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great heaps of gold on either side the throne now with which others are tormented, is the only appeared to be only heaps of paper, or little piles pleasing folitude. I can very justly say with the of notched sticks, bound up together in bundles ancient sage," I am never lefs alone than when like Bath-faggots.
aloix.” As I am insignificant to the company Whilf I was lamenting this sudden defolati- in public places, and as it is visible I do not on that had been made before me, the whole come thither, as most do, to Thew myself; I scene vanished: In the room of the frightful spec- gratify the vanity of all who pretend to make tres, there now entered a second dance of appariti- an appearance, and have often as kind looks onis, very agreeably matched together, and made from well-dress’d gentieren and ladies, as a up of very amiable phantoms. The first pair was poet would bettow upon one of his audience. Liberty with Monarchy at her right hand; the There are so many gratifications attend this pubfecond was Moderation, leading in Religion ; and lic fort of obscurity, that some little diftaites I the third a person' whom I had never seen, with daily receive have lost their anguish ; and I did the genius of Great Britain. At the first entrance the other day, without the leait displeasure, overthe Lady revived, the bags swelled to their for- hear one fay of me, “ That ftrange fellow ;” mer bulk, the piles of faggots and heays of paper and another answer; “ I have known tho fellow's changed into pyramids of guincas: and for my
“ face these twelve years, and so must you ; but own part, I was so transported with joy, that I “ I believe you are the first ever asked who he awaked, though, I must confess, I would fain have " was.” There are, I must confess, many to fallen asleep again to have closed my vision, if I whom my person is as well known as that of could have done it.
c. their nearest relations, who give themselves no
farther trouble about calling me by my name or
What d'ye call him.
To make up for these trivial disadvantages,
I have the high fatisfaction of beholding all ---Egregii mortalem altique filenti ?
nature with an unprejudiced eye; and hay. Hor. Sat. 6. 1. 2. v. 58. ing nothing to do with men's passions or in-' One of uncommon silence and reserve.
terefts, I can with the greater fagacity confi. N author, when he first appears in the world, der their talents, manners, failings, and me
is very apt to believe it has nothing to think rits. of but his performances. With a good share of It is remarkable that those who want any one this vanity in my heart, I made it my business sense poffess the others with greater force and vithese three days to listen after my own fame; and vacity. Thus my want of, or rather resignation as I have sometimes met with circumstances which of, speech, gives me all the advantages of a dumb did not displease me, I have been encountered by man. I have, methinks, a more than ordinary others which gave me as much mortification. It penetration in seeing; and flatter myself that I is incredible to think how empty I have in this have looked into the highest and lowest of mantime observed fome part of the species to be, kind, and make srewd gueffes, without being what mere blanks they are when they first come admitted to their conversation, at the inmost abroad in the morning, how utterly they are at a thoughts and reftections of all whom I behold. stand until they are a let a-going by some paragraph It is from hence that good or ill fortune has no in a news-paper: such persons are very acceptable manner of force towards affecting my judgment, to a young author, for they defire no more in any I fee men flourishing in courts, and languishing thing but to be new to be agreeable. If I found in jails, without being prejudiced from their confolation among such, I was as much difquieted circumstances to their favour or disadvantage ; by the incapacity of others. There are mortals but from their inward manner of bearing their who have a certain curiosity without power of re- condition, often pity the prosperous, and admire flection, and perused my papers like spectators ra- the unhappy, ther than readers. But there is fo little pleasure Thole who converse with the dumb, know. in inquiries that so nearly concern ourselves (it be- from the turn of their eyes, and the changes of ing the worst way in the world to fame, to be too their countenances, their sentiments of the ob. anxious about it) that upon the whole I resolved jects before them. I have indulged' my silence fór the future to go on in my ordinary way; and to such an extravagance, that the few who are without too much fear or hope about the business intimate with me, answer my smiles with conof reputation, to be very careful of the design of current sentences, and argue to the very point I my actions, but very negligent of the consequences inaked my head at, without my speaking. Will of them.
Honeycomb was very entertaining the other night It is an endless and frivolous pursuit to act by at a play, to a gentleman who sat on his right any other rule than the care of satisfying our own hand, while I was at his left. The gentleman minds in what we do. One would think a silent believed Will was talking to himself, when upon man, who concerned himself with no one breathing, my looking with great approbation at a .young should be very little liable to misinterpretations; thing in a box before us, he said, “ I am quite. and yet I remember I was once' taken up for a « of another opinion, She has, 1 allow, a very Jesuit, for no other reason but my profound pleasing aspect, but methinks that fimplicity taciturnity: It is from this misfortune, that to « in her countenance is rather childish than inbe out of harm's way, I have ever since affected nocent.' When I observed her a second time, crowds. He who comes into affemblies only to he said, " I grant her dress is very becoming, but gratify his curiosity, and not to make a figure, “ perhaps the merit of that choice is owing to enjoys the pleasures of retirement in a more ex- “ her mother; for though, continued he, I alquifite degree than he possibly could in his closet; “ low a beauty to be as much commended for the lover, the ambitious, and the miser, are fola « che-elegance of her dress, as a wit for that of lowed thither by a worse crowd than any they can “ his language ;. yet if he has stolen the colour withdraw from To be exempt from the passions
“ of her ribbonds from an other, or had advice love Shall hereafter bear a blacker aspect, than “ about her trimmings, I shall not allow her the infidelity in friendship, or villainy in business. “ praise of dress, any more than I would call a For this great and good end, all breaches against “ plagiary an author.” When I threw my eyes that noble paffion, the cement of society, shall towards the next woman to her, Wi!? spoke what be severely examined. But this, and all other I looked, according to his romantic imagination, matters loosely hinted at now, and in my forin the following manner.
mer papers, Thall have their proper place in “ Behold, you who dare, that charming virgin; my following discourses; the present writing « behold the beauty of her person chastised by is only to admonin the world, that they shall not « the innocence of her thoughts, Chastity, find me an idle but a busy Spectator.
R. « good-nature, and affability, are the graces " that play in her countenance; she knows the is “ handsome, but she knows she is good. Con
NO “ fcious beauty adorned with conscious virtue !
5. TUESDAY, MARCH 6. “ What a spirit are there in those eyes ! What a Speelatum admisi, risum tenearis --" bloom in that person! How is the whole wo
Hor. Ars Poet, ver. 5. man expressed in her appearance ! her air has Admitted to the fight, wou'd you not laugh? “ the beauty of motion, and her look the force “ of language.”
N Opera may be allowed to be extravagantA
ly lavish in its decorations, as its only deIt was prudence to turn away my eyes from lign is to gratify the senses, and keep up an indothis object, and therefore I turned them to the lent attention in the audience. Common sense thoughtless creatures who make up the lump of however requires, that there should be nothing in that sex, and move a knowing eye no more than the scenes and machines which may appear childthe portraitures of insignificant people by ordina. ish and absurd. How would the wits of King ry painters, which are but pictures of pictures.
Charles's time have laughed to have seen Nicolini Thus the working of my own mind is the ge- exposed to a tempest in robes of ermine, and sailneral entertainment of my life; I never enter into ing in an open boat upon a sea of pasteboard ? the commerce of discourse with any but my par. What a field of raillery would they have been let ticular friends, and not in public even with them, into, had they been entertained with painted draSuch an habit has perhaps raised in me uncom
gons spitting wild-fire, enchanted chariots drawn mon reflections; but this effect I cannot commu
by Flanders mares, and real cascades in artificial nicate but by my writings. As my pleasures are lindskips ? A little skill in criricism would inalmost wholly confined to those of the fight, I take form us, that shadows and realities ought not to it for a peculiar happiness that I have always had be mixed together in the same piece; and, that an easy and familiar admittance to the fair sex. the scenes which are designed as the representatiIf I never praised or flattered, I never belyed or
on of nature, should be filled with resemblances, contradicted them. As these compose half the and not with the things themselves. It one would world, and are, by the just complaisance and gal represent a wide champain country filled with lantry of our nation, the more powerful part of herds and focks, it would be ridiculous to draw our people, I thall dedicate a considerable share the country only upon the scenes, and to croud of these my speculations to their service, and several parts of the stage with sheep and oxen. fall lead the young through all the becoming du- This is joining together inconfiitencies, and ma. ties of virginity, marriage and widowhood. king the deccration partiy real and partly imagiWhen it is a woman's day, in my works, I Mall
nary. I would recommend what I have said here endeavour at a stile and air suitable to their un
to the directors, as well as to the admirers of our derstanding. When 1 say this, I must be under- modern Opera. food to mean, that I shall not lower but exalt
As I was walking in the streets about a fortthe subjects.I treat upon. Discourse for their en- night ago, I saw an ordinary fellow carrying a tertainment, is not to be debased but refined.
cage full of little birds upon his thoulder; and, A man may appear learned without talking sen
as I was wondering with myself what use he would tences, as in his ordinay gesture he discovers he put them to, he was met very luckily by an accan dance though he cannot cut capers. In a
quaintance, who had the same curiosity. Upon word, I shall take it for the greatest glory of my his asking him what he had upon his Moulder, he work, if among personable women this paper told him that he had been buying sparrows for the may furnish Tea-Table Talk. In order to it, i
opera. Sparrows for the opera, rays his friend, tall treat on matters which relate to females, as they are concerned to approach or fly from the licking his lips, what, are they to be roasted ? No,
no, says the other, they are to enter towards the other sex, or as they are tied to them by blood, end of the first act, and to fly about the stage. intereft, or affection. Upon this occafion I think
This strange dialogue awakened my curiosity it but reasonable to declare, that whatever skill so far, that i immediately bought the opera, by I may have in speculation, I shall never betray which means I perceived that the sparrows were wirat the eyes of lovers say to each other in my
to a& the part of singing-birds in a delightful presence. At the same time I shall not think
grove; though upon a nearer enquiry I found the myself obliged, by this promise, to conceal any sparrows put the same trick upon the audience, faire proteftations which I obfurve made by glan- that Sir Martin Mar-all practised upon his misces in public assemblies; but endeavour to make tress; for though they flew in sight, the musick both fexes appear in their conduct what they are
proceeded from a confort of flagelets and birdsin their hearts. By this means, love, during the calls which were planted behind the scenes. At pime or ny speculations, shall be carried on with the same time I made this discovery, I found by the fanie fincerity as any other affairs of less the discourse of the actors, that there were great eonsideration. As this is the greatest concern, designs on foot for the improvement of the opera ; enthall be from henceforth liable to the greatest that it had been proposed to break down a part peach for mikekavicur in it. Falsehood in of the wall, and to surprise the audience with a
party party of an hundred horse, and that there was ac- so as to be seen flying in a Lady's bed-chamber, tually a project of bringing the New-River into or perching upon a King's throne; belides thé the house, to be employed in jetteaus and water- inconveniencies which the heads of the audienworks. This project, as I have since heard, i ces may sometimes suffer from them. I am cre. poftponed till the summer-season; when it is dibly inforined, that there was once a design of thought the coolness that proceeds from foun- cafting into an opera the story of Whittington tains and cascades will be more acceptable and and his cat, and that in order to it, there had been refreshing to people of quality. In the mean time, got together a great quantity of mice; but Mr. to find out a more agreeable entertainment for Rich, the proprietor of the play-house, very pruthe winter-season, the opera of Rinaldo is filled dently conlider'd that it would be impossible for with thunder and lightening, illuminations and the cat to kill them all, and that consequently fire-works; which the audience may look upon the princes of the stage might be as much infeftwithout catching cold, and indeed, without much ed with mice, as the prince of the island was bedanger of being burnt ; for there are several en- fore the cat's arrival upon it; for which reason gines filled with water, and ready to play at a he would not permit it to be acted in his house, minute.'s warning, in case any such accident And indeed I cannot blame him; for, as he said hould happen. However, as I have a very great very well upon that occasion, I do not hear that friendship for the owner of this theatre, I hope any of the performers in our opera pretend to e. that he has been wise enough to insure his house qual the famous pied piper, who made all the before he would let this opera be acted in it. mice of a great town in Germany follow his mu
It is no wonder that those scenes should be ve- fic, and by that means cleared the place of those ry surprising which were contrived by two poets little noxious animals of different nations, and raised by two magicians) Before I dismiss this paper, I must inform my of different sexes. Armida (as we are told in the reader, that I hear there is a treaty on foot with argument) was an Amazonian enchantress, and London and Wise (who will be appointed garpoor Signior Caffani (as we learn from the per- deners of the play-house) to furnish the opera of fons reprefented) a Christian-conjurer (Mago Rinaldo and Armida with an orange-grove; and Chriftiano). I must confefs I am very much puz- that the next time it is acted, the singing-birds will zled to find how an amazon should be versed in be personated by tom-tits; the undertakers being the black art, or how a good Chriftian, for such resolved to spare neither pains nor money for the is the part of the magician, Tould deal with the gratification of the audience.
To consider the poet after the conjurer, I shall give you a taste of the Italian from the first lines of his preface. Eccoti
, benigno lettore, un parto di No. 6. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7. poche fere, che se ben naro di notte, non é peró aborto Credebant boc grande nefas, & morte piandum, di tenebre, má fi far conoscere figlio d'Apolio con Si juvenis vetulo non allurrexerat qualcbe raggio di Parnaffo. 'Behold, gentle rea
Juv. Sat. xiii. 340 der, the birth of a few evenings, which, tho it was impious then (so much was age rever'd}
it be the offspring of the night, is not the abor. For youth to keep their seat, when an old man • tive of darkness, but will make itself known to be the son of Apollo, with a certain ray of Par
KNOW no evil under the sun ro great as the Handel the of age, and
abuse of the understanding, and yet there is us, in the same sublimity of stile, that he com
no ono vice more common. It has diffused itself posed this opera in a fortnight, Such are the through both sexes and all qualities of mankind; wits to whose tastes we so ambitiously conform and there is hardly that person to be found, who ourselves. The truth of it is, the finest writers is not more concerned for the reputation of wir among the modern Italians express themselves in and sense, than honesty and virtue. But this such a florid form of words, and such tedious cire unhappy affectation of being wife rather than cumlocutions, as are used by none but pedants honest, witty than good-natur’d, is the source in our own country; and at the same time fill of most of the ill habits of life. Such false imtheir writings with such poor imaginations and pre:fions are owing to the abandoned writings of conceits, as our youths are ashamed of before tien of wit, and the aukward imitation of the they have been two years at the university. rest of mankind. Some may be apt to think that it is the difference For this reason Sir Roger was saying last night, of genius which produces the difference in the that he was of opinion none but men of hne
parts works of the two nations; but to Mew there is deserve to be hanged. The reflections of luch nothing in this, if we look into the writings of mcn are fo delicate upon all occurrences which the old Italians, such as Cicero and Virgil, we they are concerned in, that they should be exshall find that the English writers, in their way posed to more than ordinary infamy and punitha of thinking and expressing themselves, resemble ment for offending against such quick admonithose authors much more than the modern Itä- cions as their own Touls give them, and blunting lians pretend to do. And as for the poet himself, the fine edge of their minds in such a manner, from whom the dreams of this opera are taken, that tliey are no more shocked at vice and folly, I must intirely agree with Monsieur Boileau, that than men of tlower capacities. There is no greater one verse in Virgil is worth all the Clincant or monster in being, than a very ill man of great Tinsel of Tallo,
parts ; he lives like a man in a pally, with one. But to return to the sparrows; there have · side of him dead. While perhaps he enjoys the been so many flights of them let loose in this ope- facistacticn of luxury, of wealth, of ambition, sa, that it is fearer the house will never get rid he has lost the talte of good-will, of friendihip. ct them; and that in other plays they may make of innocence. Scarecrow, the beggar in Line their entrance in Yory wrong ind improper fuenes, colas-in-fields, vidio bilatled tumefeli in his
naffus. He afterwards proceeds to call Mynheer I
right leg, and asks alms all day to get himself a mour another: to follow the dictates of the two warm supper and a trull at night, is not half to latter, is going into a road that is both endless despicable a wretch as such a man of sense. The and intricate; when we pursue the other, our beggar has no relish above sensations; he finds passage is delightful, and what we aim at easi. reit more agreeable than motion; and while he ly attainable. has a warm fire and his doxy, never reflects that I do not doubt but England is at present as pohe deferves to be whipped. Every man who ter- lite a nation as any in the world; but any man minates his fatisfactions and enjoyments within who thinks can ealily see, that the afectation of the supply of his own necessities and passions, is, being gay and in fashion, has very near eaten up says Sir Roger, in my eye, as poor a rogue as our good sense and our religion. Is their any Scarecrow. But, continued he, for the loss of thing fo just, as that mode and gallantry thould public and private virtue, we are beholden to be built upon exerting ourselves in what is proyour men of parts forfooth; it is with them no
per and agreeable to the institutions of justice matter what is done, so it be done with an air. and piéty among us? And yet is there any But to me, 'who am fo whimsical in a corrupt age thing more common than that we run in perfect as to act according to nature and reason, a lelfis contradiction to them? All which is supported man, in the most mining circumftance and equi- by no other pretension, than that it is done with page, appears in the same condition with the fel- what we call a good grace. low above-mentioned, but more contempt ble, Nothing ouglit to be held laudable or becomin proportion to what more he robs the public ing, but what nature itself should prompt us to of, and enjoys above him. I lay it down there- think so. Respekt to all kind of fuperiors is fore for a rule, that the whole man is to move founded, methinks, upon instinct; and yet what together; that every action of any importance, is so ridiculous as age? I make this abrupt tran
is to have a prospect of public good ; and that fition to the mention of this vice more than any the general tendency of our indifferent actions other, in order to introduce a little story, which ought to be agreeable to the dictates of reason, of I think a pretty instance that the most polite age religion, of good breeding ; without this, a man, is in danger of being the moft vicious. as I before have hinted, is hopping instead of " It happened at Athens, during a public rewalking, he is not in his intire and proper mo- presentation of some play exhibited in honour tion,
' of the common-wealth, that an old Gentleman While, the honest knight was thus bewildering came too late for a place suitable to his age and himself in good starts, I looked attentively upon quality. Many of the young gentlemen, who him, which made him, I thought, collect his • observed the difficulty and confusion he was in, mind a little. What I aim at, says he, is to re- 'made signs to him that they would accommopresent, that I am of opinion, to polish our un- date him if he came where they fat: the good derstandings and neglect our manners, iš of all man bustled thro' the croud accordingly; but things the most inexcusable. Reason should go- ( when he came to the seats to which he was invern passion, but instead of that, you see, it is vited, the jest was to fit close, and expose him, often subservient to it; and as unaccountable as
as he stood out of countenance, to the whole au. one would think it, a wise man is not always a <dience. The frolic went round all the Athenigood man. This degeneracy is not only the gift an benches. But on those occasions there were of particular persons, but at some times of a
also particular places assigned for foreigners : whole people: and perhaps may appear upon when the good inan was skulked towards the examination, that the most polite ages are the
' boxes appointed for the Lacedemonians, that least virtuous. This may be attributed to the
'honest people, more virtuous than polite, rose folly of admitting wit and learning as merit in
up all to a man, and with the greatest respect themselves, without considering the application received him among them. The Athenians of them. By this means it becomes a rule, not
being suddenly touched with a sense of the Sparso much to regard what we do, as how we do it. tan virtue and their own degeneracy, gave a But this false beauty will not pars upon men of thunder of applause; and the old man cried honest minds and true taste: Sir Richard Black
out, The Athenians understand what is good, but more says, with as much good sense as virtue, “the Lacedemonians practise it,' “ It is a mighty dimoncur ard thame to employ « excellent faculties and abundance of wit to hu“ mour and please men in their vices and follies: No. 9. THURSDAY, MARCH 8. “ The great enemy of mankind, notwithstancing
his wit and angelic faculties, is the most oci- Suminia, terrores magiros, mira i la, fogas,
ous being in the whole creation. He goes on Nočiurnos loures, portentaque Thefjala rides 3 soon after to say very generoutly, that he under
Hor. Ep. ij. 208. trok the writing of his poem
“ to rescue the Mu
Vifions, and magic spells, can you despise, les cut of the hands of ravishers, to reitere
And daugh at witches, ghosts, and prodigies ? “ them to their sweet and chaite manfions, and
to engage thein in an employment suitable OING yeilerday to dine with an old ac
to their dignity." This certainly ought to be qua utance, I had the mistortune to find the purpole of every man who appears in public, his whele family very much dejected. Uponakand whoever dees rot proceed upon that founda- ing him the occasion of it, he told me that his ticn, injures his country as tali as he fucceeds in wife had dreamt a trange dream the night be. his itudies. When mouchy ceases to be the chief fore, which they were afraid pertenced some misornavit of one rex, and integrity of the cther, fortune to iliemselves or their children. At her luciety is upon a wrong bats, and we Mail he t- coing into the room I observed a settled nie. ver after without rules to guide our judgment in tircholy in her cuntenance, which I fhould what is really becoming and ornamental. Na- have been troubled for, had I not heard from and reakto direct ore thing; rallion and hard- wance is provreded: We were no sconer lat
but after having looked upon me a little while, ftruck more terror than the roaring of a lion. " My dear, (says she turning to her husband,) you There is nothing fo inconsiderable, which may
may now see the Atranger that was in the can- not appear dreadful to an imagination that is “ dle last night.“ Soon after this, as they be filled with omens and prognostics. A rusty nail, gan to talk of family affairs, a little boy at or a crooked pin, shoot up into prodigies. the lower end of the table told her, that he was I remember I was once in a mixt assembly, to go into join-hand on Thursday. « Thurf- that was full of noise and mirth, when on a sud$ day! (lays the,) no, child, if it please God, you den an old woman unluckily observed there were “ Thall not begin upon Childerinas-day; tell thirteen of us in company. This remark ftruck
your writing-master that Friday will be soon a pannic terror into several who were present, " enough.” I was refecting with myself on the infomuch that one or two of the Ladies were oddness of her fancy, and wondering that any body going to leave the room; but a friend of mine would establish it as a rule to lose a day in every taking notice that one of our female companions week. In the midst of these my musings, the desired was big with child, affirmed there were foura me to reach her a little falt upon the point of my teen in the toom, and that, instead of portendknife, which I did in such a trepidation and hur- ing one of the company hould die, it plainly ry of obedience, that I let it drop by the way; foretold one of them nould be born. Had noc at which the immediately startled, and said it my friend found this expedient to break the fell towards her. Upon this I looked very blank; omen, I question not but half the women in the and, o! serving the concern of the whole table, company would have fallen fick that very night, began to confider myself, with some confusion, An old maid, that is troubled with the va. as a person that had brought a disaster upon the pours, produces infinite disturbances of this kind family. The lady, hcwever, recovering herself among her friends and neighbours. I know a after a little space, said to her husband with a maiden aunt, of a great family, who is one of figh, My dear, misfortunes never come fin- these antiquated Sybyls, that forebodes and pro
gle.” My friend, I found, acted but an un- pheses from one end of the year to'the other. She der-part at his table, and being a man of more is always feeing apparitions, and hearing death. good nature than understanding, thinks himself watches; and was the other day almost frighted out oblige to fall in with all the pasions and humours of her wits by the great house-ciog, that howled in of his yoke-fellow : “ Do not you remember, the stable at a time when the lay ill of the tooth“ child, (says Me,) that the pigeon-house fell the ach. Such an extravagant cait of mind engages
very afternoon that onr careless wench fpilt the multitudes of people not only in impertinent ter“ salt upon the table? Yes, (says he,) my dear, rors, but in supernumerary duties oi life; and " and the next post brought us an account of the ariles from that fear and ignorance which are na“ battle of Almanza." The reader may guess tural to the soul of man.
The horror with which at the figure I made after having done all this we entertain the thoughts, of death (or indeed of mischief. i dispatched my dinner as soon as I any future evil) and the uncertainty of its apcould, with my usual taciturnity; when to my proach, fill a melancholy mind with innumerutter confusion, the Lady seeing me quitting my able apprehensions and suspicions, and conrea knife and fork, and laying them across one 2- quently dispase it to the observation of such nother upon my plate, desired me that I would groundless prodigies and predictions. For as humour her so far as to take them out of that it is the chief concern of wise men to retrench figure, and place them side by fide. What the the evils of life by the reasonings of philosophy ; absurdity was which I had committed I did not it is the employment of fools to multiply then know, but I suppose there was some tradition by the sentiments of superstition, ary superstition in it ; and therefore, in obedi- For my own part, I hould be very much ence to the lady of the houfe, I disposed of my troubled were I endowed with this divining quan knife and fork in two parrallel lines, which is lity, though it Mould inform me truly of every the figure I Mall always lay them in for the fu- thing that can befall me, I would not antici. ture, though I do not know any reason for it. pate the relish of any happiness, nor feel the
It is not difficult for a man to see that a pere weight of any misery, before it actually arrives. son has conceived an aversion to him. For my I know but one way of fortifying my soul own part, I quickly found by the Lady's looks against these gloomy presages and terrors of mind, that the regarded me as a very odd kind of fel. and that is, by securing to myself the friendship low, with an unfortunate aspect. For which and protection of thcs Being who disposes of reason I took my leave immediately after dinner, qvents, and governs futurity. He sees at one view, and withdrew to my own lodgings. Upon my the whole thread of my existence, not only that return home, I fell into a profound contempla. part of it which I have already passed through, tion on the evils which attend the superstitious but that which runs forward into all the depths follies of mankind; how they subject us to ime of eternity. When I lay me down to seep, I aginary afflictions, and additional forrows, that recommend myself to his care ; when I awake, I do not properly come within our lot. As if the give myself up to his direction. Amidst all the natural calamities of life were not sufficient for evils that threaten me, I will look up to him for it, we turn the most indifferent circumstances help, and question not but he will either avert into misfortunes, and suffer as much from tri. them, or turn them to my advantage.' Though Aing accidents, as frím real evils. I have known I know neit er the time nor the manner of the the ihooting of a star spoil a night's relt; andhave death I ain to die, I am not at ail solicitous seen a man in love grow pale and lofe his appetite about it; because I am sure that he knows them upon the plucking of a merry-thought. A fereech-, both, and that he will not fail to comfort and owl at midnight has alarmed a family more than a support me under shem, band of robbors; nay, the voice of a cricket bath