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a man's reflecting upon the motives that produce it. When the passion proceeds from the sense of any virtue or perfection in the person beloved, I would by no means discourage it; but if a man considers that all his heavy complaints of wounds and deaths rise from some little affectations of coquetry, which are improved into charms by his own fond imagination, the very laying before himself the cause of his distemper may be sufficient to effect the cure of it.
It is in this view that I have looked over the several bundles of letters which I have received from dying people, and composed out of them the following bill of mortality, which I shall lay before my reader without any farther preface, as hoping that it may be useful to him in discovering those several places where there is most danger, and those fatal arts which are made use of to destroy the heedless and unwary.
Lysander, slain at a puppet-show on the third of September.
Thrysis shot from a casement in Piccadilly.
T. Š. wounded by Zelinda's scarlet stocking, as she was stepping out of a coach.
Will Simple, smitten at the opera by the glance of an eye that was aimed at one who stood by him. Tho. Vainlove, lost his life at a ball.
Tim. Tattle, killed by the tap of a fan on his left shoulder by Coquetilla, as he was talking carelessly with her in a bow-window.
Sir Simon Softly, murdered at the play-house in Drury-lane by a frown..
Philander, mortally wounded by Cleora, as she was adjusting her tucker.
Ralph Gapley, esq. hit by a random-shot at the
F. R. caught his death upon the water, April the 1st.
W. W. killed by an unknown hand, that was playing with the glove off upon the side of the front box in Drury-lane.
Sir Christopher Crazy, bart. hurt by the brush of a whale-bone petticoat.
Sylvius, shot through the sticks of a fan at St. James's church.
Damon struck through the heart by a diamond necklace.
Thomas Trusty, Francis Goosequill, William Meanwell, Edward Callow, esqrs. standing in a row, fell all four at the same time, by an ogle of the widow Trapland.
Tom Rattle, chancing to tread upon a lady's tail as he came out of the playhouse, she turned full upon him, and laid him dead upon the spot.
Dick Tastewell, slain by a blush from the queen's box in the third act of the Trip to the Jubilee.
Samuel Felt, haberdasher, wounded in his walks to Islington, by Mrs. Susanna Cross-stitch, as she was clambering over a stile.
R. F. T. W. S. I. M. P. &c. put to death in the last birth-day massacre.
Roger Blinko, cut off in the, twenty-first year of his age by a white-wash.
Musidorus, slain by an arrow that flew out of a dimple in Belinda's left cheek.
Ned Courtly, presenting Flavia with her glove (which she had dropped on purpose), she received it, and took away his life with a courtesy.
John Cosselin, having received a slight hurt from a pair of blue eyes, as he was making his escape, was dispatched by a smile.
Strephon, killed by Glarinda as she looked down into the pit.
Charles Careless shot flying by a girl of fifteen, who unexpectedly popped her head upon him out of a coach.
Josiah Wither, aged threescore and three, sent to his long home by Elizabeth Jetwell, spinster. Jack Freelove, murdered by Melissa in her hair. William Wiseacre, gent. drowned in a flood of tears by Moll Common.
John Pleadwell, esq. of the Middle Temple, barrister at law, assassinated in his chambers the 6th inst. by Kitty Sly, who pretended to come to him for his advice.
N° 378. WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1712.
Aggredere, O magnos! aderit jam tempus honores.
VIRG, Ecl. iv. 43.
Mature in years, to ready honours move.
I WILL make no apology for entertaining the reader with the following poem, which is written by a great genius, a friend of mine* in the country, who is not ashamed to employ his wit in the praise of his Maker.
A SACRED ECLOGUE,
Composed of several passages of Isaiah the Prophet:
YE nymphs of Solyma! begin the song:
Delight no more-O Thou my voice inspire,
Isa. xi. 4.
Ye heavens! from high the dewy nectar pour, xlv. 8.
The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid, xxv. 4.
All crimes shall cease, and ancient fraud shall
Returning Justice lift aloft her scale ;
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
Swift fly the years,and rise the expected morn!
Oh spring to light auspicious Babe, be born! xxxv. 2.
See lofty Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding forests on the mountains dance ;
And Carmel's flow'ry top perfumes the skies!
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers; xi. 3, 4. |
As the good shepherd tends his fleecy care,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Shall finish what the short-liv'd sire begun ;
xxxv.1.7. The swain in barren deserts with surprise
xli.19.and Waste sandy valleys, once perplex'd with thorn, lv. 13. The spiry fir and shapely box adorn :
To leafless shrubs the flowering palms succeed,
xii. 6,7,8. The lambs with wolves shall grace the verdant
And boys in flowery bands the tyger lead;
'The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise!