in order to settle him again therein. For my part,
I thought their allegations but reasonable, and se
marched off. Beside our coachmen, we abound in
divers other sorts of ingenious robust youth, who,
I hope, will not take it ill if I defer giving you an
account of their several recreations to another op
portunity. In the meantime, if you would but
bestow a little of your wholesome advice upon our
coachmen, it might, perhaps, be a reprieve to some
of their necks. As I understand you have seve
ral inspectors under you, if you would but send
one among us here in the Temple, I am persus-
ded he would not want employment. But I leave
this to your own consideration, and am, Sir,
"Your humble Servant,

instructions of my tutors, who, to give them their due, were on all hands encouraging and assisting me in this laudable undertaking; I say, Sir, having drove about fifty paces with pretty good success, I must needs be exercising the lash; which the horses resented so ill from my hands, that they gave a sudden start, and thereby pitched me directly upon my head, as I very well remembered about half an hour afterward; which not only deprived me of all the knowledge I had gained for fifty yards before, but had like to have broke my neck into the bargain. After such a severe reprimand, you may imagine I was not very easily prevailed with to make a second attempt; and, indeed, upon mature deliberation, the whole science seemed, at least to me, to be surrounded with so many difficulties, that, notwithstanding the unknown advantages which might have accrued to "P. S. I have heard our critics in the coffeeme thereby, I gave over all hopes of attaining it; houses hereabout, talk mightily of the unity of and I believe had never thought of it more but time and place. According to my notion of the that my memory has been lately refreshed by see-matter, I have endeavored at something like it in ing some of these ingenious gentlemen ply in the the beginning of my epistle. I desire to be inopen streets, one of which I saw receive so suitable a reward to his labors, that though I know you are no friend to story telling, yet I must beg leave to trouble you with this at large.

formed a little as to that particular. In my next
I design to give you some account of excellent
watermen, who are bred to the law, and far outdo
the land students above-mentioned."

No. 499.] THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1712

Nimis uncis

Naribus indulges PERS. Sat. i. 40.

You drive the jest too far.-DRYDEN. My friend Will Honeycomb has told me, for above this half-year, that he had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator, and that he would fain have one of his writing in my works. This mort ing I received from him the following letter, which after having rectified some little orthographical mistakes, I shall make a present of to the public: "Dear Spec.,

"About a fortnight since, as I was diverting myself with a pennyworth of walnuts at the Templegate, a lively young fellow in a fustian jacket shot by me, beckoned a coach, and told the coachman he wanted to go as far as Chelsea. They agreed upon the price, and this young gentleman mounts the coach-box; the fellow, staring at him, desired to know if he should not drive until they were out of town. No, no,' replied he. He was then going to climb up to him, but received another check, and was then ordered to get into the coach, or behind it, for that he wanted no instructors; but be sure you dog you,' says he, 'do not you bilk me.' The fellow thereupon surrendered his whip, scratched his head and crept into the coach. Having myself occasion to go into the Strand about the same time, we started both together; but the street being very full of coaches, and he not so "I was about two nights ago in company with able a coachman as perhaps he imagined himself, very agreeable young people of both sexes, where, I had soon got a little way before him; often, talking of some of your papers which are written however, having the curiosity to cast my eye back on conjugal love, there arose a dispute among us, upon him, to observe how he behaved himself in whether there was not more bad husbands in the this high station; which he did with great com- world than bad wives. A gentleman, who wa posure, until he came to the pass, which is a mili- advocate for the ladies, took this occasion to tell tary term the brothers of the whip have given to us the story of a famous siege in Germany, which the strait at St. Clement's church. When he was I have since found related in my historical dis arrived near this place, where are always coaches tionary, after the following manner: When the in waiting, the coachmen began to suck up the Emperor Conrade the Third had besieged Gusmuscles of their cheeks, and to tip the wink upon phus, duke of Bavaria, in the city of Hensberg, each other, as if they had some roguery in their the women, finding that the town could not poss heads, which I was immediately convinced of, for bly hold out long, petitioned the emperor that he no sooner came within reach, but the first of they might depart out of it, with so much as each them with his whip took the exact dimensions of of them could carry. The emperor, knowing that his shoulders, which he very ingeniously called they could not convey away many of their effec indorsing: and, indeed, must say, that every granted them their petition: when the women, to one of them took due care to indorse him as he his great surprise, came out of the place wh came through their hands. He seemed at first a every one her husband upon her back. The little uneasy under the operation, and was going peror was so moved with the sight, that he be in all haste to take the numbers of their coaches; into tears; and, after having very much extolled it but at length, by the mediation of the worthy women for their conjugal affection, gave the m gentleman in the coach, his wrath was assuaged, to their wives, and received the duke into and he prevailed upon to pursue his journey; though I thought they had clapped such a spoke in his wheel, as had disabled him from being a coachman for that day at least; for I am only mistaken, Mr. Speck., if some of these indorsements were not wrote in so strong a hand that they are still legible. Upon my inquiring the reason of this unusual salutation, they told me, that it was a custom among them, whenever they saw a brother tottering or unstable in his post, to lend him a hand,


"The ladies did not a little triumph at th story, asking us at the same time, whether in consciences we believed that the men of any tor in Great Britain would, upon the same offer, s at the same conjuncture, have laden themse with their wives; or rather, whether they wo not have been glad of such an opportunity to rid of them? To this my very good freed. I Dapperwit, who took upon him to be the meza

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of our sex replied that they would be very much to blame if they would not do the same good office for the women, considering that their strength would be greater and their burdens lighter. As we were amusing ourselves with discourses of this nature, in order to pass away the evening, which now begins to grow tedious, we fell into that laudable and primitive diversion of questions and commands. I was no sooner vested with the regal authority, but I enjoined all the ladies, under pain of my displeasure, to tell the company ingenuously, in case they had been in the siege above-mentioned, and had the same offers made them as the good women of that place, what every one of them would have brought off with her, and have thought most worth the saving? There were several merry answers made to my question, which entertained us till bedtime. This filled my mind with such a huddle of ideas, that upon my going to sleep, I fell into the following dream:

could not save both of them, she dropped the good man, and brought away the bundle. In short, I found but one husband among this great mountain of baggage, who was a lively cobbler, that kicked and spurred all the while his wife was carrying him on, and, as it was said, had scarce passed a day in his life without giving her the discipline of the strap.

"I cannot conclude my letter, dear Spec., without telling thee one very odd whim in this my dream. I saw, methought, a dozen women employed in bringing off one man; I could not guess who it should be, until upon his nearer approach I discovered thy short phiz. The women all declared that it was for the sake of thy works, and not thy person, that they brought thee off, and that it was on condition that thou shouldst continue the Spectator. If thou thinkest this dream will make a tolerable one, it is at thy service, from, "Dear Spec.,


"Thine, sleeping and waking,

No. 500.] FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1712.
Huc natas adjice septem,

Et totidem juvenes; et mox generosque nurusque.
Quærite nunc, habeat quam nostra superbia causam.
OVID, Met. vi. 182.

Seven are my daughters of a form divine,
With seven fair sons, an indefective line.
Go, fools, consider this, and ask the cause,
From which my pride its strong presumption draws.

"I saw a town of this island, which shall be nameless, invested on every side, and the inhabitants of it so straitened as to cry for quarter. The often told them, that Will is one of those oldThe ladies will see by this letter what I have general refused any other terms than those granted fashioned men of wit and pleasure of the town, to the above-mentioned town of Hensberg, namely, that shows his parts by raillery on marriage, that the married women might come out with what and one who has often tried his fortune that way they could bring along with them. Immediately without success. I cannot however dismiss his the city gates flew open, and a female procession letter, without observing, that the true story on appeared, multitudes of the sex following one an- which it is built does honor to the sex, and that, other in a row, and staggering under their respec-in order to abuse them, the writer is obliged to tive burdens. I took my stand upon an eminence have recourse to dream and fiction. in the enemy's camp, which was appointed for the general rendezvous of these female carriers, being very desirous to look into their several ladings. The first of them had a huge sack upon her shoulders, which she set down with great care. Upon the opening of it, when I expected to have seen her husband shot out of it, I found it was filled with china-ware. The next appeared in a more decent figure, carrying a handsome young fellow upon her back: I could not forbear commending the young woman for her conjugal affection, when, to my great surprise, I found that she had left the good man at home and brought away her gallant. saw the third, at some distance, with a little withered face peeping over her shoulder, whom I could not suspect for any but her spouse, until, upon her setting him down, I heard her call him dear pug, and found him to be her favorite monkey. A fourth brought a huge bale of cards along with her; and the fifth a Bolonia lap-dog; for her husband, it seems, being a very burly man, she thought it would be less trouble for her to bring away little Cupid. The next was the wife of a rich usurer, laden with a bag of gold; she told us that her spouse was very old, and by the course of nature could not expect to live long; and that to show her tender regards for him, she had saved that which the poor man loved better than his life. The next came toward us with her son upon her back, who, we were told, was the greatest rake in the place, but so much the mother's darling, that she left her husband behind with a large family of hopeful sons and daughters, for the sake of this graceless youth.


"You, who are so well acquainted with the story of Socrates, must have read how, upon his making a discourse concerning love, he pressed his point with so much success, that all the bachelors in his audience took a resolution to marry by the first opportunity, and that all the married men immediately took horse, and galloped home to their wives. I am apt to think your discourses, in which you have drawn so many agreeable pictures of marriage, have had a very good effect this way in England. We are obliged to you, at least, for having taken off that senseless ridicule, which for many years the witlings of the town have turned upon their fathers and mothers. For my own part I was born in wedlock, and I do not care who knows it; for which reason, among many others, I should look upon myself as a most insufferable coxcomb, did I endeavor to maintain that cuckoldom was inseparable from marriage, or to make use of husband and wife as terms of reproach. Nay, Sir, I will go one step further, and declare to you before the whole world, that I am a married man, and at the same time I have so much assurance as not to be ashamed of what I have done.

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"It would be endless to mention the several persons, with their several loads, that appeared to me in this strange vision. All the place about me was covered with packs of ribbons, brocades, embroidery, and ten thousand other materials, sufficient to have furnished a whole street of toy- 'Among the several pleasures that accompany shops. One of the women, having a husband, this state of life, and which you have described in who was none of the heaviest, was bringing him your former papers, there are two you have not off upon her shoulders, at the same time that she taken notice of, and which are seldom cast into carried a great bundle of Flanders lace under her the account, by those who write on this subject. arm: but finding herself so overladen, that she (You must have observed, in your speculations on

human nature, that nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion; and this I think myself amply possessed of, as I am the father of a family. I am perpetually taken up in giving out orders, in prescribing duties, in hearing parties, in administering justice, and in distributing rewards and punishments. To speak in the language of the centurion, I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. In short, Sir, I look upon my family as a patriarchal sovereignty, in which I am myself both king and priest. All great governments are nothing else but clusters of these little private royalties, and therefore I consider the masters of families as small deputy-governors presiding over the several little parcels and divisions of their fellow-subjects. As I take great pleasure in the administration of my government în particular, so I look upon myself not only as a more useful, but as a much greater and happier man than any bachelor in England, of my own rank and condition.

ing out a general, an admiral, or an alderman of London, a divine, a physician, or a lawyer, among my little people who are now perhaps in petti coats; and when I see the motherly airs of my little daughters when they are playing with their puppets, I cannot but flatter myself that their bus bands and children will be happy in the possession of such wives and mothers."

"If you are a father, you will not, perhaps, think this letter impertinent; but if you are a single man, you will not know the meaning of it, and probably throw it into the fire. Whatever you determine of it, you may assure yourself that it comes from one who is

"Your most humble Seryant, and Well-wisher, 0. PHILOGAMUS."

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No. 501.] SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1712.
Durum. Sed levius fit patientia

Quicquid corrigere est nefas-HOR. 1 Od. xxiv. 19.
"Tis hard: but when we needs must bear,
Enduring patience makes the burden light-CREICE

As some of the finest compositions among the ancients are in allegory, I have endeavored, in several of my papers, to revive that way of wri ting, and hope I have not been altogether unsaecessful in it; for I find there is always a great demand for those particular papers, and cannot but observe that several authors have endeavored of late to excel in works of this nature. Among these, I do not know any one who has succeeded better than a very ingenious gentleman, to whom I am obliged for the following piece, and who was the author of the vision in the 460th paper: 0.

There is another accidental advantage in marriage, which has likewise fallen to my share; I mean the having a multitude of children. These I cannot but regard as very great blessings. When I see my little troop before me, I rejoice in the additions which I have made to my species, to my country, and to my religion, in having produced such a number of reasonable creatures, citizens, and Christians. I am pleased to see myself thus perpetuated; and as there is no production comparable to that of a human creature, I am more proud of having been the occasion of ten such glorious productions, than if I had built a hundred pyramids at my own expense, or published as many volumes of the finest wit and learning. In what a beautiful light has the holy Scripture represented Abdon, one of the judges of Israel, who had forty sons and thirty grandsons, that rode on threescore and ten ass-colts, according to the magnificence of the eastern countries! How must the heart of the old man rejoice when he saw such a beautiful procession of his own descendants, such a numerous cavalcade of his own raising! For my own part, I can sit in my parlor with great content, when I take a review of half-a-dozen of my little boys mounting upon hobby-horses, and of as many little girls tutoring their babies, each of them endeavoring to excel the rest, and to do something that may gain my favor and approbation. I cannot question but he who has blessed me with so many children will assist my endeavors in providing for them. There is one thing I am able to give each of them, which is a virtuous education. I think it is Sir Francis Bacon's observation, that in a numerous family of children, the eldest is often spoiled by the prospect of an estate, and the youngest by being the darling of the parent; but that some other in the middle, who has not perhaps been regarded, has made his way into the world, and overtopped the rest. It is my business to implant in every one "I found myself upon a naked shore, with com of my children the same seeds of industry, and pany whose afflicted countenances witnessed their the same honest principles. By this means, I conditions. Before us flowed a water, deep, silent, think I have a fair chance, that one or other of and called the River of Tears, which, issuing from them may grow considerable in some or other way two fountains on an upper ground, encompassed of life, whether it be in the army or in the fleet, in an island that lay before us. The boat which trade or in any of the three learned professions; plied in it was old and shattered, having been for you must know, Sir, that from long experience sometimes overset by the impatience and haste of and observation, I am persuaded of what seems a single passengers to arrive at the other side. This paradox to most of those with whom I converse, immediately was brought to us by Misfortune who namely, that a man who has many children, and steers it, and we were all preparing to take or gives them a good education, is more likely to places, when there appeared a woman of a mild raise a family, than he who has but one, notwith- and composed behavior, who began to deter us standing he leaves him his whole estate. For this from it, by representing the dangers which would reason, I cannot forbear amusing myself with find-attend our voyage. Hereupon some who knew

"How are we tortured with the absence of what we covet to possess, when it appears to be lost to us! What excursions does the soul make in im agination after it! and how does it turn into itself again, more foolishly fond and dejected at the dis appointment! Our grief, instead of having course to reason, which might restrain it, searches to find a further nourishment. It calls upon memory to relate the several passages and cir cumstances of satisfaction which we formerly e joyed; the pleasures we purchased by those riches that are taken from us; or the power and splendor of our departed honors, or the voice, the words, the looks, the temper, and affections, of our friends that are deceased. It needs must happen from hence that the passion should often swell to such a size as to burst the heart which contains it, if time did not make these circumstances less strong and lively, so that reason should become a more equal match for the passion, or if another desire which becomes more present did not overpower them with a livelier representation. These are thoughts which I had when I fell into a kind of vision upon this subject, and may therefore stand for a proper introduction to a relation of it.

her for Patience, and some of those, too, who | over to those tormentors that stood on either hand until then cried the loudest, were persuaded by of the presence; others, galled and mortified with her, and returned back. The rest of us went in, pain, recovered the entrance, where Patience, whom and she (whose good-nature would not suffer her we had left behind, was still waiting to receive us. to forsake persons in trouble) desired leave to "With her (whose company was now become accompany us, that she might at least administer more grateful to us by the want we had found of some small comfort or advice while we sailed. her) we winded round the grotto, and ascended at We were no sooner embarked but the boat was the back of it, out of the mournful dale in whose pushed off, the sheet was spread; and being filled bottom it lay. On this eminence we halted by her with sighs, which are the winds of that country, advice, to pant for breath; and lifting our eyes, we made a passage to the further bank, through which until then were fixed downward, felt a sulseveral difficulties of which the most of us seemed len sort of satisfaction, in observing through the utterly regardless. shades what numbers had entered the island. This satisfaction, which appears to have ill-nature in it, was excusable, because it happened at a time when we were too much taken up with our own concern, to have respect to that of others; and therefore we did not consider them as suffering, but ourselves as not suffering in the most forlorn estate. It had also the groundwork of humanity and compassion in it, though the mind was too dark and too deeply engaged to perceive it; but as we proceeded onward, it began to discover itself, and, from observing that others were unhappy, we came to question one another, when it was that we met, and what were the sad occasions that brought us together. Then we heard our stories, we compared them, we mutually gave and received pity, and so by degrees became tolerable company.

"When we landed, we perceived the island to be strangely overcast with fogs, which no brightness could pierce, so that a kind of gloomy horror sat always brooding over it. This had something in it very shocking to easy tempers, insomuch that some others whom Patience had by this time gained over, left us here, and privily conveyed themselves round the verge of the island, to find a ford by which she told them they might escape.

"For my part, I still went along with those who were for piercing into the center of the place; and joining ourselves to others whom we found upon the same journey, we marched solemnly as at a funeral, through bordering hedges of rosemary, and through a grove of yew trees, which love to overshadow tombs and flourish in churchKyards. Here we heard on every side the wailings and complaints of several of the inhabitants, who had cast themselves disconsolately at the feet of trees; and as we chanced to approach any of these, we might perceive them wringing their hands, beating their breasts, tearing their hair, or after some other manner visibly agitated with vexation. Our sorrows were heightened by the influence of what we heard and saw, and one of our number was wrought up to such a pitch of wildness, as to talk of hanging himself upon a bough which shot temptingly across the path we traveled in; but he was restrained from it by the kind endeavors of our above-mentioned companion.

"We had now gotten into the most dusky, silent part of the island, and by the redoubled sounds of sighs, which made a doleful whistling in the branches, the thickness of air, which occasioned faintish respiration, and the violent throb bings of heart, which more and more affected us, we found that we approached the Grotto of Grief. It was a wide, hollow and melancholy cave, sunk deep in a dale, and watered by rivulets that had a color between red and black. These crept slow and half congealed among its windings, and mixed their heavy murmurs with the echo of groans that rolled through all the passages. In the most retired parts of it sat the doleful being herself; the path to her was strewed with goads, stings, and thorns; and her throne on which she sat was broken into a rock, with ragged pieces pointing upward for her to lean upon. A heavy mist hung above her: her head oppressed with it reclined upon her arm. Thus did she reign over her disconsolate subjects, full of herself to stupidity, in eternal pensiveness, and the profoundest silence. On one side of her stood Dejection just dropping into a swoon, and Paleness wasting to skeleton; on the other side where Care inwardly tormented with imaginations, and Anguish suffering outward troubles to suck the blood from her heart in the shape of vultures. The whole vault had a genuine dismalness in it, which a few scattered lamps, whose bluish flames arose and sunk in their urns, discovered to our eyes with increase. Some of us fell down, overcome and spent with what they suffered in the way, and were given


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A considerable part of the troublesome road was thus deceived; at length the openings among the trees grew larger, the air seemed thinner, it lay with less oppression upon us, and we could now and then discern tracks in it of a lighter grayness, like the breakings of day, short in duration, much enlivening, and called in that country gleams of amusement. Within a short while, these gleams began to appear more frequent, and then brighter and of a longer continuance; the sighs that hitherto filled the air with so much dolefulness, altered to the sound of common breezes, and in general the horrors of the island were abated.

"When we had arrived at last at the ford by which we were to pass out, we met with those fashionable mourners who had been ferried over along with us, and, who being unwilling to go as far as we had coasted by the shore to find the place where they waited our coming; that by showing themselves to the world only at the time when we did, they might seem also to have been among the troubles of the grotto. Here the waters that rolled on the other side so deep and silent, were much dried up, and it was an easier matter for us to wade over.

"The river being crossed, we were received upon. the further bank by our friends and acquaintance, whom Comfort had brought out to congratulate our appearance in the world again. Some of these blamed us for staying so long away from them, others advised us against all temptations of going back again; every one was cautious not to renew our trouble, by asking any particulars of the journey; and all concluded that, in a case of so much melancholy and affliction, we could not have made choice of a fitter companion than Patience. Here Patience, appearing serene at her praises, delivered. us over to Comfort. Comfort smiled at his receiv ing the charge; immediately the sky purpled on that side to which he turned, and double day at once broke in upon me."

No. 502.] MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1712. Melius, pejus, prosit, obsit, nil vident, nisi quod lubet. TER. Heaut. act iv. sc. 1.

Better or worse, profitable or disadvantageous, they see nothing but what they list.


way of judging any one's inclinations and genius. I found her at her needle in a sort of second mourn ing, which she wore for an aunt she had lately lost. She had nothing on but what showed the dressed only for herself. Her hair hung negli gently about her shoulders. She had none of the arts with which others used to set themselves off, markable in those who are careful of their minds but had that negligence of person which is re Then she had a maid who was at work near br that was a slattern, because her mistress was care less; which I take to be another argument of you security in her; for the go-betweens of womer of intrigue are rewarded too well to be dirty. When you were named, and I told her you desired to see her, she threw down her work for joy, covered be face, and decently hid her tears." He must be a very good actor, and draw attention rather from his own character than the words of the auther, that could gain it among us for this speech, thos so full of nature and good sense.

The intolerable folly and confidence of players putting in words of their own, does in a gre measure feed the absurd taste of the audien But however that is, it is ordinary for a clase d coxcombs to take up the house to themselves, d equally insult both the actors and the company. These savages, who want all manner of red and deference to the rest of mankind, come out to show themselves to us, without any other purpose than to let us know they despise us.

'he gross of an audience is composed of sorts of people, those who know no pleasure t of the body, and those who improve or commi corporeal pleasures, by the addition of fine w ments of their mind. At present the intellige part of the company are wholly subdued by but what they have in common with all other insurrections of those who know no satisfart

WHEN men read, they taste the matter with which they are entertained, according as their own respective studies and inclinations have prepared them, and make their reflections accordingly. Some, perusing Roman writers, would find in them, whatever the subject of the discourses were, parts which implied the grandeur of that people in their warfare, or their politics. As for my part, who am a mere Spectator, I drew this morning conclusions of their eminence in what I think great, to wit: in having worthy sentiments, from 1 the reading a comedy of Terence. The play was the Self-Tormentor. It is from the beginning to the end a perfect picture of human life, but I did not observe in the whole one passage that could raise a laugh How well disposed must that people be who could be entertained with satisfaction by so sober and polite mirth! In the first scene of the comedy, when one of the old men accuses the other of impertinence for interposing in his affairs, he answers, "I am a man, and cannot help feeling any sorrow that can arrive at man."* It is said this sentence was received with a universal plause. There cannot be a greater argument of the general good understanding of a people, than a sudden consent to give their approbation of a sentiment which has no emotion in it. If it were spoken with never so great skill in the actor, the manner of uttering that sentence could have nothing in it which could strike any but people of the greatest humanity, nay people elegant and skillful in observations upon it. It is possible he might have laid his hand on his breast, and, with a winning insinuation in his countenance, expressed to his neighbor that he was a man who made his case his own; yet I will engage a player in Coventgarden might hit such an attitude a thousand times before he would have been regarded. I have heard that a minister of state in the reign of Queen Elizabeth had all manner of books and ballads brought to him of what kind soever, and took great notice how much they took with the people; upon which he would, and certainly might, very well judge of their present dispositions, and the most proper way of applying them according to his own purposes. What passes on the stage, and the reception it meets with from the audience, is a very useful instruction of this kind. According to what you may observe there on our stage, you see them often moved so directly against all common sense and humanity, that you would be apt to pronounce us a nation of savages. It cannot be called a mistake of what is pleasant, but the very contrary to it is what most assuredly takes with them. The other night an old woman carried off with a pain in her side, with all the distortions and anguish of countenance which is natural to one in that condition, was laughed and clapped off the stage. Terence's comedy, which I am speaking of, is indeed written as if he hoped to please none but such as had as good a taste as himself. I could stay away whenever it is acted. All that not but reflect upon the natural description of the is, that the gallantry of taking the co innocent young woman made by the servant to his Gloucestershire, with the pride of heart it f master. When I came to the house," said he, himself up, and taking aim at his adven "an old woman opened the door, and I followed well as the other's protestation in the hur her in, because I could, by entering upon them low romance, that he could not promise the unawares, better observe what was your mistress' to break Hob's head, but he would, if he ordinary manner of spending her time, the only it in love; then flourish and begin: I say th

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* Homo sum, et nihil humanum a me alienum puto.
I am a man; and all calamities,
That touch humanity. come home to me.-COLMAN.


This is the reason that when a scene tending procreation is acted, you see the whole pit in a chuckle, and old lechers, with mouths open str at the loose gesticulations on the stage with sha ful earnestness; when the justest pictures of it life in its calm dignity, and the properest se ments for the conduct of it, pass by like t better which is to come after. I have se narration, as conducing only to somewhat d whole house at some times in so proper a dispres tion, that indeed I have trembled for the bas and feared the entertainment would end in representation of the rape of the Sabines. that nothing is tolerable on the stage but what I would not be understood in this talk to On the contrary, I can allow, provided the an immediate tendency to the promotion of nothing against the interests of virtue, and offensive to good manners, that things of and ferent nature may be represented. For this was I have no exception to the well-drawn rus in the Country Wake; and there is someth miraculously pleasant in Dogget's acurzis 1 ferent circumstances, that I shall not be ward triumph and comic sorrow af Hob to

vexes me is, that such excellent touches
as well as the 'squire's being out of all p
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