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THE other Lover's Eftate is less than this Gentleman's, but he express’d himself as follows."
Madam, : 1
Have given in my Estate to your
Counsel, and desired my own Lawyer to infift upon no Terms which your Friends can propose for 6 your certain Ease and Advantage: For • indeed I have no Notion of making Difficulties of presenting you with what cannot make me happy without you. I am, Madam, Your most devoted bumble Servant,
B. T. YOU must know the Relations have met upon this, and the Girlbeing mightily taken with the Latter Epistle, she is laugh'd out, and Uncle Edward is to be dealt with to make her a suitable Match to the worthy Gentleman who has told her he does not care a farthing for her. All I hope for is, that the Lady Fair will make use of the first light Night to fhow B. T. she understands a Marriage is not to be consider'd as a common Bargain.
N° 523. Thursday, Oétober 30.
-Nunc augur Apollo
Virg. Am always highly delighted
with the Discovery of any I
rising Genius_among my Countrymen. For this Rea
fon I have read over, with great pleasure, the late Miscellany publish'd by Mr. Pope, in which there are many excellent Compositions of that ingenious Gentleman. I have had a Pleasure of the fame kind in perusing a Poem that is just publish'd on the ProSpect of Peace, and which, I hope, will meet with such a Reward from its Patrons, as so noble a Performance deferves. I was pårticularly well-pleased to find that the Author had not amused himself with Fables out of the Pagan Theology, and that when he hints at a
. ny thing of this nature, he alludes to it only as to a Fable.
MANY of our modern Authors, whose Learning very often extends no farther than Ovid's Metamorphofis, do not know how to celebrate a great
Man, without mixing a parcel of : school-boy Tales with the. Recital of his Actions. If you read a Poem on a fine Woman, among the Authors of this Class, you shall see that it turns more upon Venus or Helen, than on the Party.concerned. I have known a Copy of Verfes on a great Hero highly commended;. but upon asking to hear some of the beautiful Passages, the Admirer of it has repeated to me a Speech -of Apollo, or a Description of Polypheme. At other times when I have search'd for the Actions of a great Man, who gave a Subject to the Writer, i have been entertain’d with the Exploits of a River-God, or have been forced to attend à Fury in her mischievous Progress, from one end of the Poem to the other. When we are at School, it is necessary for us to be acquainted with the System of Pagan Theology, and may be allow'd to enliven a Theme, or point an Epigram with a
to Heathen God; but when we would
write a manly Panegyrick, that should carry in it all the Colours of Truth, nothing can be more ridiculous than to have recourse to our Jupiters and Ju
NO Thought is beautiful which is not just, and no Thought can be just which is not founded in Truth,
or at least in that which passes for on :
IN Mock-Heroick Poems, the Use al
of a Heathen Mythology is not only excusable but graceful, because it is the Design of such Compositions to divert, the Ancients to low Subjects, and at the same time by ridiculing such kinds of Machinery in modern Writers. If any are of opinion, that there is a Necessity of admitting these classical Legends into our serious Compositions, in order to give them a more Poetical Turn; I would recommend to their Considera tion the Pastorals of Mr. Philips. One would have thought it impossible for this kind of Poetry to have fublifted without Fawns and Satyrs, WoodNymphs and Water-Nymphs, with all the Tribe of rural Deities. But we fee
he has given a new Life, and a more natural Beauty to this way of Writing, by substituting in the place of these antiquated Fables, the superstitious Mythology which prevails among the Shepherds of our own Country.
VIRGIL and Homer might compliment their Heroes, by interweaving the Actions of Deities with their Atchievements; but for a Christian Author to write in the Pagan Creed, to make Prince Eugene à Favourite of Mars, or to carry a Correspondence between Bellona and the Marshal de Villars, would be downright Puerility, and unpardonable in a Poet that is past fixteen. It is want of sufficient Elevation in a Genius to describe Realities, and place them in a shining Light, that makes him have recourse to such trilling antiquated Fables; as a Man may write a fine Defcription of Bacchus or Apollo, that does not know how to draw the Character of any of his Contemporaries.
IN order therefore to put a stop to this absurd Practice, I shall publish the following Edict, by virtue of that Spectatorial Authority with which I stand invested.