In the campaign of 1704 Marlborough planned very privately, and executed on his own responsibility, the boldest and most distant march that had ever been attempted in our continental wars. Some of them were covered with such extravagant epitaphs, that if it were possible for the dead person to be acquainted with them, he would blush at the praises which his friends have bestowed upon him. It oftentimes 30 happened likewise, that the finest notes in the air fell upon the most insignificant words in the sentence. I am sometimes very much troubled, when I reflect upon the three great professions of divinity, law, and physic ; how they are each of them over-burdened with practi- tioners, and filled with multitudes of ingenious gentlemen that starve one another. I last night sat very late in company with this select body of friends, who entertained me with several remarks which they and others had made upon these my speculations, as also 20 with the various success which they had met with among their several ranks and degrees of readers. This article was most recently revised and updated by , Senior Editor.
The music of the French is indeed very properly adapted to their pronunciation and 20 accent, as their whole opera wonderfully favours the genius of such a gay airy people. Whereas, in the reign of our first Edward of glorious memory, nothing was more modish than a brace of your fine taper supporters ; and his majesty, without an inch of calf, managed affairs in peace or war as laudably as the bravest and most politic of his ancestors ; and was as terrible to his neighbours under the royal name of Longshanks, as 20 Cceur de Lion to the Saracens before him. The whole transaction is performed with the eyes ; and the crime 20 is no less than employing them in such a manner, as to divert the eyes of others from the best use they can make of them, even looking up to heaven. In the midst of the room was a little japan table, with a quire of gilt paper upon it, and on the paper a silver snuff-box made in the shape of a little book. Pallida mors sequo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas Regumque turres. Their joint achievement was to lift serious discussion from the realms of religious and political partisanship and to make it instead a normal pastime of the leisured class.
The missing of an opera the first night, would be more afflicting to her than the death of a child. For the same reason I do not dislike the speeches in our English tragedy that close with a hemistich, or half verse, notwithstanding the person who speaks after it begins a new verse, without filling up the preceding one ; nor with abrupt pauses and breakings off in the middle of a verse, when they humour any passion that is expressed by it. I had but just put on my brutality ; and Camilla's charms were such, that beholding her erect mien, hearing her charming voice, and astonished with her graceful motion, I could not keep up my assumed fierceness, but died like a man. By this means 20 people of figure are forced to lose half the winter after their coming to town, before they have seen all the strange sights about it. His thoughts are wonderfully suited to tragedy, but frequently lost in such a cloud of words that it is hard to see the beauty of them. As for the latter they are at present under a very great Disorder.
I am, Sir, member of a small pious congregation near one of the north gates of this city ; much the greater part of us indeed are females, and used to behave ourselves in a regular attentive manner, till very lately one whole aisle has been dis- turbed by one of these monstrous starers ; he is the head taller than any one in the church ; but for the greater advantage of 10 exposing himself, stands upon a hassock, and commands the whole congregation, to the great annoyance of the devoutest part of the auditory : for what with blushing, confusion, and vexation, we can neither mind the prayers nor sermon. Had the hero of this play discovered the same good qualities in the defence of his country that he showed for its ruin and subversion, the audience could not enough pity and admire 30 him ; but as he is now represented, we can only say of him what the Roman historian says of Catiline, that his fall would have -been glorious si pro patrid sic concidisset had he so fallen in the service of his country. While men are in this temper which happens very 10 frequently, how inconsistent are they with themselves! The rocks about her are shaped into artificial grottos covered with 30 woodbines and jessamines. He that hopes for it must be able to suspend the possession of it till proper periods of life, or death itself. He wanted the woman rise above the existing level in which they were ready to be treated as an object of sexual attraction.
She is graceful without affecting an air, and unconcerned without appearing careless. To give her self the larger Field for Discourse, she hates and loves in the same Breath, talks to her Lap-dog or Parrot, is uneasy in all kinds of Weather, and in every Part of the Room: She has false Quarrels and feigned Obligations to all the Men of her Acquaintance; sighs when she is not sad, and Laughs when she is not Merry. Dat veniam corvis, vexat censura columbas. It is true every man pays his share ; yet as they are intruders, I have an undoubted right to be the only speaker, or at least the loudest ; which I maintain, and that to the great emolument of my audience. But let them remember that I do hereby enter my caveat against this piece of raillery. At the same time, he warns all those small wits who would undoubtedly remind him of his promise quite frequently that they should not ridicule his sincere promise. The doctor draws teeth without pulling off your mask.
The mind that lies fallow but a single day, sprouts up in follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous culture. And who,' continues he, 'but is deeply sensible, that one great source of the uneasiness and misery of human life, especially amongst those of distinction, arises from nothing in the world else, but too severe a contemplation of an indefeasible contexture of our external parts, or certain natural and invincible dispositions to be fat or lean? If I can any way assuage private inflammations, or allay public ferments, I shall apply myself to it with my utmost endeavours ; but will never let my heart reproach me with having done any thing towards 10 increasing those feuds and animosities that extinguish religion, deface government, and make a nation miserable. The blossoms will fall of themselves when the root that nourishes them is destroyed. I cannot for- bear on this occasion transcribing a fable out of Sir Roger l'Estrange, which accidentally lies before me. Disce docendus adhuc, quae censet amiculus, ut si Caecus iter monstrare velit; tamen aspice si quid Et nos, quod cures proprium fecisse, loquamur. I shall set down at length the genealogical table of False Humour, and, at the same time, place under it the genealogy of True Humour, that the reader may at one view behold their different pedigrees and relations : — Falsehood.
This is a secret satisfaction to these malignants ; for the person whom they could not but admire, they fancy is nearer their own condition as soon as his merit 30 is shared among others. It is said to have had a big influence on his world view, lasting throughout his long life. Powell is desired to call by the name of Bucephalus. Nay, you may behold him sometimes in prayer, for a proper delivery. All the Classic Authors in Wood. And what think you if our board sat for a Dutch piece? What a mortification would it be to Fulvia, if she knew that her setting herself to view is but exposing herself, and that she grows con- temptible by being conspicuous! The coach was drawn by six milk-white horses, and loaded behind with the same number of powdered footmen. If you will be pleased to give me a good word in your paper, you shall be every night a spectator at my show for nothing.
Addison noticed that the manners of the society have been corrupted in contemporary England by radius factors, for example the stage actors. I remember the last opera I saw in that merry nation was the Eape of Proserpine, where Pluto, to make the more tempting figure, puts himself in a French equipage, and brings Ascalaphus along with him as his valet de chambre. The fifteen Comforts of Matrimony. Those I will give you up. The silent Spectator at last finds lodgings where he is understood : he finds society in the company of the silent, invisible Spirits that watch over the world.