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acknowledged my self incapable, Whilel bulie my self as a Stranger upon Earth, and can pretend to no other than being a Looker-on, You are conspicuous in the Busie and Polite World, both in the World of Men and that of Letters: While I am silent and unobserv'd in publick Meetings, You are admired by all that approach You as the Life and Genius of the Conversation. What an happy Conjunction of different Talents meets in him whose whole Discourse is at once animated by the Strength and Force of Reason, and adorned with all the Graces and Embellishments of Wit? When Learning irradiates common Life, it is then in its highest Use and Perfection; and it is to such as Your Lordship, that the Sciences owe the Esteem which they have with the active Part of
Mankind. Mankind. Knowledge of Books ir? recluse Men, is like that sort of Lanthorn which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy Paths of his own; but in the Possession of a Man of Business, it is a Torch in the Hand of one who is willing and able to shew those, who are bewildered, the Way which leads to their Prosperity and Welfare. A generous Concern for your Country, and a Passion for every thing which is truly Great and · Noble, are what actuate all Your Life and Actions; and I hope You will forgive me that I have an Ambition this Book may be placed in the Library of so good a Judge of what is valuable, in that Library where the Choice is such, that it will not be a Disparagement to be the meanest Author in it. Forgive me, my Lord, for taking this Occasion of telling all the World how ardently I Love and Honour You; and that I am, with the utmost Gratitude for all Your Favours,
Qualis ubi audito venantum murmure Tigris
Statius. NOW B OUT the Middle of last Winter I went KWA to see an Opera at the Theatre in the Han
Market, where I could not but take Notice of ewo Parties of very fine Women, thac had placed themselves in the opposite Side
Boxes, and seemed drawn up in a kind of Battle-Array one against another. After a Mort Survey of them, I found they were Patched differently; the Faces on one Hand, being spotted on the right side of the Forehead, and those upon the other on the Left. I quickly perceived that they cast hostile Glances upon one another; and that their Patches were placed in those different Situations, as Party-Signals to distinguish Friends from Foes. In the Middle-Boxes, between these two oppofite Bodies, were several Ladies who Patched indifferently on both Sides of their Facos, and seemed to fit there with no other Intention but to see the Opera. Upon Enquiry I found, thac the Body of Amazons on my right Hand were Whigs, and
those on my left, Tories : And that those who had pla.. ced themselves in the Middle-Boxes were a Neutral Partys whose Faces had not yet declared themselves. These lasty however, as I afterwards found, diminished daily, and took their Party with one side or the other; insomuch that I observed in several of them, the Patches, which were before dispersed equally, are now all gone over to the Whig or Tory Side of the Face. The Censorious say, That the Men whose Hearts are aimed at, are very often the Occasions that one Part of the Face is thus dishonoured, and lies under a kind of Disgrace, while the other is so much set off and adorned by the Owner; and that the Patches turn to the Right or to the Left, according to the Principles of the Man who is most in Favour. But whatever may be the Motives of a few fantastical Coquets, who do not Patch for the publick Good fo much as for their own private Advantage, it is certain, that there are feveral Women of Honour who patch out of Principle, and with an Eye to the Interest of their Country. Nay, I am informed that some of them adhere so stedfastly to their Party, and are so far from sacrificing their Zeal for the Publick to their Passion for any particular Perfon, that in a late Draught of Marriage-Articles a Lady has ftipulated with her Husband, That, whatever his Opinions are, she fhall be at Liberty to patch on which Side she pleases.
I must here take notice, that Rosalinda, a famous Whig Partizan, has most unfortunately a very beautiful Mole on the Tory Part of her Forehead; which being very confpicuous, has occasioned many Mistakes, and given an Handle to her Enemies to misrepresent her Face, as thos it had revolted from the Whig Interest. But, whatever this natural Patch may seem to intimate, it is well known that her Notions of Government are still the same. This unlucky Mole, however, has mif-led several Coxcombs; and like the hanging out of false Colours, made some of them converse with Rosalinda in whit they thought the Spirit of her Party, when on a sudden the has given them an unexpected Fire, that has sunk them all at once. If Rosalinda is unfortunate in her Mole, Nigranilla is as un. happy in a Pimple, which forces her, against her Inclio nations, to patch on the Whig Side.