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it ; and in such cases I always thought it my duty to run him through the body, or to cane him, according to the rank he held in society ; thus the peace of families was preserved, and the reputation of the lady fuffered nothing from her intercourse with a man of honour. Thele were indeed the days of chivalry. But now, as Mr. Burke says, all the decent drapery of life is rudely torn off. The man who discovers the most Platonic affection between his wife and a gentleman, repairs to an attorney : Westminster Hall is immediately made acquainted with it, and the dear lady is undone, and her character is blasted for ever. This is the true levelling systein; a gentleinan and a scavenger are treated with no distinction. Amphitrion behaved in a different manner, when Jupiter did him the ho. nour to spend an evening at his house.
You may say what you please on the subjects of liberty and property, but I never can believe that I am in a free country, when I am debarred the liberty of a little innocent chit chat with my friend's wife.' My property, too, cannot be considered in safety, when every cuckold has a claim upon me for the supposed injury I have done him. No, Sir, these things are upon a better footing in France; and if they are not better arranged here, a reform in parliament at least, if not a revolution, will be necessary. For what man of fashion will step forward to support a conftitution which restrains his enjoyments ?
- We hear no more of that stale maxim, that a virtuous woman is a treasure to her husband. If crim.con. continues to be so costly, I must absolutely marry to recruit my circumstances, and pay the price of my own offences by the profits of my wife’s transgressions. If my wife ihould be pretty, she will be to me a treasure at all events. I may, perhaps, through her means, acquire what my own merits have failed in obtaining the colonelcy of my regiment.
Your humble fervant,
P.S. I P.S. I find, by a late cafe, that even seduction is not allowable. Where the tyranny of government will stop, in restraints upon our natural liberty, it is difficult to say, St. James's Chronicle.)
To the Editor of the Morning Chronicle.
Η ουκ έχουσιν ωτα,
LiO Touchil op wplay,,
Ευχόμεσθα δη σοι,
ATHENÆUS, VI. p. 253. D.
once so prevalent in Rome of deifying those benefactors of mankind, the Emperors. A person in company observed, that it was not original, or peculiar to Rome; that many instances of it might be found in the Greek history; at the same time he mentioned; Alexander the Great and Demetrius Poliorceta. The latter example not being quite so well known as the other, he informed us, that the Athenians, besides paying other compliments to Demetrius, fang an hymn to him, at his entrance into Athens, from which this gentlenian repeated the verses above quoted. Being requested, by the unlearned part of the company, to explain the verses, he gave us the following translation:
“ Hail, O son of the most powerful God Neptune, and of Venus!”
(N. B. Son of Neptune, in poetry, we know, fignifies a King with a mighty naval power, and Son of Ver nus denotes that air of grace and dignity mixed, which is inseparable from royalty.)
« For all other Gods are either at a great distance from us, or have no ears, or exist not at all, or pay not
the least attention to us: but thee we behold a present Deity, made neither of' wood nor of stone, but a real God. We therefore pray thee, first of all, to give peace in our time, o dearest; because thou only fightest for us.”
Another observed, that there was something in the general spirit of this address extremely like a late composition that had been much handed about in manu. script. The poem was read, of which I send you a copy, if it can be of any use to your paper. We all agreed, however, that the author had, with great judgment, avoided the pacific conclusion of the Greek verses, which shews, that the Athenians were sorry cravens, in comparison with true British Hearts of Oak.
HYMN TO THE CREATOR.
BY A NEW-MADE PEER.
My heart and soul are thine :
And thew thy pow'r divine !
Unworthy note and name,
And Scrub a Peer became.
Inferior to a God ?
* In Latin numen.
I'm now a Member of that Court
The business of the nation ;
As old as the creation t.
His attributes pass counting:
He's rightly call'd the fountain.
If haply thou shalt need 'em ;
Thy service perfeet freedomn.
And thought he'd reign’d too long :
Of Kings, to govern wrong.
And on them pour my ire:
And roast in penal fire !”
+ Clown. You were best lay these robes are not gentlemen born. Give me the lie, do; and try whether I am not now a gentleman born.
Autolicus. I know you are now, Sir, a gentleman born. ,
So didst thou send thy chosen fon,
French Atheism up to root:
Or tried at least to do't. .
And, if thy Comnions still
We'll not rejeet the bill.
As is the mode, we utter;
At Jacobins I sputter :-
For who that wears a star,
I therefore vote for war.
Nor spare men, money, nor ship; Fresh millions after millions Aing For if we lose our Church and King,
What will be left to worship?
Upon the war's success;