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< both in the third book of his Paradise Lost, and in his

< Sampson Agonistes.

To Light in the former.

- Thee I revifit safo,

And foel thy sons reign vital lamp; but thou
Bevifit'st not these- eyes, that roll in vain
lo find thy piercing ray, but find no dawn.

And a little after.

Seasons return, but not to me returns

Day, or the sweet approach of ev'n and morn,

Or fiiht of vernal bloom, or summer's rose,

Or stocks or herds, or human face divine;

But cloud instead, and ever-during dark

Surround me: From the chearful ways of men

Cut of, and for the hook of knowledge fair,

Presented with an universal blank

Of Nature's works, to me expung'd and raz'd,

And wijdom at one entrance quite jhut out.

Again in Sampson Agonistes.

- But chief of all,

O loss of fight! of thee I most complain;
Blind among enemies! O worse than chains.
Dungeon, or beggary, or decrepid age!
Light, the prime work of God, to me is extintl,
And all her various objects of delight
Annuls d

"- Still as a fool,
In powr of others, never in my own,
Scarce hals I seem to live, dead more than half:
O dark! dark! dark! amid the blaze of noon:
Jrrecoverab'y dark, total eclipse,
Without all hopes of day.

« The enjoyment of sight then being so great a blessing, • and the loss of it so terrible an evil, how excellent

* and and valuable is the skill of that artist which can restore the former, and redress the latter? My frequent perusal of the advertisements in the publick News-Papers (generally the most agreeable entertainment they afford) has presented me with many and various benesits of this kind done to my countrymen by that skilful artist Dr. Grant, her Majesty's oculist extraordinary, whose happy hand has brought and restored to sight several hundreds in less than four years. Many have received sight by his means who came blind from their mothers womb, as in the famous instance of Jones of Newingtctt. I myself have been cured by him of a weakness in my eyes next to blindness, and am ready to believe anything that is reported of his ability this way; and know that many, who could not purchase his assistance with money, have enjoy'd it from his charity. But a list of particulars would swell my letter beyond its bounds, what I have said being sufficient to comfort those who are in the like distress, since they may conceive hopes of being no longer miserable in this kind, while there is yet alive so able an oculist as Dr. Grant. N° 473 Tuesday, September 2.

/dw&SfECtaton'j bumble servant,

? PHfLANTHROPUS,

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Eluid f Ji quis vultu torvo forus cf pede nudo,
Exiguæque togæ Jimu et text ore ( atonem;
Vinutemne reprtrsentet, more/que Catonis?

Hor. Ep. 19. 1. I. v. 12.

Suppose a man the coarsest gown should wear,
No shoes, his forehead rough, his look severe,
And ape great Cato in his form and dress;
Mull he his virtues and his mind express?

Creech.

lo the Spectator.

SIR,

'T Am now in the country, and employ most of my '\_ time in reading, or thinking upon what I have

* read. Your paper comes constantly down to me,

* and it affects me so much, that I sind my thoughts

* run into your way ; and I recommend to you a sub'ject upon which you have not yet touched, and that 'is the satisfaction some men seem to take in their 'imperfections : I think one may call it glorying in their

* insufsiciency. A certain great author is of opinion it 'is the contrary to envy, tho' perhaps it may proceed

* from it. Nothing is so common as to hear men of

* this sort, speaking of themselves, add to their own « merit (as they think) by impairing it, in praising 'themselves for their defects, freely allowing they com'mit some few frivolous errors, in order to be eileemed 'persons of uncommon talents and great qualisications. « They are generally professing an injudicious neglect

* of dancing, fencing and riding, as also an unjust

* contempt for travelling and the modern languages; 'as for their part (they (ay) they never valued or trou

* bled their heads about them. This panegyrical satire 'on themselves certainly is worthy of your animadver'/ion. I have known one of these gentlemen think

* himself obliged to forget the day of an appointment, 'and sometimes even that you spoke to him, and when 'you see 'em, they hope you'll pardon 'em, for they 'have the worst memory in the world. One of 'em 'started up t'other day in some consusion and said, Now 'I think on't, { am to meet Mr. Mortmain the attorney « about some business, but whether it is to-day, or to'morrow, faith, I can't tell. Now to my certain know'ledge he knew his time to a moment, and was there 'accordingly. These forgetful persons have, to heigh'ten their crime, generally the best memories of any « people, as I have found out by their remembring 'sometimes through inadvertency. Two or three of

* 'em'that 1 know can fay most of our modem tragedies 'by heart. I ask'd a gentleman the other day that is 'famous for a good carver, (at which acquisition he is

* out of countenance, imagining it may detract from 'some of his more essential qualisications) to help me to

* something that was near him ; but he excused himself, 'and blushing' told me, Of all things he could never

* carve in his life; though it can be proved upon him « that he cuts up, disjoints, and uncases with incom

* parable dexterity. I would not be understood as it I « thought it laudable for a man of quality and fortune 'to rival the acquisitions of artisicers, and endeavour

to excel in little handy qualities; no, I argue only against being asham'd at what is really praise-worthy. As these pretences to ingenuity shew themselves several ways, you'll often see a man of this temper asham'd to be clean, and setting up for wit only from negligence in his habit. Now I am upon this head, I can't help observing also upon a very disferent folly proceeding from the same cause. As these above-mentioned arise from affecting an equality with men of greater talents from having the fame faults, there are others that would come at a parallel with these above them, by possessing lirtle advantages which they want. I heard a young man not long ago, who has sense, comfort himsclt in his ignorance ot Greek, Hebrew, and the Orientals: At the fame time that he pub

'listed * lished his aversion to those languages, he said that the 'knowledge of them was rather a diminution than an « advancement of a man's character: tho' at the fame

* time I know he languishes and repines he is not master « of them himself. Whenever I take any of these sine

* persons thus detracting from what they don't under'stand, I tell them I will complain to you, and fay I am

* furs you will not allow it an exception against a thing, 'that he who contemns it is an ignorant in it.

/ am, SIR,

Tour most bumble servant,

S. T.

Mr. SrECTAtOr,

« T Am a man of a very good estate, and am honour« _|_ ably in love. I hope you will allow, when the

* ultimate purpose is honest, there may be, without

* trespass against innocence, some toying by the way.

* People of condition are perhaps too distant and formal 'on those occasions; but however that is, I am to con« fess to you that I have writ some verses to atone « for my offence. You prt'ftss'd authors are a little

* severe upon us, who write like gentlemen: But if you 'are a friend to love, you will insert my poem. You « cannot imagine how much service it would do me with « mv fair one as well as reputation with all my friends, « to have something of mine in the 5petlator. My crime « was, that I fnatch'd a kisi, and my poetical excuse f as follows:

I.

Belinda, see from yonder floors

The bee jlies loaded to its cell;
Can you perceive wbat it devours?

Are they impair'd in jhow or smell?

II.

So, tho' I robb'dyou os a kiss,

Sweeter than their ambrofial dew;

Why are you angry at my bliss?
Has it at all impoverijh''dyou?

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