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* whilst it passed over a bundle of honey-suckles, and 'tuberoses which he held in his hand. Pan and Ceres 'followed them with four reapers, who danced a mor
* rice to the found of oaten pipes and cymbals. Then 'came the attendant months. 'June retained still some
small likeness of the Spring ; but the other two seemed to step with a less vigorous tread, especially Jugust, who ieem'd almost to faint, whilst for half the steps he took the dog-star levelled his rays full at his head: They passed on and made way for a person that seemed to bend a little under the weight or years; his beard and hair, which were full grown, were composed of an equal number of black and gray; he wore a robe which he had girt round him of a yellowish cast, not unlike the colour of fallen leaves, which he walked 'upon. I thought he hardly made amends for expelling the foregoing scene by the Jarge quantity of fruits which he bore in his hands. Plenty walked by his side with an healthy fresh countenance, pouring out from an horn all the various products of the year. Pomona followed with a glass of cider in her hand, with Baccbus in a chariot drawn by tigers, accompanied by a
* whole troop of satyrs, fauns, and sylvans. September, 'who came next, seem'd in his looks to promise a new
Spring, and wore the livery of those months. The succeeding month was all soiled with the juice of grapes, as if lie had just come from the wine-press. November, though he was in this division, yet by the many stops he made seemed rather inclined to the Winter, which followed close at his heels. He advanced in the shape of an old man in the extremity of age: The hair he had was so very white it seem'd a real snow ; his eyes were red and piercing, and his beard hung with a great quantity of isicles: He was wrapt up in furrs, but yet so pinched with excess of cold chat his l;mbs were all contracted, and his body bent to the ground, so that he could not have supported himself had it not been for (omus the god of revels, and Necejsity the mother of F .te, who susta ned h m on each side. The. shape and mant e of Ccmus was one of the things that most lurpriled me; as he advanced towards me, his countenance seemed the most desirable 1 had ever seen:
On the sore part of his mantle was pictured joy, delight and satisfaction, with a thousand emblems of merriment, and jests w!th faces looking two ways at once; but as he passed from me I was amazed at a ihape fo little correspondent to his face : His head was bald, and all the rest of his limbs appeared old and desoimed. On the hinder part of his mantle was represented Murder with disheveled hair and a dagger al! bloody, Anger in a robe os scarlet, and Suspicion squinting with both eyes; but above al! the most conspicuous was the battle of the Lapithtt and the Centaurs. I detested so hideous a shape, and turne.i my eyes upon Saturn, who was stealing away behind him with a scythe in one hand and an hour-glass in t'other unobserved. Behind NcceJJity was Vesta the goddess-jcif sire, with a lamp which was « perpetually suppliedywith oil, and' whose flame'was « eternal. She cheer'd the rugged brow of Neceffity, and
* warmed her so far as almost to make her assume the fea
* tures and likeness of Choice. December, January, and 'February, passed on after the rest all in furrs ; there was
* little distinction to be made amongst them, and they
* were more or less displeasing as they discovered n.ore
* or le's haste towards the grateful return of Spring. Z
N° 426 Wednesday, July, 9.
-Suid nor. mortalia peftora cogis,
jiurisacra fames? Virg. Æn. 3. v. 56.
O sacred hunger of pernicious gold!
What bands of faith can impious lucre hold!
AVery agreeable friend of mine, the other day. carrying me in his coach into the country to dinner, fell into discourse concerning the care of parents due to their children, and the piety of children towards their parents. H1: was reflecting upon the succession of particular virtues and qualities there might be preserved V o L. VI. F from from one generat on to another, is these regards were reciprocally held in veneration : But as he never sails to mix an air of mirth and good-humour with his good fense and ieasoning, he entered into the following relation.
IWill not be consident in what century, or under what reign it happened, that this want of mutual considence and right understanding between father and son was satal to the family of the r dentines in Germany. Baf.liut Valentinus was a persnn who had arrived at the utmost perfection in the hermetic art, and initiated his son /.lexnndtinus in the fame mysteries: but as you know they are not to be attained but by thc.painful, the pious, the chaste, and pure of heart, Eafilius did not open to him, be-ause of his youth, and the deviations too natural to it, the greatest secrets of which he was master, as well knowing that the operation would fail in the hands of a man so liable to errors in life as Mexandrinus. But believing, from a certain indisposition of mind as veil as body, his dissolution was drawing nigh he called Mexandrinus to him, and as he lay on a couch, overagainft which his son was seated, and prepared by sending out servants one after another, and admonition to examine that no one overheard them, he revea'ed the most important of his secrets with the solemnity and language of an adept. My son, said he, many have been the watchings, long the lucubrations, constant the labours of thy Father, not only to gain a great and plentiful estate to his posterity, but also to take care that he shoutd have no posterity. Be not amazed, my child, I do not mean that thou shalt be taken from me, but that I will never leave thee, and consequently cannot be said to have posterity. Behold, my dearest /Mexandrinus, the effect of what was propagated in nine months: We are not to contradict nature, but to follow and to help her ; just as long as an insant is in the womb of its parent, so long are these medicines of revivisication in preparing. Observe this small phial and this little gallipot, in this an unguent, in the other a liquor; in these, my child, are collected such powers, as shall revive the springs of life when they are yet but just ceased, and give new strength, new spirits, and, in a word,
wholly wholly restore all the organs at.d fenses of the human body to as great a duration, as it had before enjoyed from its birth to the day of the application of these my medicines. But, my beloved son, care must be taken to apply them within ten hours after the breath is out of the body, while yet the clay is warm with its late life, and yet capable cf resuscitation. I sind my frame grown crazy with perpetual toil and meditation; and I conjure you, as soon as I am dead, to anoint me with this unguent; and when you fee me begin to move, pour into my lips this inestimable liquor, else the force of the ointment will be ineffectual. By this means you will give me life as I have you, and we will from that hour mutually lay aside the authority of having bestowed life on each other, but live as brethren, and prepare new medicine-s against such another period of time as will demand another application of the fame restoratives. In a few days after these wonderful ingredients were delivered to Alcxandr.nus, Bafilius departed this life. But such was the pious sorrow of the son at the loss of so excellent a father, and the sirst transports of grief had so wholly disabled him from all manner of.business, that he never thought of the medicines till the time to which his father had limited their efficacy was expired. To tell the truth, AUxaudrinut was a man of wit and pleasure, and considered his father had lived out his natural tine, his life was long and "uniform, suitable to the regularity of it; but that he himself, poor sinner, wanted a new life, to repent of a very bad one hitherto ; and in the examination of his heart, refolv'd to go on as he did with this natural being of his, but repent very faithfully, and spend very piousiy the life to which he should be restored by application of these rarities, when time should come, to his own person.
It has been observed, that Providence frequently punishes the self-love of men, who would do immoderately for their own offspring, with children very much belov/ their characters and qualisications, insomuch that they only transmit their names to be borne by those who give daily proofs of the vanity of the labour and ambition of their progenitors.
It happen'd thus in the samily of Bajilius; for /!exandrinus began to erjoy his ample fortune in all the extremities of houshold expence, furniture, and insolent equipage; and this he pursued tiil the day of his own departure began, as he grew sensible, to approach. As Baji.ius was punished with a son very unlike him, Alexandrinus was \ isited by one of his own disposition. It is natural that ill men should be suspicious, and Ahxandrinus, besides that jealousy, had prooss of the vicious disposition of his son Renatus, for that was his name.
A.exandrinus, as I have observed, having very good reasons for thinking it unsafe.to trust the real-secret of his phial and gallipot to any man living, projected to make sure work, and hope tor his success depending from the avarice, not the bounty of his benefactor.
With this thought he called Renatus to his bed-side, and bespoke him in the most pathetic gesture ar.d accent. As much, my son, as you have been addicted to vanity and pleasure, as I also have been before you, you nor s could escape the fame, or the good effects of the profound knowledge ofour progenitor, the renowned Bajilius. His symbol is very well known in the philosophic world, and I shall never forget the venerable air of his countenance, when he let me into the profound mysteries of thesmaragdine tab.e of Hermes. It it true, said he, and far removed srom all colour of deceit; that which is inserior is like that which is superior, by which are acquired and persetled all the miracles of a certain work. The sather is the sun, the mother the tnoon, the wind it the womb, the earth - is the nurf. of it, end mother of all persetliin. A/ this must Jbe received with modesty and wisdom. The chymical people carry in all their jargon a whimsical sort of piety which is ordinary with great lovers of money, and is Bo more but deceiving themselves, that their regularity and strictness of manners for the ends of this world, has some assinity to the innocence of heart which must recommend them to the next. Renatus wondered to hear his father talk so like an adept and with such a mixture of piety, while Aiexandrinus observing his attention sixed, proceeded: This phial, chiid, and this little earthen pot will add to thy estate so much, as to make thee the