« PředchozíPokračovat »
and cursorily proposed by him in the following Lines No. 309. of the first Book,
Full Counsel must mature s-
- What if we fiad
That shook Heav'n's whole Circumference, confirm'd.
There is besides, I think, something wonderfully beautiful, and very apt to affect the Reader's Imaginastion, in this antient Prophecy or Report in Heaven,
concerning the Creation of Man. Nothing could shew more the Dignity of the Species, than this Tradition which ran of them before their Existence. They are represented to have been the Talk of Heaven, before they were created. Virgil in compliment to the Roman Common-wealth, makes the Heroes of it appear in their State of Pre-existence; but Milton does a far greater Honour to Mankind in general, as he gives us a Glimpse of them even before they are in Being.
No. 309. The rising of this great Assembly is described in a
Their rísing all at once was as the sound
Of Thunder heard remote-
Others with vast Typhæan Rage more fell
la Whirlwind; Hell scarce holds the wild uproar.
The several Circumstances in the Description of
Gorgons and Hydras, and Chimeras dire.
The Flight of Satan to the Gates of Hell is finely No. 309. imaged.
Saturday, I have already declared my Opinion of the Allegory Feb. 23,
1712. concerning Sin and Death, which is however a very finished Piece in its Kind, when it is not considered as Part of an Epic Poem. The Genealogy of the several Persons is contrived with great DelicacySin is the Daughter of Satan, and Death the Offspring of Sin. The incestuous Mixture between Sin and Death produces those Monsters and Hell-hounds which from
Time to Time enter into their Mother, and tear the
Before mine Eyes in Opposition sits
His Eod with mine involv'd
, and the only Being that can open the Gates to that World of Tortures,
The descriptive Part of this Allegory is likewise very strong, and full of sublime Ideas. The Figure of Death, the Regal Crown upon his Head, his Menace to Satan, his advancing to the Combat, the Outcry at his Birth, are Circumstances too noble to be past over in Silence, and extreamly suitable to this King of Terrors. I need not Mention the Justness of Thought which is observed in the Generation of these several Symbolical Persons, that Sin was produced upon the first Revolt of Satan, that Death appeared soon after he was cast into Hell, and that the Terrors of Conscience
No. 309. were conceived at the Gate of this Place of Torments.'
On a sudden open fly
Cast forth redounding Smoak and ruddy Flame,
The Womb of Nature, and perhaps her Grave. The Glimmering Light which shot into the Chaos from the utmost Verge_of the Creation, with the distant Discovery of the Earth that hung close by the Moon, are wonderfully Beautiful and Poetical, L
No. 310. V
No. 310. [STEELE]
Monday, February 25. Monday,
Feb. 25, Connubio jungam stabili Virg.
1712. . Mr. SPECTATOR, I
AM a certain young Woman, that love a certain
young Man very heartily: and my Father and Mother were for it a great While, but now they say I better, but I think I cannot. They bid me love him, and I cannot unlove him. What must I do? Speak quickly.
Biddy Doughbake.' 'Dear SPEC
Feb. 19, 1712. I have lov'd a Lady entirely for this Year and Half, tho' for a great Part of the Time (which has con tributed not a little to my Pain) I have been debarred the Liberty of conversing with her. The Grounds of our Difference was this ; That when we had enquired into each other's Circumstances, we found that at our first setting out into the World we should owe five hundred Pounds more than her Fortune would pay off. My Estate is seven hundred Pounds a Year, besides the Benefit of Tin-Mines. Now, dear Spec upon this State of the Case, and the Lady's positive Declaration that there is still no other objection, I beg you'll not fail to insert this, with your Opinion, as soon as possibly, whether this ought to be esteemed a just Cause or Impediment why we should not be join'd, and you will for ever oblige
Dick Lovesick P. S. Sir, if I marry this Lady by the Assistance of your Opinion, you may expect á Favour for it.'
* Mr. SPECTATOR, I have the Misfortune to be one of those unhappy Men who are distinguished by the Name of discarded Lovers, but I am the less mortified at my Disgrace, because the young Lady is one of those Creatures who set up for Negligence of Men, are forsooth the most