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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 sentible is let, will, I hope, serve wig.
for as good an admonition as I can porWere we to make an essay 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 fo very
No XV. SATURDAY, MAY 21.
Did myself the pleasure, a few even
old friend, with whom I have been intimate these thirty years, and for whom I have infinitely more than a common respect. An affair of arbitration had, however, called him abroad; and I found nobody at home but Mils Maria, his younger daughter, who is now the most lively picture of innocence and beauty which I ever saw, and closely bordering upon twenty-one. As I al ways avoid Itiffening my conversation with the itarch of antiquity, and conftantly endeavour at appearing more ready to be instructed than to instruct, the young people are very fond of admit. ting me into their company; and there is scarcely a day that I have not an invitation or two from fome of the most sprightly tea-tables in town; which is more. I fancy, than can be said by any other old fellow of fixty within the weekly bills.
On my enquiring for her pápa, Miss Maria stepped out of the parlour, and seizing one of my hands, cried - O Mr. | Babler, is it you? I in hift upon your
coming in.' 'Few entreaties are necessary to make a man do what he likes. I immediately assented, sat down, and passed two of the most agreeable hours I ever experienced in my whole life.
Our conversation, after turning upon a variety of topics, at last fell upon that divine part of our church-worship, in which the congregation fing praises to the Most High. If it is proper,' says Maria, 'for a person of my years to • speak of so important a luivject as re. • ligion, and not too prefumptuous for
the petticoats to comment upon the
worship of the church, I should think, • Mr. Babler, that this part of our li.
turgy might be very much improved. • Great complaints have been often
made, that lo linall a number of the ' congregation join in the linging of . psalms; and though I admit the neg• lect is highly unpardonable, and the 6. censure extremely juft, yet reforma. tion would, in my opinion, be infi' nitely superior to reprehension; and I
think every room for complaint might • be removed by a proper fuppreffion of
the cause. · The end of poetry and music, if I am right in my information, is to actuate upon the passions; and, in all religious composition, to raise the mind
to an elevated drfire of acknowledging • the wondeiful mercy and goodness of • the divine Being. How far the hymns
uted in the established church for this purpose are from answering to falu.
tary an end, it is no less painful than ( unneceffary to observe: in the verfifi.
cation of the very best pla ms, all the ' rapture of the original text is loft, and o in that the music thould be no way su. 'perior to the poetry; there is hardly
any oné tune which can create the leait
emotion but sleep. In fact, Sir, the ' moit trifting compositions, which are • formed for the buliness of amusement, ' have twenty times more merit than 6-those fet apart for the service of reli.
gion; and infinitely greater pains are "taken in the writing or fetring of a
Ranelagh ballad, than in a hymn to the honour of the living God.
• From what I have said, Mr. Bah. " ler, I would by no means infer, that
either the poetical or musical part of our hymns should be light, trifliog,
or airv; but surely, Sir, the fpurit of • devotion would breathe confiderably • stronger in these pieces, and hare a
much greater effect, if an author of * write me a hymn, whether penitential reputation should give us a fine versi • 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 Mall be very hapWe have a number of tunes, plaintive, 'py if my opinion should receive such folemn, and enchanting, to a mirac e; a sanction as yours, Mr. Bables. 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
Religion, Sir, by this means, on my observing that Mr. Wellworth « would become fahionable; and it was an excellent young man, the red. ( would be deemed no longer inelegant dened excessively, and seemed 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 shifted the conver.
Lord, Mr. Babler, how can you fazion; 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 sentiments 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 pocketday) and I were talking on this very bookmand here—no, not here, but in
fubjeét a few evenings ago; and as he the next number, I shall present it, with • has really a sweet talte for poetry, I something else of consequence which it • took the liberty of requesting he wouid occasioned, to my readers.
No XVI. SATURDAY, MAY 28.
IN N my last I promised my readers a
Hymn; and as I would by no means be worse than my word, or delay their expectations, I give it without further introduction.
Salures the first blush of the moin,
To breathe on the dew-dropping thorn;
In the steer, as he turns up the clod;
Is man now unhappily loft!
On the sea of what vice is he con?
What the herbage all tells on the fod;
Does his perjary fatally dim?
That beats, and beats only for bim?
Ali swife as the lightning's keen blaze,
Let bim humble before the dread rod,
Which the BEING OF BEINGSCOMmandst
Shall dath him to dust as he ftands:
Fall proftrate, O wretch! at his nod;
And no longer disdain to be wise;
As my reason should bate or despises
Let me mark where religion has crud;
Can reach to the throne of my God.
When I had done reading, Miss Ma. ria demanded my opinion of this performance, which I could not but praise very much. I told her, however, that the thought of concluding every stanza 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 hymn 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 fatisfaction, when though I do not approve of his conher father's rap was heard at the doornection 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, instead 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? O 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, my 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 justice of the evith. I found a disparity of fortune case; 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; ought indulged him; and Saturday for though my friend has as benevolent lait he and I obtained a special licence; a heart as any man alive, yet he has the and, to the inex effible happiness of the caution of all old fellows, and keeps a young folks, got them married that strict eye on the main chance. When morning.
No XVII. SATURDAY, JUNE 4.
TO THE BABLER.
was obferved in his expence. I have BIR,
been tricked out, Sir, in the very pink people of all denominations to bag-wig, at a time that I was scarcely
al give a sketch 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 about 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 Atriking likeness, I Upon the death of old Squaretoes Thall claim no merit, unless it be allow. Mr. Babler, I found myself poffefsed of ed a general one. v.
ten thousand pounds; and scarcely got I am the only son of a tradesman, a wink of fleep, 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 fum. handsome circumstances. My father Habituated, however, to the fight of had a common-council fort of pride the money, I soon began to entertain about him, which aspired at bringing a notion of laying a few hundreds eleup his son a gentleman, and an ambio' gantly out. With this view a carriage tion of making him carry an air of pro. was instantly bespoke, an everlasting leave fusion, while the most rigid oeconomy taken of all the streets between Temple
Bar and Whitechapel, and a handsome spect: bred up to an intercourse with apartment furnished at the other end of none but lellers of linen, and dealers in the town. The three formidable letters packthreaded confidered every man of E, S, and Q, were quickly added to my name; and having a strong inclina- finitely my fuperior; and endeavoured, tion to be thought, I fancied in reality with a sedulity of an uncommon nature, that I was, a fine gentleman.
to imitate what I so pallionately admired. The first fix weeks after it came home, Happily, my endeavours fucceeded for I spent at least fourteen hours a day in well, that in a little time I swore, got,
I appeared every where, drunk, hroke windows, kicked waiters, faw every thing, and upon addressing and insulted modelt women, with as. days frequently invited some of the at good a grace as if I had been colonel dermen to a dish of chocolate. Indeed, of a regiment. one accident happened at my first going In there fashionable amusements I to court, which made me not a little walted away above half my fortune in 2 taken notice of: I never before had pre two or three years, with no other chafumed to put on a fword, and being in racter than that of a very honett fellow; the circle making my bow, it unfortu when a spirited rape on the daughter of nately got between my legs, and threw my taylor took away two, thousand me on my face; in order to fave myself pounds to hum a profecution and make from falling, I laid hold of an officer's ir up. The action increzted my reputa-, skirt, who was just near me, and held it tion, but hurt my circumftances much: with such a force, that I dragged him I had not now as much more left in the with me down. The whole drawing world. I was disclaimed by my rela, room was in a roar; the ladies rictered, tions, and despised lsy my father's sober: the men burit into a horle-laugh, and friends. One half of my companions had, even the face of majetty itself
relaxed died, and the other hall were in danger into a smile. As soon as pollibie I pick of a jail. The same misfortune Stared. ed myself up, and retired; the officer, me in, the face; my debts were numew did the faine; and as I had been the rous, my crediiors prefling; dischargeil cause of his disgrace, I made him a they were obliged to be, and accorde? number of apologies, and took hin ingly were; and, when every thing was home to dine.' Before we parted, a recio finally lettled, I found guyself, instead., procal etteem was cordially expressed; of having increafed my ten thousand, to and my new acquaintance talking fomnes have no more than leven hundred and thing about a scarcity of money, he did fifty pounds left. What was to be done? me the favour to borrow fifty pieces, I could not bear the thoughts of going and gave me a positive assurance of back into the city, and understood no coming to breakfait the next morning. business if I did. A lieutenancy of
- He was better than his word; he fering, I purchased it as the last resource, came, and brought half a dozen brother and am now starving upon the half pay. officers in his hand. We dined at Al. A striking example of ignorant pride macks; drank Burgundy till we were and under-bred prodigality; at once the blind; scoured the streets, and beat the warning and contempt of our shewy! watch. The frolic was new to me, little citizens. Mr. Babler; I was charmed with it; My letter needs neither comment nor and behaved to well, that my compaa application; what I Thall lay may be nions honoured me with the name of a contained in the butc-end of the olde very honett fellow, and swore it was a songdamned pity I was so aukward with niy Learn to be wife from other's harms, sword.
And you thall do fuil well. These being the first gentleinen I ever had acquaintance with, it is no wonder
I am, Sir, yours, &e. I treated them with extraordinary re
N° XVIII. SATURDAY, JUNE 11.
NFASHIONABLE foever as in this kingdom call themselves Cbrif
it may be to enter upon religious tians, when, 'in the unremitting hatred subjects in such an age as the present, which they constantly entertain towards there are some who, I Hatter myself, will one another, they viterly destroy that nevertheless pay a little attention to a univerfal principle of Charity which topic of fuch importance without a blush, ought to be the foundation, nay, the and think it no disgrace either to their very essence of their belief? With what gentility or their understanding, to em- propriety can he, who is blessed with voploy a few moments in the confidera- bounded affluence, Itile himself a Chrija tion of some points, for which, at the tian, if his ear is turned away from the awful period of their dissolution, eterni- fight of affliction, or his heart unaffectties upon eternities will hardly seem too ed with the rear of distress? Christianity much.
obliges him to a contant relief of the When we consider the differences wretched ; and, without a behaviour enwhich daily fublilt in the various modes tirely contonant to the duties of this beor systems of the Christian religion, and lief, what possible pretension can he think upon the inflexible partiality which have to a name that exalts him to a every man entertains in favour of his fellowship with angels, and hifts him own, we ought to be absolutely certain above the itars? Will a constant atthat the particular form which each of tendance on the public place of his worus glories to poffefs, is perfe&ily con- ftip, exculpate the opprefior of the wiformable to our notions of the Deity, dow and the fatherleis? or give the and contiltent in the minutes degree name of Chrifiian to the villain who inwith ihole divine lessons which were in famously lifís a dagger so the breast of culcated by the Saviour of the world, in his benefactor, or bately itrives to mur. , his inysterious million to man. If we der the reputation of his friend? Can. are not pofitive in this, let our belief be the betrayer of unsuspecting innocence, ditinguished by what name foever we think on the pangs of tome violated think proper, let us be Protestants or virgin, left without affittance, without Papists, Quakers or Presbyterians, I comfort, without bread; exposed to all can take upon me to aver, that we have the upbraidings of a relentless world, to no right to the name of Chriítians; and aggravate the severity of lier own renay, with equal propriety, take a lefion fections, and posibly plunged in the. from the ALCORAN as the GOSPEL. additional misery of having a helples.
It is not the cereinony used at baptism, little innocent, and an vnalterable afthe sprinkling of water, nor the promises fection for the monster by whom she is. of our parents in the presence of d, fo cruelly undone? I say, can the per-. which constitute the CHRISTIAN; no, petrator of an act like this, sit down it is an actual conformity to the precepis calmly, fatisfied with the re&itude of a of our BlessED LORD, and an unde- his behaviour, and think himself, as a viating obedience to the tenets whici are Chrijin, fincerely acquitted to his God? jaid down in the history of his life and Alas! if any man, thus culpable, can be miracles. Nothing can be more abfurd, fo preluinptuoully daring as to think. nor in reality more criminal, than for a himself a Chrifian, it is doubtful wheman to aspire at the glorious title of a ther he is most a reprobate or an idiot, Christian, who is regardless of the du- or whether he is most regardless or igties which that appellation renders indis- norant of his crimes. pensably neceflary, or a stranger to the In every profeffion of the Chriftian obligations which are particularly en faith there is a number of gaod - natured joined by the name; it is at once a fatal people, who are always unealy about the deception of his own molt important ex fáte of the Mahometans, and terribly pe&tations, an insule to his Saviour, afflicted left the ignorant savages of anst a defiance of his God.
America should not, at the last day, be With what propriety, shall I beg leave received into the favour of the Supreme foaik, can the various fe&ts of religion Being. These people entertain frange