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The family, as may be supposed, were put into no small confusion at this strange proceeding ; but they dared not shew that that they took umbrage at it, as the presence of Swift struck every one with awe, who were not well acquainted with him. He soon, however, resumed his good humour, and entertained them with many pleasantries to their taste, for no man knew better than he how to adapt his conversation to all classes of people with whom he conversed. They soon recovered their spitits, and spent the remainder of the day very chearfully When he was taking his leave, he said, “ I do not intend to rob you Mrs. Reilly, I shall take nothing belonging to you away with me, there is your son's hat-lace, I have only changed the form of it, to a much better one. So God bless you, and thank you for your good entertainment.” When he was gone, Mrs. Reilly (upon opening the paper) found four guineas enclosed in it, together with the burnt lace. While he stayed
in the country he kept an eye upon them, and found his lessons had not been thrown away, as they were cured of their vanities, and lived in a way more becoming their situation in life.
In consequence of which, one of the first things he did on his return to Dublin, was to pay a visit to Lord Fingal, and engage him to renew Reilly's lease.
ANECDOTE OF SIR ROBERT WALPOLE.
When Sir Robert began to manifest symptoms of a declining power, the first of his old friends who began to shrink from him, were the bishops.
Having, however, a question to carry in the house of lords, to the success of which episcopal votes were essentially necessary; he applied to his firm and faithful friend the Archbishop of York, to assist him in procuring the support of the right reverend bench. The prelate shook his head, when the minister urged the necessity of personal application.. - My good friend," said he, (there is but one way to proceed with my right reverend 'brethren, and you may be sure I will put that in practice. Trouble yourself no further about the matter, and be as secure of their votes, as if they had
already given them.” . The minister went away perfectly satis
fied, and the archbishop took immediately to his bed, ordered the knocker to be tied up, the street to be covered with straw, and desired his confidential physician to convey by shrugs of his shoulder, and shakes of his head, that he was in great danger.
The sickness of the archbishop was soon': known; the archiepiscopal mitre danced before the right reverend bench: the bishops returned to ministerial duty, Sir Robert Walpole gained his point, and the sick archbishop, on being informed of his ' success, immediately quitted his bed, in order to dine with the minister, and to laugh in their sleeves at the trick they had. put upon lawn sleeves.
ANECDOTE. The Bishop of Warma, one of the wealthiest prelates in Poland, who had just lost two-thirds of his revenue by the ar, rangements which the late King of Prussia' had made in seizing on his temporalities at the time the famous Partition Treaty took place, being one day at the King's leves, the Monarch jocosely, addressed him in these words, “ I don't imagine you love
me much my lord.” The bishop. obse· quiously answered, “ It was his duty to
obey the.commands of King's, especially conquerors.” “ Nevertheless,” continued his Majesty, “ I hope I shall effect my salvation in my religion as you in your's :: yet if St. Peter should refuse to open the gates of Heaven to me, I would knock gently and ask for your lordship, when I trust you would conceal me under your mantle, and convey me in unperceived." “ This, Sire,” retorted the prelate, “ could. not be done; for your Majesty has cut that
very cloak so short, that it can no longer serve me for the purpose of smugling." IMPROMPTU ON THE DEATH OF
New charms to woman kind-
From gentieness of mind.
Superior mildness shew,
In simp’ring smiles is dress’d;
With needless pity grac'd ?
Th’ ideas as they rise ;