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Por here the false unconstant lover,

After a thousand beauties shown,

liberal education, and have been trained up in the 'Twas first a charming shape enslaved me, studies of knowledge and virtue.

An eye then gave the fatal stroke:

Till by her wit Corinna sav me, It has been observed, that men of learning who

And all my former fetters broke. take to business, discharge it generally with greater

But now a long and lasting anguish honesty than men of the world. The chief reason

For Belvidera I endure; for it I take to be as follows: A man that has spent Hourly I sigh, and hourly Janguish, his youth in reading, has been used to find virtue

Nor hope to find the wonted cure estolled, and rice stigmatized. A man that has passed his time in the world, has often seen vice triumphant, and virtue discountenanced. Extortion,

Does new surprising charms discover,

And finds variety in one. rapine, and injustice, which are branded with infamy in books, often give a man a figure in the world;

VARIOUS READINGS, While several qualities, which are celebrated in au- Stanza the first, verse the first. And changing.) Thors, as generosity, ingenuity, and good-nature, The and in some manuscripts is written thus, &: impoverish and ruin him. This cannot but have a but that in the Cotton library writes it in three disproportionable effect on men whose tempers and tinct letters. principles are equally good and vicious.

Verse the second. Nor e'er would.] Aldus reads There would be at least this advantage in em- it ever would ; but as this would hurt the metre, we ploying men of learning and parts in business; that have restored it to its genuine reading, by observing their prosperity would sit more gracefully on them, that synæresis which had been neglected by ignoand that we should not see many worthless persons rant transcribers. shot up into the greatest figures of life.-C.

Ibid. In my heart.] Scaliger and others, on my

heart. No. 470.1 FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 1712.

Verse the fourth. I found a dart.] The Vatican Turpe est difficiles habere nugas,

manuscript for I reads il; but this must have been

the hallucination of the transcribei, who probably Et stultus labor est ineptiarum. ---MART. 2 Epig. Ixxxvi.

mistook the dash of the I for a T.
"Tis folly only, and defect of sense.
Turns trifles into things of consequence.

Stanza the second, verse the second. The fatal I Have heen very often disappointed of late years, the read a; but I have stuck to the usual reading.

stroke.) Scioppius, Salmasius, and many others, for tben upon examining the new edition of a classic author, I have found above half the volume taken scripts have it his wit, others your, others their wait.

Verse the third. Till by her wil.) Some manuup with various readings. When I have expected But as I find Corinna to be the name of a woman to meet with a learned note upon a doubtful passage in other authors, I cannot doubt but it should be her. in a Latia poet, I have only been informed, that such or such ancient manuscripts for an et write an

Stanza the third, verse the first. A lony and laster, or of some other notable discovery of the like ing anguish.] The German manuscript reads a lastNáportance. Indeed, when a different reading gives ing passion, but the rhyme will not admit it. us a different sense, or a new elegance in an author,

Verse the second. For Belvidera I endure.] Did the editor does very well in taking notice of it; but not all the manuscripts reclaim, I should change When be only entertains us with the several ways of Belvidera into Pelvidera ; Pelvis being used by sevespelling the same word, and gathers together the ral of the ancient comic writers for a looking-glass, various blunders and mistakes of twenty or thirty by which means the etymology of the word is very different transcribers, they only take up the time of visible, and Pelvidera will signify a lady who often the learned reader, and puzzle the minds of the looks in her glass; as indeed she had very good reaignorant. I have often fancied with myself how son, if she had all those beauties which our poet enraged an old Latin author would be, should he

here ascribes to her. see the several absurdities in sense and grammar,

Verse the third. Hourly I sigh, and hourly lanwhich are imputed to him by some or other of these guish.] Some for the word hourly read daily, and various readings. In one he speaks nonsense; in others nightly; the last bas great authorities of its another makes use of a word that was never heard

side. of; and indeed there is scarce a solecism in writing

Verse the fourth. The wonted cure.] The elder which the best author is not guilty of, if we may be Stevens reads wanted cure. at liberty to read him in the words of some mapu

Stanza the fourth, verse the second. After a seript, which

the laborious editor has thought fit to thousand beauties.] In several copies we meet with examine in the prosecution of his work.

a hundred beauties, by the usual error of the tranI question not but the ladies and pretty fellows scribers, who probably omitted a cipher, and had will be very curious to understand what it is that I not taste enough to know that the word thousand have been hitherto talking of. I shall therefore was ten times a greater compliment to the poet's give them a notion of this practice, by endeavour- mistress than a hundred. ing to write after several persons who make an emi

Verse the fourth. And finds variety in one.] Most

Indeed bent figure in the republic of letters. To this end, of the ancient manuscripts have it in two. we will suppose that the following song is an old ode,

80 many of them concur in this last reading, that I which I present to the public in a new edition, with am very much in doubt whether it ought not to take the several various readings which I find of it in for- place. There are but two reasons, which incline me mer editions, and in ancient manuscripts. Those who to the reading as I have published it: first

, because hunot relish the various readings, will perhaps find the rhyme, and secondly, because the sense is pretheir account in the song, which never before ap- oscitaney of transcribers

, who, to dispatch their peared in print. My love was fiekle once and changing,

work the sooner, used to write all numbers in cipher, and seeing the figure I followed by a little dash of

the pen, as is customary in old manuscripts, they In exty lace I found a dart.

perhaps mistook the dush for a second figure, and

Nor e'er would settle in my heart
From beauty still to beauty ranging,

by casting up both together, composed out of them upon the tradition of the fall of man) shows us how the figure 2.' But this I shall leave to the learned, deplorable a state they thought the present life, with without determining any thing in a matter of so out hope. To set forth the utmost condition of great uncertainty.-C.

misery, they tell us, that onr forefather, according

to the pagan theology, had a great vessel presented No. 471.] SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 1712.

him by Pandora. Upon his lifting up the lid of it,

says the fable, there flew out all the calamities and The wise with hope support the pains of life. distempers incident to men, from which, till that The time present seldom affords sufficient em

time, they had been altogether exempt. Hore, who ployment to the mind of man. Objects of pain or had been enclosed in the cup with so much bad cumpleasure, love or admiration, do not lie thick enough puny, instead of dying off with the rest, stuck sa together in life to keep the soul in constant action, close to the lid of it, that it was shut down upon her. and supply an immediate exercise to its faculties.

I shall make but two reflections upon what I have 14 order, therefore, to remedy this defect, that the hitherto said. First, that no kind of life is so happy mind may not want business, but always have ma.

as that which is full of hope, especially when the terials for thinking, she is endowed with certuin hope is well grounded, a:d when the object of it is powers, that can recall what is passed, and antici- of an exalted kind, and in its nature proper to make

the pate what is to come.

person happy who enjoys it.' This proposition That wonderful faculty, which we call the me- must be very evident to those who consider how sex mory, is perpetually looking back, when we have are the present enjoyments of the most happy man, nothing present to entertain us. 'It is like those and how insufficient to give him an entire satisfac repositories in several animals that are filled with tion and acquiescence in them. stores of their former food, on which they may ru

My vext observation is this, that a religious life minate when their present pasture fails.

is that which most abounds in a well-grounded hope, As the memory relieves the mind in her vacant and such a one as is fixed on objects that are ca.. moments, and prevents any chasms of thought by pable of making us entirely happy. This hope in a. ideas of what is passed, we have other faculties that religious man is much more sure and certain than agitate and employ her for what is to come. These the hope of any temporal blessing, as it is strengthe are the passions of hope and fear.

ened not only by reason, but by iaith. It has at the By these two passions we reach forward into fu- same time its eye perpetually fixed on that state, turity, and bring up to our present thoughts objects which implies in the very notion of it the most full that lie hid in the remotest depths of time. We and the most complete happiness. suffer misery and enjoy happiness, before they are

I have before shown how the influence of hope in in being; we can set the sun and stars forward, or general sweeteus life, and makes our present coulose sight of them by wandering into those retired dition supportable, if not pleasing, but a religious parts of eternity, when the heavens and earth shall hope has still greater advantages. It does not only be no more.

bear up the mind under her sufferings, but inales By the way, who can imagine that the existence her rejoice in them, as they may be the instruments of a creature is to be circumscribed by time, whose of procuring her the great and ultimate end of all thoughts are not ? But I shall, in this paper, confine her hope. myself to that particular passion which goes by the

Religious hope has likewise this advantage above, name of hope,

any other kind of hope, that it is able to revive the Our actual enjoyments are so few and transient, dying man, and to fill his mind not only with secrets that man would be a very miserable being, were he comfort and refreshment, but sometimes with rapture not endowed with this passion, which gives him a and transport. He triumphs in his agonies, whilst taste of those good things that may possibly come the soul springs forward with delight to the great into his possession.

"We should hope for every object which she has always had in view, and leaves thing that is good,” says the old poet Linus,“ be the body with an expectation of being reunited to cause there is nothing which may not be hoped for, her in a glorious and joyful resurrectiou. and cothing but what the gods are able to give us.”

I shall conclude this essay with those emphatical Hope quickens all the still parts of life, and keeps expressions of a lively hope, which the Psalmist the mind awake in her most remiss and indolent made use of in the midst of those dangers and adhours. It gives habitual serenity and good humour. versities which surrounded him; for the following It is a kind of vital heat in the soul, that cheers and passage had its present and personal, as well as jis gladriens her, when she does not attend to it. It future and prophetic sense. “ I have set the Lord makes pain easy, and labour pleasant.

always before me. Because he is at my right hand Beside these several advantages which rise from I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, hope, there is another which is none of the least, and my glory rejoiceth. My filesh also shall rest in and that is, its great efficacy in preserving us from hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, vel setting too high a value on present enjoyments. ther wilt thou suffer thine holy one to see corrup The saying of Cæsar is very well known. When he tion. Thou wilt shew me the path of life. In tor bad given away all his estare in gratuities among his presence is fulness of joy, at thy right hand there are friends, one of them asked what he had left for him- pleasures for evermore.”—C. self; to which that great man replied, “ Hope.” His natural magnanimity hindered him from prizing what he was certainly possessed of, and turned all his thoughts upon something more valuable that he

No. 472.7 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, "1712. had in view, I question nut but every reader will

-Voluptas draw a mural from this story, and apply it to himself

Solamenque mula VING. Æn. fil. 660. without my direction.

This only solace his hard fortune sérids. -DEYDEN The old story of Pandora's box' (which many of I RECEIVED some time ago a proposal, which had the learned believe was torined among the heatbeasla preface to it, wherein the author discoursed at

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large of the innumerable objects of charity in a na- greatest and most important share of those pleation, and admonished the ricb, who were afflicted sures; and I soon concluded that it was to the sight. with any distem per of body, particularly to regard That is the sovereign of the senses, and mother of all the poor in the same species of aflicțioa, and con- the arts and sciences, that have refined the rudeness fine their tenderness to them, since it is impossible of the uncultivated mind to a politeness that distinto assist all who are presented to them. The pro- guishes the fine spirits from the barbarous goût of poser had been relieved from a malady in his eyes the great vulgar and the small. The sight is the by an operation performed by Sir William Road, obliging benefactress that bestows on us the most aud, being a man of condition, had taken a resolu- transporting sensations that we have from the vation to maintain three poor blind men during their rious and wonderful products of nature. To the lives

, in gratitude for that great blessing. This sight we owe the amazing discoveries of the height, misfortune is so very great and unfrequent, that one magnitude, and motion of the planets; their several would think an establishinent for all the poor under revolutions about their common centre of light, heat, it might be easily accomplished, with the addition of and motion, the sun. The sight travels yet further a very few others to those wealthy who are in the to the fixed stars, and furnishes the understanding same calamity. However, the thought of the pro- with solid reasons to prove, that each of them is a poser arose from a very good motive; and the par- sun, moving on its own axis, in the centre of its own celling of ourselves out, as called to particular acts vortex or turbillion, and performing the same offices of beneficence, would be a pretty cement of society to its dependent planets that our glorious sun does and virtue. It is the ordinary foundation for men's to this. But the inquiries of the sight will not be holding a commerce with each other, and becoming stopped here, but make their progress through the familiar, that they agree in the same sort of pleasure; immense expanse to the Milky Way, and there and sure it may also be some reason for amity, that divide the blended fires of the galaxy into infinite they are under one common distress. If all the rich and different worlds, made up of distinct suns, and who are lame in the gout, from a life of ease, plea- their peculiar equipages of planets, till, unable to sure, and luxury, would help those few who have it pursue this track any further, it deputes the imagiwithout a previous life of pleasure, and add a few of nation to go on to new discoveries, till it fill the unsuck laborious men, who are become lame from un bounded space with endless worlds. happy hlows, falls, or other accidents of age or sick- “ The sight informs the statuary's chisel with ness; I say, would such gouty persons administer power to give breath to lifeless brass ard marble, to the necessities of men disabled like themselves, and the painter's pencil to swell the flat canvass the consciousness of such a behaviour, would be the with moving figures actuated by imaginary souls. best jalap, cordial, and anodyne, in the feverish. Music indeed may plead another original, ** since faint, and tormenting vicissitudes of that miserable Jubal, by the different falls of his hammer on the distemper. The same may be said of all other, both anvil, discovered by the air the first rude music that bodily and intellectual evils. These classes of cha- pleased the antediluvian fathers; but then the sight rty would certainly bring down blessings upon an has not only reduced those wilder sounds into artful age and people; and if men were not petrified with order and harmony, but conveys that harmony to the love of this world, against all sense of the com- the most distant parts of the world without the help merce which ought to be among them, it would not of sound. To the sight we owe not only all the be an unreasonable bill for a poor man in the agony discoveries of philosophy, but all the divine imagery of pain, aggravated by want and poverty, to draw of poetry that transports the intelligent reader of apon a sick alderman after this forin:

Homer, Milton, and Virgil.

“ As the sight has polished the world, so does it MR. BASIL PLENTY.

supply us with the most grateful and lasting plea. * Sir,

Let love, let friendship, paternal affection, "You have the gout and stone, with sixty thou- filial piety, and conjugal duty, declare the joys the sand pounds sterling; I have the gout and stone, sight bestows on a meeting after absence. But it not worth one farthing; I shall pray for you, and would be endless to enumerate all the pleasures and desire you would pay the bearer twenty shillings for advantages of sight; every one that has it, every value received from,

hour he makes use of it, finds them, feels them, enSir, your humble Servant, joys them. August 29, 1712." LAZARUS HOPEFUL.

Thus, as our greatest pleasures and knowledge

are derived from the sight, so has Providence been The reader's own imagination will suggest to him more curious in the formation of its seat, the eye, the reasonableness of such correspondences, and di- than of the organs of the other senses. That stuversify them into a thousand forms; but I shall close pendous machine is composed, in a wonderful man

as I began, upon the subject of blindness. * ner, of muscles, membranes, and humours. Its moThe following letter seems to be written by a man

tions are admirably directed by the muscles; the of learning, who is returned to his study after a sus perspicuity of the humours transmit the rays of pense of an ability to do so. The beneớt he reports Light; the rays are regularly refracted by their fihimself to have received, inay well claim the hand-gure; the black lining of the sclerotes effectually somest encomium be can give the operator.

prevents their being confounded by reflection. It is

wonderful indeed to consider how many objects the "Mr. SPECTATOR,

eye is fitted to take in at once, and successively in " Ruminating lately on your admirable discourses an instant, and at the same time to make a judgment on the pleasures of the Imagination, I began to con- of their position, figure, and colour. It watches sider to which of our senses we are obliged for the against our dangers, guides our steps, and lets in

all the visible objects, whose beauty and variety ina A benevolent institution in favour of blind people, and

struct and delight. Swift's hospital, seem to have originated from this paper, certainly from the principles of humanity stated in it.

• Mr. Weaver ascribes the discovery to Pythagoras.

2

sure.

"Cripplegate,

this

“ The pleasures and adrantages of sight being so Suppose a man the coarsest gown should wear,

No shoes, his forehead rough, his look severe, great, the loss must be very grievous ; of which

And ape great Calo in his form and dress: Milton, from experience, gives the most sensible

Must he his virtues and his inind express ?-CREZCE. idea, both in the third book of bis Paradise Lost, and in his Samson Agonistes.

“TO THE SPECTATOR.

“ Sir, “ To light, in the former.

“I am now in the country, and employ most of These I revisit safe,

my time in reading, or thinking upou what I have And feel thy sov'reign vital lamp: hui thou Revisit'st not these eyes, that roll in vain

read. Your paper comes constantly down to me, To find thy piercing ray, but find no dawn

and it affects me so mueh, that I find my thoughts “ And a little after.

run into your way: and I recommend to you a subSeasons return, but not to me returns

jeet upon which you have not yet touched, and that Day, or the sweet approach of ev'n or morn,

is, the satisfaction some men seem to take in their Or sight of vernal bloom, or sumnjer's rose,

imperfections: I think one may call it glorying in Or flocks or berds, or human face divine ;

their insufficiency. A certain great author is of But cloud Instead, and ever-during dark, Surround me: from the cheerful ways of men

opinion it is the contrary to ensy, though perhaps it Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair

may proceed from it. Nothing is so common as to Presented with a universal blank

hear men of this sort, speaking of themselses, add te. of nature's works, to me expung'd and raz'd, their owo merit (as they think) by impairing it, in And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.

praising themselves for their defects, freely allowing " Again, in Samson Agonistes. They commit some few frivolous errors, in order to bar But chief of all

esteemed persons of uncommon talents and great O loss of sight of thee I most complain :

qualifications. They are generally professivg an ia Blind among enemies ! O worse than chains,

judicious neglect of dancing, fencing, and riding, as Dungeon, or beggary, or decrepit age ! Light, the prime work of God, to me's extinct, also an unjust contempt for travelling, and the me And all her various objects of delight

dern languages; as for their party say they, they Annull'd

never valued or troubled their head about them. -- Still as a fool,

This panegyrical satire on themselves certainly is In pow'r of others, never in my own,

worthy our animadversion. I have known one or Sciree half I seem to live, dead more than half: O dark ! dark ! dark ! amid the blaze of noon. these gentlemen think himself obliged to forget the Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse,

day of an appointment, and sometimes even that you Without all hopes of day.

spoke to bim; and when you see them, they hope “ The enjoyment of sight then being so great a you'll pardon them, for they bave the worst memory blessing, and the loss of it so terrible an evil, how in the world. One of them started up the other day excellent and valuable is the skill of that artist which in some confusion, and said, 'Now I think on't, Í can restore the former, and redress the latter! My am to meet Mr. Mortmain, the attorney, about some frequent perusal of the advertisements in the public business, but whether it is to-day or to-morrow, newspapers (generally the most agreeable entertain. "faith I cannot tell.' Now, to my certain knowledge

, ment they afford) has presented me with many and he knew his time to a moment, and was there acvarious benefits of chis kind done to my countrymen cordingly. These forgetful persons hare, to heighten by that skilful artist Dr. Grant, ker majesty's oculist their crime, generally the best memories of any extraordinary, whose happy band has brought and people, as I have found out by their remembering restored to sight several hundreds in less than four sometimes through inadvertency. Two or three of years. Many have received sight by his means who them that I know can say most of our modern tracame blind from their mother's womb, as in the fa- gedies by heart. I asked a gentleman the other day mous instance of Jones of Newington.* I myself that is famous for a good carver (at which acquisi. have been cured by bim of a weakness in my eyes tion he is out of countenance, imagining it may de next to blindness

, and am ready to believe any thing tract from some of his more essential qualifications). that is reported of his ability this way; and know to help me to something that was near him; bat be that many, who could not purchase his assistance excused himself, and blushing told me, ‘Of all things with money, bave enjoyed it from his charity. But he could never carve in his life;' though it can be a list of particulars would swell my letter beyond its proved upon him that he cuts up, disjoints, and unbounds : what I have said being sufficient to comfort cases, with incomparable dexterity. I would not be those who are in the like distress, since they may understood as if I thought it laudable for a man of conceive hopes of being no longer miserable in this quality and fortune to rival the acquisitions of artikind, while there is yet alive so able an oculist as ficers, and endeavour to excel in httle handy qualiDr. Grant.

ties; no, I argue only against being asbamed at what " I am the Spectator's humble Servant,

is really praiseworthy. As these pretences to inges T.

“ PHILANTHROPUS."

nuity show themselves several ways, you will often see a man of this temper asbamed to be clean, and

setting up for wit, only from negligence in his habit. No. 473.) TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1712. Now I am upon this head, I cannot help observing

also upon a very different folly proceeding from the Quid ? si quis vultu torvo ferus, et pede nudo,

same cause. As these above-mentioned arise from Exiguæque togre simulet textore Catonem ; Virtutemne repræsentot moresque Catonis ?

affecting an equality with men of greater talents HOR. I Ep. xix. 12 from having the same faults, there are others that

would come at a parallel with those above them, by This ostentatious oculist was, it seems, originally a cobbler possessing little advantages which they want to or tinker, aferward a preacher in a congregation of Baptists. heard a young man nøt long ago, who has sengel, William Jones was not born blind, and was but very little. If at comfort himself in his ignorance

of Greek Hebrew all, benefited by Grant's operation, who appears to have been guilty of great fraud and downright forgery in his account and I and the Orientals: at the same time that be pube advertiseuuletals of this pretended cure.

| lished his aversion to those langiages, be said that

Sweeter than their ambrosial dew.

the knowledge of them was rather a diminution than because they have thrown away the former part of an advancement of a man's character: though at the theirs ? It is to me an insupportable affliction, to same time I know he languishes and repines he is be tormented with the narrations of a set of people, not master of them himself

. Whenever I take any who are warm in their expressions of the quick relish of these fine persons thus detracting from what they of that pleasure which their dogs and horses have a do not understand, I tell them I will complain to more delicate taste of. I do also in my heart detest you; and say I am sure you will not allow it an ex- and abhor that damnable doctrine and position of ception against a thing, that he who contemns it is the necessity of a bumper, though to one's own toast; an ignorant in it.

“I am, Sir,

for though it is pretended that these deep potations “ Your most bumble Servant,

are used only to inspire gaiety, they certainly drown “ S. P."

that cheerfulness which would survive a moderate " MR. SPECTATOR,

circulation. If at these meetings it were left to every “) am a man of a very good estate, and am ho- stranger either to fill his glass according to his own nouratly in love. I hope you will allow, when the inclination, or to make his retreat when he finds he ultimate purpose is honest, there may be, without bas been sufficiently obedient to that of others, these trespass against innocence, some toying by the way. entertainments would be governed with more good People of condition are perhaps too distant and for sense, and consequently with more good breeding, mal on those occasions but however that is, I am than at present they are. Indeed, where any of the to confess to you that I have writ some verses to guests are known to measure their fame or pleasure atone for my offence. You professed authors are a by their glass, proper exhortations might be used to little severe upon us, who write like gentlemen : but these to push their fortunes in this sort of reputaif you are a friend to love, you will insert my poem. tion; but where it is unseasonably insisted on to a You cannot imagine how much service it would do modest stranger, this drench may be said to be swalme with my fair one, as well as reputation with all lowed with the same necessity as if it had been tena my friends, to have something of mine in the Spec. dered in the born for that purpose, * with this aggratator. “My crime was, that I snatched a kiss, and vating circumstance, that it distresses the entertainmy poetical excuse as follows:

er's guest in the same degree as it relieves his horses.

“To attend without impatience an account of I. Belinda, see from yonder flowers

five-barred gates, double ditches, and precipices, and The bee flies loaded to its cell:

to survey the orator with desiring eyes, is to me exCan you perceive what it devours ?

tremely difficult but absolutely necessary, to be upon Are they impair'd in show or smell ?

tolerable terms with him; but then the occasional .

burstings out into laughter is of all other accomplishSo, though I robb'd you of a kiss,

ments the most requisite. I confess at present I

have not that command of these convulsions as is Why are you angry at ny bliss ? Has it all impoverish'd you?

necessary to be good company; therefore I beg you

would publish this letter, and let me be known all at Tis by this cunning I contrive,

once for a queer fellow, and avoided. It is monIn spite of your unkind reserve,

strous to me, that we who are given to reading and To keep my famished love alive,

calm conversation, should ever be visited by these Which you inhumanly would starve.

roarers ; but they think they themselves, as neigh* I am, Sir, your humble Servant, bours, may come into our rooms with the same right * Timothy Stanza."

that they and their dogs hunt in our grounds.

“ Your institution of clubs I have always admired, « SIR,

August 23, 1712.

in which you constantly endeavoured the union of Having a little time upon my hands, I could not the metaphorically defunct, that is, such as are neithink of bestowing it better than writing an ther serviceable to the busy and enterprising part of spistle to the Spectator, which I now do, and am, Sir, mankind, nor entertaining to the retired and specu

* Your humble Servant, lative. There should certainly, therefore, in each

“ BOB SHORT. county be established a club of the persons whose "P.S. If you approve of my style, I am likely conversations I have described, who for their own enough to become your correspondent. I desire private, as also the public emolument, should esclude, Four opinion of it. I design it for that way of wri- and be excluded, all other society. Their attire ting called by the judicious ' the familiar.”“_T.

should be the same with their huntsmen's, and none should be admitted into this green conversation-piece, except he had broken his collar-bone thrice. A

broken rib or two might also admit a man without No. 474.) WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 1712.

the least opposition. The president must necessarily Aperitas agrestis, et inconcinna.-Hor. 1 Ep. xviii 6. have broken his neck, and have been taken up deal kude, rustic, and inelegant.

once or twice : for the more maims this brotherhood “ Mr. SPECTATOR,

shall have met with, the easier will their conversa

tion flow and keep up; and when any one of these “ Baixe of the number of those that have lately vigorous invalids'had finished his narration of the retired from the centre of business and pleasure, my collar-bone, this naturally would introduce the hisuneasiness in the country where I am arises rather tory of the ribs. Besides, the different circumstances from the society than the solitude of it. To be of their falls and fractures would help to prolong and obliged to receive and return visits from and to a diversify their relations. There should also be ancircle of neighbours, who, through diversity of age other club of such men, who had not succeeded so or inclinatioas, can neither be entertaining nor ser-well in maiming themselves, but are however in the viceable to us is a vile loss of time, and a slavery constant

pursuit of these accomplishments. I would from which a man should deliver himself, if possible : for why must I lose the remaining part of my life, • A born is used to administer potions to horsés.

III.

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