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and hurried into a dungeon, where I died a few months after.
“My soul then entered into a flying-fish, and in that to plunder a state led a most melancholy life for the space of six
swarm whic years. Several fishes of prey pursued me when I was
dead upon the in the water, and if I betook myself to my wings, it was ten to one but I had a flock of birds aiming at me. As I was one day flying amidst a fleet of English ships, I observed a huge sea-gull whetting his bill and hovering also how just over my head : upon my dipping into the water in the last to avoid him, I fell into the mouth of a monstrous shark Christmas he that swallowed me down in an instant.
* I was some years afterwards, to my great surprise, an eminent banker in Lombard-street; and, remenid life, to re bering how I had formerly suffered for want of money, became so very sordid and avaricious, that the whole ber
, madam town cried shame of me. I was a miserable little old fellow to look upon, for I had in a manner starved myself, and was nothing but skin and bone when I died.
* I was afterwards very much troubled and amazed to find myself dwindled into an emmet. I was heartily Not long aft concerned to make so insignificant a figure, and did not know but some time or other I might be reduced to a present grote mite, if I did not mend my manners. I therefore apo at the Englis plied myself with great diligence to the offices that were l need not allotted me, and was generally looked upon as the 10- Yousee, ma tablest ant in the whole mole-hill. I was at last picked me in a chai= up, as I was groaning under a burthen, by an unluca cativity, as cock-sparrow that lived in the neighbourhood, and had before made great depredations upon our com. 1 was a man monwealth.
I then bettered my condition a little, and lived a whele summer in the shape of a bee; but being tired with the painful and penurious life I had undergone in
and played a
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window one tunate young
inct tend to 1 continue
my two last transmigrations, I fell into the other extreme, and turned drone. As I one day headed a party
to plunder a hive, we were received so warmly by the e swarm which defended it, that we were most of us left dead upon the spot.
" I might tell you of many other transmigrations which I went through : how I was a town-rake, and st: afterwards did penance in a bay gelding for ten years ; Las also how I was a taylor, a shrimp, and a tom-tit.
In the last of these my shapes, I was shot in the trou Christmas holidays by a young jackanapes, who would needs try his new gun upon me:
. But I shall pass over these and several other stages cu, of life, to remind you of the young beau who made at oi-love to you about six years since. You may rememat the ber, madam, how he masked, and danced, and sung, Wie land played a thousand tricks to gain you; and how he 2-was at last carried off by a cold that he
under your s her window one night in a serenade. I was that unfortunate young
fellow to whom you were then so cruel. Not long after my shifting that unlucky body, I found
myself upon a hill in Æthiopia, where I lived in my 3 red present grotesque shape, till I was caught by a servant netof the English factory, and sent over into Great Britain. fost need not inform you how I came into
your hands. You see, madam, this is not the first time you have had a iz ne in a chain : I am, however, very happy in this my
saptivity, as you often bestow on me those kisses and wuruaresses which I would have given the world for when
I hope this discovery of my person will lot tend to my disadvantage, but that you will still 8. 2. Ontinue your accustomed favours to Your most devoted humble servant,
a was a man.
5 P.S. I would advise your little shock-dog to keep out of my way; for as I look
him to be the most formidable of my rivals, I may chance one time or other to give him such a snap as he won't like.'
ON EARLY TRAVELLING. No. 364.
'A LADY of my acquaintance, for whom I have too much respect to be easy while she is doing an indiscreet action, has given occasion to this trouble: She is a widow, to whom the indulgence of a tender husband has intrusted the management of a very great fortune, and a son about sixteen, both which she is extremely fond of. The boy has parts of the middle size, neither shining nor despicable, and has passed the common exercises of his years with tolerable advantage, but is withal what you would call a forward youth : by the help of this last qualification, which serves as a varnish to all the rest, he is enabled to make the best use of his learning, and display it at full length upon all occasions. Last summer he distinguished himself two or three times very remarkably, by puzzling the vicar before an assembly of most of the ladies in the neighbourhood; and from such weighty considerations as these, as it too unfortunately falls out, the mother is become invincibly persuaded that her son is a great scholar; and that to chain him down to the ordinary methods of education with others of his age, would be to cramp his faculties, and do an irreparable injury to his wonderful capacity. • I happened to visit at the house last week, and,
missing the young gentleman at the tea-table, where he seldom fails to officiate, could not upon so extraordinary a circumstance avoid inquiring after him. My lady told me he was gone out with his woman, in order to make some preparations for their equipage; for that she intended very speedily to carry him to travel. The oddness of the expression shocked me a little: however, I soon recovered myself enough to let her know, that all I was willing to understand by it was, that she designed this summer to show her son his estate in a distant county, in which he had never yet been. But she soon took care to rob me of that agreeable mistake, and let me into the whole affair. She enlarged upon young master's prodigious improvements, and his comprehensive knowledge of all book-learning; concluding, that it was now high time he should be made acquainted with men and things; that she had resolved he should make the tour of France and Italy, but could not bear to have him out of her sight, and therefore intended to go along with him.
' I was going to rally her for so extravagant a resolution, but found myself not in a fit humour to meddle with a subject that demanded the most soft and delicate touch imaginable. I was afraid of dropping something that might seem to bear hard either
upon the son's abilities or the mother's discretion; being sensible, that in both these cases, though supported with all the powers of reason, I should, instead of gaining her ladyship over to my opinion, only expose myself to her disesteem: I therefore immediately deterinined to refer the whole matter to the Spectator.
" When I came to reflect at night, as my custom is, upon the occurrences of the day, I could not but believe that this humour of carrying a boy to travel in his moEurope. Pray tell them, that though to be sea-sick, or jumbled in an outlandish stage-coach, may perhaps be healthful for the constitution of the body, yet it is apt to cause such dizziness in young empty heads, as too often lasts their lifetime. I am, sir,
Your most humble servant,
Philip Homebred '
A LAPLAND SONG. No. 366.
'The following verses are a translation of a Lapland love-song, which I met with in Scheffer's history of that country. I was agreeably surprised to find a spirit of tenderness and poetry in a region which I never suspected for delicacy. In hotter climates, though altogether uncivilized, I had not wondered if I had found some sweet wild notes among the natives, where they live in groves of oranges, and hear the melody of birds about them. But a Lapland lyric breathing sentiments of love and poetry not unworthy old Greece or Rome; a regular ode from a climate pinched with frost, and cursed with darkness so great a part of the year; where it is amazing that the poor natives should get food, ar be tempted to propagate their species; this, I confess, seemed a greater miracle to me, than the famous stories of their drums, their winds and enchantments.
'I am the bolder in commending this northern song, because I have faithfully kept to the sentiments,
* This letter on travelling was written by Mr. Philip Yorke, afterwards earl of Hardwicke. 9