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· Animula vagula, blandula,
Que nunc abibis in loca?
Alas, my Soul! thou pleasing Companion of this Body, thou fleeting thing that art now deserting it! whither art thou flying ? To what unknown Region? Thou art all trembling, fearful, and pensive. Now
what is become of thy former Wit and « Humour? Thou malt jest and be gay no
more. I confess I cannot apprchend where lies the trifling in all this; 'tis the most natural and obvious Refiection imaginable to a dying Man : and if we consider the Emperor was a Heathen, that Doubt concerning the future Fate of his Soul will seem so
far from being the Effect of want of 'Thought, that 'twas scarce reasona<ble he should think otherwise ; not to "mention that here is a plain Confefficon included of his Belief in its Im' mortality. The diminutive Epithets
of Vagula, Blandula, and the reit, appear not to me as Expressions of Levity, but rather of Endearment and
• Concern; such as we find in Catullus, ? and the Authors of Hendeca-syllabi af
ter him, where they are used to express the utmost Love and Tenderness for their Mistrelles - If you think me right in my Notion of the last
Words of Adrian, be pleased to in( sert this in the Spectator; if not, to ' suppress it.
I am, &c.
Enchanted by this prostituted Fair,
THY Spotless Thoughts un shock'd the Priest
And the pure Vestal in her Bofom wear.
Nor harsh thy Precepts, but infused by stealth,
Tby Works in Chloe's Toilet gain a part,
THE brainless Stripling, who, expell”d to
Town, Damn'd the fliff College and pedantick Gown, Aw'd by thy Name, is dumb, and thrice a Week Spells unconth Latin, and pretends to Greek.
A fanntring Tribe! such born to wide Estates,
SUCH Readers scorn'd, thou wing'At thy da
ring Flight Above the Stars, and tread A. the Fields of
Light; Fame, Heavin and Hell, are thy exalted Theme, And Visions such as Jove himself might dream,
Man (unk to Slav'ry, tho' to Glory born,
SUCH Hints alone could British Virgil lend,
PERMIT these Lines by thee to live
A Muse that pants and languishes for Fame ;
Thro’ the new Pupil fost'ring Juices flow, Thrufi forth the Gems, and give the Flow’rs to
llow Aloft; immortal reigns the Plant unknown, With borrow'd Life, and Vigour not his own.
To the SPECTATOR-GENERAL.
Mr. John Sly humbly seweth,
tion given to the faid Mr. John Sly, all Persons passing by his Obser
vatory behaved themselves with the ? fame Decorum, as if your Honour your felf had been present.
THAT your said Officer is preparing, according to your Honour's secret Instructions, Hats for the seve
ral kinds of Heads that make figures ' in the Realms of Great Britain, with
Cocks significant of their Powers and Faculties. " THAT your faid Officer has taken due notice of your Instructions
and Admonitions concerning the In(ternals of the Head from the out( ward Form of the same. His Hats 6 for Men of the Faculties of Law and
Physick do but just turn up, to give a little. Life to their Sagacity; his