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I thougt it my glory to purfue a track which Dryden and 'Otway trod before me. 'I conGdered the goddefs of this region as the parent If excellence; and however an intercourfe kith the world might give t5s good fenfe, the »verty fhe granted 'I fuppofed to be the niirfe |F genius'. Big with thefe reflections, 'I fate fewn, and Finding that the beft things remaiied to be faid on the wrong Tide, 'I ref61ved i write a book that fhould be wholly new. I therefore dreft up three paradoxes with f6me> •geniiity. They were falfe, indeed, but key were new. The jewels 6f truth have teen fo often imported bty others, that nothing fas left for me to import but f6me fplendid kings that at a diftance looked every bit as ■ell. Witnefs you powers what fancied importance fate perched upon my quill while 'I wis writing. The whole learned world, 'I lade no d6ubt, would rife to oppofe my fyf|&ns; but then 'I was prepared to oppofe the frhole learned world. Like the porcupine "I jit felf- collected, with a quill pointed againft ivery oppofer."
„Well faid, m$- boy," cried 'I, „and what ilbject did you treat upon? 1 hope you, did Sot pals over the importance of Monogamy. Jut "I interrupt, go 6n; you publifhed your paradoxes; well, and what did the learned rorld fay to your paradoxes?"
„Slr," replied my fon, „the learned world aid nothing to m^r paradoxes; n6thing at all, sir. 'Every man of them was employed in trailing his friends and himfelf, or condemjing his enemies; and unfortunately, as VI bad neither, I fiiffered the cruelleft mortifi' cation, neglect."
,,'As "I was meditating one day in a coffeehoafe on the fate of my paradoxes, a "little m'ni happening to enter the room, placed hii" r-'-lr In the bix z) before me, and after fouie preliminary difcourfe, Finding me to bo a fcholar, drew '/Ut 4 bundle of propofals, be<»ging me to fubfcri.be to a new edition he was going to give the world of Propertius a), with notes. This demand neceffarily produced i reply that 'I had no money; and that confeffion led him to inquire into the nature of my expectations. Finding that my expectations were jiift a& great As my piirfe, 'I fee, cried he, you are unacquainted with the t6wn, I'll teach you a part of it. Look at thefe propofal!, upon thefe very propofals 'I have fubflfted very comfortably for twelve years. The moment i nobleman returns fr«m his travels, a Creolian b) arrives fr6m Jamaica c), or a dowa^e' fr6m her country feat, 1 ftrike f6r a fubferip-' tion. 1 fuTt befiege their hearts with flatterf, and then pour in my propofals at the breach. If they lubfcribe readily the firft time, 1 renew my requeft to beg a dedication fee. 'If they let me have that, 'I Imite them once
z) box, tin Verfchlag oder Abfchlag in tinem Zivau', likTch welchen man von dtr itbrigen Gefellfchaft [iwijfermafse.il abgefondert wild.
a) Sextus Aurelius Propertius, tin Romifiher Dichw, ivurde zu Ilispelkim bei Spoleto um dai Jaht *«'* Erbaunng Rums 6$6 geboren, itnd ftarb im Juhr ]!)■ Man hat von ihm vitr Bncher Elegien.
b) Creolian, ein Kreole, einer, dtr von EtiropSiftk1 Extern in Amerika geboren warden ift.
c) Jamaika, tine den Evgldndern gehorige Infel in iVtfr inditn; fie uiiri zn den grofrtn Amilltu gereckHtt.
mire for engraving their coat of arms at the 1 top. Thus, continued he, 'I live b-Jr'vanity, pd laugh at it. But between ourfelves, 'I in now too well known, I fhould be glad I borrow your face a bit; a nobleman of IWnction his )uft returned from 'Italy; my Ice is familiar to his porter; but if you bring lis copy 6f verfes, m^r life f6r it you fuceeed, jnd we divide the fpoil."
„Blefs us, George," cried 1, „and is thw fce employment of poets now! Do men 6f *eir exalted talents thus ftoop to beggary! p they fo far difgrace their calling, as to pake a vile traffic of praife for bread?" j ;0 no, Sir," returned he, „a true poet fan never be fo bafe; for wherever there is fcnius there is pride. The creatures T now ffcribe are only beggars in rhyme. The real let, as he braves every hardfhip for fame^ fo pis equally a coward to contempt, and none it thofe who are unworthy of protection tondefcend to folicit it." f ( ■
„ Having a mind too proud to ^ ftoop to «ich indignities, and yet a f6rtune too humble hazard a fecond attempt f6r fame, 'I was "ow obliged to take a middle courfe, and *rke for "bread. But "t was unqualified for I profefiion where mere induftry alone was to enftire fuccefs. I could not fupprefs m^r lurking pillion f6r applaufe; but ufually confumed that time in efforts after excellence *hich takes up biit little room, when it fhould nave been more advantageoufly employed in the flffiifive productions of fruitful mediocrity. Mjr little pieces would therefore come forth in the mift of periodical publication, unnoticed and unknown. The public were more importantly employed than to obferve the eafy fimplicity 6f ft^le, 6r the harmony 6f periods. Sheet after fheet was thrown off to oblivion. ]Yty"effays were buried among the effays upon liberty, eaftern tales, and cures f6r the bite of a mad d6g; while Philautos, Philalethes, Phileleutheros and Philintropos d), all wrote better, becaufe they wrote filter, than 'I."
„ Now, therefore, 'I began to affociate With none but difapjpointed authors, like myfelf, who praifed, deplored , and defpifed each 6ther. The fatisfaction we found in every celebrated writer's attempts, was inverfely as their merits. "I f6und that no genius in another could pleafe me. ftty unfortunate paradoxes had entirely dried up that fource of comfort, 'I could neither read nor write with fatisfaction; for excellence in another was nr$r averfion, and Writing was mf trade.
,,'In the midft of thefe gloomy reflections, as 'I was one day fitting on a bench in SV James's parke), a young gentleman of diftinetion, who hid been nrjr intimate acquaintance at the univerfity, approached me. We faluted each other' with f6me hefitation, he ahnoft afhamed of being known to one who made E> fhabby an appearance; and 'I afraid 6f a re
d) Griechifcke Harnett erdichteter Schriftfteller, welch der Reihe vach itn Deutfihen itberfetzt uierden kinntm durch: Eigenlieb, (Vahrheittfrennd, freiheitsfreund, Mtnfchenfreund.
e) St. James park, der Hauftfpaziergang der Englanitr, f. von Archenholi England und Italitn, S. sij, tind vorxiiglkh die lebhafte Schilderung, welck van demfelben in dem Journal: London nnd ff ris, er/ttn Jahrgangs aweitts Stiick, S. iff, gegein miird.
pulfe. But mf- fufpicions Toon vanifhed; for Ned f) ThornhilL was at the b6ttom a very good natured fellow."
„What did you fay, George?" interrupted 8. „Th6rnhill, was not that his name? 'It ten certainly he no other than mty landlord." I „Blefs me," cried M'rs. 'Arnold, is Mr. fThorahill fo near a neighbour of yours? He pas long been a. friend in our family, and w& ppect a vifit fr6m him fhortly."
„My friend's firft care," continued my f6n, was to alter my appearance by a. very fine fiiit U Ms own cloaths, and then 1 was admitted *> his table upon the footing 6f, half - friend, naif- underling. IVty Mfinefs was to attend pim at auctions, to put him in fpirits when ho p for his picture, to take the left hand in m chariot when not filled by an6ther, and *o affift at tattering a kipg), as the phrafe when he had a mind f6r a fr61ic. Befides this , 1 had twenty 6ther little employments in the family. 1 was to do many fmall things without bidding; t6 carry the ..corlitcre\v; to ftand godfather to all the butler's cWldren; to fing when lI was bid; to be never '"t 6f humour; always to be humble, and, if. 1 could, to be very happy."
JO Ned fUr Eduard.
S) to tatter a kip /W/ eigentlich eine Irliindifche RtAens* *rt ftyn, ivelche bedeutet, i« cim liederliches Hans einiringin, dajelbft dm Hansrath zerftoren, und andern ttnlichen Vnfug treiben. Kip bedeutet nehmlich im IrIHndifchen tin Hurcnlwus, nnd to tatter, xerreifsen. In nvferer Stelle folien die Wane to affift at tattering a kip u,ei wetter nichtt heifsen, alt: (inert tollen Strticft Wfilirtn hilfen*