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Before mine Eyes in Opposition sits
Grim Death my Son and Foe, who sets them on,
And me his Ptirent would full soon devour
For want of other Prey, but that he knows
His End with mine in'velv'd.
I need not mention to the Reader the beautiful Cfr-' cumstance in the last Part of this Quotation. He will likewise observe how naturally the three Persons concerned in this Allegory are tempted by one common Interest to enter into a Confederacy together, and how properly Sin is made the Portress of Hell, and the only Being that can open the Gates to that World of Tortures.
Th E descriptive Part of this Allegory is likewise very strong, and full os sublime Ideas. The Figure of Death, the Royal Crown upon his Head, his Menace of Satan, his advancing to the Combat, the Outcry at his Birth, are Circumstances too noble to be past over in Silence, and extreamly suitable to this King of Terrors. I need not mention the justness of Though? which is observed in the Generation of these several symbolical Persons; that Sin was produced upon the sirst Revolt of Satan, that Death appear'd soon after he was cast into Hell, and that the Terrors of Conscience were conceived at the Gate of this Place of Torments. The Description of the Gates is very poetical, as the opening of them is full cf Milton's Spirit.
• On a sudden open fly
With impetuous Recoil and jarring Sound
In Satan's Voyage through the Chaos there are several imaginary Persons described, as residing in that immense Waste of Matter. This may perhaps be conformable to
the Taste of those Criticks who are pleased with nothing in a Poet which has not Life and Manners ascribed »it; but for my own Part, I am pleased most with those Passages in this Description which carry in them a greater Measure of Probability, rnd are such as might possibly have happened. Of this Kind is his sirst mounting in the Smoke that rises from the Infernal Pit, his falling ,into a Cloud of Nitre, and the like combustible Materials, that by their Explosion still hurried him forward" in his Voyage; his springing upward like a Pyramid of Fire, with his laborious Passage through that Confusioa of Elements which the Poet calls
The Womb of Nature, and perhaps her Grave.
The glimmering Light which shot into the Chaos from the utmost Verge of the Creation, with the distant Discovery of the Earth that hung close by the Moon, are wonderfully Beautiful and Poetical. L
No. 310. Monday, February 2f.
Connubio jungam siaiili.« Virg.
I Am a certain young Woman that loves a certain young Man very heartily, and my Father and MoJ ther were for it a great while, but now they fay I can do better, but I think I cannot. They bid me love him, and I cannot unlove him. What must I do? speak quickly.
ZW Spec. Feb. 19. 1712.
'T Have loved a Lady entirely for this Year and Half, 4 | ' tho' for a great Part of the Time (which has con
* tributed not a little to my Pain) I have been debarred
* the Liberty of conversing with her. The Grounds of 'our Difference was this ; that when we had enquired
'into 'into each other's Circumstances, we found that at our 'sirst setting out into the World, we should owe sive 'hundred Pounds more than her Fortune would pay oft". « My Estate is seven hundred Pounds a Year, besides the
* Benesit of Tin Mines. Now, dear Spec, upon this
* State of the Cafe, and the Lady's positive Declaration 'that there is still no other Objection, I beg you'll not 'fail to insert this, with your Opinion, as soon as possi
* hie,' whether this ought to be esteemed a just Cause or 'Impediment why we should not be join'd j and you
* will for ever oblige
'P. S. Sir, if I marry this Lady by the Assistance
* of your Opinion, you may expect a Favour for it.
Mr. Spectator, 'T Have the Misfortune to be one of those unhappy 'A Men who are distinguished by the Name of discard'ed Lover6; but I am the less mortisied at my Dis
* grace, because the young Lady is one of those Crea
* tures who set up for Negligence of Men, are forsooth
* the most rigidly Virtuous in the World, and yet their 'Nicety will permit them, at the Command of Parents, t to go to Bed to the most utter Stranger that .can be pro ,
* poled to them. As to me myself, I was introduced ',by th« Father of my Mistress; but sind I owe my be'ing at sirst received to a Comparison of my Estate with. 'that of a former Lover, and that I am now in like
* Manner turned off, to give Way to an humble Servant 'still richer than I am. What makes this Treatment
* .the more extravagant is, that the young Lady is in
* the Management of this Way of Fraud, and obeys her
* Father's Orders on these Occasions without any Man
* uer of Reluctance, but does it with the fame Air that 'one of your Men of the World would signify the Ne'cessity of Affairs for turning another out of Ossice.
* When I came home last Night I found this Letter
* from my Mistress.
SIR, ** T Hope you will not think it is any Manner ofDis*' I respect to your Person or Merit, that the intend"ed Nuptials between us are interrupted. My Father "fays he has a much better Offer for me than you can "make, and has ordered me to break off the Treaty be"tween us. If it had proceeded, I should have behaved *' myself with all suitable Regard to you, but as it is, I *-' beg we may be Strangers for the future. Adieu.
LTD J J.
-* This great Indifference on this Subject, and the 'mercenary Motives for making Alliances, is what I
* think lies naturally before you, and I beg of you to 'give me your Thoughts upon it. My Answer to Lydia.
* was as follows, which I hope you will approve; for
* you are to know the Woman's Family affect a wonder
* ful- Ease on these Occasions, tho' they expect it should
* be painfully received on the Man's Side.
MADAM, "¥ Have received yours, and knew the Prudence of "J your House so well, that I always took Care to "be ready to obey your Commands, tho' they should "be to see you no more. Pray give my Service to all "the good Family.
Adieu. *' The OperaSubscrip- Clitophou.
"tion is full.
Memorandum, THE Censor of Marriage to confider thh Letter, and report the common Usages on such Treaties, Hvitb bow many Pounds or Acres are generally esteemed sufficientReasonsfor preftrring a new to an old Pretender, •with his Opinion what is proper to be determined in such Cases for the future.
Mr. Spectator, 'npHERE is an elderly Person, lately left off Business « JL and settled in our Town, in order.as he thinks.to 'retire from the World; but he has brought with him * such an Inclination to Tale-bearing, that he disturbs
'both himself and all our Neighbourhood. Notwith'standing this Frailty, the honest Gentleman is so happy 'as to have no Enemy: At the fame Time he has not 'one Friend who will venture to acquaint him with his
* Weakness. It is nos to be doubted but if this Failing
* were set in a proper Light, he would quickly perceive 'the Indecency and evil Consequences of it. Now, Sir, 'this being an Insirmity which I hope may be corrected, 'and knowing that he pays much Deference to you, I 'beg that, when you are at leisure to give us a Specu'lation on Goslipping, you would think of my Neigh'bour: You will hereby oblige several who will be glad 'to sind a Reformation in their gray-hair'd Friend:
* And how-becoming will it be for him, instead of pour
* ing forth Words at all Adventures, to set a Watch be'fore the Door of his Mouth, to refrain his Tongue, to
* check its Impetuosity, and guard against the Sallies of
* that little, pert, forward, busy Person; which, under
* a sober Conduct, might prove a useful Member of a 'Society. In Compliance with whose Intimations, I \ have taken the Liberty to make this Address to you.
/ am, SIR,
Tour most obscure Servant,
Mr. Spectator, Feb. 16. 1712.
'nr^HIS is to petition you, in Behalf of myself and 'JL many more of your gentle Readers, that at any 'Time when you may have private Reasons against let'ting us know what you think yourself, you would be 'pleased to pardon us such Letters of your Correspon'dents as seem to be of no Use but to the Printer.
'It is further our humble Request, that you would
* substitute Advertisements in the Place of such Epistles; 'and that in order hereunto Mr. Buckley may be autho
t rized to take up of your zealous Friend Mr. Charles 'Lilly, any Quantity of Words he shall from Time to
* Time have Occasion for.
* The many useful Parts of Knowledge which may 'be communicated to the Publick this Way, will, we
t hope, be a Consideration in Favour of your Petitioner.'.
And your Petitioners, &c.