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him her fan to play with, But 1 appeal to you in the be half of us poor helpless men.

June 15. 17130 AM of opinion, that no orator or speaker in public

or private, has any right to meddle with any body's cloaths but his own. I indulge men in the liberty of playing with their own hats, fumbling in their own pockets, settling their own periwigs, tossing or twisting their beads, and all other gesticulations which may contribute to their elocution ; but pronounce it an infringe ment of the English liberty, for a man to keep his neighbour's person in custody, in order to force an hearing i and farther declare, that all affent given by an auditor under such coa(traint, is of itself void and of no effe&t,

NESTOR IRONSIDE.

NO. 85

Thursday, June 18.
Sed te decor ifte quod opt as
Eje velat, veloque luo tua forma repugnat.

Ovid Met. 1. 1. v. 488. But so much youth, with so much beauty join'd, .. Oppose the filate which i by defires design'd. Dryden,

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O fuffer scandal, says somebody, is the tax which

every person of merit pays to the public, and my Lord Verulam finely observes, that a man who has no virtue in himself, ever envies virtue in others, I know not how it comes to pass, but detraction, thro' all ages, has been found a vice which the fair sex too easily give into. Not the Roman fatyrist could use them with more severity than they themselves do one another. Some audacious critics, in my opinion, have launched out a little too far, when they take upon them to prove, in oppo'stion to history, that Lais was a woman of as much virtue as beauty, which violently displeafing the Phrynes of those times, they secretly prevailed with the kitorians to deliver her down to polterity, under the

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infamous character of an extorting prostitute. But tho' I have the greatest regard imaginable to that lofter fpecies, yet I am sorry, ta find they have very little for themselves, So far are they from being teader of one another's reputation, that they take a malicious pleafure in deltroying ite My lady the other day, when Jack was asking, who could be so base to spread such a re

apswered, “ None, you may be fure, but a woman. A little after Dick told my lady, that be had heard Florella hiat as if Cleora wore artisi cial teeth. " The reason is,” said she, “ because Clea

first gave out, that Florella owed her complexion to a wash." Thus the indultrious pretty creatures take pains, by invention, to throw blemishes on each oa ther, when they do not consider that there is a profilis gate set of fellows, too ready to taint the character of the virtuous, or blalt the charms of the blooming virgin. The young lady from whom I had the honour of receiving the tollowing letter, deserves, or rather claims, protection from our sex, fince so barbarously treated by her own. Certainly they ought to defend innocence from injury, who gave ignorantly the occasion of its

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SIR,
Don't know at what nice point you fix the bloom of

a young lady, but I am one who can jult look back upon Afteen. My father dying three years ago, left mc under the care and direction of my mother, with a for: tune not profusely great, yet fach as might demand a. very handlome settlement, if ever proposals of marriage laould be offered My mother, after the usual time of retired mourning was over, was so affectionately indubgent to me, as to take me along with her in all her via lits; but still not thinking fae gratified my youth enough, permitted me further to go with nay relations to all the public, chearful, but innocent entertainments, where Be was too reserved to appear hersell. The two tirit

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of teens were easy, gay, and delightful. Every one careffed me; the old ladies told me bow finely I grew, and the young ones were proud of my compasy. But when the third year had a little advanced, my relations used to tell my mother, that pretty Miss Clary was shot up into a woman. The gentlemen beguo now not to let their eyes glance over me, and in most places I found myself distinguished; but observed, the more I grew into the esteem of their sex, the more I lost the favour of my owo. Some of those whom I had been familiar with, grew cold and indifferent : others mistook, by design, my meaning ; made me speak what I never thought, and so by degrees took oecasion to break off all acquaintance. There were several little infignificant reflections cast upon me, as being a lady of a great many quaintneffes and such like, which I seemed not to take notice of. But my mother coming home about a week ago, told me, there was a scandal fpread about towa by my enemies, that would at once ruin me for ever for a beauty. I earnestly intreated her to know it ; fhe refused me : but yesterday it discovered itself. Being in an affembly of geotlemen and ladies, one of the gentlemen who had been very facetious to several of the ladies, at last turning to me, “. And as for you, nja. " dam, Prior has already giveo 1?s your character,

" That air and harmony of thape express,

“ Fine by degrees, and beautifully less."
I perceived immediately a malignant smile display itself
in the countenance of some of the ladies, which they
Seconded with a scorpful flutter of the fan; till one of
them, unable any longer to contain, asked the gentleman
if he did not remember what Congreve said about AQ-
relia ? for the thought it mighty pretty. He made no
answer, but inftantly repeated the 'verses.

• The Mulcibers who in the minories sweat,
• And massive bars on stubboro anvils beat,
• Deform themselves; yet forge those stays of steel,

• Which arm Aurelia with a shape to kill.'
This was no sooner over, but it was easily discernible
what an ill.natured fatisfaction most of the company

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took ; and the more pleafure they showed by dwelling ! upon the two laft lines, the more they increased my

trouble and confufion. And now, Sir, after this tedi. ous account, what would you advise me to? Is there no way to be cleared of these malicious calumnies ? What is beauty worth, that makes the possessor thus

unhappy; Why was nature so lavish of her gifts to me, ! as to make kindoess prove a cruelty? They tell me my

fhape is delicate, my eyes sparkling, may lips I kpow not what; my cheeks, forsooth, adorned with a jult mix.

core of the rofe and lilly : but I wish this face was bare1 ly not disagreeable, this voice harsh and unharmonious,

thefe limbs only not deformed; and then perhaps i
might live easy and unmolested, and neither raise love
and admiration in tbe men, nor scandal and hatred in
the women.
Your very bumble feruunt,

CLARINA. The best answer I can make my fair correspondent, is, That the ought to comfort herself with this confi deration, that those who talk thus of her know it is false,

but wish they could make others believe it true. It is í

not they think you deformed, but are vexed that they themselees were not as nicely framed. If you will take an old man's advice, laugh, and be not concerned at them: they have attained what they endeavoured if they make you uneasy; for it is envy that has made them lo. I would not have you will your shape one fixticih-part of an inch disproportioned, nor desire your face might be impoverished with the ruin of half a feathre, tho' numbers of remaining beauties might make the loss insensible; but take courage, go into the brightest assemblies, aod the world will quickly confess it to be Scandal. Thus Plato, heariog it was afferted by some perlops, that he was a very bad man, “ I shall take care,

to live so, that no body will believe " them.”

I thall conclude this paper with a relation of matter of fact. A gay young gentleman in the country, not many years ago, fell desperately in love with a blooming fine creature, whom give me leave to call Melilla. After a pretty long delay, and frequent solicitations, the refuled

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feveral others of larger estates, and consented to make him happy. But they had got been married much above a twelvemonth, till it appeared too true what Juba says,

« Beauty foon grows familiar to the lover, & Fades in the eye, and palls upoo the sense.' Polydore, for that was his name, finding himself grow every day more uneasy, and unwilling the should disco ver the cause, for diversion came up to town; and to avoid all faspicions, brought Melissa along with him. After some stay here, Polydore was one day informed, that a fer of ladies over their tea-table, in the circle of scandal, had touched upoo Melissa-And was that the filly thing so much talked of? How did she ever grow into a toast? For their parts they had eyes as well as the men, but could not discover where her beauties lay. Polydore, upon hearing this, flew immediately home, and told Meliffa, with the utmost transport, that he was now fully convinced how oumberlels were her charms, fince her own sex would not allow her any. Mr IRONSIDE,

Burton's coffee-boufe. Have observed, that this day you make meation of

Will's coffee house, as a place where people are too polite to hold a man in discourse by the button Every body knows your honour frequents this house ; there fore they will take an advantage againit me, and say, if my company was as civil as that at Will's, you would say fo": therefore pray your honour do not be afraid of doo ing me justice, because people would think it may be a conceit below you on this occasion to name the name of;

Your humble sercant,

DANIEL BUTTON, The young poets are in the back room, and take their places as you directed.

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