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exercise acts of oppression, without ever A regard for the royal prerogative.] dieading the rod of correction, or re- A worn-out pretence to infringe upon garding the poignancy of general re- the laws, and a glaring design upon the .proof.
privileges of the people. The people of Ireland.) A noble and National egotism or gasionade.) An fpirited nation, inviolably attached to unpardonable custom among the French us by every tie of friendship and esteem, of extolling their own merit to the fkies, and who, on every occasion, hazard both but never practised among the modell their lives and fortunes in our defence; natives of this kingdom, though our yet to whom we constantly make fuch presses are every moment teeming with jult and grateful returns, as to omit no fons of liberty, roast beef and pudopportunity (however illegal and arbi- 'ding, noble-minded Britons, and freetrary) of beggaring them, though the born Englishmen.' rai; of their interest lays a manifest A bleffed martyr. ) A perjured prince, foundation for the destruction of our own. who broke his coronation oath in the
The lords of the ocean.] The fenfi- most material of all points, governed ble and spirited people of Great Britain, without a parliament, imprisoned his who have a naval force conhderably fuo fubjects for refusing to lend him money, perior to all the other states of Europe put commenced a false, villainous profecutogether, yet fervilely do homage to a tion for high treason, against a moft de. a neit of little African pirates on the serving nobleman, (the Earl of Bristol) coait of Barbary, and pay a yearly tri- whom he knew to be innocent, because bute to a set of robbers, whom they that lord had impeached the Duke of ought to root out from the face of the Buckingham, whom he knew to be earth.
guilty; reduced his people to the dread. An independent freeholder and lover of ful necessity of taking up arms in their bis country.] One who, on every elec- own defence, which produced the utmost tion for a meinber of parliament, facri. confusion in religion and state; and by fices his conscience to his convenience, his shameful diffimulation when he was
his dear country and his darling about to be restored, left it utterly im. freedom to the best bidder, yet impu- possible to confide in his honour, his dently finds fault with his representative humanity, or his oath; but drove the for following fo laudable an example, principal officers of the adverse party; nor suffers any body to be a scoundrel, in their own defence, to fit in trial without reproach, but himself.
upon their sovereign, and sentence lin A peerage.] In former days, an ho. to death.--Truly; a very blessed martyr! nour conferred upon such as had ren- Had this prince been a private man, dered themselves conspicuous for their who would have dared to lay a word in merit, and emirent for their virtues; but his defence, though such a number of in the more modern ages it has been, in writers have pleaded his royalty, which general, the wayes of venality and cor- ought to be an aggravation, as a confi. ruption, and a distinction not to be pur. derable palliative, nay a total excuse, chated at a finaller price than everlast- for his crimes? ing infamy and disgrace.
N° XIV. SATURDAY, MAY 14..
I Am revermore diverted than when."
This species of philosophers is gene. I see your grave important fet of gen. rally composed of men who have much tlemen, who would pais upon the world pride, or little understanding; and who, as men of extraordinary fagacity, run- through a contemptible fort of vanity, ning into a number of little petulancies, make themselves not a little less than which they imagine themselves to be human, that they may have an oppor. confideral
i, and fresting at the tunity of appearing in the eyes of the ver:
I think of, when injudícious to be infiritely more. Of i of re!olution, this caft was the elder Brutus, who passed
alamities of life sentence of death upon his own fons erfol to disturb. without the shadow of a pang; yet,
another time, knocked one of his ser- The same disposition which diftin. tants down for putting a grain of salt guished Frank in his earlier years, has too much in his broth.
all along rendered him conspicuous since But, without going so very far back for his reach to maturity. As he and I still instances of this extraordinary class of hold up an intimacy, whenever I go mankind, my old friend Frank Surly is down into Oxfordshire, I pass a week one of the most remarkable which it has at his house. The last time I was there, ever produced. Frank and I were bred he was laid up with a very violent fit of together at Westminster; and before he the gout; and whenever the pain was at was twelve years of age, he was diftin- an extremity, he would converse with guished from every other boy in the unusual chearfulness, or divert himself Ichool by the uncominon moroseness of with one of the songs which were in his temper, and his contempt of those vogue when he and I were younkers. pupilaments which the generality of his If any body pitied him, he instantly age and itanding always held in the flew into a paffion; but if you seemed greatest dread. There were few lads in to make flight of bodily anguish and the whole school superior to Frank either infirmity, he took you by the hand, in application or abilities; yet I have and told you, you were a man of unknown him frequently inattentive and derstanding. About ten years ago, my careless about his lessons, that we might old friend married a most valuable wosee with how much fortitude he could man, of whom he was passionately fond, bear to be fogged. Nay, if any of his and who returned his affection almost to intimates had been guilty of any roguish madaess. As their circumstances were prank which deserved the discipline of affluent, this reciprocal regard, one the rod, he would often defire them to would imagine, should have produced lay the blame on him, and suffer, with their mutual felicity—But far on the all the composure in the world, a hearty contrary-Frank was too proud to be flagellation in their stead. Unhappily, happy; and as his love for Mrs. Surly however, upon one of these occasions, was universally k pown to be exceffive, when Frank was going to be punished he was never satisfied unless he treated for some petty crime, which he begged her as the object of his hate. He only might be laid to his charge, the lad who lived in her looks, and yet he has torn was really guilty of the fact, struck with himself from her presence for three his behaviour, went up to the master, whole weeks; and so unaccountably and without disguise related the affair, headlong was he hurried by this ridicu. acknowledged the fault, and declared lous stoicilin, that, upon her death, he would rather be cut to pieces than ite which bappened in childbed, though his another suffer for an action which he had soul was tortured with all the anguish committed hiinfelf. The lad's genero. of consummate pity and diftracted love, fity had an effect upon the master; nor he went to the assembly an hour after was he without some surprize at the be- her decease, and sat upan(a tear now haviour of Fank. He dismissed them and then itraying down his cheek) both to their feats; and, to the inex- along with Colonel Tierce, Major Pi. pressible concern of the latter, never quet, and Sir Oliver Ombre, at a party flugged him after. Frank finding he of whift. could have no opportunity of thewing A person so apparently steeled against his ttoicism any longer, through down. the calamities of life, we hould rearonright pride, paid an application to his ably expect, would hold the little imstudies that in a little time made him pertinencies or interruptions of it in the the best Scholar in the whole school; and greatest contempt: but this is far from resolving to be remarkable for the ex- being the case with my friend Frank; tremities of his behaviour, the moment a plait more or less in his fairt-sleeve the master had declared he would never will set him raving for an hour; and I gratify him with another whipping, he remember that he shot a favourite dog grew remarkably well behaved, and one day, in the stable-yard, for leaping piqued himself upon keeping up a con- accidentally up and dirtying the skirt of Sequence and dignity in his
actions, to his coat. It is imposible to enumerate prove that the fear of punilhment had the various inconlistencies of my poor nothing to do in the reformation of his friend's character. I once knew him manners.
lec up a careless drunken fellow of a
D coachman, coachman, who overturned him in a near the standard of Frank Surly, that ditch, in a very handsome inn, three the account given of him will serve as weeks after; and at another time dif- no improper description of them all. charge his footman, at a moment's warn- The ridiculous light in which one of the ing, for wearing too little powder in his most fenfibie is let, will, I hope, serve wig.
for as good an admonition as I can pofWere we to make an effay into hu- sibly give to this tribe of very important man nature, and examine the lives of beings; and I shall think myself partiour modern philosophers with any de. cularly happy if the foregoing picture is gree of circumspection, we should find attended with any falutary effect. the principal number approach so very
No XV. SATURDAY, MAY 21.
“ turgy might be very much improved. ings ago, to call at the house of an • Great complaints have been often old friend, with whom I have been in- • made, that lo small a number of the timate these thirty years, and for whom congregation join in the singing of I have infinitely more than a .common psalms; and though I admit the negrespect. An affair of arbitration had, • lect is highly unpardonable, and the however, called him abroad; and I la censure extremely juft, yet reformafound nobody at home but Mils Maria, 'tion would, in my opinion, be infihis younger daughter, who is now the nitely superior to reprehenfion; ani I most lively picture of innocence and • think every room for complaint might beauty which I ever saw, and closely • be removed by a proper fuppreffion of bordering upon twenty-one. As I al ! the cavie. ways avoid Mtiffening my conversation · The end of poetry and music, if I with the itarch of antiquity, and con- am right in my information, is to acftantly endeavour at appearing more fuate upon the paMons; and, in all ready to be intructed than to inftruet, religious composition, to raise the mind the young people are very fond of admit. 'to an elevated defire of acknowledging ting me into their company; and there is • the wondeiful mercy and goodness of scarcely a day that I have not an invi: • the divine Being. How far the hymns tation or two from some of the most uted in the established church for this sprightly tea-tables in town; which is ' purpose are from answering to falu. more. I fancy, than can be taid by any tary an end, it is no less painful iban other old fellow of fixty within the week- • unnecessary to observe: in the vertifily bills.
ocation of the very best pfa ms, all the On my enquiring for her papa, Miss rapture of the original text is loft, and Maria stepped out of the parlour, and in that the music Thould be no way fu. seizing one of my hands, cried_ O Mr. perior to the poetry; there is hardly : Babler, is it you? I infift upon your any oné tune which can create the leait • coming in.' 'Few entreaties are ne- emotion but Neep. In fact, Sir, the cessary to make a man do what he likes. • moit trilling compositions, which are I immediately assented, sat down, and • formed for the business of amusement, passed two of the most agreeable hours ' have twenty times more merit than I ever experienced in my whole life. 6. those set apart for the service of reli.
Our conversation, after turning upon gion; and infinitely greater pains are a variety of topics, at last fell upon that "taken in the writing or fetring of a divine part of our church-worship, in • Ranelagh ballad, than in a hymn to which the congregation fing praises to the honour of the living God. the Most High. . If it is proper,' says • From what I have said, Mr. Bah. Maria, 'for
a person of my years to • ler, I would by no incans infer, that • speak of lo important a luivject as re. ' either the poetical or musical part of
ligion, and not too presumptuous for ' our hymns should be light, trifling, the petticoats to comment upon the ' or aisv; but surely, Sir, the purit of
worship of the church, I should think, • devotion would breathe contiderably • Mr. Babler, that this part of our lis stronger in these pieces, and have ?
much greater effect, if an author of write me a hymn, whether penitential
reputation should give us a fine verfi. or thanksgiving, I left to himself. • fication of the psalms, and a master of " He called on me this morning, and • eminence should rec ive proper encou- • brought it in his hand. I think it
ragement to see them exquisitely fet. 'mighty pretty, and Aall be very hap( We have a number of tunes, plaintive, py if my opinion should receive fuch • folemn, and enchanting, to a mirac e; a sanction as yours, Mr. Babler. Mr. ' which are nevertheless as familiar as "Wellworth read it to me with great
they are charming, and calculated to ' sensibility; and I own I thought he • bewitch the careless and inattentive to • never looked so well in all his life.' • a sense, to a passion for that duty Some how or other my eye encoun' which they now treat with a lifeless tered with Miss Maria's at the end of • indifference, or an insupportable neg- this speech ; she seemed conscious; and • lect. Religion, Sir, by this means, on my oblerving that Mr. Wellworth • would become fashionable; and it was an excellent young man, she red.' I would be deemed no longer inelegant dened excessively, and leemed at a stand • for a fine lady, or a fine gentleman, to for words. As I would not confufe • join in the praises of their God. her by any means, I thifted the conver.
Lord, Mr. Babler, how can you fation; but the resumed it iinmediately, have patience to hear me chatter fo and faid~ Well, Mr. Babler, you
much! but I shall not trespass on your " must give me your tentiments on this ' patience much longer. Mr. Well- " little production; here it is,' conti,
worth (who, you know, visits us every nued the, taking it out of her pockete day) and I were talking on this very bookmand here no, not here, but in
subject a few evenings ago; and as he the next number, I shall present it, with • has really a fweet taste for poetry, I fomething else of consequence which it • took the liberty of requesting he would occasioned, to my readers.
No XVI. SATURDAY, MAY 28.
N my last I promised my readers a Ali swift as the lightning'e keen blaze,
Hymn; and as I would by no means Let bim humble before the dread rod, be worse than my word, or delay their Nor join so unballow'd in praise, expectations, I give it without further
To the honour and glory of GOD. introduction.
Some law does he madly defy,
Which the BEING OF BEINGS commands
The bidt ready lifted on high,
Salutes the first blush of the moin, In thunder Omnipotence breaks,
Fall proftrate, O wretch! at bis nod; To breathe on the dew-dropping thorn; See earth to her center deep thakes, Fresh feelings instinctively foring
All dismay'd at the voice of her GOD! In the steer, as he turns up the clod;
v. And creation itself seems to fing,
Life's road let me cautiously view,
And no longer disdain to be wise;
But redden such paths to pursue,
As my reason should bate or despise: Is man now unhappily lost!
To crown both my age and my youth, In the rage of what pailun impellid,
Let me mark where religion has trud; On the sea of what vice is he toft?
Since nothing but virtue and truth O! inftantly let him proclaim,
Can reach to the throne of my God. What the herbage all tells on the fod; And if gratitude cannot, let thame,
When I had done reading, Miss Ma. Awake to the praises of God.
ria demanded my opinion of this perIII. The eye of some maid in despair,
formance, which I could not but praise Does his perjury fatally dim?
very much. I told her, however, that Or some breat does he cruelly tear,
the thought of concluding every stanza That beats, and beats only for him? with the name of the Deity was bor
rowed from Eve's Hymn in the Death of I had brought him to some degree of Abel; though I could not think of good-humour, I took an opportunity of making any comparison, pretty as that turning the conversation, and read him hynin was, with this of Mr. Well.' the foregoing hymn. He was charmed worth's. The young lady seemed vast. with it, and asked me if I knew the ly delighted at my commendation; and author. • Yes,' says I, • Mr. Well. was beginning to make a verbal ac- (worth.'-" 'Fore God!' returned he, knowledgment of her satisfaction, when • though I do not approve of his conher father's rap was heard at the door • nection with my daughter, I am My old friend entered the parlour with mightily taken with his works.' This an air of mingled anger and dejection; was all I wanted' And pray, my good and, inftead of taking any notice of me, • Sir,' answered I, which is it more for began at once upon his daughter' So, your credit and your child's happinels, • Madam, this is fine information I have to beltow her on a deserving young man, • received !—What, you are under an • whom she loves, and you cannot but
engagement to Mr. Wellworth, are " admire, or to run the precarious issue • you? 0 Maria! Maria!
• of matching her with one, who, though The secret was now out; and I found he may have twice 'Mr. Wellworth's my fufpicions of Mifs Maria's attach- ' fortune, either may not have sense or ment had confiderably more than a to- ( inclination to reward either her me. Jerable ground. The poor girl stood rit, or your goodness, as he ought? quite confounded, and seemed utterly - You can settle them both, if not fplenincapable of making a reply. As I saw • didly, at least elegantly, in the world; nothing culpablein her regard for a wor- ' and, iny life for it, in a year or two, thy young fellow, I took upon me to you would not change your son-inintercede in her behalf; and at last re- - law for the Indies.' I saw my old duced her father to the temper I could friend was struck with the juttice of the evith. I found a disparity of fortune cale; yet itill he seemed desirous of bewas the only objection which the old ing perfuaded to ad as he knew be gentleman had to his daughter's choice; oughiat indulged him; and Saturday for though my friend has as benevolent lait he and I obtained a fpecial licence; a heart as any man alive, yet he has the and, to the inexpressible happiness of the caution of all old fellows, and keeps 2 young folks, got them married that Itrict eye on the main chance. When morning.
No XVII. SATURDAY, JUNE 4.
TO THE BABLER.
was obferved in his expence. I have 31R,
been tricked out, Sir, in the very pink S I find it so very customary for of city tinery, a laced waiftcoat and a give a Iketch of their lives, and to pub-' allowed a sufficiency to pay my club at lith any particular instances of folly, or the Horseshoe and Magpie; and talked extraordinary turns of fortune, to the abont tavern bills and supper, when world; I take the liberty of sending you half a guinea has been the extent of my a portrait of myself; in which, abftra&. finances for a whole week. ed from it's being a ftriking likeness, I Upon the death of old Squaretoes, shall claim-no merit, unless it be allow. Mr. Babler, I found myself poflessed of ed a general one.
ten thousand pounds; and scarcely got I am the only son of a tradesman, a wink of theep, during a whole month, who died about five years ago in the my imagination was fo perpetually city, Mr. Babler, and left me in very haunted by the recollection of the funn. handsome circumstances. My father Habituated, however, to the fight of had a common-council sort of pride the money, I soon began to entertain about him, which aspired at bringing a notion of laying a few hundreris eleup his son a gentleman, and an ambic gantly out. With this view a carriage tion of making him carry an air of pro. was instantly befpoke, an everlasting leave fusion, while the most rigid oeconomy taken of all the streets between Temple