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kept hospitality, and drank confusion to the Roundheads · in half a score bumpers every Sunday in the year, as se'veral honeft gentlemen (whose names are underwritten) are ready to testify.
'That your petitioner is remarkable in his country ' for having dared to treat Sir P. P. a cursed sequestrastor, and three members of the assembly of divines, with • brawn and minced pies upon new-year’s day.
' That your said humble petitioner hath been five times imprisoned in five several county-goals, for having been a ringleader in five different riots ; into which “his zeal for the royal cause hurried him, when men of greater estates had not the courage to rise.
That he, the said E. H. hath had six duels, and four ' and twenty boxing matches in defence of his majesty's
title; and that he received such a blow upon the head at a bonfire in Stratford upon Avon, as he hath been never the better for from that day to this.
'That your petitioner hath been so far from improving his fortune in the late damnable times, that he ve
rily believes, and hath good reason to imagine, that if • he had been master of an estate, he had infallibly been plundered and fequeftered. •
'Your petitioner, in consideration of his said merits and sufferings, humbly requests that he may have the place of receiver of the taxes, collector of the customs,
clerk of the peace, deputy-lieutenant, or whatsoever else * he shall be thought qualified for.
And your petitioner shall ever pray, &c.'
Wednesday, December 8.
Hor. Od. 1. 1. 3. v. 2.
With mute attention wait.
AVING no spare time to write any thing of my
have thought fit to publish the following letters.
Oferil, l'a221iber :: F
tisfaction, which the learned world must receive in ' reading one of your speculations, by publicin this ci
dearcır, you will very much oblige and im,prope unie's ' who has the boldness to hope, that he may be admitiis into the number of your correspondents.
• I HAVE often wondered to hear men of goch funfo: ' and good nature profess a dislike to music, when at th:' fan.e time they do not scruple to own, that it has the ' molt agrecable and improving influences over thicin
minds: it seems to me an unhappy contraca!, .1... 'thofc persons fliould have an incifcrence for all all, ' which raises in them such a sütisty of li !!me pleef!r!
Howarza, though some few, by thr (In Oi:'. unreasonable prejudices of others, my tuled into a cik• taste of those musical fucieties, which are crećicd mere• ly for entertainment; yet sure I may venture to fiy', ' chat no onc can hire the least reason for difailcction to ' that solemn kind of melody which consists of the praises of our Crcator.
"You have, I presume, al: cady prevented me in an argument upon this occafion, (which fome divines have fucs cessfully advanced upon a much greater), that mulical fit.
crifice and adoration has claimed a place in the laws and ' customs of the most different nations; as the lirezi!??! ' and Romans of the profane, the fetu's and Chrijiia:s
of the facred world, did as unanimoufly agree in this, as they disagreci in all other parts of their economy.
"I Know there are not wanting some who are of opinion, that the pompous kind of music which is in use in 'foreign churches is the most excellent, as it most affects • our fenfes. But I am fwayed by my judgment to the mociety which is observed in the mufical
of our de votions. Methinks there is something rery laudable in 'the custom of a voluntary before the first lesson ; by this
we are supposed to be prepared for the admiilion of · those divine truths, which we are shortly to receire. We
are then to cast all worldly regards from off our hearts, all tumults within are then becalmed, and there should be nothing near the soul but peace and tranquillity. So
• that in this short office of praise, the man is raised above • himself, and is almost loit already amidit the joys of futurity.
I have heard some nice observers frequently com'mend the policy of our church in this particular, that sit leads us on by such easy and regular methods, that
we are pertiétly deceived irto piety. When the spirits
begin to languith (as they too often do) with a constant • series of petitions, the takes care to allow them a pious ó refpite, and relieves them with the raptares of an anthem.
Nor can we donbt that tlie sublimest poetry, softened in • the most moving ftrains of music, can ever fail of hum
bling or exalling the soul to any pitch of devotion. " Who can hear the terrors of the Lord of hofts defcri• bed in the most exprclive melody, without being awed • into a veneration ? Or who can hear the kind and en. dearing attributes of a merciful Fa:her, and not be softo ened into love towards him ?
• As the railing and sinking of the pasions, the casting • soft or not!e hints into the foul, is the natural privilege of
mufc in geacral, fo mcre particularly of that kind which
is employed at t:c altar. There impressions which it • leaves upon the spirits are more deep and lasting, as the
grounds from which it receives its authoriiy are found'ed more uşoa reason. It diffuses a calmness all around
lis, it makes us drop all those vain or immodest thoughts • which would be an hindrance to us in the performance
of that great duty of thanksgiving, which, as we are in* formed by our almighty Benefactor, is the most accept
able return which can be made for those infinite stores • of bleflings which he daily condescends to pour down upon
his creatures. When we make use of this pathe• tical method of addressing ourselves to him, we can scarce "contain from raptures ! The heart is warmed with a sublimity of goodness! We are all piety and all love!
“How do the blessed spirits rejoice and wonder to behold unthinking man proftrating his soul to his dread * Sovereign in such a warnath of piety as they themselves might not be ashamed of!
'I SHALL close these reflections with a paisage taken out of the third book of Milton's Paradise Lost, where these harmonious beings are thus nobly described.
Then crowned c19.111!, their golden burps they took,
• Mr SPECTATOR,
II E town cannot be unacquainted, that in divers parts
of it there are vociferous sets of men who are called Retiling Cluis; but what shocks me most is, , they have now the front to invade the church, and insti
tute those societies there, as a clan of them have in late "times donc, to such a degree of infolence, as has given " the partition, where they reside in a church near one of
the city-gates, the denomination of the Ratiling les.
These gay fellows, from humble lay-profeflions, fet ? • for critics without any tincture of letters or reading, ani ' have the vanity to think they can lay hold of something • from the parfon, which may be formed into ridicule.
* It is needless to observe, that the gentlemen, who e'very Sunday have the hard province of instructing the
wretches in a way they are in no present disposition i.) 'take, have a fixt character for learning and eloquence,
not to be tainted by the weak efforts of this contemptible part of their audiences. Whether the pulpit is taken by these gentlemen, or any strangers their friends, the
way of the club is this: If any sentiments are delivered s too sublime for their conception ; if any uncommon to
pic is entered on, cr one in use new modificd with the • finest judgır.ent and desterity; or any controrerted print • be nerer so clegantly handled; in mort, whatever far
passes the narrow limits of their theology, or is not suit'ed to their taite, they are all immediatcly upon their ' watch, fixing their eyes upon each other, with as much ' warmth as cur gladiators of Hockley in the Figl?, ?rd
waiting like them for a hit; if one touches, all tale fire, 6. and their noddles instantly meet in the centre of the few;
then, as by beat of drun, with cxact discipline, they
rear up into a fuil length of stature, and with odd looks and gesticulations confer together in fo loud and clamo
rous a manner, continued to the close of the discourse, and during the after-pfalm, as is not to be silenced but
by the bells. Nor does this susfice them, without aim• ing to propagate the noise through all the church, by • lignals given to the adjoining seats, where others design*ed for this fraternity are sometimes placed upon trial to " receive tliem.
• The folly as well as rudeness of this practice is in ' nothing more conspicuous than this, that all that fol• lows in the fermon is lost; for whenever our sparks take • alarm, they blaze out, and grow so tumultuous, that no ' after explanation can avail, it being impossible for them- felves or any near them to give an account thereof. If
any thing really novel is advanced, how averse foever. . it may be to their w.iy of thinking, to say nothing of
duty, men of less levity than these would be led by a s natural curiolity to hear the whole.
LAUGHTEP., where things sacred are transacted, is • far less pardonable than whining at a conventicle; the last hus at least a semblance of grace, and where the affectation is unseen may possibly imprint wholsome lessons on the sincere; but the firit has no excuse, breaking
through all the rules of order and decency, and mari· festing a remissness of mind in those iinportant matters,
which require the strictest composure and steadiness of thought; a proof of the greateil fully in the world.
'I SHill not here enter upon the veneration due to ' the fanctity of the place, the reverence owing the mini'iter, or the respect that so great an affembly as a whole parish may justly claim. I shall only tell them, that as
the Spanish cobler, to reclaim a profligate son, bid him s have some regard to the dignity of his family,' so they
as gentlemen or we citizens assume to be such one day - in a week) are bound for the future to repent of, and · abstain from the gross abuses here mentioned, whereof
they have been guilty in contempt of heaven and earth, and contrary to the laws in this case made and provi