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intend to have a particular fort of Mar. seem to have been the first contrivers querade on that day; in which they may of a Naked Masquerade: and last mew their talte, by ridiculing all the fuinmer I remember an article in the old women's tales contained in that idle news-papers, that ' several persons of book of fables, the Bible, while the o both sexe were assembled Naked at vulgar are devoutly attending to them Pimlica, and being carried before a at church. This, indeed, is not with." magistrate, were sent to Bridewell.' out a parallel: we have already had an This, indeed, is too refined a pleasure instance of an Eve; and bv borrowing to be allowed the vulgar; and every body the serpent in Orpheus and Eurydice, we will agree with me, that the same act, might have the whole story of the Fall which at the Green Lamps or Pimlico of Man exbibited in Mulquerade. appears low and criminal, may be ex.
It must, indeed, be acknowledged, tremely polite and commendable in the that this project has already taken place Haymarket or at Ranelagh. among the lowest of the people, who
N° LXVII. THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1755.
O IMITATORES, SERVUM PECUS!
TO MR. TOWN.
dent. In a word, as Bayes obviated all SIR,
obje tions to his nontense by saying it AYES in the Rehearsal frequently was new, if a modern writer was aked
boasts it as his chief excelience, why he chose any particular manner of that he treads on no man's heels, that writing, he might reply, · Because it is he scoms to follow the steps of others; ' the fashion,' and when he is asked the reason of in. True genius will not give into such ferting any absurdity in his play, he idle extravag:int Hights of imagination answers, Because it is new.' The as Bayes; it ili not turn tunerals into poets of the present time run into the banque's, or introduce armies in dif. contrary error: they are lo far froin en- gur:lt; but itul it will not confine itself dtavouring to elevate and furprise by to the narrow track of Imitation. I any thing original, that their whole bu- camot help thinking, that it is more finess is Imitation; anid they jingle their owing to this fervile ipuit in the authors bells in the same road with thole that of the prefent times, than to their want went before thin, with all thedull exact. of abilities, that we cannot now boast a ness of a packierie.
set of eminent writers: and it is worthy The generality of our writers wait observation, that, whenever any age has till a new.walk is pointed out to them been distinguished by a great number of by fome leading genius; when it excellent authors, they have most of thein immediately becomes to hackneyed cultivated different branches of poetry and beaten, that an author of credit is from each other. Ths was the case in alinot afhamed to appear in it among the age of Augustus, as appears from such bad company. No fooner does one the works of Virgil, Horace, Ovid, &c. man of parts succeed in any particilar And to come down as late as pullible, mode of writing, but he is to lowed by this is evident from our last famous fet a thousand dunces, A good ekgy of authers, who flourished in the beginmakes the little scribblers wreck their ning of this century. We admire Swift, whole bert to subjects of grief; and, for Pope, Gay, Belingbroke, Addison, &c. a whole winter, the prels groans with but we admire each for his particular melancholy. One novel of reputation beauties separate and distinguished from fils all the garrets of Grub Sueet with the rest. reams of histories and adventures, Theie loose thoughts were thrown towhe e volume is fpun out after volume, gether merely to introduce the follow. without the Icall wit, humour, or inçi. ing little poein, which I think delerves the
N° LXVIII. THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1755.
XOW VENUS IN VAUXHALL HER ALTAR REARS,
YOUNG JOCKEY IS THE LAD, THE LAD TOR ME.'
HE various seasons of the year their Vauxhalls, as well as the quality.
produce not a greater alteration in Perrot's inimitable Grotto may be teen the fice of nature, than in the polite man- for only calling for a pot of beer; and ner of palling our time. The diversions the royal diverlion of duck-hunting may of winer and fummer are as different be had into the bargain, together with as the dog-days and those at Christmas; a decanter of Dorchester, for your fixa por do I know any genteel amusement, pence, at Jenny's Whim. Every skietleexcept Gaming, that prevails during alley half a mile out of town is embel. the whole year. As the long days are lined with green arbours and shady renow coming on, the theatrical gentry, treats; where the company is generally who contributed to dillijate the gloor entertained with the melodious scraping of our winter evenings, begin to divide of a blind fidier. And who can reliit themselves into ttrolling companies; and the luscious temptation of a fine juicy are packing up their tragedy wardrobes, ham, or a delicious buttock of beef together with a fufcient quantity of stuffed with parlley, accompanied with thunder and lightning, for the delight a foaming decanter of spara sing home. and amazement of the country. In the brewed, wirich is so invitino lv painted mean time, the several public Gardens at the entrance of almost every village near this metropolis are trimming their alehouse? trees, levelling their walks, and bur- Our Northern climate will not, innishing their lamps, for our reception. ' deed, allow us to induige ourselves in At Vauxhall the artificial ruins are re- all those pleasures of a garden, which paired; the cascade is made to sp ve with are so feelingly described by our poers. kseral additional streams of block-tin; We dare not lay ourselves on the dainp and they have touched up all the pice ground in thady groves, or by the purl. tunts, which were damaged last featon ing Itream; but are obliged to fortify hy the finge:ing of those curious Con- our inside againit the cold by good fubnoiseurs, who could not be fatisfied ftantial eating and drinking. For this without freling whether the figures were reaton, the extreme coftlineis of the proalive. The magazine at Cuper's, I am visions at our public gardens has been told, is furnithed with an extraordinary grievously complained of ly those gensupply of gunpowder, to be thot off in try, to whom a lupper at theie places is fquibs and lky-rockers, or whirled away as necessary a part of the entertainin blazing luns and Catharine-wheels: ment, as the finging or the fire-works. and it is not to be doubtel, in cale of a Poor Mr. John lees with an heavy heart war, but that Neptune and all his Tri- the profits of a whole week's card-motons will ailiit the Brivih navy; and as ney devoured in tarts and cheese cakes, we before took Porto Bello and Cape by Mrs. House-keeper or My Lady's Breton, we fail now gain new victories Own Woman; and the fubitantial Cit, over the French Aeet every night, upon who comes froin behind the counter twe that canal.
or three evenings in the suminer, can Happy are they who can muster up never enou, hi regret the chin wafer-like fufficient, at leait to hre sickets at the nices of beef and ham, that taste of nodoor, once or <wice in a leaton! Not thing but the kaite. that these pleasures are confined to the I was greatly divertel last Saturday rich and the great only: for the lower evening at Vauxhad with the ihrewd gefort of people have their Ranelaghs and marka made on this very head by an