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his want of economy. He left dolence of his temper, he chose rahowever more than sufficient to pay ther to amuse himself in culling all his debts; and by his will appro- flowers at the foot of the mount, priated his whole estate for that than to take the trouble of climbing purpose.
the more arduous steps of Parnaffus. It was perhaps from some consi- But whenever he was disposed to derations on the narrowness of his rise, his steps, though natural, were fortune, that he forbore to marry; noble, and always well supported. for he was no enemy to wedlock, In the tenderness of elegiac poetry had a high opinion of many among he hath not been excelled; in the the fair sex, was fond of their fo. fimplicity of paftoral, one may venciety, and no stranger to the ten- ture to say, he had very few equals. derest impressions. One, which he Of great sensibility himself, he never received in his youth, was with dif. failed to engage the hearts of his ficulty surmounted. The lady was readers; and amidst the niceft atthe subject of that sweet paftoral, in' tention to the harmony of his four parts, which has been so unj. numbers, he always took care to versally admired; and which, one express with propriety the sentiwould have thought, must have sub. ments of an elegant mind. In all dued the loftiest heart, and softened his writings, his greatest difficulty the most obdurate.
was to please himself. I remember His person, as to height, was a paffage in one of his letters, where, above the middle ftature, but large. Speaking of his love-songs, he fays--ly and rather inelegantly formed: "Some were written on occasions a his face seemed plain till you con- good deal imaginary, others not so; versed with him, and then it grew and the reason there are so many is, very pleasing. In his dress he was that I wanted to write one good negligent, even to a fault; though song, and could never pleafe mywhen young, at the university, he felt.” It was this diffidence which was accounted a beau. He wore occasioned him to throw afide many his own hair, which was quite grey of his pieces before he had bestowed very early, in a particular manner; on them his last touches. I have not from any affectation of singu, suppressed several on this account;
larity, but from a maxim he had laid and if among those which I have · down, that without too lavish a re. selected, there should be discovered
gard to fashion, every one Mould some little want of his finishing podress in a manner most suitable to lis, I hope it will be attributed to his own person and figure. In short, this cause, and of course be excused; his faults were only little blemishes, yet I fatter myself there will always thrown in by nature, as it were on appear something well worthy of purpose to prevent bim from rising having been preserved. And tho! 100 much above that level of im- I was afraid of inserting what might perfection allotted to humanity. injure the character of my friend,
His character as a writer will be yet, as the sketches of a great master diftinguished by simplicity with ele- are always valuable, I was unwilling gance, and genius with corre&ness. the public should lose any thing He had a sublimity equal to the material of fo accomplished a writer. highest attempts ; yet, from the in- In this dilemma it will easily be con.
ceived that the task I had to per. there we must search for the acuteform would become somewhat diffi- ness of his understanding, and his cult. How I have acquitted myself, profound knowledge of the human the public must judge. Nothing, heart. It is to be lamented indeed, however, except what he had already that some things here are unfinishpublished, has been admitted with. ed, and can be regarded only as out the advice of his most judicious fragments : many are left as single friends, nothing altered, without' thoughts, but which, like the sparks their particular concurrence. It is of diamonds, thew the richness of impossible to please every one ; but the mine to which they belong; or it is hoped that no reader will be so like the foot of a Hercules, discover unreasonable, as to imagine that the the uncommon strength, and extraauthor wrote folely for his amuse- ordinary dimenfions of that hero. I ment: bis talents were various ; and have no apprehensions of incurring though it may perhaps be allowed, blame from any one, for preserving that his excellence chiefly appeared thefe valuable remains: they will ia subjects of tenderness and fimpli- discover to every reader, the author's city, yet he frequently condescended sentiments on several important subto trifle with those of humour and jects. And there can be very few, drollery: these, indeed, he himself to whom they will not impart many in some measure degraded by the thoughts, which they would never title which he gave them of Levities : perhaps have been able to draw from but had they been entirely rejected, the source of their own reflections. the public would have been depriv. But I believe little need be said to ed of some jeux d'esprits, excellent in recommend the wiitings of this their kind, and M. Shenfone's cha- gentleman to public attention. His rader as a writer would have been character is already sufficiently eltabut imperfe&ly exhibited.
blished. And if he be not injured But the talents of Mr. Shenstone by the inability of his editor, there were not confined merely to poetry; is no doubt but he will ever maintain his character, as a man of clear judg- an eminent station among the best ment, and deep penetration, will best of our English writers. appear from his prose works. It is
IN the days of knight-errantry and on the other, “ For four vi&o
and paganism, one of our old ries obtained fucceflively over the Britih princes set up a ftatue to Piets and other inhabitants of the the goddess of victory in a point northern islands." where four roads met. In her right It happened one day, that two band the held a spear, and rested knights completely armed, the one her left upon a sield, the outside in black armour, and the other in of which was of gold, and the inside white, arrived from opposite parts of filver. On the former was in. of the country at this statue, nearly fcribed in the old British language, at the same time, and as neither of "To the goddess ever favourable ;" them had seen it before, they stopped
to read the inscription, and observe be travelling that way.': The druids the excellence of the workmanship. : were in those days both the phyfi. After contemplating it for some cians and the priests. He had about time. “ This golden shield,” said him a sovereign balsam, which he the black knight-" If I have any had composed himself; for he was eyes,” (interrupted the white knight, very skilful in all the plants that who was striály observing the oppo- grew either in the fields or forests ; site side) “ it is silver." " I know he staunched the blood, applied his nothing of your eyes, replied the balsam to their wounds, and brought black knight; but if ever I saw a them, as it were, from the regions golden shield in my life, this is one." of the dead. “ Yes, 'returned the white knight As soon as he found them fufficismiling, it is very probable indeed, ently recovered, he began to enquire that they should expose a shield of into the occafion of their quarrel. gold in so public a place as this ;, “ Why this man, cried the black for my part I wonder that even a knight, will have it, that yonder filver one is not too strong a tempta. field is filver.” “ And he will have tion for the devotion of some per- it, replied the white knight, that it sons'who pass this way ; and it ap- is gold ;" and then told him all the pears, by the date, that this has particulars of the affair. “Ah ! been here above three years,” said the druid, with a figh, you are
-- The black knight could not bear both of you, my brethren, in the the sarcastic fmile with which the right, and both of you in the white knight had delivered his obser- wrong; had either of you given vations, and grew so warm in the himself time to look on the opposite dispute, that it soon ended in a side of the fhield, as well as that challenge; they both therefore turn- which first presented itself to his ed their horses, and rode back far view, all this passion and bloodshed enough to have sufficient space for might have been prevented. There their career, then fixed their spears is however a very good leffon to be in their refts, and flew at each other learned from the evils that have bewith the greatest fury and impetuo. fallen you on this occasion. Permit fity. Their shock was so rude, and me therefore to intreat you by al! the blow on each side so effectual, our gods, and by this goddess of that they both fell to the ground victory in particular, "Never to greatly wounded and bruised, and enter into any dispute for the future Jay there for some time as in a till you have fairly considered each trance. In this condition they were side of the question.” . found by a druid, who happened to
HISTORY OF MARIUS and LUCINDA.
To the Authors of the BRITISH MAGAZINE. GENTLEMEN, URING the late war between officer, whose true name I Mall con
England and France, there ceal under that of Marius. Besides ferved in the British troops a young his commiflion, which was that of
But alas ! how uncertain is human himself so, that it at last became a felicity! how fleeting is sublunary common town-talk ; all who heard bliss ! Scarce had Marius been two it pitying Marius and blaming Lumonths married, ere he received or- cinda. ders to repair to Germany. On this, Time and absence, on the con. settling his affairs, so as to make his trary, made no alteration in Marius; wife as easy as possible in his absence, he collected, wherever he came, the after taking a most affe&tionate leave finest laces, linens, and other female of Lucinda, he set out for the army; ornaments, as presents for Lucinda, but with that heaviness of soul who, on his arrival, received him which words are unable to express, with all the transports of joy and and of which those only can be sen. fondness. But he had not been long fible who have felt the parting pangs returned ere her imprudent conduct of love.
in his absence reached his ears. Love Lucinda appeared at first incon- and resentment racked him for a solable ; she shut herself up in her while ; but at last his passion for apartment, faw no company, and Lucinda prevailed. He reproached behaved herself in such a manner, her in the most moving terms with that one would have thought the ingratitude, while she, throwing loss of Marius would have broke her herself at his feet, and embracing heart. Time, however, quickly his knees, acknowledged the had in. leflened her grief: the violence of deed committed some indiscretions, her affection was abated in a few but positively denied her having days, and by degrees she refumed gone any farther; and then, with a her natural gaiety and easiness of thousand folemn protestations, pro. temper. There lived in the fame mised never to offend again. In town, where Marius left Lucinda, a fine, Marius not only forgave her, barber. This fellow, who formerly but seemed to study to fhew, by all had lived in London with some young his actions, that he had entirely rakes, as a valet de chambre, by af- blotted it from his memory. They fecting their pert insolent way of passed in this manner near three behaviour, and singing scraps of a months, with much seeming tran. few Gilly amorous songs, which he quility; when the campaign ap. bad learnt in their service, passed in proaching, Marius, in order to en. the country for a wit, and a person joy his Lucinda's company as long of fine breeding. This rascal, by as poffibly he could, carried her with some means or other, found a way him to a small village within a few to converse with Lucinda, who, by miles of Harwich; where, after tak. having a slender education, and a ing a passionate farewell, be left her. natural proneness to low company, The vessel, on board of which he grew by degrees fond of his nauseous embarked, after putting out to sea, flattery, and frequently admitted his received so severe a shock by a temvists. At first, the was very cautin pelt, that though they put back to ous in the carrying on of this scan- Harwich as soon as possible, yet the dalous amour ; but as a progress in captain declared the was so much vice makes persons of course the less damaged, that it would be two days Sensible of shame, so the fellow like, at least before she could fail. On wise, proud of his conquest, behaved this, Marius, without refreshing