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" And if we will be so good-natured as to maintain “ them without Work, they can do no less in Return " than sing us The Merry Beggars.
“ WHAT then? Am I against all Ads of Charity ? « God forbid! I know of no Virtue in the Gospel that “ is in more pathetick Expressions recommended to our “ Practice. I was hungry and ye gave me no Meat, thirsty “ and yė gave me no Drink, naked and ye cloatbed me not, « a Stranger and ye took me not in, fick and in Prison « and je visited me not. Our Blessed Saviour treats the “ Exercise or Neglect of Charity towards a poor Man,
" as the Performance or Breach of this Duty towards •“ himself. I shall endeavour to obey the Will of my
“ Lord and Master : And therefore if an industrious " Man shall submit to the hardest Labour and coarsest - Fare, rather than endure the Shame of taking Relief " from the Parish, or asking it in the Street, this is the " Hungry, the Thirsty, the Naked ; and I ought to I believe, if any Man is come hither for Shelter against “ Perfecution or Oppression, this is the Stranger, and " I ought to take him in. If any Countryman of our " own is fallen into the Hands of Infidels, and lives in " a State of miserable Captivity, this is the Man in « Prison, and I Mould contribute to his Ransom. I ." ought to give to an Hospital of Invalids, to recover « as many useful Subjects as I can ; but I shall bestow " none of my Bounties upon an Alms-house of idle " People ; and for the same Reason I shall not think " it a Reproach to me if I had withheld my Charity " from those common Beggars. But we prescribe better " Rules than we are able to practise ; we are afhamed « not to give into the mistaken Customs of our Country : “. But at the same time, I cannot but think it a Re. “ proach worse than that of common Swearing, that " the Idle and the Abandoned are suffered in the “ Name of Heaven and all that is facred, to extort " from chriftian and tender Minds a Supply to a profli"gate Way of Life, that is always to be supported, but so never relieved,
No. 233. Tuesday, Novenber *27.
Tanquam hæc fint noftri medicira furcris, Aut Deus ille malis hominum mitefcere difcat,
Virg. Ecl. 10. v. 60. As if by these my Sufferings I cou'd ease, Or by ny Pains the God of Love appeale. DRYDEN.
Shall, in this paper, discharge my self of the Promise I I have made to the Publick, by obliging them with a Translation of the little Greek Manuscript, which is said to have been a piece of those Records that were preserved in the Temple of Apollo, upon the Promontory of Leucate : It is a short History of the Lover's Leap, and is inscribed, An Account of Persons Male and Female, wbo offered up their Vows in the Temple of the Pythian Apollo, in the Forty fixth Olympiad, and leaped from the Promontory of Leucate into the Ionian Sea, in order to cure themselves of the Pasion of Love
THIS Account is very dry in many Parts, as only mentioning the Name of the Lover who leaped, the Person he leaped for, and relating, in ihort, that he was either cured, or killed, or maimed by the Fall. It indeed gives the Names of so many who died by it, that it would have looked like a Bill of Mortality, had I translated it at full length; I have therefore made an Abridgment of it, and only extracted such particular Passages as have something extraordinary, either in the Case, or in the Cure, or in the Fate of the Person who is mentioned in it. After this short Preface take the Account as follows.
BATTUS, the Son of Menalcas the Sicilian, leaped for Bombyca the Musician: Got rid of his Passion with the Loss of his Right Leg andArm,which were broken in the Fall.
MELISSA, in Love with Daphnis, very much bruised, but escaped with Life.
CYNISCA, the Wife of Æschines, being in Love with Lycus ; and Æschine's her Husband being in Love with Eurilla; (which had made this married Couple
very uneasy to one another for several Years) both the Husband and the Wife took the Leap by Consent ; they both of them escaped, and have lived very happily toge„ther ever since.
LARISSA, a Virgin of Thessaly, deserted by Plexippus, after a Courtship of three Years ; she stood upon the Brow of the Promontory for some time, and after having thrown down a Ring,a Bracelet, and a little Pi&ure, with other Presents which she had received from Plexippus, she threw herself into the Sea, and was taken up alive. . | N, B. Larisa, before the leaped, made an Offering of
a Silver Cupid in the Temple of Apollo. . SIM ÆT HA, in Love with Daphnis the Myndian, perished in the Fall.
CHARIXUS, the Brother of Sappho, in Love with Rhodope the Courtesan, having spent his whole Estate upon her, was advised by his Sister to leap in the Beginning of his Amour, but would not hearken to her till he was reduced to his last Talent ; being forsaken by Rhodope, at length resolved to take the Leap. Perished in it.
ARID ÆUS, a beautiful Youth of Epirus, in Love with Praxinoe, the Wife of Thespis: escaped without Damage, saving only that two of his Foreteeth were struck out, and his Nose a little flatted.
CLEORA, a Widow of Ephesus, being inconsolable for the Death of her Husband, was resolved to take this Leap in order to get rid of her Passion for his Memory; but being arrived at the Promontory, she there met with Dimmachus the Miletian, and after a short Conversation with him, laid aside the Thoughts of her Leap, and married him in the Temple of Apollo.
N. B. Her Widow's Weeds are still seen hanging up in the Western Corner of the Temple..
OLPHIS, the Fisherman, having received a Box on the Ear from Theftylis the Day before, and being determined to have no more to do with her, leaped, and
escaped with Life. · ÅT ALANT A, an old Maid, whose Cruelty had several Years before driven two or three despairing Lovers to this Leap; being now in the fifty fifth Year of her Age, and in Love with an Officer of Sparta, broke her Neck in the Fall.
HIP· HIPP ARCHUS - being passionately fond of his own Wife, who was enamoured of Bathyllus, leaped and died of his Fall ; upon which his Wife married her Gallant.
TETTYX, the Dancing-mafter, in Love with Olympia an Athenian Matron, threw himfelf from the Rock with great Agility, but was crippled in the Fall. .
DIÀGORAS, the Usurer, in Love with his Cook. Maid; he peeped several times over the Precipice, but his Heart misgiving him, he went back, and married her that Evening. -- CIND ÆUS, after having entred his own Name in the Pythian Records, being asked the Name of the Per. fon whom he leaped for, and being alhamed to discover it, he was set aside, and not suffered to leap.
EUNICA, a Maid of Paphos, aged Nineteen, in Love with Eurybates. Hurt in the Fall, but recovered.
N. B. This was the second Time of her Leaping.,
HESPERUS, a young Man of Tarentum, in Love with his Master's Daughter. Drowned, the Boats Lot coming in foon enough to his Relief.
SAPPHO, the Lepian, in Love with Phaon, arrived at the Temple of Apollo, habited like a Bride in Garments as white as Snow. She wore a Garland of Myrtle on her Head, and carried in her Hand the little Musical Instru. ment of her own Invention. After having sungan Hymn to Apollo, she hung up her Garland on one side of his Altar, and her Harp on the other. She then tuck'd up her Vestments, like a Spartan Virgin, and amidst thousands of Spectators, who were anxious for her Safety, and offered up Vows for her Deliverance, marched directly forwards to the utmost Summit of the Promontory,where after having repeated a Stanza of her own Verses, which we could not hear, she threw herself off the Rock with such an Intrepidity, as was never before observed in any who had attempted that dangerous Leap. Many who were presentrelated, that they faw her fall into the Sea,from whence she never rose again; tho' there were others who afirmed, that The never came to the Bottom of her Leap, but that the was changed into a Swan as ihe fell, and that they saw her hovering in the Air under that Shape. But whether or no the Whiteness and fluttering of her Garments might not deceive those who looked upon her, or whether she might
not really be metamorphosed into that musical and melancholy Bird, is still a Doubt among the Lesbians.
ALCÆUS, the famous Lyrick Poet, who had for some time been passionately in Love with Sappho,arrived at the Promontory of Leucate that very Evening, in order to take the Leap upon her Account ; but hearing that Sap.. pho had been there before him, and that her Body could be no where found, he very generously lamented her Fall, and is said to have written his hundred and twenty fifth Ode upon that Occasion.
Leaped in this Olympiad 250.
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No. 234. Wednesday, November 28.
Vellem in amicitia fic erraremus. Hor. Sat. 3. I. 1. V. 41.
I wish this Error in our Friendship reign'd. CREECH V OU very often hear People, after a Story has been
told with fome entertaining Circumstances, tell it over again with Particulars that destroy the Jeft, but give Light into the Truth of the Narration. This fort of Veracity, though it is impertinent, has something amiable in it, because it proceeds from the Love of Truth, even in frivolous Occasions. If such honeft Amendments do not promise an agreeable Companion, they do a fincere Friend ; for which Reason one should allow them so much of our Time, if we fall into their Company, as to set us right in Matters that can do us no manner of Harm, whether the Facts be one Way or the other. Lies which are told out of Arrogance and Oftentation a Man should detect in his own Defence, because he should not be triumphed over ; Lies which are told out of Malice he should expole, both for his own fake and that of the rest of Mankind, because every Man should