Obrázky na stránke

to moít Authors, that though their way me the title of Connoisseur, I shall not of life be ever so inean, their writings presume to boast, that I am pofleffed of favour of the most unbounded magniti- a Muixum, like Sloane's, or a Licence; and as they have nothing to be- brary equal to Mead's. But as Pliny, itow, a moit surpriting generolity always and atier him our countryman Mr. accompanies every action of the quill. Pope, have left us a description of their A Novelist, for example, is remarkably elegant Villas, I hope it will not be Javith of his cath on all occafions; and thought arrogance in me, after what I spares no expences in carrying on the have said, if I set before the reader an designs of his personages through ever account of my own Study. This is a to many volumes. Nothing, indeed, is little edifice situated at some distance more ealy than to be very profuse upon from the rest of the house, for the fake paper: an author, when he is about it, of privacy and retirement. It is an anmay erect his airy castles to what height cient pile of building, and hangs over a he pleafes, and with the wave of his pen Imall rivulet; and as the entrance into may command the mines of Peru: and it is shaded by a thick hedge of everas he deals about his money without greens, which cast a kind of awful gloom once untying his purse-itrings, it will about it, fome Icarned Antiquarians cost him the fame whether he throws have been led to conjecture, that it was away a mite or a million; and another formerly a Temple, or rather Chapel of dip of ink, by the addition of two or Ease,dedicated to one of the heathen God. three gratis cyphers, may in an infant delles. This Goddess, they inform me, convert a fingle ten into as many thou. was worrnipped by the Romans, and sands.

was probably held in no less veneration But it must be confessed, that we El- by the Ægyptians, Chaldees, Syrians, fay-writers, as we are the greatest Ego- and other nations. However this be, tiếts, are consequently most vain and the walls on the inside are decorated with oftentatious. , As we frequently find various inscriptions alluding to tbe reoccafion to prate about ourselves, we ligious rites performed there, and hung take abundant care to put the reader round with the rude rhymes of ancient constantly in mind of our importance. bards. It is very well known, that we keep the To this Study I retire constantly every kest company, are present at the inoit morning after breakfast, and at other expensive places of diversion, and can parts of the day, as occasion calls. Here talk as familiarly of White's, as if we I am at liberty to indulge my meditahad been admitted to the honour of los- tions uninterrupted, as I suffer no one ing an estate there. Though the neces- to break in upon my privacy: and (what faries, as well as the luxuries of life, will perhaps surprise my readers) i find may perhaps be denied us, we readily in mytelf the greateit inclination to vidis make up for the want of them by the it after an hearty ineal. In this place I creative

power of the imagination. made a very rapid progress in literature, Thus, for inttance, I remember a bro. and have gone through several very ther Eslayist, who took a particular pride learned volumes, which otherwise I in dating his lucubrations. From iny should never have lopked into. I have • own Apartinent;' which he reprelent. here travelled leaf by leaf through the est as abounding with every conveni- works of many worthy, but neglected ence: though at the same time he was ancient divines, critics, and politicians; working three stories from the ground, and have turned over many a modern and was often forced, for want of other pamphlet or poem with equal satisfacpaper, to scribble upon wrappers of to. tion. I muit not forget to mention, bacco. As to myself, I make no doubt that (like the scrupulous Mahometans) But the reader has long ago discovered, I have often picked up the fragments of without my telling him, that I loil at several learned writers, which have come my ease in a crimion velvet chair, reit from the chandlers, and lodged them my elbow on the polished surface of a

ainong others no less valuable, in iny mahogany table, write my esays upon Study. gili paper, and dip my pen into a silver Inay safely boast, that I am indeht. Itandinh.

ed for inany of my belt thoughes in the Indeed, though I have taken upon course of thcle papers, to the reflections

I have

[ocr errors]

I have had the leisure to make in this proofs, that we may justly say of our
Study; which probably has the same in- works, as well as of ourselves
fluence on my mind, as the stew'd prunes
had upon Bayes, which he tells us he Scriùs aut cities Sedem properamus'ad unam.
always took when he wrote. But if my

Study ferves to inspire me sometimes
with agreeable ideas, it never fails on

O lamentable chance! to one vile Seat, the other hand to remind me of the mor

Sooner or later we must all retreat! tality of writers; as it affords repeated



[ocr errors]






"ing my little family, the only joy of Penelope Doat, after I had waited life. Here's a dear pretty creasome time in the parlour, the maid re- • ture!' holding up the dog me was turned with her mistress's compliments, combing, a beauty! what a fine longand informed me, that as she was ex- eared Inub-nosed beauty! Lady Fadile tremely busy, the begged to be excused ( advertised three quarters of a year, and coming down to me, but that she would ' could not get the fellow to it. Ah, be very glad to see me in the Nursery. « bless it, and love it, sweet soul!'-And As I knew she was a maiden lady, I was then the stroaked it, and kissed it for a good deal startled at the message: but near two ininutes, uttering the whole however I followed the servant up stairs time all those inarticulate sounds, which to her mistress; whom I found combing cannot be committed to paper, and which a little frotted dog that lay in her lap, are only addreiled to dogs, cats, and with a grey parrot perched on one arm children, and may be ftiled the Language of the fettee where she fat, a monkey on of the Nursery. Upon observing me the back, and a tabby cat with half a fmile at the embraces the bestowed on dozen kittens on the other corner of it. her little motley darlingam I am afraid,' The whole room, which was a very large faid the, ' you don't love these pretty one, was indeed a Nursery for all kinds creatures. How can you be so cruel ? of animals, except those of the human “ Poor dumb things! I would not have fpecies. It was hung every where with (them hurt for all the world, Nor do I cages, containing parrots, mackaws, see why a lady should not indulge here Canary birds, nightingales, linnets, and · self in having such sweet little comgoldfinches; on the chairs were several


about her, as well as you men cats repofing on soft cushions; and there run out estates in keeping a pack of sare little kennels in the Chinese taste, filthy hounds.' Then she laid Pompey in almost every corner of the room, filla on his cushion by the fire-lide; and rail-, ed with pugs, Fidos, and King Charles's ed at the barbarity of the human species breed. As soon as the chattering of the to the rest of the creation, and entered biris, the barking of the dogs, and the into a long differtation on tenderness mewing of the cats, which my

and humanity. occafioned, began to cealer You find An humane disposition is indeed so • me here, Sir, said the lady,' tendo amiable, either in man or woman, that



it ought alwavs to be cherished and kept care to provide his hounds with a wari alive in our boroms; but at the fame kennel and horfe. flesh; but would never rinje we thould be cautious not to render think of placing then on cuthions bethe first virtue of our nature ridiculous. fore the fire, and cramming them with The most compassionate temper. may he fricaslees, or breed them with as much fufficiently gratified by relieving the care as the heir to his eftate. **ches of our own fpecies: but who' This irregular passion (if I may so would ever boat of their generosity to a call it) is most frequently to be met lap-dog, and their conferring eternal with among the ladies. How often has obligations on a monkey? Or would the flighted gallant envied the carefles any lady defèrve to be celebrated for her given to a lap-dog, or kisses beftowed charity, whofhould deny support to a re- on a squirrel!' and I would I were thy Jation or a friend, because the maintains a bird !' has been the fund exclamation a litter of kittens ? For my part, be- of many a Romeo. But it is remarkfore I would treat a Dutch puppy with able, that this affe&tion for birds and luch abfurd fondness, I must be brought beasts generally wears off after marriage, to worship dogs, as the Ægyptians did and that the ladies discard their fourof old; and ere I would fo extravagant- ' footed dartings and feathered favourites ly cloat upon a monkey, I would (as when they can beltow their endearments 1ago lays on a different occafion) .ex- on a husband. Wherefore, thele dry

change my humanity with a bahoon.' nurses to prigs and grimalkins are moft

Yet there have been many instances, ly to be met with anong those females befides my female friend, of this fonds who have been disappointed in the afnels for the brute creation being carried: fairs of love, and have against their will to very ridiculous lengths. The grave retained the flower of virginity till it has doctors of the faculty have been called withered in their posseflion. It often in to feel the pulse of a lap-dog, and happens that there is some kind of anainspect the urine of a squirrel: nay, I fogy between the gallant they once lovam myself acquainted with a lady, who ed, and the animal on which they aftercarried this matter so far, as to discharge wards fix their affections: and I rememhier chaplain because he refused to bury ber an instance of a lady's passion for a her monkey. But the molt folemn lawyer being converted into a dotage on piece of mummery on these occasions is a parrot; and have an old maiden aunt the making provisions for these animals who once languished for a beau, whose hy will; which absurd legacies as little heart is now devoted to a monkey, deterve the title of humanity, as those But I should not so much quarrel with people merit being called charitable, there humane ladies, who chule to settle who in a death.beit fright ftarve their their affections on the brute species, if relations, by lcaving their eftates to found their love for these pretty creatures was an hospital. It were indeed to be with- not troublesome to othes who are not so ed, that money left in trutt for such uses sensible of the charms of a snub nole, were fubject to some statute of Mort- or cannot discover any beauty in the grey main; or at least that the gentlemen of eyes of a cat. A doating mother would the long robe would contrive tome scheme paver forgive you, if you did not call to cut off the entail from monkeys, mac- her brat a fine child, and dandle it about, kaws, Italian grey-hounds, and tabby and prattle with it, with as much seemcats.

ing rapture as herfelf: in like manner, That a itage coachman should love a lady would take it as an affront to her his cattle better than his wife or child. own perlon, if you did not pay your ren, or a country squire he fond of his addrelles equally to her pug or paroquet. hounds and hunters, is not so surprising, I know a young fellow that was cut off because the reason of their regard for with a shilling by an old maiden aunt, them is easily accounted for: anul a seas on whom he had great dependance, be. captain has, upon the fame principles, caufe he gave poor Veny a kick, only been known to contract an affection for for lifting up his leg against the gendehis thip. Yet no coachman would, like man's stocking: and I have heard of Çaligula, tie his hortes to a golden rack; another who might have carried off a but thinks he thews fufficient kindness very rich widow, but that he could not by giving them a good feed and clean prevail upon himself to extend bis ca. #sw; and the country sportiman takes selles to her dormouse. Indeed, I can.


not help thinking, that the embraces wig, brought it off in his mouth, and and endearments bestowed on these rivals lodged it in his lady's lap. of the human species should be as pri- It will not appear strange, after what vate as the moit secret intrigues; and I has been said, that these ladies, or ladywould have lap-dogs, like fretful and like gentlemen, nould be as solicitous squalling children, confined to bark and to preserve the breed of their favourite growl only in the nursery. We may animals, as a sportsman of his hounds often fee a footman following his lady and horses. I have known a gentleto church with a large common-prayer. man in St. James's Street send his little book under one arm, and a snarling cur Cupid in a sedan chair as far as Grosveunder the other. I have known a grave nor Square, to wait upon a lady's Veny divine forced to stop short in the middle for this very purpole : and I Niall never of a prayer, while the whole congrega- forget a Card which was sent to another tion has been raised from their knees to lady on a like occasion, expressed in the attend to the howling of a non-con- following terins.

Mr. 's comforming pag: and I once saw a tragedy pliments to Lady Betty

is monarch dikurbed in his last moments, • glad to hear Miss Chloe is fafely deas he lay expiring on the carpet, by a livered, and begs it as a particular fadiscerning critic of King Charles's black vour, that her ladyship would be pleafbreed, who jumped out of the stage- 'ed to set bim down for a puppy. box, and fastening upon the hero's peri




[ocr errors]


quaintance, whom we remember wrong turn, the young coxcomb will from their infancy, we fall find, that neglect the means of improvenient, trust the expectations we once entertained of entirely to his native abilities, and be as their future abilities are in many in- ridiculously proud of his parts, as the Itances disappointed. Those who were brats of quality are taught to be of their accounted heavy dull boys, have by dili- family. In the mean time those, whom gence and application made their way to nature threw far behind him, are by the firt honours, and become eminent Application enabled to leave him at a for their learning and knowledge of the diitance in their turn; and he continues world; while others, who were regarded boatting of his Genius, till it sublifts as bright lads, and imagined to posters no longer, but dies for want of cultiva. parts equal to any scheme of life, have tion. Thus vanity and indolence preturned out dissolute and ignorant; and vent his improvenient; and if he is to quite unworthy the title of a Genius, rise in the world by his merit, take away except in the modern acceptation of the the means of luccess, and perhaps reduce word, by which it fignifies a very filly him to very miserable dittrelles.' I know young fellow, who from his extrava- one of théle early Geniuses, who Icarce gance and debauchery has obtained the fupports himtelf by writing for a book. fame of a Genius, like lucus a non lu- teller; and another, who is at leisure to lends, because he had no Genius at all. contemplate his extraordinary parts in

It is a shocking drawback from a fa. the Fleet Prifon. ther's happiness, when he fees his fon If we look into the world, we fail blefied with trong natural parts and find that the mere Genius will never quick conception, to reflect that there raise himself to any degree of eminence very talents may be his suin. If vanity without a close and rowearied applica

2 C


tion to his respective business or profes- If ne'er wound up with proper care, fion. The Inns of Court are full of What service is it in the wear? these men of parts, who cannot bear the

Some genial spark of Phebus' rayo drudgery of turning over dry Cafes and

Perhaps within our bosom pla; s. Reports; but, though they appear ever

O how the purer says aspire, so eloquent in taverns and coffee-houses,

!f Application fan, the fire ! not the nearest relation will trust them

Without it Genius vainly tries, with a Brief: and many a sprightly phy. Howe'er sometimes it seems to rise : fiçian has walked on foot all his life, Nay, Application will prevail, with no more knowledge of his profer. When braggart parts and Genius fail. fion than what lies in his periwig. For And now, to lay my proof before ye, whatever opinion they themselves may ! here present you with a story. have of their own parts, other persons

In days of yore, when Time was young, do not chule to he bantered out of their

When birds convers'd, as well as sung, estates, or joked out of their lives: and And use of tpeech was not confin d even in traile, the plodding men of the Merely to brutes of human kind; Alley wouid foretel the bankruptcy of A forvard Hare, of swiftness vain, any wit, who should laugh at the labour The Genius of the d’ighb ring plain, of Accouns, or despite the Italian Me- Would oft geride the druglog crowd : thod of Book-keeping. Thus we fee, For Geniuses are ever proud. that parts alone are not sufficient to re- His fight, he d boast, 'twere vain to follow, Commend us to the good opinion of the For horie and dog, he'd beat them bollow. world; and if not roused and called forth Nay, if he put forth all his strength, by Atudy and application, they would

Outitript his brethren balf a longib. become torpid and useless as the race- A Tortoise heard his vain oration, horle, though not put to drag a dray or And vented thus his indignationcarry a pack, must yet be kept in exer • O Puss! it bodes the dire disgrace, cise. But I fall enlarge no further on • When I defy thee to the race. this subject, as I would not anticipate Come, 'tis a matchenay, no denial, the thoughts contained in the following s I lay my thell upon the trial.' elegant little fable; which is written by

'Twas done and dare--all fair a bet the same ingenious hand that obliged the

Judges prepar'd, and distance set. public with the Verses on Imitation, in

The fcamp'ring Hare outstripp d the wind, feited in my fixty-seventh number. The creeping Tortois. lagg 'd behind,

And Icare nad pali'd a single pole,

When Put h d aimoft reach'd the goal. * HARE AND THE TORTOISE.

* Friend Tortoite,' cries the jeering Hare,

* Your burthen's more than you can bear: GENIUS, bleft term of meaning wide! 6 To help your peco, ic were as well (For sure no term lo misapply'd)

• That i thouljeje you of your fhell. How many bear the sacred name,

• Jeg on a little fafter, prythee, That never felt a real flanie!

• I'll take a nap, and then be with thee.' Proud of the specious appellation,

So laid, fu cone—and safe'y ture; Thus fools have christin'd Inclination, For 1ay, what conquest more secure ?

Whene'er he wak'd, (that's all that's in it) Bor yet suppose a Geniustruc;

He could o'ertake him in a minute.
Exempli gratiâ, tre or you.
Wbuteer he tries with cue intention,

The Tortoise heard the taunting jeer, Rarely rscapes his app ehenfion;

But Aill resolvd to perfevere; Surmounting ev'ry oppofition,

Stiil drawi'd along, "as who should fay, You d l wear he learnt by intuition.

I win, like Fabius, by delay: Should be prefume alune on parts,

On to the goal securely crept; And iludy theretore but by ftarts?

While Puss unknowing soundly fept. Sure of lacef, whene er be tries,

The bets are won, the Hare awake, Showid he purego the means to rise?

When thus the victor Tortoise (pake : Suppose your watch a Grabam make, • Purs, though I own thy quicker parts, Gulu if you will, for value lako;

« Things are not always won by starts : It's springs within in order due,

You may deride my aukward pace, No watch, when going, goes so true : " But now and leady wins the race.'



« PredošláPokračovať »