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of his conversation, as I looked upon (50 cloud hanging on each end of it.' As I him like one astonished, he beckoned to looked more attentively, I saw several of me, and by the waving of his hand di the passengers dropping through the rected me to approach the place where he bridge into the great tide that flowed sat. I drew near with that reverence underneath it; and upon farther examinawhich is due to a superior nature; and tion, perceived there were innumerable as my heart was entirely subdued by the trap-doors that lay concealed in the (110 captivating strains I had heard, I fell bridge, which the passengers no sooner down at his feet and wept. The Genius! trod upon, but they fell through them smiled upon me with a look of compas- into the tide, and immediately disapsion and affability that familiarized (60 peared. These hidden pit-falls were set him to my imagination, and at once dis- very thick at the entrance of the bridge, pelled all the fears and apprehensions | so that throngs of people no sooner broke with which I approached him. He lifted through the cloud, but many of them fell me from the ground, and taking me by into them. They grew thinner towards the hand, ‘Mirza,' said he, 'I have heard the middle, but multiplied and lay closer thee in thy soliloquies; follow me.'
together towards the end of the arches (120 "He then led me to the highest pin that were entire. nacle of the rock, and placing me on the “There were indeed some persons, but top of it, ‘Cast thy eyes eastward,' said their number was very small, that conhe, “and tell me what thou seest.' [70 tinued a kind of hobbling march on the 'I see,' said I, 'a huge valley, and a pro broken arches, but fell through one after digious tide of water rolling through it.' another, being quite tired and spent with ‘The valley that thou seest,' said he, ‘is so long a walk. the Vale of Misery, and the tide of water “I passed some time in the contemplathat thou seest is part of the great Tide tion of this wonderful structure, and the of Eternity.' 'What is the reason,' said great variety of objects which it (130 I, 'that the tide I see rises out of a thick presented. My heart was filled with a mist at one end, and again loses itself deep melancholy to see several dropping in a thick mist at the other?' 'What thou unexpectedly in the midst of mirth and seest,' said he, 'is that portion of (80 jollity, and catching at everything that eternity which is called time, measured stood by them to save themselves. Some out by the sun, and reaching from the were looking up towards the heavens in a beginning of the world to its consumma- thoughtful posture, and in the midst of a tion. Examine now,' said he, this sea speculation stumbled and fell out of that is bounded with darkness at both sight. Multitudes were very busy in the ends, and tell me what thou discoverest | pursuit of bubbles that glittered in (140 in it.' 'I see a bridge,' said I, ‘standing their eyes and danced before them; but in the midst of the tide.' "The bridge often when they thought themselves thou seest,' said he, 'is Human Life: within the reach of them, their footing consider it attentively. Upon a more 100 failed and down they sunk. In this conleisurely survey of it, I found that it con- fusion of objects, I observed some with sisted of threescore and ten entire arches, scymetars in their hands, who ran to with several broken arches, which added and fro upon the bridge, thrusting several to those that were entire, made up the | persons on trap-doors which did not seem number about a hundred. As I was count- to lie in their way, and which they might ing the arches, the Genius told me that have escaped had they not been (150 this bridge consisted at first of a thousand thus forced upon them. arches; but that a great flood swept away | “The Genius seeing me indulge myself the rest, and left the bridge in the ruinous on this melancholy prospect, told me I condition I now beheld it. “But tell [100 had dwelt long enough upon it. 'Take me farther,' said he, 'what thou dis- | thine eyes off the bridge,' said he, ‘and coverest on it.' 'I see multitudes of peo- tell me if thou yet seest anything thou ple passing over it,' said I, ‘and a black | dost not comprehend. Upon looking up,
'what mean,' said I, “those great flights moment upon the bridge. “The islands,' of birds that are perpetually hovering said he, 'that lie so fresh and green before about the bridge, and settling upon it (160 thee, and with which the whole face of from time to time? I see vultures, harpies, the ocean appears spotted as far as thou ravens, cormorants, and among many canst see, are more in number than the other feathered creatures several little sands on the sea-shore; there are myriads winged boys, that perch in great numbers of islands behind those which thou here upon the middle arches.' "These,' said discoverest, reaching farther than thine the Genius, ‘are Envy, Avarice, Super eye, or even thine imagination can (220 stition, Despair, Love, with the like cares extend itself. These are the mansions of and passions that infest human life.' good men after death, who, according to
“I here fetched a deep sigh. ‘Alas,' the degree and kinds of virtue in which said I, ‘Man was made in vain! how (170 they excelled, are distributed among these is he given away to misery and mor several islands, which abound with pleastality! tortured in life, and swallowed up ures of different kinds and degrees, suitin death!' The Genius being moved with able to the relishes and perfections of compassion towards me, bid me quit so those who are settled in them; every uncomfortable a prospect. 'Look no island is a paradise accommodated to more,' said he, ‘on man in the first stage its respective inhabitants. Are not (230 of his existence, in his setting out for these, O Mirza, habitations worth coneternity; but cast thine eye on that thick tending for? Does life appear miserable mist into which the tide bears the several that gives thee opportunities of earning generations of mortals that fall into (180 such a reward? Is death to be feared it.' I directed my sight as I was ordered, that will convey thee to so happy an and (whether or no the good Genius existence? Think not man was made in strengthened it with any supernatural vain, who has such an eternity reserved force, or dissipated part of the mist that for him. I gazed with inexpressible was before too thick for the eye to pene pleasure on these happy islands. At trate), I saw the valley opening at the length, said I, ‘Show me now, I be- (240 farther end, and spreading forth into an seech thee, the secrets that lie hid under immense ocean, that had a huge rock of | those dark clouds which cover the ocean adamant running through the midst of on the other side of the rock of adamant.' it, and dividing it into two equal (190 The Genius making me no answer, I parts. The clouds still rested on one turned me about to address myself to half of it, insomuch that I could discover him a second time, but I found that he nothing in it; but the other appeared to had left me; I then turned again to the me a vast ocean planted with innumer vision which I had been so long contemable islands, that were covered with fruits plating; but instead of the rolling tide, and flowers, and interwoven with a the arched bridge, and the happy (250 thousand little shining seas that ran islands, I saw nothing but the long hollow among them. I could see persons dressed | valley of Bagdat, with oxen, sheep, and in glorious habits with garlands upon camels grazing upon the sides of it.” their heads, passing among the trees, (200
-ADDISON. lying down by the sides of fountains, or resting on beds of flowers; and could hear a confused harmony of singing birds,
A COQUETTE'S HEART falling waters, human voices, and musical
No. 281. Tuesday, January 22, 1712. instruments. Gladness grew in me upon the discovery of so delightful a scene. I Pectoribus inhians spirantia consulit exta. wished for the wings of an eagle, that I
Virg. Æn. iv. 64. might fly away to those happy seats; but | Anxious the reeking entrails he consults. the Genius told me there was no passage to them, except through the  Having already given an account of the gates of death that I saw opening every ! dissection of a beau's head, with the several discoveries made on that occa- of a coquette whom he had formerly · sion, I shall here, according to my promise, dissected. He affirmed to us, that he had enter upon the dissection of a coquette's actually inclosed it in a small tube made heart, and communicate to the public after the manner of a weather-glass; [60 such particularities as we observed in but that, instead of acquainting him with that curious piece of anatomy.
the variations of the atmosphere, it showed I should perhaps have waived this him the qualities of those persons who undertaking, had not I been put in (10 entered the room where it stood. He mind of my promise by several of my affirmed also, that it rose at the approach unknown correspondents, who are very of a plume of feathers, an embroidered importunate with me to make an ex coat, or a pair of fringed gloves; and that ample of the coquette, as I have already it fell as soon as an ill-shaped periwig, a done of the beau. It is therefore in clumsy pair of shoes, or an unfashionable compliance with the request of friends, coat came into his house. Nay, he [70 that I have looked over the minutes of proceeded so far as to assure us, that upon my former dream, in order to give the his laughing aloud when he stood by it, public an exact relation of it, which I the liquor mounted very sensibly, and shall enter upon without farther (20 immediately sunk again upon his looking preface.
serious. In short, he told us that he knew Our operator, before he engaged in this very well by this invention, whenever visionary dissection, told us that there he had a man of sense or a coxcomb in was nothing in his art more difficult than his room. to lay open the heart of a coquette, by Having cleared away the pericardium, reason of the many labyrinths and recesses or the case, and liquor above-men- [80 which are to be found in it, and which tioned, we came to the heart itself. The do not appear in the heart of any other outward surface of it was extremely slipanimal.
pery, and the mucro, or point, so very He desired us first of all to observe [30 cold withal, that upon endeavoring to the pericardium, or outward case of the take hold of it, it glided through the heart, which we did very attentively; and fingers like a smooth piece of ice. by the help of our glasses discerned in it | The fibres were turned and twisted in millions of little scars, which seemed to a more intricate and perplexed manner have been occasioned by the points of than they are usually found in other innumerable darts and arrows, that from hearts; insomuch that the whole heart (90 time to time had glanced upon the out was wound up together like a Gordian ward coat; though we could not discover knot, and must have had very irregular the smallest orifice by which any of them and unequal motions, while it was emhad entered and pierced the inward [40 | ployed in its vital function. substance.
One thing we thought very observable, Every smatterer in anatomy knows that namely, that upon examining all the this pericardium, or case of the heart, vessels which came into it, or issued out of contains in it a thin reddish liquor, sup it, we could not discover any communiposed to be bred from the vapors which cation that it had with the tongue. exhale out of the heart, and being stopped We could not but take notice like- (100 here, are condensed into this watery sub- wise that several of those little nerves in stance. Upon examining this liquor, we the heart which are affected by the sentifound that it had in it all the qualities ments of love, hatred, and other passions, of that spirit which is made use of in 150 | did not descend to this before us from the the thermometer to show the change of brain, but from the muscles which lie weather.
about the eye. Nor must I here omit an experiment | Upon weighing the heart in my hand, one of the company assured us he him- I found it to be extremely light, and self had made with this liquor, which he | consequently very hollow, which I did found in great quantity about the heart | not wonder at, when, upon looking (110
into the inside of it, I saw multitudes of heart in a circle, it gave a most prodigious cells and cavities running one within sigh, or rather crack, and dispersed all another, as our historians describe the at once in smoke and vapor. This imapartments of Rosamond's bower. Sev- | aginary noise, which methought was louder eral of these little hollows were stuffed | than the burst of a cannon, produced with innumerable sorts of trifles, which | such a violent shake in my brain, (170 I shall forbear giving any particular that it dissipated the fumes of sleep, account of, and shall, therefore, only take and left me in an instant broad awake. notice of what lay first and uppermost,
-ADDISON. which, upon our unfolding it, and (120 applying our microscopes to it, appeared to be a flame-colored hood.
ALEXANDER POPE (1688–1744) We are informed that the lady of this heart, when living, received the addresses From WINDSOR FOREST of several who made love to her, and did not only give each of them encouragement, The groves of Eden, vanished now so but made everyone she conversed with
long, believe that she regarded him with an Live in description, and look green in eye of kindness; for which reason we ex song: pected to have seen the impression of (130 | These, were my breast inspired with equal multitudes of faces among the several flame, plaits and foldings of the heart; but to Like them in beauty, should be like in our great surprise not a single print of fame.
10 this nature discovered itself till we came Here hills and vales, the woodland and into the very core and centre of it. We the plain, there observed a little figure, which, | Here earth and water seem to strive upon applying our glasses to it, appeared again; dressed in a very fantastic manner. Not chaos-like together crushed and The more I looked upon it, the more I bruised, thought I had seen the face before, but (140 But, as the world, harmoniously confused: could not possibly recollect either the Where order in variety we see, place or time; when at length one of the And where, though all things differ, all company, who had examined this figure agree. more nicely than the rest, showed us Here waving groves a chequered scene plainly by the make of its face, and the display, several turns of its features, that the little | And part admit, and part exclude the day; idol which was thus lodged in the very As some coy nymph her lover's warm middle of the heart was the deceased beau, I address whose head I gave some account of in Nor quite indulges, nor can quite repress. 20 my last Tuesday's paper.
(150 | There, interspersed in lawns and opening As soon as we had finished our dis glades, section, we resolved to make an experi Thin trees arise that shun each other's ment of the heart, not being able to deter shades. mine among ourselves the nature of its Here in full light the russet plains extend: substance, which differed in so many There wrapt in clouds the bluish hills particulars from that in the heart of ascend. other females. Accordingly, we laid it | Even the wild heath displays her purple into a pan of burning coals, when we ob dyes,
25 served in it a certain salamandrine qual And 'midst the desert fruitful fields arise, ity, that made it capable of living in (160 That crowned with tufted trees and the midst of fire and flame, without springing corn, . being consumed or so much as singed. Like verdant isles, the sable waste adorn.
As we were admiring this strange Let India boast her plants, nor envy we phenomenon, and standing round the The weeping amber or the balmy tree, 30
While by our oaks the precious loads are He lifts the tube, and levels with his eye; borne,
Straight a short thunder breaks the frozen And realms commanded which those trees sky: adorn.
Oft, as in airy rings they skim the heath, Not proud Olympus yields a nobler sight, The clamorous lapwings feel the leaden Though gods assembled grace his towering i death; height,
Oft, as the mounting larks their notes Than what more humble mountains offer prepare, here,
They fall, and leave their little lives in Where, in their blessings, all those gods
In genial spring, beneath the quivering See Pan with flocks, with fruits Pomona shade, crowned,
Where cooling vapors breathe along the Here blushing Flora paints th' enamelled mead, ground,
The patient fisher takes his silent stand, Here Ceres' gifts in waving prospect Intent, his angle trembling in his hand: stand,
With looks unmoved, he hopes the scaly And nodding tempt the joyful reaper's breed, hand,
40 And eyes the dancing cork and bending Rich industry sits smiling on the plains, reed. And peace and plenty tell a Stuart reigns. Our plenteous streams a various race
The bright-eyed perch with fins of Tyrian
whirring pheasSee! from the brake the whirring pheas dye, ant springs,
The silver eel, in shining volumes rolled, And mounts exulting on triumphant | The yellow carp, in scales bedropped with wings:
gold, Short is his joy; he feels the fiery wound, Swift trouts, diversified with crimson Flutters in blood, and panting beats the stains,
And pikes, the tyrants of the watery Ah! what avail his glossy, varying dyes, 115 plains. His purple crest, and scarlet-circled eyes, Now Cancer glows with Phæbus' fiery The vivid green his shining plumes un car: fold,
The youth rush eager to the sylvan war, His painted wings, and breast that flames Swarm o'er the lawns, the forest walks with gold?
surround, Nor yet, when moist Arcturus clouds Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening the sky,
hound. The woods and fields their pleasing toils Th’impatient courser pants in every deny.
vein, To plains with well-breathed beagles we And, pawing, seems to beat the distant
repair, And trace the mazes of the circling hare ! Hills, vales, and floods appear already (Beasts, urged by us, their fellow beasts crossed, pursue,
And ere he starts, a thousand steps are And learn of man each other to undo).
lost. With slaughtering guns th' unwearied See the bold youth strain up the threatenfowler roves, 125 L ing steep,
155 When frosts have whitened all the naked Rush through the thickets, down the groves,
valleys sweep, Where doves in flocks the leafless trees Hang o'er their coursers' heads with eager o'ershade,
speed, And lonely woodcocks haunt the watery | And earth rolls back beneath the flying glade.