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Memory of what one has not seen these two Years, to be unmoved at the Horror and Reverence which appear in the whole Assembly when the mercenary Man fell down dead ; at the Amazement of the Man born blind, when he first receives Sight; or at the graceless Indignation of the Sorcerer, when he is struck blind. The Lame, when they first find Strength in their Feet, itand doubt. ful of their new Vigour. The heavenly Apostles ap. pear acting these great Things, with a deep Sense of the Infirmities which they relieve, but no Value of them selves who administer to their Weakness. They know themselves to be but Instruments; and the generous Di. stress they are painted in when divine Honours are of. fered to them, is a Representation in the moft exquisite Degree of the Beauty of Holiness. When St. Paul is preaching to the Athenians, with what wonderful Art are almoit all the different Tempers of Mankind reprefented in that elegant Audience : You see one credulous of all that is said, another wrapt up in deep Suspence, another saying there is some Reason in what he says, another angry that the Apostle destroys a favourite Opi. nion which he is unwilling to give up, another wholly convinced and holding out his Hands in Rapture, while the Generality attend, and wait for the Opinion of thofe who are of leading Characters in the Assembly. I will not pretend so much as to mention that Chart on which is drawn the Appearance of our blefied Lord after his Resurrection. Present Authority, late Suffering, Humility and Majesty, despotick Command, and divine Love, are at once feated in his celestial Aspect. The Fi. gures of the eleven Apostles are all in the same Passion of Admiration, but discover it differently according to their Characters. Peter receives his Maiter's Orders on his Knees with an Admiration mixed with a more particular Attention : The two next with a more open Ecstasy, though still constrained by the Awe of the divine Prefence : The beloved Disciple, whom I take to be the Right of the two first Figures, has in his Countenance Wonder drowned in Love; and the last Personage, whose Back is towards the Spectators, and his side towards the Presence, one would fancy to be St. Thomas, as abashed by the Conscience of his former Diífidence; which per
plexed Concern it is possible Raphael thought too hard a Talk to draw but by this Acknowledgment of the Difficulty to describe it."
THE whole Work is an Exercise of the highest Piety in the Painter; and all the Touches of a religious Mind are expressed in a Manner much more forcible than can possibly be performed by the most moving Eloquence. These invaluable Pieces are very justly in the Hands of the greatest and most pious Sovereign in the World ; and cannot be the frequent Object of every one at their own Leisure : but as an Engraver is to the Painter what a Printer is to an Author, it is worthy Her Majesty's Name, that she has encouraged that noble Artist, Monsieur Dorigny, to publish thefe Works of Raphael. We have of this Gentleman a Piece of the Transfiguration, which, I think, is held a Work second to none in the World.
METHINK S it would be ridiculous in our People of Condition after their large Bounties to Foreigners of no Name or Merit, should they overlook this Occasion of having, for a trifling Subscription, a Work which it is impossible for a Man of Sense to behold, without being warmed with the noblest Sentiments that can be inspired by Love, Admiration, Compassion, Contempt of this world, and Expectation of a better.
IT is certainly the greatest Honour we can do our Country, to distinguish Strangers of Merit who apply to us with Modesty and Diffidence, which generally accompanies Merit. No Opportunity of this Kind ought to be neglected ; and a modeit Behaviour should alarm us to examine whether we do not lose something excel. lent under that Disadvantage in the Poffessor of that Quality: My Skill in Paintings, where one is not directed by the Passion of the Pičtures, is so inconsiderable, that I am in very great Perplexity when I offer to Speak of any Performances of Painters, of Landskips, Buildings, or single Figures. This makes me at a Loss how to mention the Pieces which Mr. Boul exposes to Sale by Auction on Wednesday next in Shandois-fireet : But having heard him commended by those who have bought of hini heretofore for great Integrity in his Dcaling, and overheard him himself (tho'a laudable Painter) fay, Nothing of his own was fit to come into the Room
with those he had to sell, I feard I should lose an Occafion of serving a Man of Worth, in omitting to speak of his Auction.
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IN my last Thursday's Paper I made mention of a Place I called The Lover's Leap, which I find has raised a great Curiosity among several of my Correspondents. I there told them that this Leap was used to be taken from a Promontory of Leucas. This Leucas was formerly a Part of Acarnania, being joined to it by a narrow Neck of Land, which the Sea has by Length of Time overflowed and washed away ; fo that at present Leucas is divided from the Continent, and is a little Island in the Ionian Sea. The Promontory of this Island, from whence the Lóver took his Leap, was formerly called Leucate. If the Reader has a mind to know both the Iland and the Promontory by their modern Titles, he will find in his Map the antient Island of Leucas under the Name of St. Mauro, and the ancient Promontory of Leucate under the Name of The Cape of St. Mauro.
SINCE I am engaged thus far in Antiquity, I muft observe that Theocritus in the Motto perfixed to my Paper, describes one of his despairing Shepherds addressing himself to his Mistress after the following manner : Alas! What will become of me! Wretch that lam! Will you not hear me ? I'll throw off my Clothes, and take a Leap into that part of the Sea which is so much frequented by Olphis the Fisherman. And tho' I should escape with my Life, I know you will be pleased with it. I Mall leave it with the Criticks
to determine whether the Place, which this Shepherd so particularly points out, was not the above-mentioned Leucate, or at least some other Lover's Leap, which was supposed to have had the fame Effect. I cannot believe, as all the Interpreters do, that the Shepherd means nothing farther here than that he would drown himself, since he represents the Issue of his Leap as doubtful, by adding, That if he should escape with Life, he knows his Mistress would be pleased with it; which is according to our Interpretation, that she would rejoice any way to get rid of a Lover who was so troublesome to her,
AFTER this short Preface, I shall present my Reader with some Letters which I have received upon this Subject. The first is sent me by a Physician.
T HE Lover's Leap, which you mention in your O 1 223d Paper, was generally, I believe, a very ef« fectual Cure for Love, and not only for Love, but for • all other Evils. In short, Sir, I am afraid it was such a Leap as that which Hero took to get rid of her Pasfion for Leander. A Man is in no Danger of breaking his Heart, who breaks his Neck to prevent it. I know « very well the Wonders which ancient Authors relate • concerning this Leap; and in particular, that vēry ' many Persons who tried it, escaped not only with
their Lives but their Limbs. If by this Means they • got rid of their Love, tho'it may in part be ascribed
to the Reasons you give for it; why may not we ' suppose that the cold Bath into which they plunged
themselves, had also fome Share in their Cure? A • Leap into the Sea or into any Creek of Salt Waters, • very often gives a new Motion to the Spirits, and a new • Turn to the Blood; for which Reason we prescribe it • in Diftempers which no other Medicine will reach. I I could produce a Quotation out of a very venerable · Author, in which the Frenzy produced by Love, is ' compared to that which is produced by the Biting of a ' mad Dog. But as this Comparison is a little too coarse .' for your Paper, and might look as if it were cited to • ridicule the Author who has made use of it ; I shall only hint at it, and desire you to consider whether, if the
• Frenzy produced by the two different Causes be of the • same Nature, it may not very properly be cured by the • same Means.
I am, S IR,
ESCULAPIUS. · Mr. SPECTATOR, "I Am a young Woman crossed in Love. My Story is . very long and melancholy. To give you the Heads • of it: A young gentleman, after having made his Ap• plications to me for three years together, and filled my • Head with a thousand Dreams of Happiness, some few • Days since married another. Pray tell me in what Part "" of the World your Promontory lies, which you call The © Lover's Leap, and whether one may go to it by Land ?
• But, alas, I am afraid it has loft its Virtue, and that a '. Woman of our Times would find no more Relief in
taking such a Leap, than in singing an Hymn to Venus. • So that I must cry out with Dido in Dryden's Virgil, Ah! cruel Heaven, that made no Cure for Love !
Your disconsolate Servant,
ATHENAIS. Mister Spictatur, . " TY Heart is so full of Lofes and Pallions for " IVI Mrs. Gwinifrid, and she is so pettish and over. • run with Cholers against me, that if I had the good • Happiness to have my Dwelling (which is placed by 'my Creat Cranfather upon the Pottom of an Hill) no • farther Distance but twenty Mile from the Lofer's Leap, " I would indeed endeafour to preak my Neck upon • it on Purpose. Now, good Mister SPICTATUR of • Crete Pritain, you muit known it there is in Caer.
narvanshire a very pig Mountain, the Glory of all · Wales which is nained Penmainmoure, and you muit . also know, it is no great Journey on Foot from me ;
but the Road is ftony and bad for Shooes. Now, • there is upon the Forehead of this Mountain a very