ページの画像
PDF
ePub

596 Journey through a Writi

ness new rrjaanders takes) bat afrt;r some trouble we at length reached the opposite bank. An uncultivated track lay before us, dreary and dark; no ray of light to break through the mifi ; impenetrable obscurity involved the scene, and vapours rolling over vapours made eyery thirtg an universal blot. I pursired itiy journey with all possible expedition, and arrived at the repository of ideas, as it is here called, the key of which was kept by Mettlory. J addiest him in the politest terms, r.nd as I supposed this to be a ffsrelioufe of uhive/sal'knpwledge] I'bejjge'd'fo be favoured with a view of the.,several acquisitions he had made. 1 deriVed'he would produce some 6'ceuit qualities, of which I had 110'manner of notion'; I begged to be favoured with the fight of an.U dea; and I called'for several ps the metaphysical train too tedious to enuiiicra,te. In divinity I' remembered several things, of which I never could attain a clear conception, and I have not arithmetic enough to recount the"rnultltuue of the mathematical species w filch I wanted. The debates which I ha'veheard in Westminster-hall, gave, me' occasion to enquire for many of the legal band; and I was curious after an infinite multitude of the Parnassian tribe, mentioned in a pompous style in several modern poets. I longed to fee an envenomed shaft taking its fatal aim, winds wafting prayers on rosy wings to heaven's,'fee and tho' rro pains was spared to gratify my request, I must own, that I remained as much in the dark as ever.

The next place we came to was the Lawn/es Camsi, or the Morrning Fields, sacred to Vcpus; and I was shocked in a very sensible manner to find such a prod;gious waste in the

*'s Head. ADrtam. British

human frame. I.met with nothing here but Cupid's darts, consuming fires, and all the modern train of Love's artillery. As I was sufficiently acquainted with these, from a constant and unwearied .perusal of onr modern .tragedies, .and ■other poetical productions, I hastened to th» feat where Judgment presided.

judgment seldom made any decisions of his own, but wias biassed in all his decrees by feyera} that surrounded him, with, ib much authority^ that I supposed. 1 they, were in the commission, The chief of fhtfe was. Pride, with a Jofi,y air and supercilious brgw, which called to my mind the excellent remark in the Essay on Ciitki.'m; .

Of all the cause! **Mtti conspire ts Wind Man's-.erring judgment, and misguide his

mind, •

Which tlie weak head with surest biass rules, Is pride, iTie never-faHing vice of fools.

Next in place was 111 nature, callous and hardened to eveiy gentle sensation of humanity, 3nd quite » stranger to that delicacy of ekgant minds, which beholds the merit of another with pleasure; but on die contrary, every thing shining with the smallest degree of lustre is the object of bis aversion, and he isnever pleased but with the .misfortune! of his neighbours. Prejudice also seemed to have no small influence with the court; and Venality, with itching palm, frequently gave a new turn to every thing, being ready to engage on ekher side in politics, to abuse a worthy character in satire, or exalt a base one in dedicatory panegyric.

From these principles I could easily imagine to myself what kind of opinions were likely to arise, and therefore hastened towards Elysium. In my way I perceived a 6e(ohtt

[graphic]
[graphic]

vih holding fire in its right hand vened for a sea lig his legu, through the inside of the body and arm

[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

Mfix i ■,, ,, wont ye ha' some orange again called forthi, and by my skill chips won',t ye fya'some nonpar arranged in proper order for their

reil*; ess the stage, off, off j"

till at length the catcal whizzes, and the poor poet in the mean time is ready to expi.e, and pangs as bad a* hell froieurhim.

Had I all the.pens of all the sciib-> biers of the age, 1 soould not be able to relate every occurrence in my adventures, and I was by this time' admonished by my guide that we were arrived at the scat of Happiness. Here we found Invention happy iij a review of all his airy beings,, tliat were fluttering round him in

appeal ance among the sens of men." ; Thus ha-ving' fitid, he led me round the whole extent of Elysium, gave me a complete view of all bis intellectual train, and at length disaissed me through the ivory gate to breathe the vital air, to which I was highly pleased to find myself restared ; an-d the joy occasioned by this reflection operated so strongly: qn my spirits, that I felt myself in some agitation, and was instantly wakened out of my dreanr. .

Your's, &c. W. T.

Sjbort DESCRIPTION of the COLOSSUS (/ RHODES.

XHE Colossus,of Rhodes, one/ of the, seven wonders of thet world, was so large, that a ship un-, der sail might pass between its legs., This statue,, which was of such an, enormous size as thus to straddle fifty fathoms, rentetcritfd Apollo, Jiiq-vembtr, 1764.

and was cast entirely of brass by Chares of Lym'us, a'town in the ille of Rhodes,,who was twelve years in making it ; it was seventy cubits highs and every part being in proportion, the thumb was us thick as a,roan could grasp in his arms; 4 II every

598 Some Account os Colonel Stumpel, &e. British

every finger was the size of an or- ried it by sea to Alexandria, in 95s,

dinary statue, and for the direction of vessels into the harbour at night, he held a light-house in his hand. This prodigious statue was thrown down by an earthquake fifty or threescore years after its being erected, and is said to have lain on the ground till the Saracens made themselves masters of Rhodes, who having beaten it to pieces fourteen hundred and sixty-one years after it was made, sold it -to a Jew; who having car

there loaded nine hundred camels with the metal. After all, Du Mont has endeavoured to prove, that it is probable the story of the Colossus is a fable; some other authors have been of the-fame opinion, and indeed the extravagant dimensions ascribed to it, and such a quantity of brass being suffered to lie on the ground for so many ages, would tempt the most ; credulous to doubt the truth of the relation.

Seme Account os Colonel Stumpel, by --whose Pnsuasian the Palatines ivcrtschctd to leave their Country,

COlonel Stumpel was 3 captain dismissed; but-on his boasting of in the British legions during the numbers1 of his countrymen he the late war, and being a soldier of could carry over to our new settlefortune, offered himself to the PrUs- rhents, provided a -suitable tract of iian service on the conclusion of the land was allotted him, the ministry late peace; and was told, that if wis prevailed upon to grant his rehe could raise a regiment, he should quest, and a patent was actually have the comn.and of it. This he made our at the proper offices for undertook to do; and, by making that purpose.', a tour through Holland, where he With this grant he returned to had formerly been an officer, acquainting himself with the subaltern officers, and making himself agreeable to the men, he seduced • many to desert, and some to enter

TO

Germany, and by the credit ot it, and the advantageous offers he hid made to some young gentlemen *ho had credit with the common people, he prevailed with them to engage in volunteers, with promises of good' the fame project. Having so ftr

encouragement. With these end some other recruits, disbanded soldiers, and idle young sel'ows. "c presented himself to prince Ferdinand, who recommended him to his Prussian majesty, and he receiV4 ed his commission; but the peace which soon followed in Germany,* again reduced him to the neceslity' ot applying elsewhere, and he came oi'er to England, and solicited employment in the English service.

mcceeded, an association was form"J and these joint adventurers were active in the prosecution of it. By every where giving out what fortunes were to be raised, and estates acquired, in the new settlement!, many people of wealth were prevailed upon to sell thejr effects, aoi transport themselves, at their o*fl expence, into America, Trie poor who offered, were eiiher neglected, or referred from one to the other for the promised encouragement, lil

This could not be granted to a fo

itiguer, when so many natives were their number increased so fast,

5 their

« 前へ次へ »