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of the figures in Mrs Salmon's wax-work, than a de• sirable lover. In short, he grew sick of her company; • which the young lady taking notice of, (who no more • knew why, than he did), she sent me a challenge to meet

her in Lincoln's-inn chapel, which I joyfully accepted, • and have (amongst other pleasures the satisfaction of * being praised by her for my stratagem.

I am, &c. From the Hoop.

Tom NIMBLE.

Mr SPECTATOR,

HE virgins of Great Britain are very much obli.

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drudgeries in needle-work as were fit only for the Hil. * pa's and the Nilpa's that lived before the flood. Here is a stir indeed with your histories in embroidery, your

groves with shades of silk and streams of mohair! I ' would have you to know, that I hope to kill a hundred • lovers before the best housewife in England can stitch • out a battle, and do not fear but to provide boys and

girls much faster than your disciples can embroider them. • I love bird's and beasts as well as you, and am content

to fancy them when they are really made. What do ' you think of gilt leather for furniture ? There is your

pretty hangings for a chamber; and what is more, our own country is the only place in Europe where work of that kind is tolerably done. Without minding your musty lessons, I am this minute going to Paul's church

yard to bespeak a skreen and a pair of hangings; and am. a resolved to encourage the manufacture of my country.

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N° 610.

Friday, October 22.

Sic, cum tranfierint mei
Nullo cum ftrepitu dies,
Plebeius moriar senex.
Ili mors gravis incubat,
Qui, notus nimis oinnibus,
Ignotus moritur fibi.

Seneca.

Thus, when my fleeting days, at last,
Unheeded, silently are past,
Calmly I shall resign my breath,
In life unknown, forgot in death;
While he, o’ertaken unprepar’d,
Finds death an evil to be fear'd,
Who dies, to others too much known,
A stranger to himself alone.

I

HAVE often wondered that the Jews should contrive

such a worthless greatness for the deliverer whom they expected, as to dress him up in external pomp and pageantry, and represent him to their imagination, as making havoc amongst his creatures, and acted with the poor ambition of a Cæfar or an filexander. How much more illustrious doth he appear in his real character, when considered as the author of universal benevolence among men, as refining our paffions, exalting our nature, giving us vast ideas of iinmortality, and teaching us a contempt of that little showy grandeur, wherein the Jews made the glory of their Messiah to consist ! " NOTHING,” says Longinus,

great, the contempt of which is great.' The poffeffion of wealth and riches cannot give a man a title to greatness, because it is looked upon as a greatness of mind, to contemn these gifts of fortune, and to be above the desire of them. I have therefore been inclined to think, that there are greater men who lie concealed among the species, than those who come out, and draw upon themselves the eyes and admiration of mankind, Virgil would never have been heard

of,

can be

of, had not his domestic misfortunes driven him out of his obscurity, and brought him to Rome.

If we suppose that there are spirits or angels who look into the ways of men, as it is highly probable there are, both from reason and revelation ; how different are the notions which they entertain of us, from those which we are apt to form of one another? Were they to give us in their catalogue of such worthies as are now living, how different would it be from that, which any of our own species would draw up ?

We are dazzled with the splendor of titles, the oftentation of learning, the noise of victories : they, on the contrary, see the philosopher in the cottage, who possesses his soul in patience and thankfulness, under the presiures of what little minds call porerty and distress. They do not look for great men at the heads of armies, or among the pomps of a court, but often find them out in shades and solitudes, in the private walks and by-paths of life. The evening's walk of a wise man is more illustrious in their fight, than the march of a general at the head of an hundred thousand men. A contemplation of God's works; a voluntary act of justice to our own detriment; a generous concern for the good of mankind; tears that are incd in silence for the misery of others; a private defile or resentment broken and subdued; in short, an unfeigned exercise of humility, or any other virtue; are such actions as are glorious in their fight, and denominate men great and reputable. The most famous among us are often looked upon with pity, with contempt, or with indignation ; while those who are most obscure

among

their own species, are regarded with love, with approbation, and cstccm.

The moral of the present speculation amounts to this, That we should not be led away by the censures and applauses of men, but consider the figure that every person will make, at that time when wisdom shall be justified of her children, and nothing pass for great or illustrious, which is not an ornament and perfection to human nature.

The story of Gyges, the rich Lydian monarch, is a memorable instance to our present purpose. The cracle being asked by Gyges, who was the happiest man, replied Aglaus. Gyges, who expected to have heard himself named on this occasion, was much surprised, and very cu

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rious to know who this Aglaus should be. After much inquiry he was found to be an obscure countryman, who employed all his time in cultivating a garden, and a few acres of land about liis house.

COIL'LEI"s agrecable relation of this story shall close this clay's speculation.

Irus Aglaus ( a 079 2i rik19i'r: t6 1112":1,
but the gods krunt', and therefore lez'd him then)
Thus litd sifourcly then without a nanie,
Aglaus, 1?OTU C91:Sigri'd t' eternal fame.
For Gyges, the rich king, wicked and great,
Presum'd at wise Apollo's Delphic fiat,
Presum'd to ask, Oh thou, the whole world's eyes
Sveft thou a man that loppier is than 1?

The god, who scorn'd to flatter man, reply'd,
Aglaus happier is. But Gyges cry'd,
In a proud rage, 18%o can ilat Aglaus le?
Ve've heard as yet of 119 fuck king as he.
And true it was, through the whole earth arcunst,
No king of such a naine was to be found.
Is some old bero of that name alive,
1170 his ligh race dses from the gods derire ?
Is it fome mighty general, that has done
Inders in figkt, and god-like honours WIN?
Is it fome wan of endles wealth ? faid be:
None, none of these; who can this Aglaus he?
fter long search, and vain inquiries pas,
in an obscure Arcadian tale at last,
( T'Arcadian life has always fady been
Near Sopho's town (which he but once had seer.)
This Aglaus, who monar ichs

enlos!

dreri',
\Vhofe happiness the gods stood witness to,
This mighty Aglaus was lab'ring found,
Ilith his own hands, in his own little grourd.

So, gracious God, (if it may lawful be,
Among those fuclish gods to mention thee),
So let me ait, on such a private fiage,
The last dull scenes of my declining age;
After long toils and veriges in vain,
This quiet port let 1114 tass’d veliei gain ;
Of beav'nly reft, this earnest to nie lend,
Let my life sleep, and learn to love her end.

No

N° 611.

Monday, October 25.

Perfide! fed duris genuit te cautibus borrens
Caucasus, Hircan.&que admorunt uhera tigres.

Virg. En. 4. v. 366.

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Thou wretch! tły fire was Caucasus' hard rock,

And fierce Hyrcanian tigers gave thee fuck. I and A MI willing to postpone every thing, to do any the

Accordingly I have caused the following letter to be inferted in my paper the moment that it came to my hands, without altering one tittle in an account which the lady relates so handsomely herself, Mr SPECTATOR,

FLATTER myself, you will not oniy pity, but, if

possible, redress a misfortune myself and sereral o6.thers of

my

sex lie under. I hope you will not be offend6.ed, nor think I mean by this to justify my own impru“dent conduct, or expect you should. No! I am sensible 6. how severely, in some of your former papers, you have reproved pcrfons guilty of the like mismanagements.

was scarce fixteen, and, I may say without vanity, handvisome, when courted by a false perjured man; who, up

on promise of marriage, rendered me the most unhappy 6 of women.

After he had deluded me from my parents, « who were people of very good fashion, in less than three 6 months he left me,

My parents would not see, nor hear 6 from me; and had it not been for a servant, who had lived in our family, I must certainly have perished for want of bread. However, it pleased Providence, in a very short time, to alter my miserable condition. A gentleman saw me, liked me, and married me. My parents were reconciled; and I might be as happy in the

change of my condition, as I was before miserable, but 6.for some things, that you shall know, which are insupportable to me; and I am sure you have so much honour and compaslion as to let those persons know, in VOL. VIII.

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