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to others, without ever receiving thanks, or doing The third artist that I looked over was Fantasque, one good action.
dressed like a Venetian scaramouch. He had an I will end this discourse with a speech which I excellent hand at chimera, and dealt very much in heard Jack make to one of his creditors (of whom distortions and grimaces. He would sometimes se deserved gentler usage) after lying a whole night affright himself with the phantoms that lowed from in custody at his suit.
bis pencil. In short, the most elaborate of bis “Sir, your ingratitude for the many kindnesses I pieces was at best but a terrifying dream; and one have done you, shall not make me unthankful for could say nothing more of his finest figures, than the good you have done me, in letting me see there that they were agreeable monsters. is such a man as you in the world. I am obliged to The fourth person I examined was very remarkyou for the diffidence I shall have all the rest of my able for his hasty hand, which left his pictures so life: I shall bereafter trust no man so far as to be unfinished that the beauty in the picture (which was in his debt."
R. designed to continue as a monument of it to pos.
terity) faded sooner than in the person after whom No. 83.] TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1711. it was drawn. He made so much haste to dispatch Animum pictura pascit inani.
his business, that he neither gave himself time to
VIRG, Æn. i. 464 clean his pencils, nor mix his colours. The name of And with the shadowy picture seeds his mind. this expeditious workman was Avarice. When the weather hinders me from taking my Not far from this artist I saw another of a quite diversions without doors, I frequentiy make a little different nature, who was dressed in the habit of a party with two or three select friends, to visit any Dutchman, and known by the name of Industry. thing curious that may be seen under covert. My His figures were wonderfully laboured. If he drew principal entertainments of this nature are pictures, the portraiture of a man, he did not omit a single insomuch that when I have found the weather set in hair in his face; if the figure of a ship, there was not to be very bad, I have taken a whole day's journey a rope among the tackle that escaped him. He had to see a gallery that is furnished by the hands of likewise, hung a great part of the wall with nightgreat masters. By this means, when the heavens pieces, that seemed to show themselves by the can. are filled with clouds, when the earth swims in rain, dles which were lighted up in several parts of them; and all nature wears a lowering countenance, i and were so inflamed by the sunshine which acciwithdraw myself from these uncomfortable scenes dentally fell upon them, that at first sight I could into the visionary worlds of art; where I meet with scarce forbear crying out “Fire.” shining landscapes, gilded triumphs, beautiful faces, The five foregoing artists were the most consider. and all those other objects that fill the mind with able on this side the gallery; there were indeed sevegay ideas, and disperse that gloominess which is apt ral others whom I had not time to look into. One to hang upon it in those dark disconsolate seasons. of them, however, I could not forbear observing, who
I was some weeks ago in a course of these diver- was very busy in re-touching the finest pieces, sions, which had taken such an entire possession of though he produced no originals of his own. His my imagination, that they formed in it a short morn. pencil aggravated every feature that was before ing's dream, which I shall comunicate to my reader, overcharged, loaded every defect, and poisoned every rather as the first sketch and outlines of a vision, colour it touched. Though this workman did so than as a finished piece.
much mischief on the side of the living, he never I dreamt that I was admitted into a long, spacious turned his eye towards that of the dead. "His name gallery, which had one side covered with pieces of was Envy. all the famous painters who are now living, and the Having taken a cursory view of one side of the other with the works of the greatest masters that gallery, i turned myself to that which was filled by are dead.
the works of those great masters that were dead; when On the side of the living, I saw several persons immediately I fancied myself standing before a mulbusy in drawing, colouring, and designing. On the titude of spectators, and thousands of eyes looking side of the dead painters, I could not discover more upon me at once : for all before me appeared so like than one person at work, who was exceedingly slow men and women, that I almost forgot they were picin his motions, and wonderfully nice in his touches.tures. Raphael's figures stood in one row, Titian's
I was resolved to examine the several artists that in another, Guido Rheni's in a third. One part of stood before me, and accordingly applied myself to the wall was peopled by Hannibal Carracce, ano the side of the living. The first I observed at work ther by Correggio, and another by Rubens. To in this part of the gallery was Vanity, with his hair be short
, there was not a great master among the tied behind him in a riband, and dressed like a dead who had not contributed to the embellishment Frenchman. All the faces he drew were very re- of this side of the gallery. The persons that owed markable for their smiles, and a certain smirking air their being to these several masters
, appeared all of which he bestowed indifferently on every age and them to be real and alive, and differed among one degree of either sex. The toujours gui appeared another only in the variety of their shapes, comeveo in his judges, bishops, and privy counsellors. plexions, and clothes ; so that they looked like difIn a word, all his men were petits maitres, and all his ferent nations of the same species. women coquettes. The drapery of his figures was Observing an old man (who was the same person extremely well suited to his faces, and was made up I before mentioned, as the only artist that was at of all the glaring colours that could be mixed toge- work on this side of the gallery) creeping up and ther; every part of the dress was in a flutter, and down from one picture to another, and re-touching endeavoured to distinguish itself above the rest. all the fine pieces that stood before me, I could not
On the left hand of Vanity stood a laborious work- but be very attentive to all his motions. I found his man, who I found was his humble admirer, and pencil was so very light, that it worked impercep, copied after him. He was dressed like a German, tibly, and, after a thousand touches, scarce produced and had a very hard name, that sounded something any visible effect in the picture on which he was like Stupidity.
employed. However, as he busied himself inces
santly, and repeated touch after touch without rest or apartment of Eucrate, he found him extremely de. intermission, he wore off insensibly every little disa- jected: upon which he asked (with a smile that was greeable gloss that hung upon a figure. He also natural to him,) What, is there any one too miseradded such a beautiful brown to the shades and mel. able to be relieved by Pharamond, that Eucrate is lowness to the colours, that he made every picture melancholy ? 'I fear there is,' answered the fa. appear more perfect thon when it came fresh from vourite: A person without, of a good air, wel? the master's pencil. I could not forbear look- dressed, and though a man in the strength of his ing upon the face of this ancient workman, and im- life, seems to faint under some inconsolable calamity. mediately by the long lock of hair upon his forehead, All his features seem suffused with agony of mind; discovered him to be Time.
but I can observe in him, that it is more inclined to Whether it were because the thread of my dream break away in tears than rage. I asked him what was at an end I cannot tell ; but, upon my taking a he would have. He said he would speak to Pharasurvey of this imaginary old man, my sleep left me. mond. I desired his business. He could hardly
say to me, “Eucrate, carry me to the king, my story
is not to be told twice; I fear I shall not be able to No. 84.) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 1711. speak it at all.' Pharamond commanded Eucrate to
let him enter; he did so, and the gentleman apQuis talia sando Myrmidonum Dolupomve aut duri miles Ulyssei proached the king with an air which spoke him Temperet a lachrymis ?-Viru. Æn. ii. 6.
under the greatest concern in what manner to deWho can such woes relate, without a tear,
mean himself The king, who had a quick discernAs stern Ulysses must have wept to hear?
ing, relieved him from the oppression he was under; Looking over the old manuscript wherein the and with the most beautiful complacency said to him, private actions of Pharamond are set down by way Sir, do not add to that load of sorrow I see in your of table-book, I found many things which gave me countenance the awe of my presence. Think you great delight; and as human life turns upon the same are speaking to your friend. "If the circumstances principles and passions in all ages, I thought it very of your distress will admit of it, you shall find me proper to take minutes of what passed in that age, so.' To whom the stranger: Oh, excellent Phafor the instruction of this. The antiquary who lent ramond, name not a friend to the unfortunate Spime these papers gave me a character of Eucrate, namont.* I had one, but he is dead by my own the favourite of Pharamond, extracted from an author hand; but, oh Pharamond, though it was by the who lived in that court. The account he gives both hand of Spinamont, it was hy the guilt of Phara of the prince and this his faithful friend, will not be mond. I come not, oh excellent prince, to implore improper to insert here, because I may have occasion your pardon ; I come to relate my sorrow, a sorrow to mention many of their conversations, into which too great for human life to support; from henceforth these memorials of them may give light.
shall all occurrences appear dreams, or short inter“ Pharamond, when he had a mind to retire for an vals of amusement from this one affliction, which has hour or two from the hurry of business and fatigue seized my very being: Pardon me, oh Pharamond, of ceremony, made a signal to Eucrate, by putting if my griefs give me leave, that I lay before you in his hand to his face, placing his arm negligently on the anguish of a wounded mind, that you, good as a window, or some such action as appeared indiffe- you are, are guilty of the generous blood spilt this rent to all the rest of the company. Upon such no- day by this unhappy hand. O that it had perished tice, unobserved by others (for their entire intimacy before that instant!' Here the stranger paused, was always a secret,) Eucrate repaired to his own and recollecting his mind, after some little meditaapartment to receive the king. There was a secret tion, he went on in a calmer tone and gesture as access to this part of the court, at which Eucrate follows: used to admit many, whose mean appearance in the " There is an authority due to distress, and as none eyes of the ordinary waiters and door-keepers made of human race is above the reach of sorrow, done them be repulsed from other parts of the palace. should be above the hearing the voice of it; I am Such as these were let in here by order of Eucrate, sure Pharamond is not. Know then, that I have and had audiences of Pharamond. This entrance this morning unfortunately killed in a duel, the man Pharamond called the gate of the unhappy,' and whom of all men living I most loved. I command the tears of the afflicted who came before him, he myself too much in your royal presence, to say Phawould say, were bribes received by Eucrate ; for Eu- ramond gave me my friend! Pharamond has taken crate had the most compassionate spirit of all men him from me! I will not say, shall the merciful living, except his generous master, who was always Pharamond destroy his own subjects? Will the kindled at the least affliction which was communi- father of his country murder his people? But the cated to him. In regard for the miserable, Eucrate merciful Pharamond does destroy his subjects, the took particular care that the proper forms of distress, father of his country does murder his people. For and the idle pretenders to corrow, about courts, who tune is so much the pursuit of mankind, that all wanted only supplies to luxury, should never obtain glory and honour is in the power of a prince, be. favour by his means; but the distresses which arise cause he has the distribution of their fortunes. It from the many inexplicable occurrences that happen is therefore the inadvertency, negligence, or guilt, among men, the unaccountable alienation of parents of princes to let any thing grow into custoin which from their children, cruelty of husbands to wives, is against their laws. A court can make fashion poverty occasioned from shipwreck or fire, the falling and duty walk together; it can never, without the out of triends, or such other terrible disasters to guilt of a court, happen, that it shall not be un. which the life of man is exposed, -in cases of this fashionable to do what is unlawful. But, alas! in nature, Eucrate was the patron, and enjoyed this the dominions of Pharamond, by the force of a part of the royal favour so much without being en tyrant custom, which is misnamed a point of honour, vied, that it was never inquired into, by whose means what no one else cared for doing was brought about. fictitious of translated name of Spinamont, killed Sir C!:97
* Mr. Thornhill, the gentleman here alluded to under the "'. One evening, wheu Pharamond came into the inundley Deering. of Kent, Bart. in a duel May 9, 1711.
the duellist kills his friend whom he loves; and the aversion to loquacity, gives me a good deal of enijudge condemns the duellist while he approves his ployment when I enter any house in the country; bebaviour. Shame is the greatest of all evils; what for I cannot for my heart leave a room, before Jhave avail laws, when death only attends the breach of thoroughly studied the walls of it, and examined the them, and shame obedience to them? As for me, several printed papers which are usually pasted upon 0 Pharamond, were it possible to describe the them. The last piece that I met with upon this ocLameless kinds of compunctions and tendernesses casion gave me most exquisite pleasure. "My reader I feel, when I reflect upon the little accidents in will think I am not serious, when I acquaint him our former familiarity, my mind swells into sorrow that the piece I am going to speak of. was the old which cannot be resisted enough to be silent in the ballad of the Two Children in the Wood, which is presence of Pharamond. (With that he fell into a one of the darling songs of the common people, and flood of tears, and wept aloud.) Why should not has been the delight of most Englishmen in some Pharamond hear the anguish he only can relieve part of their age. others from in time to come? Let him hear from This song is a plain simple copy of nature, destime, what they feel who have given death by the tute of the helps and ornaments of art. The tale of false mercy of his administration, and form to him. it is a pretty tragical story, and pleases for no other self the vengeance called for by those who have reason but because it is a copy of nature. There is perished by his negligence.'"-R.
even a despicable simplicity in the verse; and yet,
because the sentiments appear genuine and unafNo. 85.) THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 1711.
fected, they are able to move the mind of the most
polite reader with inward meltings of humanity and Interdum speciosa locis, morataque recte
compassion. The incidents grow out of the subject, Fabula, nullius Veneris, sine pondere et arte,
oblectat populum, meliusque moratur, and are such as are the most proper to excite pity; Quam versus inopes rerum, nugeque canore.
for which reason the whole narration has something Hor. Ars. Poet. ver. 319,
in it very moving, notwithstanding the author of it When the sentiments and manners please,
(whoever he was) has delivered it in such an abject And all the characters are wrought with ease, Your tale, though void of beauty, force, and art,
phrase and poorness of expression, that the quoting More strongly shall delight, and warm the heart; any of it would look like a design of turning it into Tban where a lifeless pomp of verse appears,
ridicule. But though the language mean, the And with sonorous trifles charms our ears.-FRANCIS.
thoughts, as I have before said, from one end to the It is the custom of the Mahometans, if they see other, are natural, and therefore cannot fail to please any printed or written paper upon the ground, to those who are not judges of language, or those who, take it up and lay it aside carefully, as not knowing notwithstanding they are judges of language, have a bat it may contain some piece of their Alcoran.
true and unprejudiced taste of nature. The condimust confess I have so much of the Mussulman in tion, speech, and behaviour, of the dying parents, me, that I cannot forbear looking into every printed with the age, innocence, and distress, of the children, paper which comes in my way, under whatsoever are set forth in such tender circumstances, that it is despicable circumstances it may appear; for as no impossible for a reader of common humanity not to mortal author, in the ordinary fate and vicissitude be affected with them. As for the circumstance of of things, knows to what use his works may some the robin-red-breast, it is indeed a little poetical ortime or other be applied, a man may often meet with nament; and to shew the genius of the author amidst very celebrated names in a paper of tobacco. I have all his simplicity, it is just the same kind of fiction lighted my pipe more than once with the writings of which one of the greatest of the Latin poets has a prelate; and know a friend of mine, who, formade use of upon a parallel occasion ; I mean that these several years, has converted the essays of a passage in Horace, where he describes himself when man of quality into a kind of fringe for his candle, he was a child fallen asleep in a desert wood, and sticks. I remember in particular, after having read covered with leaves by the turtles that took pity over a poem of an eminent author on a victory, I met with several fragments of it upon the next re
Me fabulosa vulture in Appulo, joicing day, which had been employed in squibs and
Altricis extra limen Apuliæ, crackers, and by that means celebrated its subject
Ludo fatigatuinque somno
Fronde nova puerum palumbes in a double capacity. I once met with a page of
TexereMr. Baxter under a Christmas-pie. Whether or no
Me when a child, as tir'd with play the pastry-cook had made use of it through chance
Upon the Apulian hills I lay or waggery, for the defence of that superstitious
In careless slumbers bound, riande, I know not; but upon the perusal of it, I
The gentle doves protecting found, conceived so good an idea of the author's piety, that
And cover'd me with myrtle leaves. I bought the whole book. I have often profited by I have heard that the late Lord Dorset, wbo had these accidental readings, and have sometimes found the greatest wit tempered with the greatest eandour, very curious pieces that are either out of print, or and was one of the finest crities as well as the best Dot to be met with in the shops of our London book- poets of his age, bad a numerous collection of old sellers. For this reason, when my friends take a English ballads, and took a particular pleasure in the surtey of my library, they are very much surprised reading of them. I can affirm the same of Mr. Dryto find upon the shelf of folios, two long band-boxes den, and know several of the most refined writers of standing upright among my books; till i let them our present age who are of the same humour. see that they are both of them lined with deep erudi- I might likewise refer my reader to Moliere's tion and abstruse literature. I might likewise men- thoughts on this subject, as he expressed them in tion a paper-kite, from which I have received great the character of the Misanthrope ; but those only incprovement; and a hat-case which I would not ex- / who are endowed with a true greatness of soul and change for all the beavers in Great Britain. This genius, can divest themselves of the little images of my inquisitive temper, or rather impertinent humour ridicule, and admire nature in her simplicity and of prying into all sorts of writing, with my natural nakedness. As for the little conceited wits of the age,
4 Od. iii.
who can only shew their judgment by finding fault, any other creature; he hath the same resemblance they cannot be supposed to admire these productions in the frame of his mind, and is subject to those which have nothing to recommend them but the beau-passions which are predominant in the creatnre that ties of nature, when they do not know how to relish appears in his countenance. Accordingly he gives even those compositions that, with all the beauties the prints of several faces that are of a different of nature, have also the additional advantages of art. mould, and by a little overcharging the likeness, L.
discovers the figures of these several kinds of brutal faces in human features.* I remernber, in the life
of the famous Prince of Condé, the writer observes, No. 86.] FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1711.
the face of that prince was like the face of an eagle, Heu quam difficile est crimen non prodere vultu !
and that prince was very well pleased to be told so. OVID, Met. ii. 447.
In this case therefore we may be sure, that he had in How in the looks does conscious guilt appear ! -ADDISON. his mind some general implicit notion of this art of
There are several arts, which all men are in physiognomy which I have just now mentioned; some measure masters of, without having been at and that when his courtiers told bim his face was the pains of learning them. Every one that speaks made like an eagle's, he understood them in the or reasons is a grammarian and a logician, though same manner as if they had told him, there was he may be wholly unacquainted with the rules of something in his looks, which shewed him to be grammar or logic, as they are delivered in books and strong, active, piercing, and of a royal descent. systems. In the same manner, every one is in some Whether or vo the different motions of the animal degree a master of that art which is generally dis- spirits, in different passions, may have any effect on tinguished by the name of Physiognomy: and natu- the mould of the face when the lineaments are pliarally forms to himself the character or fortune of ble and tender, or whether the same kind of souls a stranger, from the features and lineaments of his require the same kind of habitations, I shall leave face. We are no sooner presented to any one we to the consideration of the curious. In the mean never saw before, but we are immediately struck time I think nothing can be more glorious than for with the idea of a proud, a reserved, an affable, or a man to give the lie to his face, and to be an honest, a good-natured man; and upon our first going into just, good.natured man, in spite of all those marks a company of strangers, our benevolence or aver- and signatures which nature seems to have set upon sion, awe or contempt, rises naturally towards se- him for the contrary. This very often bappens veral particular persons, before we have heard them among those who, instead of being exasperated by speak a single word, or so much as know who they are. their own looks, or envying the looks of others, ap
Every passion gives a particular cast to the coun. ply themselves entirely to the cultivating of their tenance, and is apt to discover itself in some feature minds, and getting those beauties which are more or other. I have seen an eye curse for half an hour lasting, and more ornamental. I have seen many together, and an eye-brow call a man a scoundrel. an amiable piece of deformity; and bave observed Nothing is more common than for lovers to complain, a certain cheerfulness in as bad a system of features resent, languish, despair, and die, in dumb-show. as ever was clapped together, which hath appeared For my own part, I am so apt to frame a notion of more lovely than all the blooming charms of an inevery man's humour or circumstances by his looks, solent beauty. There is a double praise due to vir. that I have sometimes employed myself from Cha- tue, when it is lodged in a body that seems to have ring-Cross to the Royal Exchange in drawing the been prepared for the reception of vice; in many characters of those who have passed by me. When such cases the soul and the body do not seem to be I see a man with a sour rivelled face,'I cannot for- fellows. bear pitying his wife : and when I meet with an Socrates was an extraordinary instance of this naopen ingenuous countenance, think on the happiness ture. There chanced to be a great physiognomist of his friends, his family, and relations.
in his time at Athens, who had made strange discoI cannot recollect the author of a famous saying veries of men's tempers and inclinations by their
stranger, who stood silent in his company, outward appearances. Socrates' disciples, that they Speak, that I may see thee.” But, with submis. might put this artist to the trial, carried him to their sion, I think we may be better known by our looks master, whom he had never seen before, and did not than by our words, and that a man's speech is much know he was then in company with him. After a more easily disguised than his countenance. In this short examination of his face, the physiognomist case, however, I think the air of the whole face is pronounced him the most lewd, libidinous, drunken much more expressive than the lines of it. The old fellow that he had ever met with in his whole truth of it is, the air is generally nothing else but life. Upon which the disciples all burst out a-laughthe inward disposition of the mind made visible. ing, as thinking they had detected the false hood and
Those who have established physiognomy into an vanity of his art. But Socrates told them, that the art, and laid down rules of judging men's tempers principles of his art might be very true, notwithby their faces, have regarded the features much more standing his present mistake; for that he himself than the air. Martial has a pretty epigram on this was naturally inclined to those particular vices wbich subject :
the physiognomist had discovered in his counteCritie ruber, niger ore, brevis pede, lumine læsus :
nance, but that he had conquered the strong dispoRem magnam præstas, Zoile, si bonus es --Epig. liv. 12. sitions he was born with, by the dictates of phiThy beard and head are of a different die :
losophy. Short of one foot, distorted in an eye:
We are indeed told by an ancient author, + that With all these tokens of a knave complete,
Socrates very much resembled Silenus in his face; Should'st thou be honest, thou'rt a devilish cheat.
which we find to have been very rightly observed I have seen a very ingenious author on this subject, who founds his speculations on the supposition, * This doubtless refers to Baptista della Porta's famous book that as a man hath in the mould of his face a remote editions, both in Latin and Italian. He died in 1615.
De Humana Physiognomia; which has run through many likeness to that of an ox, a sheep, a lion, a hog, or *Cicer. Tusc. Qu. 5 et De Facto.
from the statoes and busts of both, that are still ex. I be particular in nothing but the make of my face, tant; as well as on several antique seals and precious which has the misfortune to be exactly oval. This I stones, which are frequently enough to be met with take to proceed from a temper that naturally inclines. in the cabinets of the curious. But however observ. me both to speak and hear. ations of this nature may sometimes bold, a wise • With this account you may wonder how I can man should be particularly cautious how he gives have the vanity to offer myself as a candidate, which credit to a man's outward appearance. It is an I now do, to the society where the Spectator and irreparable injustice we are guilty of towards one Hecatissa have been admitted with so much ap. another, when we are prejudiced by the looks and plause. I don't want to be put in mind how very features of those whom we do not know. How often defective I am in every thing that is ugly: I am do we conceive hatred against a person of worth, or too sensible of my own unworthiness in this partifancy a man to be proud or ill-natured by his aspect, cular, and therefore I only propose myself as a foil whom we think we cannot esteem too much when we to the club. are acquainted with his real character? Dr. Moore, “ You see how honest I have been to confess all in his admirable System of Ethics, reckons this par- my imperfections, which is a great deal to come ticular inclination to take a prejudice against a man from a woman, and what I hope you will encourage for bis looks, among the smaller vices in morality, with the favour of your interest. and, if I remember, gives it the name of a prosolo- “ There can be no objection made on the side of lepsia."
L. the matchless Hecatissa, since it is certain I shall be
in no danger of giving her the least occasion of
jealousy; and then a joint stool in the very lowest No. 87.) SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 1911. place at the table is all the honour that is coveted by
“ Your most humble and obedient servant, - Nimium ne crede colori.–Viro. Eccl. ii. 17.
“ROSALINDA. Trust not too much to an enchanting face.-DAYDEN.
"P.S. I have sacrificed my necklace to put into It has been the purpose of several of my specula- the public lottery against the common enemy. And tions to bring people to an unconcerned behaviour, last Saturday, about three o'clock in the afternoon, with relation to their persons, whether beautiful or I began to patch indifferently on both sides of my de ective. As the secrets of the Ugly club were ex- face.” posed to the public, that men might see there were some noble spirits in the age who are not at all dis
London, June 7, 1711. pleased with themselves upon considerations which
“MR. SPECTATOR, they had no choice in; so the discourse concerning • Upon reading your late dissertation concerning Idols tended to lessen the value people put upon idols, I cannot but complain to you that there are, themselves from personal advantages and gifts of in six or seven places of this city, coffee-houses kept Hatire. As to the latter species of mankind-the by persons of that sisterhood. These idols sit and beauties, whether male or female--they are generally receive all day long the adoration of the youth within the most un tractable people of all others. You are such and such districts. I know, in particular, 89 excessively perplexed with the particularities in goods are not entered as they ought to be at the their behaviour, that to be at ease, one would be apt custom-house, nor law reports perused at the temple, to wish there were no such creatures. They expect by reason of one beauty who detains the young merso great allowances, and give so little to others, that chants too long near 'Change, and another fair one they who have to deal with them find, in the main, a who keeps the students at her house when they man with a better person than ordinary, and a beau. should be at study. It would be worth your while to tiful woman, might be very happily changed for such see how the idolaters alternately offer incense to to wbom nature has been less liberal. The hand their idols, and what beart-burnings arise in those some fellow is usually so much a gentleman, and the who wait for their turn to receive kind aspects from fine woman has something so becoming, that there those little thrones which all the company, but these is no enduring either of them. It has therefore been lovers, call the bars. I saw a gentleman turn as generally my choice to mix with cheerful ugly crea- pale as ashes, because an idol turned the sugar in a tures, rather than gentlemen who are graceful tea-dish for his rival, and carelessly called the boy enough to omit or do what they please, or beauties to serve him, with a 'Sirrah! why don't you give who have charms enough to do and say what would be the gentleman the box to please himself ? Certain disobliging in any but themselves.
it is, that a very hopeful young man was taken with Diffidence and presumption, upon account of our leads in his pockets below-bridge, where he intended persons, are equally faults; and both arise from the to drown himself, because his idol would wash the want of knowing, or rather endeavouring to know, dish in which she had but just drunk tea, before she ourselves, and for what we ought to be valued or would let him use it. Deglected. But indeed I did not imagine these little “I am, Sir, a person past being amorous, and do cousiderations and coquetries could have the ill con- not give this information out of envy or jealousy, but sequences I find they have by the following letters I am a real sufferer by it. These lovers take any of ny correspondents, where it seems beauty is thrown thing for tea and coffee; I saw one yesterday surfeit into the account, in matters of sale, to those who re- to make his court! and all his rivals, at the same time ceive no favour from the charmers.
loud in the commendation of liquors that went “MR. SPECTATOR,
against every body in the room that was not in love.
June 4. While these young fellows resign their stomachs After I bave assured you I am in every respect with their hearts, and drink at the idol in this one of the handsomest young girls about town, I need manner, we who come to do business or talk politics. A Greek word, used in the N. T. Rom. ii. 11, and Eph. vi. I those who are more enamoured than ordinary; and
are utterly poisoned. They have also drams for $: where it is said that "God is no respecter of persons." Here it signifer a prejudice against a person formed from his it is very common for such as are too low in consticountenarice, &c., too hastily
tution to ogle the idol upon the strength of tea, to