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That joyful day they loft each hoftile name,
The same their aspect, and their voice the same.

So two fair twins, whose features were defign'd
At one soft moment in the mother's mind,
Show each the other with reflected grace,
And the same beauties bloom in either face ;
The puzzled strangers which is which enquire ;
Delufon grateful to the smiling fire.

From that fair * hill, where hoary fages boast
To name the stars, and court the heav'nly koft,
By the next dawn doth great Augufta rise,
Proud town! the noblest scene beneath the skies.
O'er Thames her thousand spires their lustre fhed,
And a vast navy hides his ample bed,
A floating forest. From the distant strand
A line of golden carrs strikes o'er the land:
Britannia's peers in pomp and rich array,
Before their king, triumphant, lead the way.
Far as the eye can reach, the gaudy train,
A bright procession, Moines along the plain.

So haply through the heav'n's wide pathlefs ways.
A comet draws a long extended blaze;
From east to west burns through th'etheral frames
And half heav’n’s convex glitters with the fiaine.

Now to the regal towers securely brought,
He plans Britannia's glories in his thought ;
Resumes the delegated power he gave,
Rewards the faithful, and restores the brave.
Whom shall the Muse from out the mining throng
Select, to heighten and adorn her long?
Thee, Halifax. To thy capacious mind,
O man approv'd, is Britain's wealth confignid.
Her coin (while Nassau fought ) debas’d and rude,
By thee in beauty and in truth renew'd,
An arduous work! again thy charge ave see,
And thy ozun care once more returns to thee.
0! form'd in ev'ry scene to awe and please,
Mix wit with pomp, and dignity with ease:

* Mr Flamstead's house.


Though call’d to shine aloft, thou wilt not scorn
To smile on arts thyself did once adorn :
For this thy name fucceeding times forall praise,
And envy less thy garter, than thy bays.

The mufe, if fir'd with the enlitening beams,
Perhaps Mall aim at more exalted třemes,
Record our monarch in a nobler strain,
And sing the op’ning wonders of his reign;
Bright Carolina's heav'nly beauties trace,
Her valiant confort, and his blooming race.
A train of kings their fruitful love supplies,
A glorious scene to Albion's rari/i'd eyes;
Who fees by Brunswick's hand ber foepire fway'al,
And through his line from age to age concey'd.

N° 621.

Wednesday, November 17,

-Poftquam fe lumine puro Implevit, ftellasque vagis miratur et aftra Fixa polis, vidit quanta sub ngile jaceret Noftra dies, risitque fui ludibria

Lucap. 1.9. V. II.

New to the blest alode, with wonder fill's,
The fun and moving planets he beheld;
Then looking down on the sun's feeble ray
Survey'd our dusky', fuint, imperfect day,
And inder what a cloud of night we la;.


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HE following letter having in it fome observations

out of the common road, I shall make it the entertainment of this day. MIr SPECTATOR,

H E common topics against the pride of man, which

are laboured by florid and declamatory writers, are taken from the baseness of his original, the imperfections of his nature, or the short duration of those goods in which he makes his boast. Though it be true

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• that we can have nothing in us that ought to raise our ' vanity, yet a consciousness of our own merit may

be - sometimes laudable. The folly therefore lies here : 'we are apt to pride ourselves in worthless, or perhaps 'shameful things; and, on the other hand, count that disgraceful which is our truest glory.

'Hence it is, that the lovers of praise take wrong measures to attain it. Would a vain man consult his own • heart, he would find, that if others knew his weaknesses 'as well as he himself doth, he could not have the impu'dence to expect the public esteem. Pride therefore flows ' from want of reflection, and ignorance of ourselves. . Knowledge and humility come upon us together,

' The proper way to make an estimate of ourselves, is 'to consider seriously what it is we value or despise in o"thers. A man who boasts of the goods of fortune, a

gay dress or a new title, is generally the mark of ridiscule. We ought therefore not to admire in ourselves, ' what we are so ready to laugh at in other men.

* Much less can we with reason pride ourselves in those things, which at some time of our life we shall certainly despise. And yet, if we will give ourselves the s trouble of looking backward and forward on the sercrai

changes which we have already undergone, and here' after must try, we shall find that the greater degrees of our knowledge and wisdom ferve only to show us our own imperfections.

"As we rise from childhood to youth, we look with contempt on the toys and trifles which our hearts have ‘hitherto been set upon. When we advance to manhood,

we are held wise in proportion to our shame and regret • for the rashness and cxtravagance of youth. old age • fills us with mortifying reflections upon a life mispent in 'the pursuit of anxious wealth or uncertain honour. A'greeable to this gradation of thought in this life, it may • be reasonably supposed, that in a future state, the wis. dom, the experience, and the maxims of old


will be • looked upon by a separate spirit in much the fane light • as an ancient man now sees the little follies and toyings

of infants. The pomps, the honours, the policies, and • arts of mortal men, will be thought as trifling as hobby• horses, mock-battles, or any other sports that now em

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ploy all the cunning, and strength, and ambition of 1ational beings from four years old to nine or ten.

* If the notion of a gradual rise in beings, from the meanest to the Most High, be not a vain imagination, it • is not improbable that an angel looks down upon a man, as a man doth upon a creature which approaches the nearest to the rational nature. By the same rule (if I may indulge my fancy in this particular) a fuperior brute • looks with a kind of pride on one of an inferior species. • If they could reflect, we might imagine from the gestures

of some of them, that they think themselves the sove• reigns of the world, and that all things were made for

them. Such a thought would not be more absurd in • brule creatures, than one which men are apt to enter

tain, namely, that all the stars in the firmament were • created only to please their eyes, and amuse their imaginations. Mr Dryder, in his fable of the Cock and

the Fox, makes a speech for his hero the cock, which . is a pretty instance for this purpose.

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Then turning, said to Partlet, see, my dear,
How lavisho nature hath adorn’d the year ;
How the pale primrose and the ciolet spring,
And birds ejjiży their thrcats, disius'd to sing :
All these are ours, and I with pleasure se:
Man strutting on two legs, and aping me.

o What I would observe from the whole is this, That we ought to value ourselves

upon those things only which superior beings think valuable, since that is the only way <for us not to sink in our own esteem hereafter,'

N° 622.

Friday, November 19.

-Fallentis femita rite.

Hor. Ep. 18. 1. 1. F. 103.

4 fafi pricate quiet, whick betrors Itself to cafe, un cheats away the days.


< MIr SPECTATOR, N a former fpeculation you have observed, that true

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wherein the generality of mankind are apt to place it.

You have there tokea notice, that virtuc in obfcurity of'ten appears more illuliious in the cye of superior be

ings, than all that paffus for grandeur and magnificence 'among men.

“ W'Hex we look back upen the history of those who · have borne the parts of kings, itatesmen, or commanders, they appear to us Itripped of those outide ornaments that dazzled their contemporaries; and we regard their persons as great or little, in proportion to tlie eminence 6 of their virtues or vices. The wife sayings, generous

sentiments, or disinterested conduct of a philosopher un• der mean circumstances of life, fet him higher in our

esteem than the mighty potentates of the carth, when we view them both through the long prospect of many ages.

Tere the memoirs of an obscure man, who lived up to the dignity of his nature, and according to

the rules of virtue, to be laid before us, we should find s nothing in such a character which might not set him on • a level with men of the highest stations. The following extract out of the private papers of an honest coun

try gentleman will set this matter in a clear light. Your - reader will perhaps conceive a greater idca of him froni • these actions done in fecret, and without a witness, than c of those which have drawn upon them the admiration of o multitudes.'


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