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shall never publish verse on that day bat what is written by the fame hand; yet shall I not accompany those writings with Eulogiums, but leave them to speak for themselves.
For the Spectator.
* '\T O U very much promote the interests of virtue 'X while you reform the taste cf a profane ave, and
* persuade us to be entertained with divine poems, whilst 'we are distinguished by so many thousand humours, and 'split into so many different sects and parties; yet per'sons of every party, sect, and humour are fond of con
* forming their taste to yours. You can transfuse your 'own relish of a poem into all your readers, according
* to their capacity to receive; and when you recommend 'the pious paliion that reigns in the verse, we seem to
* feel the devotion, and grow proud and pleas'd in
* wardly, that we have fouls capable of retishtng what the
* Spectator approves.
'Upon reading the hymns that you have published
* in some late papers, 1 had a mind to try yesterday
* whether I could write one. The cxivth Psalm appears
* to me an admirable ode, and I began to turn it into « our language. As I was describing the journey of 'Israel from Egypt, and added the Divine 1'resence
* amongst them, J perceived a beauty in this Psalm which
* was intirely new to me, and which I was going to lose; 'and that is, that the poet utterly conceals the presence
* of God in the beginning of it, and rather lets a possef
* sive pronoun .go without a substantive, than he-will so « much as mention any thing of divinity there. Judah 'was hissanSiuary, and Israel bit dominion or kingdom, 'The reason now seems evident, and this conduct ne'cessary : For if God had appeared before, there could
* be no wonder why the mountains mould leap and the 'sea retire; therefore that this convulsion os nature may 'be brought in with due surprise, his name is not raen'tioned till afterward, and then with a very agreeable
* turn of thought God is introduced at once in all his
* majesty. This is what I have attempted to imitate 'in a translation without paraphrase, and to preserve 'what I could of the spirit of the Sacred Author. ♦ 'If the following essay be not too incorrigible, bestow « upon it a few brightnings from your genius, that I may * learn how to write better, or to write no more.
Tour daily admirer and bumble servant, &c.
WHEN Israel, freed from Pharoah'j band
Across the deep their journey lay,
The mountains jhook like frighted jheep,
What pow'r could make the deep divide?
Let ev'ry mountain, evry jlood
He thunders, and all nature mourns;
Mr. Spectator, 'npHERE are those who take the advantage os X your putting an half-penny value upon yourself
* above the rest of our daily writers, to defame you. in 'public conversation, and strive to make you unpopular 'upon the account of this said half-penny. But it I were
* you, I would insist upon that small acknowledgment 'for the superior merit of yours, as being a work of
* invention. Give me leave therefore to do you justice, 'and fay in your behalf, what you cannot yourself,
* which is, That your writings have made learning a 'more necessary part of good-breeding than it was before 'you appeared : That modesty is become fashionable, 'and impudence stands in need of some wit; since you 'have put them both in their proper lights. Profane'ness, lewdnesi, and debauchery are not now qualisications, and a man may be a very sine gentleman, tho'
* he is neither a keeper nor an insidel.
'I would have you tell the town the story of the
* Sibyls, if they deny giving you two-pence. Let them
* know, that those sacred papers were valued at the 'fame rate after two thirds of them were destroyed, as 'when there was the whole set. There are so many of
* us who will give you your own price, that you may
* acquaint your non-conformist readers, That they shall 'not have it, except they come in within such a day,
* under threepence. I don't know but you might bring
* in the Date Oholum Bellisario with a good grace. The
* witlings come in clusters to two or three coffee-houses
* which have left you off, and I hope you will make us,
* who sine to your wit, merry with their characters who 'stand out against it.
/ am your most bumble servant.
P. S. ' have lately got the ingenious authors of 'blacking for shoes, powder for colouring the hair,
* pomatum for the hands, cosmetic for the face, to. be
* your constant customers; so that your advertisements « will as much adorn the outward man, as your paper « does the inward. J?
Wednesday, N° 462 Wednelday, August 20.
Nil ftjc preetuterim jucundo /anus amico.
Hor. Sat. 5. 1. 1. v. 44.
Nothing so grateful as a pleasant friend.
PEOPLE are not aware of the very great force which pleasantry in company has upon all those with whom a man of that talent converses. His faults are generally overlooked by all his acquaintance, and a certain carelesness that constantly attends all his actions, carries him on with greater success, than diligence and assiduity does others who have no mare oi this endowment. Dacintbus breaks his word upon all occasions both trivial and important; and when he is sufficiently rai ed at for that abominable quality, they whcr talk oi him end with, After all be is a very pleasant fellow. Dacintbus is an ifl-natu-red husband, and yet the very women end. their freedom of discourse upon this subject, But aster all be is very pleasant company. Dacintbus is neither in point of honour, civility, good-breeding, or
food-nature unexceptionable, and yet all is answered, or he is avery plesfant fellow. When this quality is conspicuous in a man who has, to accompany it, manly and virtuous sentiments, there cannot certainly be any thing which can give so pleasing gratisication as the gaiety of such a person ; but when it is alone, and serves only to gild a croud of ill qualities, there is no man so much to be avoided as your pleasant fellow. A very pleasant fellow shall turn your good name to a jest, make yourcharacter contemptible, debauch your wife or daughter, and yet be received by the rest of the world with welcome where-ever he appears. It is very ordinary with those of this character to be attentive only to their own satisfactions, and have very little bowels for the concerns or sorrows of other men; nay, they are capable of purchasing their own pleasures at the expence of giving pain to others. But they who do not consider this sort of men thus carefully, are irresistibly exposed to their insinuations. The author of the following letter carties the matter so high, as to intimate that the liberties of England have been at the mercy of a prince merely as he was of this pleasant character.
* ' I N HERE is no one passion which all mankind so 'X naturally give into as pride, nor any other paf'sion which appears in such different disguises: It is to
* be found in all habits and complexions. Is it not a 'question, whether it does more harm or good in the 'world? And if there be not such a thing as what we
* may call a virtuous and laudable pride?
* It is this passion alone, when misapplied, that lays us 'so open to flatterers; and he who can agreeably conde'scend to sooth our humour or temper, sinds always an
* open avenue to our soul; especially if the flatterer « happen to be our superior.
* One might give many instances of this in a late Eng
* lijh monarch, under the title of, The gaieties of King 'Charles II. This prince was by nature extremely fa'miliar, of very easy access, and much delighted to fee
* and be seen: and this happy temper, which in the « highest degree gratisied his people's vanity, did him
* more service with his loving subjects than all his other
* virtues, tho' it must be consessed he had many. He
* delighted, tho' a mighty king, to give and take ajest, 'as they fay; and a prince of this fortunate disposition, 'who were inclined to make an ill use of his power, may
* have any thing of his people, be it never so much to
* their prejudice. But this good king made generally a
* very innocent use, as to the public, of this inmaring
* temper; for, 'tis well known, he pursued pleasure « more than ambition: He seemed to glory in being the
* sirst man atcock-matches, horse-races, balls, and plays; 'he appeared highly delighted on those occasions, and
* never sailed to warm and gladden the heart of every 'spectator. He more than once dined with his g<'od
* citizens of London on their Lord-Mayor's Day, and did '' so the year that Sir Robert Finer was mayor. Sir Robert