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' lowed. Poor were the Expe&tations of the Studius, 'the Modest and the Good, if the Reward of their la '-bours were only to be expected from Man. Nu, iny • Friend, thy intended Pleadings, thy intended good of 'fices to thy Friends, thy intended Services to thy Coun-try, are already performed (as to thy Concern in them)
in his light before whom the Past, Present and Future, appear at one-View. While others with thy Talents were - tormented with Ambition, with Vain - Glory, ' with Envy, with Emulation, how well didst thou turn thy Mind to its own Improvement in things out of the Power of Fortune; in Probity, in Integrity, in the Practice and Study of Justice; how filent thy Pafrige, how private thy Journey, how Glorious thy End! Many have I known more Famous, some more Knowing, not one fo Innocent,
URING my Absence in the Country, several
Packets have been left for me, which were not
forwarded to me, because I was expected every Day in Town, The Author of the following Letter, dated from Tower-hill, having sometimes been entertained with some Learned Gentlemen in Plush Doublets, who have vended their Wares from a Stage in that Place, has pleasantly enough addressed to Me, as no less a Sage in Morality, than those are in Physick. To comply with his kind Inclination to make my Cures famous, í lhall give you his Testimonial of my great Abilities at large in his own Words,
OUR saying t'other Day there is something woncan be pleased, and be barren of Bounty to those who
please them, makes me in pain that I am not a Man of ' Power. If I were, you fould soon see how much I • approve your Speculations. In the mean time, I beg
leave to supply that Inability with the empty. Tribute • of an honeft Mind, by telling you plainly I love and • thank you for your daily Refreshments. I constantly
peruse your Paper as I smoke my Morning's Pipe, (tho' • I can't forbear reading the Motto before I fill and light) ' and really it gives a grateful Relila to every Whif; each
Paragraph is freight either with useful or delightful Nosions, and I never fail of being highly diverted or improved. The Variety of your Subjects surprizes me as much as a Box of Pictures did formerly, in which there was only one Face, that by pulling some Pieces of Ifin
glass over it, was changed into a grave Senator or a • Merry Andrew, a Patcb'd Lady or a Nun, a Beau or a • Black-a-inore, a Prude or a Coquet, a Country 'Squire
or a Conjurer, with many other different Repre• fentations (very entertaining as you are ) tho' ftill • the same at the Bottom. This was a childish Amuse
ment when I was carried away with outward Appear* ance, but you make a deeper Impression, and affeat the
secret Springs of the Mind; you charm the Fancy, sooth " the Passions, and insensibly lead the Reader to that * Sweetness of Temper that you so well describe ; you • rouse Generosity with that Spirit, and inculcate Hu.
manity with that Ease, that he must be miserably Stupid
that is not affected by you. I can't say indeed that you • have put Impertinence to Silence, or Vanity out of & Countenance; but methinks you have bid as fair for it,
as any Man that ever appeared upon a publick Stage; s and offer an infallible Cure of Vice and Folly, for • the Price of One Penny. And since it is usual for those s who receive Benefit by such famous Operators, to pub- lish an Advertisement, that others may reap the same
Advantage, I think my self obliged to declare to all the World, that having for a long time been splenatick,
• ill-natured, froward, fufpicious and .unsociable, by • the Application of your Medicines, taken only with • half an ounce of right Virginia Tobacco, for six fuc* ceflive Mornings, I am become open, obliging, offi. cious, frank and hospitable.
I am Tower-hill,
Your hunable Servant, July 5, 1711.
and great Admirer,
THIS careful Father and humble Petitioner hereafter mentioned, who are under Difficulties about the just Ma. nagement of Fans, will soon receive proper Advertisements relating to the Professors in that behalf, with their Places of Abode and Methods of Teaching.
Suly the 5th, 1711. :I Nyour Spectator of June the 7th, you Transcribe a
Letter sent to you from a new sort of Muster-ma* fter, who teaches Ladies the whole Exercise of the Fan ; • I have a Daughter just come to Town, who tho' she has
always held a Fan in her Hand at proper Times, yet she • knows no more how to use it according to true Disci• pline, than an aukward School-boy does to make use of • his new Sword : I have sent for her on purpose to learn • the Exercise, she being already very well accomplished o jn all other Arts which are necessary for a young Lady
to underftand; my Request is, that you will speak to your Correspondent on my behalf, and in your next Paper let me know what he expects, either by the Month,
or the Quarter, for teaching; and where he keeps his s Place of Rendezvous. I have a Son too, whom I would • fain have taught to gallant Fans, and should be glad to • know what the Gentleman will have for teaching them to both, I finding Fans for Practice at my own Expence, This Information will in the highest manner oblige, SI R, Tour most humble Servant,
• A S loon as my Son is perfect in this Art (which I • hope will be in a Year's time, for the Boy is pretty apt,)
I design he shall learn to ride the great Horse, (altho
o he is not yet above twenty Years old) if his Mother, • whose Darling he is, will venture him.
To the SPECTATOR.
The humble Petition of Benjamin Easie, Gent. Sheweth, :T
-HATit was your Petitioner's Misfortune to walk
to Hackney Church last Sunday, where to his great • Amazement he met with a Soldier of your own training; • she furls a Fan, recovers a Fan, and goes through the • whole Exercise of it to Admiration. This well-managed • Officer of yours has, to my knowledge, been the Ruin • of above five young Gentlemen besides my self, and stift • goes on laying waste wheresoever she comes, whereby • the whole Village is in great Danger. Our humble Re
quest is therefore, that this bold "Amazon-be ordered
iminediately to lay down her Arms, or that you would • issue forth an Order, that we who have been thus in
jured may meet at the Place of General Rendezvous, and there be taught to manage our Snuff-Boxes in fuch
manner as we may be an equal March for her: R
Ind your Petitioner Mall ever Pray, &c.
Ef brevitate opus, ut currat Sententia Hor. Have somewhere read of an eminent Person, who used in his private Offices of Devotion to give Thanks to
Heaven that he was born a Frenchman: For my own Part, I look upon it as a peculiar Blessing that I was born an Englishman. Among many other Reasons, I think my self very happy in my Country, as the Language 'of it is wonderfully adapted to a Man who is sparing of his Words, and an Enemy to Loquacity.
A SI have frequently reflected on my good Fortune in this Particular, i shall-communicate to the Publick my Speculations upon the English Tongue, not doubting but they will be acceptable to all my curious Readers.
THE English delight in Silence more than any other European Nation, if the Remarks which are made on us by Foreigners are true. Our Discourse is not kept up in Conversation, but falls into more Pauses and Intervals than in our Neighbouring Countries; as it is observed, that the matter of our Writings is thrown much closer together, and lies in a narrower Compass than is usual in the Works of Foreign Authors :: For, to favour our Natural Taciturnity, when we are obliged to utter our Thoughts, we do it in the shortest way we are able, and give as quick a Birth to our Conceptions as possible.
THIS Humour shews it self in several Remarks that we may make upon the English Language. As furf of all by its abounding in Monofyllables, which gives us an Opportunity of delivering our Thoughts in few Sounds. This indeed takes off from the Elegance of our Tongue, but at the same time expresses our Ideas in the readiest manner, and consequently answers the first Design of Speech better than the Multitude of Syllables, which make the Words of other Languages more Tunable and Sonorous. The Sounds of our English words are commonly like those of String Musick, short and transient, which rise and perish upon a single Touch; those of other Languages are like the Notes of Wind Instruments, sweet and swelling, and lengthen'd out into variety of Modulation.
IN the next place we may observe, that where the Words are not Monosyllables, we often inake them so,'as much as lies in our Power, by our Rapidity of Pronunciation; as it generally happens in most of our long Words which are derived from the Latin, where we contract the length of the Syllables that gives them a grave and solemn Air in their own Language, to make them more proper for Dispatch, and ipore conformable to the Genius of our Tongue. This we may find in a Multitude of Words, as Liberty, Conspiracy, Theatre, Orator, &c.
THE same natural Aversion to Loquacity has of late Years made a very considerable Alteration in our Language, by closing in one Syllable the Termination of our