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had crossed over all the difficult and perplexed passages that seemed to bound our walk, when on the other side of them I saw the same great road running on a little way, till it was terminated by two beautiful temples. I stood here for some time, and saw most of the multitude who had been dispersed amongst the thickets, coming out two by two, and marching up in pairs towards the temples that stood before us. The structure on the right hand was (as I afterwards found) consecrated to virtuous love, and could not be entered but by such as received a ring, or some other token, from a person who was placed as a guard at the gate of it. He wore a garland of roses and myrtles on his head, and on his shoulders a robe like an imperial mantle, white and unspotted all over, excepting only, that where it was clasped at his breast, there were two golden turtle doves that buttonedit by their bills, which were wrought in rubies. He was called by the name of Hymen, and was seated near the entrance of the temple, in a delicious bower, made up of several trees, that were embraced by woodbines, jessamines and amaranths, which were as so many emblems of marriage, and ornaments to the trunks that supported them. As I was single and unaccompanied, I was not permitted to enter the temPle, and for that reason am a stranger to all the mysteries that were performed in it. I had, however, the curiosity to observe how the several couples that entered were disposed of; which was after the following manner. There were two great gates on the backside of the edifice, at which the whole crowd was let out. At one of these gates were two women, extremely beautiful, though in a different kind, the one having * Very careful and composed air, the other a sort of *mile and ineffable sweetness in her countenance; the "ame of the first was Discretion, and of the other Complacency. All who came out of this gate, and put themselves under the direction of these two sisters,
were immediately conducted by them into gardens,
then gods, satyrs, and monsters made up of half men half beasts. The gates were unguarded, and open to all that had a mind to enter. Upon my going in, I found the windows were blinded, and let in only a kind of twilight, that served to discover a prodigious number of dark corners and apartments, into which the whole temple was divided. I was here stunned with a mixed noise of clamour and jollity: on one side of me I heard singing and dancing ; on the other brawls and clashing of swords. In short, I was so little pleased with the place, that I was going out of it; but found I could not return by the gate where I entered, which was barred against all that were come in, with bolts of iron, and locks of adamant. There was no going back from this temple through the paths of pleasure which led to it: all who passed through the ceremonies of the place, went out at an iron wicket, which was kept by a dreadful giant called Remorse, that held a scourge of scorpions in his hand, and drove them into the only outlet from that temple. This was a passage so rugged, so uneven and choaked with so many thorns and briars, that it was a melancholy spectacle to behold the pains and difficulties which both sexes suffered who walked through it. The men, though in the prime of their youth, appeared weak and enfeebled with old age; the women wrung their hands, and tore their hair; and several lost their limbs before they could extricate themselves out of the perplexities of the path in which they were engaged. The remaining part of this vision, and the adVentures I met with in the two great roads of Ambition and avarice, must be the subject of another paper.
I HAVE this morning received the following letter from the famous Mr. Thomas Dogget. WQL. III, D
“ON Monday next will be acted for my benefit, * the comedy of Love for Love: if you will do me “ the honour to appear there, I will publish on the “ bills that it is to be performed at the request of “ Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. and question not but it will “bring me as great an audience, as ever was at the “house, since the Morocco Ambassador was there. “I am, with the greatest respect, “Your most obedient, and “ Most humble servant, “ Thom As Dog GET.”
Being naturally an encourager of wit, as well as bound to it in the quality of Censor, I returned the following answer.
“ MR. Dog GET,
“I AM very well pleased with the choice you “ have made of so excellent a play, and have always “ looked upon you as the best of comedians; I shall “ therefore come in between the first and second acts, “ and remain in the right-hand box over the pit till “ the end of the fourth ; provided you take care that “every thing be rightly prepared for my reception.”
...........Similis tibi, Cynthia, vel tibi, cujus
From my own .4/artment January 16.
I WAS recollectio the remainder of my vision, when my maid came to me, and told me, there was a gentlewoman below who seemed to be in great trouble, and pressed very much to see me. When it lay in my power to remove the distress of an unhappy person, I thought I should very ill employ my tissue in attending matters of speculation, and therefore desired the lady would walk in. When she entered, I saw her eyes full of tears. However, her grief was not so great as to make her onlit rules; for she was very long and exact in her civilities, which gave me time to view and consider her. Her cloaths were very rich, but tarnished; and her words very fine, but ill applied. These distinctions made me, without hesitation, (though I had never seen her before) ask her, if her lady had any commands for me? She then began to Weep afresh, and with many broken sighs told me, that their family was in very great affliction....I beseeched her to compose herseif, for that I might possibly be capable of assisting them......She then cast her eye upon my little dog, and was again transported with too much passion to proceed; but with much ado, she at last gave me to understand, that Cupid, her lady's lap-dog, was dangerously ill, and in so bad a condition, that her lady neither saw company, nor went abroad, for which reason she did not come herself to consult me; that as I had mentioned with great affection my own dog, (here she courtesied, and looking first at the Cur, and then on me, said, indeed I had reason, for he was very pretty,) her lady sent to me rather than to any other doctor, and hoped I would not laugh at her sorrow, but send her my advice. I must confess, I