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* quadrangular table, diametrically opposite to the «mace-bearer. The visage of that venerable herald ' was, according to custom, most glorioudly illu
minated on this joyful occasion. The mayor and s aldermen, those pillars of our constitution, began
to totter; and if any one at the board could have • so far articulated, as to have demanded intelli
gibly a reinforcement of liquor, the whole afsembly had been by this time extended under the table.
The celebration of this night's folemnity was opened by the obftreperous joy of drummers, - who with their parchment thunder, gave a signal ' for the appearance of the mob, under their fes veral claffes and denominations. They were
quickly joined by the melodious clank of mar. • row.bone and cleaver, while a chorus of bells fill.
ed up the confort. A pyramid of stack-faggots cheered the hearts of the populace with the promife of a blaze: The guns had no sooner uttered
the prologue, but the heavens were brightened 6 with artificial meteors, and stars of our own • making ; and all the High-street lighted up from
one end to another with a galaxy of candles. .. We collected a largess for the multitude, who ** tippled elemofynary until they grew exceeding
vociferous. There was a parte-board pontiff,
with a little swarthy dæmon at his elbow, who, <by his diabolical whispers and infinuations, tempt6 ed his holiness into the fire, and then left him to « Thift for himself. The mobile were very farcastic 4 with their clubs, and gave the old gentleman fe
veral thumps upon his triple head-piece. Tom • Tyler's phiz is something damaged by the fall of • a rocket, which hath almost spoiled the gnomen 6 of his countenance, . The mirch of the commons grew
very outrageous, that it found work for s our friend of the Quorum, who by the help of s his Amanuenfis, took down all their names and
• their crimes, with a design to produce bis ma• puscript at the next quarter-feffions, bc. &. &ci'
I shall subjoin to the foregoing piece of a letter; the folowing copy of verses translated from an Itakan poet, who was the Cleveland of his age, and had muhitudes of admirers. The subject is an accident that happened under the reign of Pope Leo, when a fire-work, that had been prepared uponthe castle of St. Angelo, began to play before its time, being kindled by a fath of lightning. The author hath written a poem in the fame kind of Atile as that I have already exemplified in profe. Every line in it is a riddle, and the reader must be forced to consider it twice or thrice before he will know that the Cynic tenement is a tub, and Bacchus his cast.coat a hog/bead, &c.
'Twas night; and heav'n, a Cyclops all the day,
studded with terrestrial stars,
The pile, Aill big with undiscover'd shows,
Whilf now the multitude expect the time,
The clouds invelop'd heav'n from human fight,
Tall groves of trees the Hadrian tow'r surround,
shoot their gilded bloffoms out; When blazing leaves appear above their head, And into branching flames their bodies spread. Whilft real thunder splits the firmament, And heaven's whole roof in one vast cleft is rent, The three-fork'd tongue amidst the rupture lolls, Then drops, and on the airy turret falls, The trees now kindle, and the garland burns, And thousand thunderbolts for one returns : Brigades of burning archers upwards fly, Bright spears and joining Spearmen mount on high, Flis in the clouds, and glitter in the sky.
A leven.fold sbield of spheres doth heav'n defend, And back again the blunted weapons fend; Unwillingly they fall, and dropping down, Pour out their fouls, their sulph'rous fouls, and
And so 'tis fit, when Leo's fires appear, That heav'n itself jould turn an engineer : That beav'n it self should all its wonders foow, And orbs abode consent with orbs below. Bogoagociocks Moto oooooooooooo: : NO 618. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10.
Neque enim concludere verfum
Hor. Sat. iv. I. i. ver. 40.-
prose. • Mr. SPECTATOR, • YOU having, in your two laft Spectators, given -
the town a couple of remarkable letters in very different ftiles : I take this opportunity to • offer to you some remarks upon the epiftolary way • of writing in verfe. This is a species of poetry
by itself; and has not so much as been hinted at : * in any of the arts of poetry, that have ever fala *len into my hands : Neither has it in any age, or :
in any nation, been fo much cultivated, as the * other feveral kinds of poefy. A man of Genius • may, if he pleases, write letters in verfe upon all :
manner of subjects, that are capable of being embellished with wit and language, and may render
them new and agreeable by giving the proper turn • to them. But in fpeaking at present of epiftolary
poetry, I would be understood to mean 'only fuch writings in this kind, as have been in use among • the ancients, and have been copied from them
by some moderns. These may be reduced into two classes : In the one I shall range love
• letters, letters of friendship, and letters upon • mournful occasions : In the other I shall place < such epistles in verse, as may properly be called • familiar, critical, and moral; to which may be
added, letters of mirth and humour. Ovid for 6 the first, and Horace for the latter, are the best
originals we have left.
an way, should first examine his heart well, and • feel whether his paffions (especially those of the ' gentler kind) play eafy, fince it is not his wit, but • the delicacy and tenderness of his sentiments, that • will affect his readers. His versification likewise • fhould be foft, and all his numbers flowing and querulous.
The qualifications requisite for writing epiftles, after the model given us by Horace, are of a quite i different nature. He that would excel in this kind must have a good fund of strong masculine sense ; To this there must be joined a thorough
knowledge of mankind, together with an insight • into the business, and the prevailing humours of
Our author must have his mind well • feasoned with the finest precepts of morality, and • be filled with nice reflections upon the bright and • the dark sides of human life : He must be a ma
fter of refined rallery, and understand the deli
cacies, as well as the abfurdities of conversation. • He muft have a lively turn of wit, with an easy, ..and concise manner of expreffion : Every thing • he says, must be in a free and disengaged man
He must be guilty of nothing that betrays the air of a recluse, but appear a man of the ! world throughout. His illustrations, his compa
risons; and the greatest part of his images mult be drawn from common life. Strokes of satire
and criticism, as well as panegyric, judiciously • thrown in (and as it were by the by) give a wonderful life and ornament to compositions of this
• the age.