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a refreshing ftream, flows from heart to heart in an endless circulation, and is preferved fweet and untainted by the motion. It is old advice, if you have a favour to request of any one, to observe the softest times of address, when the soul, in a flush of good-humour, takes a pleasure to show itself pleased. Persons conscious of their own integrity, fatisfied with themselves and their condition, and full of confidence in a Supreme Being, and the hope of immortality, survey all about them with a flow of good-will. As trees which like their foil, they thoot out in expreffions of kindness, and bend beneath their own precious load, to the hand of the gatherer. Now if the mind be not thus easy, it is an infallible sign that it is not in its natural state : Place the mind in its right posture, it will immediately discover its innate propension to beneficence.

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NO 602.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4.

Facit hoc illos hyacynthos.

Juv. Sat. vi. ver. 110. This makes them hyacinths. THE "HE following letter comes from a Gentleman,

who, I find, is very diligent in making his obfervations, which I think too material not to be communicated to the publick

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to execute the office of love cafuift to Great Britain, with which I take myself to be ' invested by your paper of September 8th, I fall ( make some farther observations upon the two s sexes in general; beginning with that which al

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ing observed with much curiosity the accomplifh

ments which are apt to captivate female hearts, I • find that there is no perfon so irresistible as one

who is a man of importance, provided it be in

matters of no confequence. One who makes • himself talked of, though it be for the particular • cock of his hat, or for prating aloud in the boxes

at a play, is in a fair way of being a favourite. . I have known a young fellow make his fortune

by knocking down a constable ; and may venture • tó fay, though it may seem a paradox, that many

a fair one has died by a duel, in which both the • combatants have survived.

• About three winters ago I took notice of a young lady at the theatre, who conceived a par• Gion for a notorious rake that headed a party of ' cat-calls; and am credibly informed, that the • Emperor of the Mohocks married a rich widow, • within three weeks after having rendered himself • formidable in the cities of London and Westminster. • Scouring and breaking of windows have done

frequent execution upon the sex. But there is

no ser of thefe male charmers who make their • way more fuccefsfully, than those who have gain• ed themselves a name for intrigue, and have • ruined the greatest number of reputations. There " is a strange

curiosity in the female world to be * acquainted with the dear man who has been loved · by others, and to know what it is that makes • lim so agreeable. His reputation does more than • half his businessi Every one that is ambitious of • being a woman of fashion, look out for oppor• tunities of being in his company ; fo that, to use • the old proverb, When his name is up, he may . lie a bed..

I was very sensible of the great advantage of being a man of importanée upon these occasions, on the day of the King's entry, when I was feat.

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• ed in a balcony behind a clufter of very pretty country ladies, who had one of these fhowy gentlemen in the midst of them. The first trick I caught him at was bowing to feveral persons of quality whom he did not know ; nay, he had the

impudence to hem at a blue garter who had a - finer equipage than ordinary, and feemed a little . concerned at the impertinent huzzas of the mob, ' that hindered his friend from taking notice of • him. There was indeed one who pulled off his *hat to him, and upon the : ladies asking who it ' was, he told then it was a foreign minister that

he had been very merry with the night before ; whereas in truch it was the city common-hunt. " He was never at a loss when he was asked any person's name, though he seldom knew any one, · under a peer. He found Dukes and Earls among

the aldermen, very good natured fellows among "the Privy.counsellors, with two or three agree. • able old rakes among the Bishops and Judges.

! In short, I collected from his whole discourse, that he was acquainted with every body, and ' knew no body. At the same time, I am mistaken if he did not that day make more advances in the affections of his mistress, who fat near him, than he could liave done in half a year's courtship

· Ovid has finely touched this method of making ? love, which I shall here give' my reader, in Mr. Dryden's translation: kuin 132

Page the eleventh.
Thus love in theatres did first improve,
And theatres are still the scene of love :
Nor sbun the chariots, and the courser's race;
The Circus is no inconvenient place.
Nor need is there of talking on the hand,
Nor nods, nor signs, which lovers understand ;

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But boldly next the fair your seat provide,
Close as you can to hers, and side by side :
Pleas’d, or unpleas’d, no matter; crouding fit;
For fo the laws of public flows permit.
Then find occafion to begin discourse,
Enquire whose chariot this, and whose'that horse;
To whatsoever side she is inclin’d,
Suit all your inclinations to her mind :
Like what she likes, from thence your court begin,
And whom fae favours, wish that he may win.

Again, page the sixteenth.
O when will come the day by heav'n design'd,
When thou, the best and faireft of mankind,
Drawn by white horses, sbalt in triumph ride,
With conquer'd saves attending on thy side ;.
Slaves that no longer can be safe in flight.
O glorious object! O surprising sight?
o day of public joy, too good to and in night!
On such a day, if thou, and next to thee
Some beauty fits, the spectacle ta fée ;
If she' enquire the names of conquer d kings,
Of mountains, rivers, and their hidden Springs ;;
Answer to all thou knowejt; and if need be,
Of things unknown seem to speak knowingly:
This is Euphrates crown'd with reeds; and there "
Flows the swift Tigris, with his sea-green hair. os
Invent new names of things unknown before ;
Call this Armenia, that, the Caspian laore,
Call this a Mede, and that a Parthian youth;
Falk probably ; i no matter for the truth.

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WEDNESDAY

X*XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX NO 603. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6.

Ducite ab urbe domum, mea carmina, ducite Daphnim.

VIRG. Ecl. viii, ver. 68,

Restore, my charms,
My ling'ring Daphnis to my longing arms.

DRYDEN. THE following

copy of verses comes from one of my correspondents, and has fomething in it so original, that I do not much doubt but it will divert my readers.

I. Mtime, po ye mufes, was happily

spent, When Phebe went with me wherever I went; Ten thousand sweet pleasures I felt in my breast : Sure never fond Mepherd like Colin was bleft! But now she is gone, and has left me behind, What a marvellous change on a sudden I find? When things were as fine as possibly could be, I thought 'twas the spring ; but, alas! it was fbe.

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With such a companion, to tend a few sheep, To rise up and play, or to lie down and

sleep:
I was so good-humourd, fo cheerful and gay,
My heart was as light as a feather all day.
But now I fo cross and so peevish am grown;
So strangely uneasy as ever was known.
My fair one is gone, and my joys are all drown'd,
And my heart - I am sure it weighs more than a pound.

III.
The fountain that wont to run sweetly along, .
And dance to soft murmurs the pebbles among ;
Thou know't, little Cupid, if Phebe was there,
'Twas pleafare to look at, 'twas music to hear :

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