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No 473 Tuesday, September 2.

V. I 2.

Quid ? fi quis vultu torvo ferus & pede nudo,
Exiguæque togæ fimuet textore Catonem;
Viriutemne representet, moresque Catonis ?

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No shoes, his forehead rough, his look severe,
And ape great Cato in his form and dress;
Muit he his virtues and his mind express ?

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To the SPECTATOR.
SIR,
Am now in the country, and employ most of my

read. Your paper comes constantly down to me, « and it affects me so much, that I find my thoughts

run into your way ; and I recommend to you a subject upon which you have not yet touched, and that • is the satisfaction fome nien seem to take in their

imperfections: I think one may call it glorying in their • in fufficiency. A certain great author is of opinion it • is the contrary to envy, tho' perhaps it may proceed from it. Nothing is so common as to hear men of • this fort, speaking of themselves, add to their own • merit (as they think) by impairing it, in praising • themselves for their defects, freely allowing they com• mit some few frivolous errors, in order to be eileemed

persons of uncommon talents and great qualifications. • They are generally profeffing an injudicious neglect • of dancing, fencing and riding, as also an unjust

contempt for travelling and the modern languages;

as for their part (they say) they never valued or trou• bled their heads about them. This panegyrical satire

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• on themselves certainly is worthy of your animadver

fion. I have known one of these gentlemen think • himself obliged to forget the day of an appointment, • and sometimes even that you spoke to him, and when

you fee 'em, they hope you'll pardon 'em, for they • have the worst memory in the world. One of 'em • started up t'other day in lome confusion and faid, Now ' I think on't, I am to meet Mr. Nortmain the attorney • about some business, but whether it is to.day, or to

morrow, faith, I can't tell. Now to my certain knowledge he knew his time to a moment, and was there accordingly. These forgetful persons have, to heighten their crime, generally the best memories of

any people, as I have found out by their remembring • sometimes through inadvertency. Two or three of • 'em that I know can say most of our modern tragedies

by heart. I ask'd a gentleman the other day that is • famous for a good carver, (at which acquisition he is

out of countenance, imagining it may detract from • some of his more essential qualifications) to help me to

something that was near him ; but he excused himself, • and blushing told me, Of all things he could never

carve in his life; though it can be proved upon him ' that he cuts up, disjoints, and uncafes with incom• parable dexterity. I would not be understood as if I • thought it laudable for a man of quality and fortune

to rival the acquisitions of artificers, and endeavour

to excel in little handy qualities ; no, I argue only • against being alham’d at what is really praise-worthy.

As these pretences to ingenuity fhew themselves several ways, you'll often see a man of this temper afham'd to be clean, and setting up for wit only from negligence in his habit. Now I am upon this head, I can't • help observing also upon a very different folly proceed

ing from the same cause. As these above mentioned • arise from affecting an equality with men of greater • talents from having the same faults, there are others • that would come at a parallel with those above them, • by possessing little advantages which they want. Í • heard a young man not long ago, who has sense, • comfort himself in his ignorance of Greek, Hebrew, • and the Orientals : At the same time that he pub

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* Jithed his aversion to those languages, he said that the

knowledge of them was rather a diminution than an • advancement of a man's character : tho’ at the same • time I know he languishes and repines he is not master • of them himself. Whenever I take any of these fine • persons thus detracting from what they don't under • itand, I tell them I will complain to you, and say I am

sure you will not allow it an exception against a thing, • that he who contemos it is an ignorant in it.

I am, SIR,

Your most humble servant,

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Mr. SPECTATOR,

Am a man of a very good estate, and am honour. - ultimate purpose is honeft, there may be, without • trespass against innocence, fome toying by the way.

People of condition are perhaps too distant and formal

on those occasions; but however that is, I am to con• fess to you that I have writ fome verses to atone « for my 'offence. You prefefs’d authors are a little • severe upon us, who write like gentlemen : But if you

are a friend to love, you will insert my poem. You • cannoi imagine how much service it would do me with

my fair one as well as reputation with all my friends, to have something of mine in the Speziator. My crime

that I snatch'd a kiss, and my poetical excuse follows

I.
Belinda, see from yonder flow'rs

The bee flies loaded to its cell ;
Can you perceive what it devours ?
Are they impair'd in show or smell ?

II.
So, tho' I robb’d you of a kiss,

Sweeter than their ambrosial dew;
Why are you angry at my bliss ?
Has it at all impoverish'd you ?

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III,
'Tis by this cunning I contrive,

In spite of your unkind reserve,
To keep my familh'd love alive,
Which you inhumanly would

starve.

I am, SIR,

Your humble servant,

Timothy Stanza,

SIR

Aug. 23, 1712: AVING a little time upon my hands, I could

not think of bestowing it better, than in writ. ing an epistle to the SPECTATOR, which I now do,

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and am,

SIR, your humble servant,

BDB SHORT.

P.S. If you approve of my file, I am likely • enough to become your correspondent. I desire your

opinion of it. I defign it for that way of writing • called by the judicious the familiar.

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ACETUS, his character, Number 422.

Admiration, a pleasing motion of the mind, N. 413. Affectation, the misfortune of it, N. 404, Described,

460. Almighty, his power over the imagination, N. 421.

Aristotle's saying of his being, 465; Allegories, like light to a discourse, N. 421. Eminent

writers faulty in them, ibid. Allusions the great art of a writer, N. 421. Amazons, their commonwealth, N. 433. How they

educated their children, 434. Their wars, ibid, They

marry tbeir male-allies, ibid. Americans used painting instead of writing, N. 416. Amity between agreeable persons of different sexes dan

gerous, N. 400. Amoret the jilt reclaimed by Philander, N. 401. Anne Boleyne's last letter to King Henry VIII. N. 397. Ancients in the East, their way of living, N. 415. Appearances. Things not to be trusted for them, N.

464. Applause (publick) its pleasure, N. 442. April (month of) described, N. 425. Árabella, verses on her finging, N. 443: Architecture, the ancients perfection in it, N. 415.

The greatness of the manner how it strikes the fancy, ibid. Of the manner of both ancients and

moderns,

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