR. SPECTATOR, cept Xenophon and Xerxes, who can neither of them be supposed to have had any hand in these “There is one thing I have often looked for in speculations.

your papers, and have as often wondered to find In answer to these inquisitive gentlemen, who myself disappointed; the rather, because I think it have inany of them made inquiries of me by letter, a subject every way agreeable to your design, and I must tell them the reply of an ancient philosopher, by being left unattempted by others, it seems rewho carried something hidden under his cloak. A served as a proper employment for you; I mean a certain acquaintance desiring him to let him know disquisition, from whence it proceeds, that men of what it was he covered so carefully: “I cover it," the brightest parts, and most comprehensive genius, says he, "on purpose that you should not know.” completely furnished with talents for any province I have made use of these obscure marks for the in human affairs; such as by their wise lessons of same purpose. They are, perhaps, little amulets or economy to others, have made it evident that they charms to preserve the paper against the fascination have the justest notions of life, and of true sense in and malice of evil eyes: for which reason I would the conduct of it—; from what u happy contranot have my reader surprised, if hereafter he sees dictious cause it proceeds, that persons thus finished any of my papers marked with a Q, a 2, a Y, an &c. by nature and by art, should so often fail in the or with the word Abracadabra.*

management of that which they so well understand, I shall however so far explain myself to the and want the address to make a right application reader, as to let him know that the letters C, L, of their own rules. This is certainly a prodigions and X, are cabalistical, and carry more in them inconsistency in behaviour, and makes much such a than it is proper for the world to be acquainted figure in morals, as a monstrous birth in naturals; with. Those who are versed in the philosophy of with this difference only, which greatly aggravates Pythagoras, and swear by the Tetrachtys, that is the wonder, that it happens much more frequently: the number four,t will know very well that the num. and what a blemish does it cast upon wit and learnber ten, which is signified by the letter X (and ing in the general account of the world! In how which has so much perplexed the town), has in it disadvantageous a light does it expose them to the many particular powers; that it is called by the busy class of mankind, that there should be 50 Platonic writers the complete number; that one, many instances of persons who have so conducted two, three, and four put together make up the num- their lives in spite of these transcendent advantages, ber ten; and that ten is all. But these are not as peither to be happy in themselves nor useful to mysteries for ordinary readers to be let into. A man their friends; when every body sees it was entirely must have spent many years in hard study before in their own power to be eminent in both these he can arrive at the knowledge of them.

characters! For my part, I think there is no reWe had a rabbinical divine in England, who was Aection more astonishing, than to consider one of chaplain to the Earl of Essex, in Queen Elizabeth's these gentlemen spending a fair fortune, running time, that had an admirable head for secrets of this in every body's debt without the least apprehension nature. Upon his taking the doctor of divinity's of a future reckoning, and at last leaving not only

his own children, but possibly those of other people, A noted charm for agues: said to have been invented by by his means, in starving circumstances; while a Basilides, a heretic of the second century, who taught that fellow, whom one would scarce suspect to have a very sublime mysteries were contained in the number 365, buman soul, shall perhaps raise a vast estate out of (viz. not only the days of the year, but the different orders of nothing, and be the founder of a family capable of celestial beings, &c.) to which

number the Hebrew letters that being very considerable in their country, and doing compose the word Abracadabra, are said to amount.

1. See Stanley's Lives of the Philosophers, page 527, 2d edit. many illustrious services to it. That this observa1687, folio.

tion'is just, experience bas put beyond all dispute.


But though the fact be so evident and glaring, yet men addicted to delights, business is an interruptthe causes of it are still in the dark; which makes ion; to such as are cold to delights, business is an me persuade myself, that it would be no unaccept- entertaininent. For which reason it was said to able piece of entertainment to the town, to inquire one who commended a dull man for his application, into the bidden sources of so unaccountable an evil. “No thanks to him; if he had no business, he " I am, Sir, your most humble Servant." I would have nothing to do."

T. What this correspondeut wonders at, has been matter of admiration ever since there was any such No. 223.] THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1711. thing as human life. Horace reflects upon this in

O suavis anima! qualem te dicam bonam consisteucy very agreeably in the character of Ti

Antehac fuisse, tales cum sint reliquiæ PHÆDR. iii. I. 5. gellius, whom he makes a mighty pretender to economy, and tells you, you might one day hear when your remains are so delicious?

O sweet soul! how good must you have been heretofore, him speak the most philosophic things imaginable concerning being contented with a little, and his When I reflect upon the various fate of those contempt of every thing but mere necessaries; and multitudes of ancient writers who flourished in in half a week after spend a thousand pounds. Greece and Italy, I consider time as an immense When he says this of him with relation to expense, ocean, in which many noble authors are entirely he describes him as unequal to himself in every swallowed up, many very much shattered and daother circumstance of life. Indeed, if we consider maged, some quite disjointed and broken into pieces, lavish men carefully, we shall find it always proceeds while some have wholly escaped the common wreck; from a certain incapacity of possessing themselves, but the number of the last is very small, and finding enjoyment in their own minds. Mr. Apparent rari nantes in gurgite vasto.-VIRG. Æn. L. ver. 122. Dryden has expressed this very excellently in the

One here and there floats on the vast abyss. character of Zimri:

Among the mutilated poets of antiquity there is A man so various that he seem'd to be Not one, but all mankind's epitome.

none wbose fragments are so beautiful as those of Suff in opinion, always in the wrong,

Sappho. They give us a taste of her way of writing, Was every thing by starts, and nothing long!

which is perfectly conformable with that extraordiBut in the course of one revolving moon,

nary character we find of her in the remarks of Was chymist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon. Then all for women, painting, rhyming, drinking.

those great critics who were conversant with her Besides ten thousand freaks that died in thinking;

works when they were entire. One may see by what Bless'd madman, who could every hour employ is left of them, that she followed nature in all her In something new to wish, or to enjoy! In squand'ring wealth was his peculiar art,

thoughts, without descending to those little points, Nothing went unrewarded but desert.

conceits, and turns of wit with which many of our

modern lyrics are so miserably infected. Her soul This loose state of the soul hurries the extrava- seems to have been made up of love and poetry. gant from one pursuit to another; and the reason She felt the passion in all its warmth, and described that his expenses are greater than another's, is, it in all its symptoms. She is called by ancient that his wants are also inore numerous. But what authors the tenth muse; and by Plutarch is commakes so many go on in this way to their lives' end, pared to Cacus the son of Vulcan, who breathed out is, that they certainly do not know how contempt- nothing but flame. I do not know by the character ible they are in the eyes of the rest of mankind, or, that is given of her works, whether it is not for the rather, that indeed they are not so contemptible as benefit of mankind that they are lost. They are they deserve. Tully says, it is the greatest of filled with such bewitching tenderness and rapture, wickedness to lessen your paternal estate. And if that it might have been dangerous to have given a man would thoroughly consider how much worse them a reading. than banishment it must be to his child, to ride by An inconstant lover, called Phaon, occasioned the estate which should have been his, had it not great calamities to this poetical lady. She fell desbeen for his father's injustice to him, he would be perately in love with him, and took a voyage into smitten with the reflection more deeply than can be Sicily, in pursuit of him, he having withdrawn himunderstood by any but one who is a father. Sure self thither on purpose to avoid her. It was in that there can be nothing more afflicting, than to think island, and on this occasion, she is supposed to have it had been happier for his son to have been born made the Hymn to Venus, with a translation of of any other man living than himself.

which I shall present my reader. Her Hymn was It is not perhaps much thought of, but it is cer- ineffectual for procuring that happiness which she tainly a very important lesson, to learn how to en- prayed for in it. Phaon was still obdurate, and joy ordinary life, and to be able to relish your Sappho so transported with the violence of her pasbeing without the transport of some passion, or sion, that she was resolved to get rid of it at any gratification of some appetite. For want of this price. capacity, the world is filled with whetters, tipplers, There was a promontory in Acarnania called cutters, sippers, and all the numerous train of those Leucate, on the top of which was a little temple dewho, for want of thinking, are forced to be ever dicated to Apollo. "In this temple it was usual for esercising their feeling or tasting. It would be despairing lovers to make their vows in secret, and hard on this occasion to mention the harmless afterward to fling themselves from the top of the smekers of tobacco, and takers of snuff.

precipice into the sea, where they were sometimes The slower part of mankind, whom my corre-taken up alive. This place was therefore called spondent wonders should get estates, are the more the Lover's Lear; and whether or no the fright they immediately formed for that pursuit. They can had been in, or the resolution that could push them expect distant things without impatience, because to so dreadful a remedy, or the bruises which they they are not carried out of their way either by often received in their fall, banished all the tender violent passion, or keen appetite to any thing. To sentiments of love, and gave their spirits another

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