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to have it fresh from the tree; and to convey it to my faculties; but I believe is chiefly owing to this, itat friends before it is faded. Accordingly my expenses the longer we have been in possession of being, tbe in coach-hire make no small article: which you may less sensible is the gust we have of it; and the more believe, when I assure you, that I post away from it requires of adventitious amusements to relieve us coffee-house to coffee-house, and forestal the Even- from the satiety and weariness it brings along witbit. ing-post by two hours. There is a certain gentle. "And as novelty is of a very powerful, su is it of man, who hath given me the slip twice or thrice, and a most extensive influence. Moralists have long hath' been beforehand with me at Child's. But I since observed it to be the source of admirative, have played him a trick. I have purchased a pair which lessons in proportion to our familiarity wita of the best coach-borses I could buy for money, objects, and upon a thorough acquaintance is utterly and now let him outstrip me if he can. Once more, extinguished. But I think it bath rot been so conMr. Spectator, let me advise you to deal in news. monly remarked, that all the other passions depeod You may depend upon my assistance. But I must considerably on the same circunstance. What is break off abruptly, for I have twenty letters to it but novelty that awakens desire, enhances de write.

light, kindles anger, provokes envy, inspires horror? “ Yours, in haste,

To this cause we must ascribe it, that love lan. “ Thos. QUIDNUNG.” guishes with fruition, and friendship itself is recom

mended by intervals of absence : bence monsters, by

use, are bebeld without loathing, and the most eiNo. 6:26.1 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1714. chanting beauty without rapture. That emotion of

the spirits, in wbich passion coosists, is usually the Dulcique animos noritate tenebo. Ovin, Met. 1. 1.

effect of surprise, and, as long as it continues, With sweet novelty your taste I'll please.-EUSDEN.

heightens the agreeable or disagreeable qualities of I have seen a little work of a learned man, con- its object; but as this emotion ceases (and it ceases sisting of extemporary speculations, which owed with the novelty) things appear in another light, and their birth to the most trifling occurrences of life. affect us even less than might be expected from their His usual method was to write down any sudden proper energy, for having moved us too much start of thought which arose in his mind upon the before. sight of an odd gesticulation in a man, any whim- " It may not be a useless inquiry how far the sical mimicry of reason in a beast, or whatever ap- love of novelty is the unavoidable growth of nature, peared remarkable in any object of the visible cre- and in what respects it is peculiarly adapted to the ation. He was able to moralize upon a snuff-box, present state. To me it seems impossible that a would flourish eloquently upon a tucker or a pair of reasonable creature should rest absolutely satisfied ruffles, and draw practical inferences from a full in any acquisitions whatever, without endeavouring bottomed periwig. This I thought fit to mention, farther; for, after its highest improvements, the by way of excuse for my ingenious correspondeut, mind hath an idea of an infinity of things still be who hath introduced the following letter by an bind worth knowing, to the knowledge of which image which I beg leave to tell him, is too ridiculous therefore it cannot be indifferent; as by climbing up in so serious and noble a speculation.

a bill in the midsi of a wild plain a man bath his “ MR. SPECTATOR,

prospect enlarged, and, together with that, the

bounds of his desires. Upon this account, I cangot “When I have seen young puss playing her think he detracts from the state of the blessed who wanton gambols, and with a thousand antic shapes conceives them to be perpetually employed in fresh express her own gaiety at the same time that she searches into nature, and to eternity advancing into moved mine, while the old grannum hath sat hy the fathomless depths of the divine perfections. In with a most exemplary gravity, unmoved at all that this thought, there is nothing but what doth bonoar passed, it hath made me reflect what should be the to these glorified spirits; provided still it be remeaoccasion of humours so opposite in two creatures, bered, that their desire of more proceeds not from their between whom there was no visible difference but disrelishing what they possess; and the pleasure of a that of age; and I have been able to resolve it into new enjoyinent is not with them measured by its donothing else but the force of novelty.

velty (which is a thing merely foreign andaccidental), " In every species of creatures, those who have but by its real intrinsic value. After an acquaintance been least time in the world appear test pleased of many thousand years with the works of God, the with their condition : for, besides that, to a new beauty and magnificence of the creation fills them comer, the world hath a freshness on it that strikes with the same pleasing wonder and profound alle the sense after a most agreeable ma:uer. Being which Adamn felt himself scized with as be first itsell, unattended with any great variety of enjoy opened his eyes upon this glorious scene. Truth ments, excites a sensation of pleasure ; but, as age captivates with unborrowed charms, and whatever advances, every thing seems to wither, the senses hath once given satisfaction will always do it, la are disgusted with their old entertainnıents, and ex. all which they have manifestly the advantage of us, istence turns flat and insipid. We may see this who are so much governed by sickiy and changeable exemplified in mankind. The child, let him be free appetites, that we can with the greatest coldness from pain, and gratified in his change of toys, is behold the stupendous displays of Omnipotence, and diverted with the smallest trifle. Nothing disturbs be in transports at the puny essays of human skill; the mirth of the boy but a little punishmeut or con. throw aside speculations of the sublimest nature and finement. The youth must have more violent plea- vastest importance into some obscure corner of the sures to employ his time. The man loves the hurry mind, to make room for new notious of no conse of an active life, devoted to the pursuits of wealth quence at all: are even tired of health, because or ambition. And lastly, old age, having lost its not enlivened with alternate pain; and prefer the capacity for these avocations, becomes its own in- first reading of an indifferent author to the serced supportable burden. This variety may in part be or third peru:al of one whose merit and reputation accounted for by the vivacity and decay of the are established.

"Our being thus formed serves maby useful pur- can think of: 'Surely,' say I to myself, ' life is poses in the present state. It contributes not a vain, and the man beyond expression stupid or prelittle to the advancement of learning; for, as Cicero judiced, who from the vanity of life cannot gather lakes pótice, that which makes men willing to un. that be is designed for immortality.'". dergo the fatigues of philosophical disquisitions, is not so much the greatness of objects as their novelty. It is not enough that there is field and game for the No. 627.) WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 1714. chase, and that the understanding is prompted with

Tantum inter densas umbrosa cacumina, fagos a restless thirst of knowledge, effectually to rouse Assidue veniebat; ibi hæc incondita solus the soul sunk into a state of sloth and indolence; it Montibus et sylvis studio jactabat inani-Vird. Ecl. 41 3. is also necessary that there be an uncommon plea- He underneath the beechep shade, alone, sure annexed to the first appearance of truth in the

Thus to the woods and mountains made his moan mind. This pleasure being exquisite for the time it

DRYDIN. lasts, but transient, it hereby comes to pass that the The following account, which came to my hands mind grows into an indifference to its former no- some time ago, may be no disagreeable entertaintions, and passes on after new discoveries, in hope ment to such of my readers as have tender hearts, of repeating the delight. It is with knowledge as and nothing to do :with wealth, the pleasure of which lies inore in mak. ing endless additions than in taking a review of our

“ MR. SPECTATOR, old store. There are some inconveniences that fol. “ A friend of mine died of a fever last week, which low this temper, if not guarded against, particularly he caught by walking too late iu a dewy evening this, that, through a too great eagerness of some amongst bis reapers. I must inform you that his thing new, we are many times impatient of staying greatest pleasure was in husbandry and gardening. long enough upon a question that requires some He had some humours which seemed inconsistent time to resolve it; or, wbich is worse, persuade our with that good sense he was otherwise master of. selves that we are masters of the subject before we His uneasiness in the company of women was very are so, only to be at the liberty of going upon a remarkable in a man of such perfect good-breeding; fresh scent: in Mr. Locke's words, We see a and his avoiding one particular walk in his garden, little, presume a great deal, and so jump to the where he had used to pass the greatest part of his conclusion.'

time, raised abundance of idle conjectures in the "A further advantage of our inclination for no- village where he lived. Upon looking over his velty, as at present circumstantiated, is, tbat it an- papers we found out the reason, which he never innihilates all the boasted distinctions among man- timated to his nearest friends. He was, it seems, a kind. Look not up with envy to those above thee ! passionate lover in his youth, of which a large par Sounding titles, stately buildings, fine gardens, cel of letters he left behind him are a witness. I gilded chariots, rich equipages, what are they? They send you a copy of the last he ever wrote upon that dazzle every one but the possessor ; to him that is subject, by which you find that he concealed the accustomed to them they are cheap and regardless true name of his mistress under that of Zelinda :things; they supply him not with brighter images ""A long month's absence would be insupportor more sublime satisfactions, than the plain man able to me, if the business I am employed in were may have whose small estate will just enable him to not for the service of my Zelinda, and of such a support the charge of a simple unencumbered life. nature as to place her every moment in my mind. He enters heedless into his rooms of state, as you or I have furnished the house exactly according to your I do under our poor sheds. The poor paintings and fancy, or, if you please, my own ; for I have long since costly furniture are lost on bim; he sees them not; learned to like nothing but what you do. The as how can it be otherwise, when by custom a fabric apartment designed for your use is so exact a copy infinitely more grand and finished, that of the uni- of that which you live in, that I often think myself verse, stands unobserved by the inhabitants, and in your house when I step into it, but sigh when 5 the everlasting lamps of heaven are lighted up in find it without its proper inhabitant. You will have vain, for any notice that mortals take of them ? the most delicious prospect from your closet window Thanks to indulgent nature, which not only placed that England affords: I am sure I should think it so, her children originally upon a level, but still, by if the landscape that shows such variety did not at the strength of this principle, in a great measure the same time suggest to me the greatness of the preserves it, in spite of all the care of man to intro- space that lies between us. duce artificial distinctions.

“* The gardens are laid out very beautifully; I "To add no moreis not this fondness for no- have dressed up every hedge in woodbines, sprinkled velty, which makes us out of conceit with all we bowers and arbours in every corner, and made a already have, a convincing proof of a future state ? little paradise round me: yet I am still like the first Either man was made in vain, or this is not the man in his solitude, but half blessed without a partonly world he was made for: for there cannot be a der in my happiness. I have directed one walk to gTeater instance of vanity than that to which man be made for two persons, where I promise ten thouis liable, to be deluded from the cradle to the grave sand satisfactions to myself in your conversation. with fleeting shadows of happiness. His pleasures, I already take my evening's turn in it, and have and those not considerable neitber, die in the pos- worn a path upon the edge of this little alley, while session, and fresh enjoyments do not rise fast enough I soothed myself with the thought of your walking to fill up half his life with satisfaction. When I see by my side. I have beld many imaginary discourses persons sick of themselves any longer than they are with you in this retirement; and when I have been called away by something that is of force to chain weary have sat down with you in the midst of a row down the present thought: when I see tbem hurry of jessamines. The many expressions of joy and from country to town, and then from the town back rapture I use in these silent conversations have again into the country, continually shifting pos- made me for some time the talk of the parish; but tures, and placing life in all the different lights they la neighbouring young fellow, who makes love to the SPECTATOR-NO. 89.

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farmer's dangbter, bath found me out, and made potwithstanding the long race that we shall then my case known to the whole neighbourhood. have run, we shall still imagide ourselves just start

** In planting of the fruit trees I have not forgot ing from the goal, and find no proportion between the peach you are so fond of. I have made a walk that space which we know bad a beginning, and what of elms along the river side, and intend to sow all we are sure will never baye an end. the place about it with cowslips, which I hope you “But I shall leave this subject to your managewill like as well as that I have heard you talk of by ment, and question not but you will throw it into your father's house in the country.

such lights as shall at once improve and entertain “Oh! Zelinda, what a scheme of delight have I your reader. drawn up in my imagination! What day dreams do I have, enclosed, sent you a translation of the I indulge myself in! When will the six weeks be at speech of Cato on this occasion, which hath acci. an end, that lie between me and my promised hap-dentally fallen into my hands, and which, for conpiness!

ciseness, purity, and elegance of phrase, cannot be "• How could you break off so abruptly in your sufficiently admired. last, and tell me you must go and dress for the play?

ACT V.-SCENE I. If you loved as I do, you would find no more

CATO solus, &c. company in a crowd than I have in my solitude, Sic, sic se habere rem necesse prorsus est, I am,' &c.

Ratione vincis, do lubens manus, Plato. “On the back of the letter is written, in the hand

Quid enim dedisset, quæ dedit frustra nihil,

Æternitatis insitam cupidinem of the deceased, the following piece of history :

Natura ? Quorsum hæc dulcis expectatio; "Mem. Having waited a whole week for an an. Vitæque non explenda melioris sitis ? swer to this letter, I hurried to town, where I found

Quid vult sibi aliud iste redeundi in nihil

Horror, sub imis quemque agens precordiis? the perfidious creature married to my rival. I will

Cur territa in se refugit anima, cur tremit bear it as becomes a man, and endeavour to find out Attonita, quoties, morte ne pereat, timet? happiness for myself in that retirement which I had Particula nempe est cuique nascenti indita

Divinior ; quæ corpus incolens agit; prepared in vain for a false, ungrateful woman.'

Hominique succinit, tua est æternitas.
I am," &c.

Æternitas! O lubricum nimis aspici,
Mixtumque dulci gaudium formidine!

Quæ demigrabitur alia hinc in corpora ?
No. 628.) FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1714. Quæ terra mox incognita ? Quis orbis DOVUS

Manet incolendus ? Quanta erit mutatio?
Labitur et labetur in omne volubilis ævum.

Hæc intuenti spatia mihi quaqua patent

HoR. 1 Ep. ii. 43. Immensa : sed caliginosa nox premit ;
It rolls, and rolls, and will for ever roll.

Nec luce clara vult videri singula.

Figendus hic pes: certa sunt hæc hactenus : “ MR. SPECTATOR,

Si quod gubernet numen humanum genus,

(At, quod gubernet, esse clamant omnia) “ There are none of your speculations which Virtute non gaudere certe non potest:

Nec esse non beata, qua gaudet, potest. please me more than those upon infinitude and eter

Sed qua beata sede ? Quove in tempore? nity. You have already considered that part of

Hæc quanta quanta terra, tota est Cæsaris. eternity which is past, and I wish you would give us Quid dubius hæret animus usque adeo? Brevi your thoughts upon that which is to come.

Hic nodum hic omnem expediet. Arma en indoor. “ Your readers will perhaps receive greater plea

(Ensi manum admorta.

In utramque partem facta; quæque vim inferant, sure from this view of eternity than the former, since Et quæ propulsent! Dextera intentat necem; we have every one of us a concern in that which is Vitam sinistra: vulnus hæc dabit manus;

Altera medelam vulneris : hic ad exitom to come: whereas a speculation on that which is past

Deducet, ictu simplici; hæc vetant mori. is rather curious than useful.

Secura ridet anima mucronis minas, “ Besides, we can easily conceive it possible for Ensesque strictos, interire Descia. successive duration never to have an end; though, Extinguet ætas sidera diuturnior:

Ætate languens ipse sol obscurus as you have justly observed, that eternity which

Emittet orbi consenescenti jubar : never had a beginning is altogether incomprehen- Natura et ipsa sentiet quondam vicos sible; that is, we can conceive an eternal duration Ætatis; annis ipsa deficiat gravis : which may be, though we cannot an eternal dura.

At tibi juventus, at tibi immortalitas :

Tibi parta divum est vita. Periment mutuis tion which hath been; or, if I may use the philo- Elementa sose et interibant ictibus. sophical terms, we may apprehend a potential though Tu permanebis sola semper integra, not an actual eternity.

Tu cuncta rerur quassa, cuncta naufragi, “ This potion of a future eternity, which is natu

Jam portu in ipso tuta, contemplabere,

Compage rupta, corruent no se invicem, Tal to the mind of man, is an unanswerable argu. Orbesque fractis ingerentur orbibus ; ment that he is a being designed for it; especially

Illæsa tu sedebis extra fragmina. if we consider that he is capable of being virtuous

ACT V.-SCENE I. or vicious here; that he hath faculties improveable

CATO alone, &c. to all eternity; and, by a proper or wrong employ

It must be 80Plato, thou reason'st wellment of them may be happy or miserable throughout

Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,

This longing after immortality: that infinite duration. Our idea indeed of this Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror, eternity is not of an adequate or fixed nature, but is or falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul

Back on hersell, and startles at destruction? perpetually growing and enlarging itself towards the

'Tis the Divinity that stirs within us; object, which is too big for human comprehension. 'Tis Heaven itself that points out an hereafter, As we are now in the beginnings of existence, so And intimates eternity to man. shall we always appear to ourselves as if we were Eternity ! thou pleasing, dreadful thought! for ever entering upon it. After a million or two of Through what variety of untry'd being, centuries, some considerable things already past,

Through what new scenes and changes must we pass!

The wide, th' unbounded prospect bes before we , may slip out of our memory, which, if it be not But shadows, clouds, and darkness rest upon it strengthened in a wonderful manner, may possibly

. This translation was by Mr. afterwards Dr. Bland, ouice forget that ever there was a sun or planets; and yet, schoolmaster, then provost of Eton, and dean of Durban

Here vill I hold. If there's a Power above us.

knighthood, for having cuucolded Sir T. W, a noAnd that there is all nature cries aloud

torious roundhead. Through all her works,) he must delight in virtue ; And that which he delights in must be happy.

There is likewise the petition of one who, having But when, or where? This world was made for Cæsar. let his beard grow from the martyrdom of King I'm weary of conjectures, This must end them.

Charles I. until the restoration of King Charles II., [Laying his hand on his scoord. desired in consideration thereof to be made a privyThus am I doubly arm d; my death and life,

councillor. My bane and antidote, are both before me. This in a moment brings me to an end :

I must not omit a memoria, setting forth that the But this informs me I shall never die.

memorialist had, with great dispatch, carried a letter The soul, secur'd in her existence, smiles

from a certain lord to a certain lord, wherein, as it At the drawn dagger, and defies its point.

afterward appeared, measures were concerted for the The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years :

restoration, and without which he verily believes that But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,

happy revolution had never been effected; who Unburt amidst the war of elements,

thereupor humbly prays to be made post-masterThe wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.

general.

A certain gentleman, who seems to write with a

great deal of spirit, and uses the words, “ gallantry" No. 629.) MONDAY DECEMBER 6, 1714. and “gentleman-like" very often in his petition,

begs that (in consideration of his having worn his Experiar quid concedatur in illos,

hat for ten years past in the loyal cavalier-cock, to Quorum Flaminia tegitur cinis, atque Latina

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bis great danger and detriment) he may be made a Since none the living dare implead,

captain of the guards. Arraiga them in the persons of the dead. --DRYDEN.

I shall close my account of this collection of me.

morials with the copy of one petition at length, Next to the people who want a place, there are which I recommend to my reader as a very valuable none to be pitied more than those who are solicited piece. for one. A plain answer with a denial in it is looked

The Petition of E. H., Esq. upon as pride, and a civil answer as a promise. Nothing is more ridiculous than the pretensions

“ Humbly showeth, of people upon these occasions. Every thing a man " That your petitioner's father's brother's uncle, bath suffered, whilst his enemies were in play, was Colonel W. H., lost the third finger of his left hand certainly brought about by the malice of the

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at Edgehill fight. site party. A bad cause would not have been lost, “That your petitioner, potwithstanding the small. if such a one had not been upon the bench; nor a ness of his fortune (he being the younger brother), profligate youth disinherited, if he had not got drunk always kept hospitality, and drank confusion to the every night by toasting an ousted ministry. I re- roundheads in half a score bumpers every Sunday member a tory, who, having been fined in a court of in the year, as several honest gentlemen (whose justice for a prank that deserved the pillory, de- names are underwritten) are ready to testify. sired upon the merit of it to be made a justice of “That your petitioner is remarkable in his counpeace when his friends came into power; and shall try, for baving dared to treat Sir P. P. a cursed seDever forget a whig criminal, who, upon being in- questrator, and three members of the assembly of dicted for a rape, told his friends, “ You see what divines, with brawn and minced pies upon Newa man suffers for sticking to his principles."

year's-day. The truth of it is, the sufferings of a man in a

• That your said humble petitioner hath been five party are of a very doubtful nature. When they times imprisoned in five several county-gaols, for are such as have promoted a good cause, and fallen having been a ring-leader in five different riots into upon a man undeservedly, they have a right to be which bis zeal for the royal cause hurried him, when heard and recompensed beyond any other preten

men of greater estates had not the courage to rise. sions. But when they rise out of rashness or indis

« That he the said E. H. hath had six duels and cretion, and the pursuit of such measures as have four-and-twenty boxing matches in defence of his rather ruined than promoted the interest they aim majesty's title; and that he received such a blow at which hath always been the case of many great upon the head at a bonfire in Stratford-upon-Avon, sufferers, they only serve to recommend them to the as he hath been never the better for from that day children of violence or folly.

to this. I have by me a bundle of memorials presented by

“That your petitioner hath been so far from imseveral cavaliers upon the restoration of King proving his fortune, in the late damnable times, that Charles II., which may serve as so many instances he verily believes, and hath good reason to imagine, to our present purpose.

that if he bad been master of an estate he had inAmong several persons and pretensions recorded fallibly been plundered and sequestered. by my author, he mentions one of a very great es

“ Your petitioner, in consideration of his said tate, who, for having roasted an ox whole, and dis- merits and sufferings, humbly requests that he may tributed a bogshead upon King Charles's birth-day, bave the place of receiver of the taxes, collector of desired to be provided for as his majesty in his great the customs, clerk of the peace, deputy lieutenant, wisdom shall think fit.

or whatsoever else he shall be thought qualified for. Another put in to be Prince Henry's governor, And your petitioner shall ever pray,” &c. for having dared to drink his health in the worst of times.

A third petitioned for a colonel's commission, for No. 630.) WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 1714. having cursed Oliver Cromwell, the day before his

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upon reason.

It diffuses a calmness all around us,

it makes us drop all those vain or immodest thoughts “ If you would be so kind to me, as to suspend which would be a hinderance to us in the performthat satisfaction which the learned world most re ance of that great duty of thanksgiving, which, as ceive in teading one of your speculations, by pub- we are informed by our Almighty Benefactor, is the lishing this endeavour, you will very much oblige most acceptable retura which can be made for those and improve one, who has the boldness to hope that infinite stores of blessings which he daily condehe may be admitted into the number of your cor. scends to pour down upon bis creatures. When respondents.

we make use of this pathetical method of addressing - I have often wondered to hear men of good ourselves to him, we can scarce contain from rap sense and good-dature profess a dislike to music, tures ! The heart is warmed with a sublimity of when at the same time they do not scruple to own goodness! We are all piety and all love! that it has the most agreeable and improving in. “ How do the blessed spirits rejoice and wonder fluences over their minds; it seems to me an un- to behold untbinking man prostrating his soul to his bappy contradiction, that those persons should have dread Sovereign in such a warmth of piety as they an indifference for an art which raises in them such themselves might not be ashamed of! i variety of sublime pleasures.

“I shall close these reflections with a passage “ However, though some few, by their own or the taken out of the third book of Milton's Paradise unreasonable prejudices of others, may be led into Lost, where those harmonious beings are thus nobly a distaste of those musical societies which are erected described : merely for entertainment, yet sure I may venture lo

Then crown'd again, their golden harps they took, say that no one can bave the least reason for disaf

Harps ever tund. that, glitt'ring by their side, fection to that solemn kind of melody which consists Like quivers hung, and with preamble sweet of the praises of our Creator.

of charming symphony they introduce

The sacred song, and waken raptures high : “ You have, I presume, already prevented me in

No one exempt, no voice but well could join au argument upon this occasion, which some divines Melodious part-such concord is in heaven!" have successfully advanced upon a much greater, that musical sacrifice and adoration has claimed a

“ MR. SPECTATOR, place in the laws and customs of the most different “The town cannot be unacquainted that in divers nations, as the Grecians and Romans of the pro- parts of it there are vociferous sets of men who are faue, the Jews and Christians of the sacred world, called rattling clubs : but what shocks me most is. did as unanimously agree in this as they disagreed they have now the front to invade the church, and in all other parts of their economy.

institute these societies there, as a clan of them "I know there are not wanting some who are of have in late times done, to such a degree of insoopinion that the pompous kind of music which is in lence, as has given the partition where they reside, use in foreign churches is the most excellent, as it in a church near one of the city gates, the denomi. most affects our senses. But I am swayed by my pation of the rattling pew. These gay fellows, from judgment to the modesty which is observed in the humble lay professions, set up for critics, without inusical part of our devotions. Methinks there is any tincture of letters or reading, and bare the få something very laudable in the custom of a volun. pity to think they can lay hold of something from tary before the first lesson : by this we are supposed the parson which may be formed into ridicule

. to be prepared for the admission of those divine " It is needless to observe that the gentlemez, truths which we are shortly to receive. We are who every Sunday have the hard province of inthen to cast all worldly regards from off our hearts, structing these wretches in a way they are in no. all tumults within are then beca!med, and there present disposition to take, have a fixed cbaracter should be nothing near the soul but peace and tran- for learning and eloquence, not to be tainted by the quillity. So that in this short office of praise the weak efforts of this contemptible part of their auman is raised above himself, and is almost lost al. diences. Whether the pulpit is taken by these ready amidst the joys of futurity,

gentlemen, or any strangers their friends, the way have heard some nice observers frequently of the club is this: if any sentiments are delivered commend the policy of our church in this particular, two sublime for their conception; if any uncommon that it leads us on by such easy and regular methods topic is entered on, or one in use new modified with that we are perfectly deceived into piety. When the finest judgment and dexterity; or any controthe spirits begin to languish (as they too often do verted point be never so elegantly handled; in with a constant series of petitions) she takes care to short, whatever surpasses the narrow limits of their allow them a pious respite, and relieves them with theology, or is not suited to their taste, they are all the raptures of an anthem. Nor can we doubt that immediately upon the watch, fixing their eyes upok the sublimest poetry, softened in the most moving each other with as much warmth as our gladiators strains of music, can never fail of bumbling or ex. of Hockley-in-the-Hole, and waiting like them for a alting the soul to any pitch of devotion. Who can bit: if one touches, all take fire, and their noddles hear the terrors of the Lord of Hosts described in instantly meet in the ceutre of the pew: then, as by the most expressive melody without being awed into beat of drum, with exact discipline, they rear up a veneration? Or who can hear the kind and en into a full length of stature, and, with odd looks and

earing attributes of a merciful Father, and not be gesticulations, confer together in so loud and clasoftened into love towards him ?

morous a manner, continued to the close of the " As the rising and sinking of the passions, the discourse, and during the after-psalm, as is not to casting soft or noble hints into the soul, is the natu. be silenced but by the bells. Nor does this suffice ral privilege of music in general, so more particularly of that kind which is employed at the altar. Ushed for a thanksgiving for King George's accession, to be at

• A proclamation issued the day before this paper was pubThose impressions which it leaves upon the spirits served January 2012

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