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Bertrand felt it strike upon his heart. He and clasped her in his arms-she threw up was now in total darkness, and with his her veil, and kissed his lips; and instantly arms extended, began to ascend the se- the whole building shook as with an earthcond stair-case. A dead cold hand met quake, and fell asunder with a horrible his lett hand, and firmly grasped it, draw. crash. Sir Bertrand was thrown into a ing him forcibly forwards--he endeavour- sudden trance, and on recovering found ed to disengage himself, but could not, himself seated on a velvet sofa, is the most he made a furious blow with his sword, and magnificent room be had ever seen, lighted instanıly aloud shriek pierced his ears, and with innumerable tapers, in lustres of pure the dead band was left powerless with his crystal. A sumptuous banquet was set in the -Ile dropt it, and rushed forwards with a middle. The doors opening to soft music, desperate valour. The stairs were narrow a lady of incomparable beauty, attired with and winding, and interrupted by frequent amazingsplendour, entered, surrounded by breaches, and loose fragments of stone. The a troop of gay nymphs more fair than the stair-case grew narrower and narrower, Graces- She advanced to the knight, and and at length terminated in a low iron grate. falling on her knees, thanked him as her Sir Bertrand pushed it open--it led to an deliverer. The nymphs placed a garland intricate winding passage, just large enough of laurel upon bis head, and the lady led to admit a person upon his hands and knees. him by the hand to the banquet
, and sat A faint glimmering of light served to shew beside him. The nymphs placed themthe nature of the place --Sir Bertrand en- selves at the table, and a numerous traig tered A deep hollow groan resounded of servants entering, served up the feast; from a distance through the vault-He delicious music playing all the time. Sir went forwards, and proceeding beyond the Bertrand could not speak for astonishment first turning, he discerned the same blue -he could only return their honours by flame which had before conducted him- courteous looks and gestures. After the He followed it. The vault, at length, sud- banquet was finished, all retired but the denly opened into a lofty gallery, in the lady, who leading back the knight to the midst of which a figure appeared, come sofa, addressed him in these words : pleatly armed, thrusting forwards the bloody stump of an arm, with a terrible frown and menacing gesture, and bran
Aikin's Miscel dishing a sword in his hand. Sir Bertrand undauntedly sprung forwards; and aiming Ø 6. On Human Grandeur. a fierce blow at the figure, it instantly vanished, letting fall a massy iron key. The Analehouse-keeper near Islington, who fiame now rested upon a pair of ample had long lived at the sign of the French folding doors at the end of the gallery. Sir King, upon the commencement of the last Bertrand went up to it, and applied the war pulled down his old sign, and put up key to a brazen lock-with difficulty he that of the Queen of Hungary. Under turned the boltminstantly the doors flew the influence of her red face and golden open, and discovered a large apartment, sceptre, he continued to sell ale, till she was at the end of which was a coffin rested upon no longer the favourite of his customers; a bier, with a taper burniug on each side, he changed her therefore, some time ago, of it. Along the rooin, on both sides, for the King of Prussia, who may prowere gigantic statues of black marble, at- bably be changed, in turn, for the next tired in the Moorish habit, and holding great man that shall be set up for vulgur enormous sabres in their right hands. Each admiration. of them reared his arm, and advanced one In this manner the great are dealt out
, leg forwards, as the knight entered ; at the one after the other, to the gazing crowd. same moment the lid of the coffin flew open When we have sufficiently wondered at and the bell tolled. The fiame still glided one of them, he is taken in, and another forwards, and Sir Bertrand resolutely fol- exhibited in his room, who seldom holds lowed, till he arrived within six paces of his station long; for the mob are ever the coffin. Suddenly a lady in a shroud pleased with variety. and black veil rose up in it, and stretched : I must own I have such an indifferent out her arms towards him--at the same opinion of the vulgar, that I am ever les time the statues clashed their sabres and to suspect that merit which raises tbeir advanced. Sir Bertrand flew to the lady, shout: at least I am certain to find those
great, and sometimes good men, who find thing that wore the appearance of Aattery, satisfaction in such acclamations, made as I should to offer it. worse by it ; and history has too fre- I know not how to turn so trite a subquently taught me, that the head which ject out of the beaten road of common has grown this day giddy with the roar of place, except by illustrating it, rather by the million, has the very next been fixed the assistance of my memory than judge upon a pole.
ment; and, instead of making reflections, As Alexander VI. was entering a little by telling a story. town in the neighbourhood of Rome, which A Chinese, who had long studied the had been just evacuated by the enemy, he works of Confucius, who knew the characperceived the townsmen busy in the mar- ters of fourteen thousand words, and could ket place in pulling down from a gibbet a read a great part of every book that came figure which had been designed to repre- into his way, once took it into his head sent himself. There were some also knock- to travel into Europe, and observe the cusing down a neighbouring statue of one of toms of a people which he thought the Orsini family, with whom he was at not very much inferior even to his own war, in order to put Alexander's effigy in countrymen. Upon his arrival at Amsterits place. It is possible a man who knew dam his passion for letters naturally led less of the world would have condemned hiin to a book-seller's shop; and, as he the adulation of those bare-faced Matter- could speak a little Dutch, he civilly asked ers: but Alexander seemed pleased atıheir the bookseller for the works of the inmorzeal; and turning to Borgia, his son, said tal Ilixofou. The bookseller assured him with a smile, “ Vides, mi fili, quam leve he had never heard the book mentioned "discrimen, patibulum inter et statuam.” before. " Alas!” cries our traveller, " You see, my son, the small difference “ to what purpose, then, has he fasted " between a gibbet and a statue." If the “ to death, to gain a renown which has great could be taught any lesson, this never travelled beyond the precincts of might serve to teach them upon how weak
“ China?" a foundation their glory stands : for, as There is scarce a village in Europe, and popular applause is excited by what seems not one university, that is not thus furnishlike merit, it as quickly condemns whated with its little great men. The head of bas only the appearance of guilt. a petty corporation, who opposes the de
Popular glory is a perfect coquet : her signs of a prince, who would tyrannically lovers must toil, feel every inquietude, in- force his subjects to save their best clothes dulge every caprice; and, perhaps, at for Sundays; the puny pedant, who finds last, be jilted for their pains. True glory, one umdiscovered quality in the polype, or on the other hand, reseinbles a woman of describes an unheeded piocess in the skelesense; her admirers must play no tricks; ton of a mole; and whose mind like his mi. they feel no great anxiety, for they are croscope, perccives nature only in detail ; sure, in the end, of being rewarded in pro- the rhymer who makes smooth verses, and portion to their merit. When Swift used paints to our imagination, when he should to appear in public, he generally had the only speak to our bearts, all equally fancy mob shouting at his train. “ Pox take themselves walking forward to immorta“ these fools," he would say,“ how much lity, and desire the crowd behind them to
joy mighi all this bawling give my look on. The crowd takes them at their lord-mayor !
word. Patriot, philosopher, and poet, are We have seen those virtues which have shouted in their train. “ Where was there while living, retired from the public eye, ever so much merit seen? no time so imgenerally transmitted to posterity, as the portant as our own! ages, yet unborn, truest objects of admiration and praise. “ shall gaze with wonder and applause !" Perhaps the character of the late duke of To such music the important pigmy moves Marlborough may one day he set up, even forward, bustling and swelling, and aptly above that of his more talked-of prede- compared to a puddle in a storm. cessor; since an assemblage of all the mild I have lived to see generals who once had and amiable virtues are far superior to crowds hallooing after them wherever those yulgarly called the great ones. Į they went, who were bepraised by newsmust be pardoned for this short tribute papers and magazines, those echoes of the to the memory of a man, who, while live voice of the vulgar, and yet they have ing, would as much detest to receive any long sunk into merited obscurity, with
scarce even an epitaph left to flatter. A house of parliament, what should I have few years ago the herring-fishery employ. done if fortune had placed me in England, ed all Grub-street; it was the topic in every unincumbered with a gown, and in a sicoffee-house, and the burden of every bal. luation to make myself heard in the house lad. We were to drag up oceans of gold of lords or of commons. from the bottom of the sea; we were to Addison. You would doubtless have supply all Europe with herrings upon our done very marvellous acts ! perhaps you own terms. At present, we hear no more might have then been as zealous a whig of all this. We have fished up very little as lord Wharton himself: or, if the whigs gold that I can learn ; nor do we furnish had offended the statesman, as they unthe world with herrings, as was expected. happily did the doctor, who knows but Lct us wait but a few years longer, and you might have brought in the Pretender? we shall find all our expectations an her- Pray let me ask you one question, between ring fishery.
Goldsmith. you and me: If you had been first minister
under that prince, would you have tole$ 7. A Dialogue between Mr. ADDISON rated the Protestant religion or not? and Dr. Swift.
Swift. Ha ! Mr. Secretary, are you Dr. Swift. Surely, Addison, Fortune witty upon me? Do you think, because was exceedingly bent upon playing the Sunderland took a fancy to make you a fool (a humour her ladyship, as well as great man in the state, that he could also most other ladies of very great quality, is make you as great in wit as Nature made frequently in) when she made you a mi. me? No, no: wit is like grace, it must nister of state, and me a divine!
come from above. You can no more get Addison. I must confess we were both that from the king, than my lords the biof us out of our elements. But you do not shops can the other. And though I will 'mean to insinuate, that, if our destinies own you had some, yet, believe me, my had been reversed, all would have been friend, it was no match for mine. I think right?
you have not vanity enough to pretend to Swift. Yes, I do-You would have
a competition with me. made an excellent bishop, and I should Addison. I have been often told by my have governed Great Britain as I did Ire- friends that I was rather too modest: so, land, with an absolute sway, while I talk. if you please, I will not decide this dispute ed of nothing but liberty, property, and for myself, but refer it to Mercury, the so forth.
god of wit, who happens just now to be Addison. You governed the mob of coming this way, with a soul he has newly Ireland; but I never heard that you go- brought to the shades. yerned the kingdom. A nation and a Hail, divine Hermes ! A question of mob are different things.
precedence in the class of wit and boSwift. Aye, so you fellows that have mour, over which you preside, having no genius for politics may suppose. But arisen between me and my countryman there are times when, by putting himself Dr. Swift, we beg leave at the head of the mob, an able man may Mercury. Dr. Swift, I rejoice to see get to the head of the nation. Nay, there you.—How does my old lad ? How does are times when the nation itself is a mob, honest Lemuel Gulliver? Have you been and may be treated as such by a skilful in Lilliput lately, or in the Flying Island, observer.
or with your good nurse Glumdalclitch? Addison. I do not deny the truth of Pray, when did you eat a crust with Lord your axiom : but is there no danger that, Peter? Is Jack'as mad still as ever!! from the vicissitudes of human affairs, the hear the poor fellow is almost got well favourite of the mob should be mobbed in by more gentle usage. If he had but more his turn
food he would be as much in his senses as Swift. Sometimes there may; but I brother Martin himself. But Martin tbey risked it, and it answered my purpose. Ask tell me, bas spawned a strange brood of belo the lord-lieutenants, who were forced to lows, called Methodists, Moravians, Hutchpay court to me instead of my courting insonians, who are madder than Jack them, whether they did not feel my supe. was in his worst days. It is a pity you are riority. And if I could make myself so not alive again to be at them : they woulki considerable when I was only a dirty dean be'excellent food for your to oth; and a of St. Patrick's without a seat in cither sharp tooth it was, as ever was placed in
the gum of a mortal; aye, and a strong correct human nature? Is whipping of one too. The hardest food would not no use to mend naughty boys? break it, and it could pierce the thickest Mercury. Men are not so patient of skulls. Indeed it was like one of Cerbe- whipping as boys, and I seldom have rus's teeth; one should not have thought known a rough satirist mend them. But I it belonged to a man.- --Mr. Addison, I will allow that you have done some good beg your pardon, I should have spoken in that way, though not half so much as to you sooner ; but I was su struck with Addison did in his. And now you are the sight of the doctor, that I forgot for here, if Pluto and Proserpine would take a time the respect due to you.
my advice, they should dispose of you both Swift. Addison, I think our dispute in this manner:-When any hero comes is decided before the judge has heard the hither from earth, who wants to be humcause.
bled (as most heroes do), they should set Addison. I own it is in your favour, Swift upon him to bring him down. The and I submit-but
same good office he may frequently do to Mercury. Do not be discouraged, friend a saint swollen too much with the wind of Addison. Apollo perhaps would have spiritual pride, or to a philosopher vain of given a different judgment. I am a wit, his wisdom and virtue. Ile will soon shew and a roğue, and a foe to all dignity. the first that he cannot be holy without beSwift and I naturally like one another: ing humble; and the last, that with all his he worships me more than Jupiter, and I boasted morality, he is but a better kind honour him more than Homer; but yet, I of Yahoo. I would also have him apply his assure you, I have a great value for you. anticosmetic wash to the painted face of
-Sir Roger de Coverley, Will Honey- female vanity, and his rod, which draws comb, Will Wimble, the country gen- blood at every stroke, to the hard back tleman in the Freeholder, and twenty of insolent folly or petulant wit. But you, more characters, drawn with the finest Mr. Addison, should be employed to comstrokes of natural wit and humour in your fort and raise the spirits of those whose excellent writings, seat you very high in good and noble souls are dejected with a the class of my authors, though not quite sense of some infirmities in their nature. so high as the dean of St. Patrick's. Per- To them you should hold your fair and haps you might have come nearer to him, charitable mirrour, which would bring to if the decency of your nature and cauti. their sight all their hidden pertections, ousness of your judgment would have cast over the rest a softening shade, and given you leave. But if in the force and put them in a temper fit for Elysium. spirit of his wit he has the advantage, how -Adicu: I must now return to my much does he yield to you in all the polite business above. and elegant graces; in the fine touches of
Dialogues of the Dead. delicate sentiment; in developing the secret springs of the soul; in shewing all the § 8. The Hill of Science. A lision. mild lights and shades of a character; in marking distinctly every line, and every In that season of the year when the sea soft gradation of tints which would escape renity of the sky, the various fruits which the common eye! Whoever painted like cover the ground, the discoloured foliage you the beautiful parts of human nature, of the trees, and all the sweet, but fading and brought them out from under the graces of inspiring autumn, open the mind shade even of the greatest simplicity, or to benevolence, and dispose it for contemthe most ridiculous weaknesses ; so that we plation, I was wandering in a beautiful and are forced to admire, and feel that we romantic country, till curiosity began to venerate, even while we are laughing? give way to weariness ; and I såt me down Swift could do nothing that approaches to on the fragment of a rock overgrown with this. He could draw an ill face very moss, where the rustling of the falling well
, or caricature a good one with a mas- leaves, the dashing of waters, and the hum terly hand: but there was all his power; of the distant city, soothed my mind into and, if am to speak as a god, a worthless the most perfect tranquillity, and sleep power it is. Yours is divine: it tends to insensibly stole upon me, as I was indulg. improve and exalt human nature. ing the agreeable reveries which the ob
Swift. Pray, good Mercury (if I may jects around me naturally inspired. have leave to say a word for myself), do I immediately found myself in a vast exyou think that my talent was of no use to tended plain, in the middle of which arose a mountain higher than I had before any boughs over the path, and a thick mist conception of. It was covered with a mul- often rested on it; yet never so much but titude of people, chiefly youth ; many of that it was discernible by the light which whom pressed forwards with the liveliest beamed from the countenance of Truth. expression of ardour in their countenance, In the pleasantest part of the mountain though the way was in many places steep were placed the bowers of the Nuses, and difficult. I observed, that those who whose office it was to cheer the spirits of had but just begun to climb the bill thought the travellers, and encourage their faintthemselves not far from the top; but as ing steps with songs from their divine they procecded, new bills were continual- barps. Not far from hence were the fields ly rising to their view, and the summit of of Fiction, filled with a variety of wild the highest they could before discern seem- flowers springing up in the greatest lux. ed but the foot of another, till the moun- uriance, of richer scents and brighter cotain at length appeared to lose itself in lours than I had observed in any other the clouds. As I was gazing on these things climate. And near them was the dark walk with astonishment, my good genius sud- of Allegory, so artificially shaded, that the denly appeared : The mountain before light at noonday was never stronger than thee, said he, is the Hill of Science. On that of a bright moon-sbine. This gave it a the top is the Temple of Truth whose head pleasingly romantic air for those who de is above the clouds, and a veil of pure light lighted in contemplation. The paths
covers her face. Observe the progress of and alleys were perplexed with intri· her votaries; be silent and attentive. cate windings, and were all terminated
I saw that the only regular approach to with the statute of a Grace, a Virtue, or a the mountain was by a gate, called the Muse. gate of languages. It was kepı by a wo- After I had observed these things, I man of a pensive and thoughtful appear- turned my eye towards the multitudes who ance, whose lips were continually moving, were climbing the steep ascent, and of as though she repeated something to her- served amongst them a youth of a lively self. Her name was Memory. On entering look, a piercing eye, and something fiery this first enclosure, I was stunned with a and irregular in all his motions. His name confused murmur of jarring voices, and was Genius. He darted like an eagle up dissonant sounds : which increased upon the mountain, and left bis companions sau me to such a degree, that was I utterly con- zing after him with envy and admiration : founded, and could compare the noise to but his progress was unequal, and internothing but the confusion of tongues at rupted by a thousand caprices. When Babel. The road was also rough and stony; Pleasure warbled in the valley be min and rendered more difficult by heaps of gled in her train. When Pride beckoned rubbish continually tumbled down from towards the precipice he ventured to the the higher parts of the mountain; and tottering edge. He delighted in devious broken ruins of ancient buildings, which and untried paths; and made so many the travellers were obliged to climb over excursions from the road, that bis feebler at every step; insomuch that many, dis- companions often outstripped him. 1 ob gusted with so rough a beginning, turned served that the Muses beheld him with back, and attempted the mountain no partiality ; but Truth often frowned, and more; while others having conquered this turned aside her face. While Genius was difficulty had no spirits to ascend further, thus wasting his strength in eccentric and sitting down on some fragment of the fights, I saw a person of a very different rubbish, harangued the multitude below appearance, named Application. He with the greatest marks of importance crept along with a slow and upremitting and self-complacency.
pace, his eyes fixed on the top of the moutAbout half way up the hill, I observed tain, patiently removing every stone that on each side the path 'a thick forestcovered obstructed his way, till he saw most of these with continual fogs, and cut out into la- below him who had at first derided bis slow byrinths, cross alleys, and serpentine walks and toilsome progress. Indeed there were entangled with thorns and briars. This few who ascended the hilt with equalsed was called the wood of Error: and I heard uninterrupted steadiness ; for, beside the the voices of many who were tost up and difficulties of the way, they were continu: down in it, calling to one another, and en- ally solicited to turn aside by a numerous deavouring in vain to extricate themselves
. crowd of Appetites, Passions, and Pleasures The trees in many places shot their whose importunity, when they had once