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as the other lets them all indifferently fly out in Discretion, the more it is discovered, gives the words. This fort of discretion, however, has greater authority to the person who poffeffes it: no place in private conversation, between inti- cunning, when it is once detected, loses its force, mate friends. On such occasions the wiseft men

and makes a man incapable of bringing about very often talk like the weakest; for indeed the

even those events which he might have done, had talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking he passed only for a plain man,

Discretion is the aloud.

perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the Tully has therefore very justly exposed a pre- duties of life; cunning is a kind of instinct, that cept delivered by some ancient writers, that à only looks out after our immediate interest and man should live with his enemy in such a man welfare. Discretion is only found in men of ner, as might leave him room to become his strong sense and good understanding: cunning is friend; and with his friend in such a manner, often to be met with in brutes themselves, and in that if he became his enemy, it should not be persons who are but the fewest renoyes from in his power to hurt him, The first part of them. In mort, cunning is only the mimic of this rule, which regards our behaviour to- discretion, and may pass upon weak inen, in the wards an enemy, is indeed very reasonable, as fame manner as vivacity is often mistaken for well as very prudential ; but the latter part wit, and gravity for wisdom. of it which regards our behaviour towards The cast of mind which is natural to a discreet a friend, favours more of cunning than of discre- man, makes himn look forward into suturity, and tio i, and would cut a man off from the greatest consider what will be his condition millions of pleasures of life, which are the freedoms of con- ages hence, as well as what it is at present. He versation with a borom friend. Besides that knows that the misery or happiness which are rewhen a friend is turned into an enemy, and, as the served for him in another world, lose nothing of son of Sirach calls him, a bewrayer of secrets, the their reality by being placed at so great a distance world is just enough to accuse the perfitiousness from him.' The objects do not appear little to of the friend, rather than the indiscretion of the him because they are remote. He considers that person who confided in hiin.

those pleasures and pains which lie hid in eterniDiscretion does not only sew itfef in words, ty, approach nearer to him every moment, and, hut in all the circumstances of action; and is will be present with him in their full weight and like an under-agent of Providence, to guide and measure, as much as those pains and pleasures direct us in the ordinary concerns of life.

which he feels at this very instant. For this reaThere are many more shining qualities in the , fon he is careful to secure to himself that which is mind of man, but there is none so useful as dif- the proper happiness of his nature, and the ulticretion; it is this indeed which gives a value to mate design of his being. He carries his thoughts all the reít, which sets them at work in their pro- to the end of every action, and considers the most per times and places, and turns them to the ad- distant, as well as the most immediate effects of vantage of the person who is possessed of them. it. He superfedes every little prospect of gain Without it learning is pedantry, and wit imper- and advantage which offers itself here, if he does tinence; virtue itself looks like weakness; the not find it consistent with his views of an liereafbest parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly ter. In a word, his hopes are full of immortality in errors, and active to his own prejudice. his schemes are large and glorious, and his con

Nor does discretion only make a man the mar- duet suitable to one who knows his true interest, ter of his own parts, but of other mens. The and how to pursue it by proper methods. difcreet man finds out the talents of those he con

I have, in this effay upon discretion, considered vertes with, and knows how to apply them to it both as an accomplifliment and as a virtue, and proper uses. Accordingly, if we look into parti- have therefore described it in its full extent; not cular communities and divisions of men, we may only as it is conversant about worldly affairs, but observe that it is the discreet man, not the witty, as it regards our whole existence; not only as it nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the is the guide of a mortal creature, but as it is in conversation, and gives measures to the society. general the director of a reasonable Being. It is A man with great talents, but void of discretion, in this light that discretion is represented by the is like Polyphemus in the fable, strong and blind, wise man, who sometimes mentions it under the endued with an irrefistible force, which for want name of discretion, and sometimes under that of of tight is of no use to him.

wisdom. It is indeed, as described in the latter Though a man has all other perfe&tions, and part of this paper, the greatest wisdom, but at the wants difcretion, he will be of no great conse, same time in the power of every one to attain. quence in the world; but if he has this single ta- Its advantages are infinite, but its acquisition bent in poletje, and but a common share of easy; or to speak of her in the words of the apoothers, he may do what he pleases in his particular cryphal writer whom I quoted in my last Saturftation of lite.

day's paper.

es Wisdom is glorious, and never At the taine time that I think discretion the

s fadeth away, yet the is easily feen of them that most useful talent a man can be master of, I look « love her, and found of such as seek her. She poil cunning to be the accomplishment of little

preventeth them that desire her, in making mean ungenerouş minds. Discretion points out " herself first known unto them. He that feeketh the nobleitends to us, and pursues the most pro her early, shall have no great travel: for he per and laudabie methods of attaining them: « fall find her fitting at his doors. To think running has only private selsith aims, and sticks" therefore upon her is perfection of wisdom, at nothing which may make them succeed. Disc ” and whcro watcheth for her shall quickly be cretion has large and extended views, and, like a " without care,

For she goeth about seeking well formed eye, commands a whole horizon: “ such as are worthy of her, meweth herself fa. cunning is a kind of thort-lightedness, that discovirs the minuteit objects which are near at hand, " them in every thought,".

“ vourably unto them in the ways, and meeteth

с but is not able to discern things at a distance


ment of our manners.

his resurrection. Present authority, late suffering, N° 226. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19. humility and majesty, despotic command, and di

vine love, are at once feated in his celestial aspect. -Mutum eff pictura poema.

Hor. The figures of the eleven apostles are all in the A picture is a poem without words.

same passion of admiration, but discover it differ

ently accordingly to their characters. Peter reI

Have very often lamented and hinted my for- ceives his master's orders on his knees with an

row in several ipeculations, that the art of admiration mixed with a more particular attenpainting is made fo little use of to the improve- tion: the two next with a more open extasy,

When we consider that it though still constrained by the awe of the divine places the action of the person represented in the presence: the beloved disciple, whom I take to molt agreeable aspect imaginable, that it does not be the right of the two first figures, has in his only express the passion or concern as it fits upon countenance wonder drowned in love; and the him who is drawn, but has under those features last personage, whose back is towards the fpetathe height of the painter's imagination, what' tors, and his side towards the presence, one would strong images of virtue and humanity might we fancy to be St. Thomas, as abashed by the connot expect would be instilled into the mind from science of his former diffidence; which perplexed the labours of the pencil ? This is a poetry which concern it is possible Raphael thought too hard a would be understood with much less capacity, talk to draw but by this acknowledgment of the and less expence of time, than what is taught by difficulty to describe it. writings; but the use of it is generally perverted, The whole work is an exercise of the highest and that admirable skill prostituted to the basert piety in the painter; and all the touches of a reand most unworthy ends. Who is the better ligious mind are expressed in a manner much man for beholding the most beautiful Venus, the more forcible than can possibly be performed by best wrought Bacchanal, the images of Neeping the most moving eloquence. These invaluable Cupids, languishing nymphs, or any of the repre- pieces are very juftly in the hands of the greatest sentations of gods, goddesses, demigods, satyrs, and most pious sovereign in the world; and canPolyphemes, sphinxes, or fawns? But if the vir not be the frequent object of every one at their tues and vices, which are sometimes pretended to own leisure: but as an engraver is to the painter, be represented under such draughts, were given us what a painter is to an author, it is worthy ber by the painter in the characters of real life, and majesty's name, that she has encouraged that nothe persons of men and women whose actions ble artist, Monsieur Dorigny, to publith these have rendered them laudable or infamous; we works of Raphael. We have of this gentleman a. Thould not see a good fiftory-piece without re- piece of the transfiguration, which, I think, is ceiving an instructive lecture. There needs no held a work second to none in the world. other proof of this truth, than the testimony of Methinks it would be ridiculous in our people every reasonable creature who has seen the car of condition, after their large bounty to foreigntons in her majesty's gallery at Hampton court: ers of no name or merit, thould they overlook these are representations of no less actions than this occasion of having, for a trifling subscription, those of our blessed Saviour and his apostles. As a work which it is impossible for a man of sense I now sit and recollect the warm images which to behold, without being warmed with the nothe admirable Rapliacl has raised, it is impossible blest sentiments that can be inspired by love, adeven from the faint traces in one's memory of miration, compassion, contempt of this world, what one has not seen these two ycars, to be un- and expectation of a better. moved at the horror and reverence which appear It is certainly the greatest honour we can do in the whole assembly when the mercenary man our country, to diftinguish strangers of merit who fell down dead; at the amazement of the man apply to us with modesty and diffidence, which born blind, when he first receives light; or at the generally accompanies merit. No opportunity of graceless indignation of the forcerer, when he this kind ought to be neglected; and a modest is struck blind. The lame, when they first behaviour should alarm us to examine whether find strength in their feet, stand doubtful of we do not lose something excellent under that their new vigour. The heavenly apostles appear disadvantage in the possessor of that quality. My acting these great things, with a deep fenfe of the skill in paintings, where one is not directed by the infirinities which they relieve, but no value of passion of the pictures, is so inconsiderable, that themselves who administer to their weakness. I am in very great perplexity when I offer to They know themselves to be but inftruments; and speak of any performances of painters, of landthe generous 'distress they are painted in when skips, buildings, or single figures. This makes divine honours are offered to them, is a repre me at a loss how to mention the pieces which Mr. sentation in the most exquisite degree of the beauty Boul exposes to sale by auction on Wednesday of holiness. When St. Paul is preaching to the next in Chandois-ftreet : but having heard him Athenians, with what wonderful art are almost commended by those who have bought of him all the different tempers of mankind represented heretofore for great integrity in his dealing, and in that elegant audience? You see one credulous overheard him himself, though a laudable paintof all that is said, another wrapt up.in deep suso er, say nothing of his own was fit to come into pence, another saying there is some reason in what the room with those he had to sell, I feared I he says, another angry that the apostle destroys a hould lose an occasion of serving a man of worth, favourite opinion which he is unwilling to give in omitting to speak of his auction. up, another wholly convinced and holding out his hands in rapture, while the generality attend, and wait for the opinion of those who are of lead. ing characters in the aisembly. I will not pretend so much as to mention that chart on which is drawn the appearance of our biefied Lord after


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give for it; why may we not suppose that the No 227. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23. cold bath into which they plunged themselves,

had also some share in their cure? A leap into *Ώ μοι εγω τι πάθω και τι ο δίσςοος; έχύπακέεις; " the sea, or into any creek of salt waters, very Ταν βαίταν αποδυς είς κύμαια τηνα αλεύμαν often gives a new motion to the spirits, and a "Ωσπερ τως θύννως σκωπιάζεται 'Oλπις ο γριπεύς: new turn to the blood; for which reason we Κήκα μη σοθάνω, το γε μαν κεόν άδυ τέτυκλαι.

prescribe it in distempers which no other medi. cine will reach. I could produce a quotation

out of a very venerable author, in which the N my last Thursday's paper I made mention of frenzy produced by love is compared to that

a place called The Lover's Leap, which I find 'which is produced by the biting of a mad dog. has raised a great curiosity among several of my • But as this comparison is a little too coarse for correspondents. I there told them that this leap your paper, and might look as if it were cited was used to be taken from a promontory of Leu to ridicule the author who has made use of it;

This Leucas was formerly a part of Acar I Thall only hint at it, and desire you to consider Mania, being joined to it by a narrow neck of whether, if the frenzy produced by the two dif. Jand, which the sea has by length of time over "ferent causes be of the same nature, it may not flowed and washed away; so that at present Leu very properly be cured by the same means. cas is divided from the continent, and is a little "I am, Sir, jiland in the Ionian sea. The promotory of this


most humble servant, ifand, from whence the lover took his leap, was

and well-wisher, formerly called Leucate. If the reader has a

LÆSCULAPIUS.' mind to know both the island and the promon "Mr. Spectator, tory by their modèrn titles, he will find in his

Am a young woman crossed in love. My map the ancient inand of Leucas under the name story is very long and melancholy. To give of St. Mauro, and the ancient promontory of you the heads of it: A young gentleman, after Leucite under the name of The Cape of St. having made his applications to me for three Mauro.

years together, and filled my head with a thou. Since I am 'engaged thus far in antiquity. I « fand dreams of happiness, some few days since mult cbserve that Theocritus in the motto prea " married another. Pray tell me in what part fixed to my paper, defcribes one of his despairing of the world your promontory lies, which you Macpherds addressing himtelf to his mistress after call The Lover's Leap, and whether one may go the following manner : “ Alas! what will be to it by land ? But alas, I am afraid it has lost

coine of me! Wretch that I am! Will you Sits virtue, and that a woman of our times would

not hear me? I will throw off my clothes, and • find no more relief in taking such a leap, than tale a leap into that part of the sea which is ' in singing an hymn to Venus. So that I must « so much frequented by Olphis the fisherinana cry out with Dido in Dryden's Virgil. And though I should escape with my life, I “ know you will be pleased with it." I fall

« Ah! cruel heaven, that made no cure for love !' leave it with the critic; to determine whether

" Your disconfolate servant. the place which this shepherd la particularly

(ATHENAIS. points out, was not the above-mentioned Leucate, or at least some other lover's leap, which "Mister Spictatur, was supposed to have had the same effect. I can

Y heart is so full of lofes and passions for not believe, as all the interpreters do, that the

Mrs. Gwinifrid, and the is so pettish Thepherd means nothing farther here than that he and over-run with cholers against me, that if I would drown himself, since he represents the issue had the good happiness to have my dwelling of his leap as doubtful, by adding, that if he (which is placed by my c.cat-crandfather upon Thould escape with life, he knows his miltreis

' the pottom of an hill) no farther distance but would be pleased with it; which is according twenty mile from the Loser's Leap, I would to our interpretation, that the would rejoice any < indeed indeafour to preak my neck upon it on way to get rid of a lover who was fo troublesome

purpose. Now, good Mister Sp Etatur of Creat to her,

Pritain, you must know it, there is in CaerAfter this short preface, I fall present my narvanmire a very pig mountain, the clory of reader with some letters which I have received ! all Wales, which is named Penmainmaure, and upon this subject. The first is sent me by a play. you must also know, it is no great journey on fician.

foot from me; but the road is stony and bad

for shoes. Now, there is upon the forehead of "Mr. Spectator,

• this mountain a very high rock, (like a parish HER Lover's Leap, which you mention in • steeple) that cometh a huge deal over the fea;

your 22 3d paper, was generally, I be " so when I am in my melancholies, and I do lieve, a very effectual cure for love, and not throw myself from it, I do defire my fery good <only for love, but for all other evils. In short, ' friend to tell me in his Spictatur, if I shall be Sir, I am afraid it was such a leap as that which cure of my griefous lofes ; for there is the sea

Hero took to get rid of lier paffion for Leander, (clear as class, and as creen as the leek: then "A man is in no danger of breaking his heart, likewise if I be drown and preak my neck, if I who breaks his neck to prevent it. I know • Mrs. Gwinifrid will not lose me afterwards.

very well the wonders which ancient authors Pray be speedy in your answers, for I am in “ relate concerning this leap; and in particular ? creat haste, and it is my tefires to do my pusi. Triat very many perions who tried it, escaped iness without loss of time. I remain with cor1).;€ only with their lives but their limbs. If • dial affections, your ever losing friend, by this means they got rid of thcir love, thougir

Davyth ap Shenkyn, Hit ray in part ou afcribed to the roaivide you




P. S. My law?suits have brought me to Lon- began; “There is no manner of news to-day, I I don, but I have lost my causes; and so have cannot tell what is the matter with me, but I made my resolutions to go down and leap before ' Nept very ill last night; whether I caught cold • the frosts begin; for I am apt to take colds.? or no, I know not, but I fancy I do not wear

" Moes thick enough for the weather, and I have Ridicule, perhaps, is a better expedient against coughed all this week: it must be so, for the love than sober advice, and I am of opinion, that cuftom of washing my head winter and summer Hudibras and Don Quixote may be as effeliual to • with cold water, prevents any injury from the cure the extravagancies of this passion, as any of ' season entering that way; so it must come in at the old philosophers. I shall therefore publith my feet; but I take no notice of it: as it comes very speedily the transation of a little Greek ' so it goes. Most of our evils proceed from too manuscript, which is sent me by a learned friend. much tenderness; and our faces are naturally It appears to have been a piece of those records • as little able to refift the cold as other parts, which were kept in the temple of Apollo, that

« The Indian answered very well to an Europear. stood upon the promontory of Leucate. The (who asked him how he could go naked; I am reader will find it to be a summary account of se

( all face,' veral persons who tried the Lover's Leap, and of I observed this discourse was as welcome to my the success they found in it. As there seem to general inquirer as any other of more consequence be in it fome anachronisms and deviations from could have been; but some body calling our talker the ancient orthography, I am not wholly satisfied to another part of the room, the inquirer told myself that it is authentic, and not rather the pro- the next man who sat by him, that Mr. such-a. duction of one of those Grecian sophisters, who one, who was just gone from him, used to wash have imposed upon the world several spurious his head in cold water every morning; and so reworks of this nature. I speak this by way of peated almost verbatim all that had been said to precaution, because I know there are several wri. him. The truth is, the inquisitive are the funters, of uncommon erudition, who would not nels of conversation; they do not take in any thing fail to expose my ignorance, if they caught me for their own use, but merely to pass it to ano. tripping in a matter of so great moment. C ther: they are the channels through which all

the good and evil that is spoken in town are con

veyed. Such as are offended at them, or think No 228. WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21,

they suffer by their behaviour, may themselves

mend that inconvenience; for they are not a maPercunciatorem fugito, nam garrulus idem eft.

licious people, and if you will supply them, you Hor. Ep. 18. lib. 1. ver. 69. may contradict any thing they have said before by Shun the inquisitive and curious man;

their own mouths. 'A farther account of a thing For what he hears he will relate again.

is one of the gratefulest goods that can arrive to POLY.

them: and it is seldom that they are more parti

cular than to say, the town will have it, or I have "HERE is a creature who has all the organs it from a good hand : so that there is room for

the town to know the matter more particularly, ceiving what is said to it, together with a pretty and for a better hand to contradict what was said proper behaviour in all the occurrences of com- by a good one. mon life; but naturally very vacant of thought in I have not known this humour more ridiculous itself and therefore forced to apply itself, to foreign than in a father, who has been earnestly solicitous allistances. Of this make is that man who is very to have an account how his son has passed his · inquisitive. You may often observe, that though leisure hours; if it be in a way thoroughly insighe speaks as good sense as any man upon any nificant, there cannot be a greater joy than an ina thing with which he is well acquainted, he can- quirer discovers in feeing him follow so hopefully not trust to the range of his own fancy to enter his own.steps : but this humour among men is tain himself upon that foundation, but goes on most pleasant when they are saying something still to new inquiries. Thus, though you know which is not wholly proper for a third person to he is fit for the most polite conversation, you hear, and yet is in itself indifferent. The other shall see him very well contented to fit by a day there came in a well-dressed young fellow, jockey, giving an account of the many revolu- and two gentlemen of this species immediately tions in his horfe's health, what potion he made fell a whispering his pedigree. I could over-hear, him take, how that agreed with him, how after- by breaks, She was his aunt; then an answer, Ay, wards he came to his stomach and his exercise, or The was of the mother's side: then again in a lita any the like impertinence; and be as well pleased tle lower voice, His father wore generally a darker as if you talked to him on the most important wig; anfwer, Not much. But this gentleman truths. This humour is far from making a man wears higher heels to his shoes. unhappy, though it may subject him to raillery ; As the inquisitive, in my opinion, are such for he generally falls in with a perfon who seems merely from a vacancy in their own imaginations, to be born for him, which is your talkative fel- there is nothing, methinks, so dangerous as to low. It is so ordered, that there is a secret bent, communicate secrets to them; for the same temas natural as the meeting of different sexes, in per of inquiry makes them as impertinently comthese two characters, to supply each other's wants. municative : but no man though he converses I had the honour the other day to fit in a public with them, need put himself in their power, for room, and saw an inquisitive man !cok with an they will be contented with matters of less mo. ait of satisfaction upon the approach of one of ment as well. When there is fuel enough, no these talkers. The man of ready utterance sat matter what it is-Thus the ends of sentences in down by him, and rubbing his head, leaning on the news-papers, as, “ this wants confirmation, bis arm, and making an uneary countenance, he “this occasions many speculations, and tine

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will discover the event," are read by them, and I had almost forgot to inform you, that as an considered not as mere expletives.

• improvement in this instrument, there will be a One may see now, and then this humour ac particular note, which I call a hush-note; and companied with an insatiable desire of knowing this is to be made use of against a long story, what passes without turning it to any use in the ' swearing, obsceneness, and the like.'

T world but merely their own entertainment. A mind which is gratified this way is adapted to humour and pleasantry, and formed for an un. N° 229. THURSDAY, Novem. 22• concerned character in the world; and, like my. self, to be a mere spectator. This curiosity, with. -Spirat adhuc amor, out malice or felf-interest, lays up in the imagi. Vivuntque commissi calores nation a magazine of circumstances which cannot

Æolia fidibus puellæ. but entertain when they are produced in conver

Hor. Od. 9. 1. 4. V, 10, fation. If one were to know, from the man of Sappho's charming lyre the first quality to the meanest servant, the dis.

Preferves her soft desire, ferent intrigues, sentiments, pleasures, and in. And tunes our ravith'd souls to love, terests of mankind, would it not be the most

CRE ÉCH. pleasing entertainment imaginable to enjoy so

MONG the many famous pieces of anticonstant a farce, as the observing mankind much more different from themselves in their secret there is the trunk of a ftatue which has lost the

quity which are ftill to be seen at Rome, thoughts and public actions, than in their night- arms, legs, and head; but discovers such an excaps and long periwigs?

quisite workmanship in what remains of it,

that Michael Angelo declared he had learned his • Mr. Spestator,

whole art from it. Indeed he studied it so attenLutarch tells us, that Caius Gracchus, the tively, that he made most of his statues, and even

Roman, was frequently hurried by his pal- his pi&tures in that gusto, to make use of the Itafion into fo loud and tumultuous a way of lian phrase; for which reason this maimed statue

speaking, and so strained his voice as not to be is still called Michael Angelo's school. I able to proceed. To remedy this excess, he had an ingenious servant, by name Licinius, always subject of this paper, is in as great reputation

A fragment of Sappho, which I design for the o attending him with a pitch-pipe, or instrument among the poets and critics, as the mutilated fi

to regulate the voice; who, whenever he heard gure above-mentioned is among the statuaries - his master begin to be high, immediately touched and painters. Several of our countrymen, and

a soft note ;- at which, it is said, Caius would Mr. Dryden in particular, seem very often to have prefently abate and grow calm.

copied after it in their dramatic writings, and in Upon recollecting this story, I have frequently their poems upon love. I wondered that this useful instrument thould

Whatever might have been the occasion of this have been so long discontinued; especially since ode, the English reader will enter into the beauwe find that this good office of Licinius has pre- ties of it, if he supposes it to have been written in • served his memory for many hundred years, the person of a lover fitting by his mistress. I shall « which, methinks, should have encouraged fome set to view three different copies of this beautiful

one to have revived it, if not for the public original : the first is a translation by Catullus, the • good, yet for his own credit. It may be.ob- second by Monsieur Boileau, and the last by a

jected, that our loud talkers are so fond of their gentleman whose translation of the “ Hymn to I own noise, that they would not take it well to

« Venus" lias been so defervedly admired. « be checked by their servants : but granting this to be true, surely any of their hearers have a

Ad LESBI A M. very good title to play a soft note in their own

defence. To be sort, no Licinius appearing, « Ille par effe Deo videtur, . and the noise increasing, I was resolved to give Ille, ji fus est, superare divas,

this late long vacation to the good of my coun Qui sedens adversus identidem te try; and I have at length, by the assistance of

SpeEtat, & audit. an ingenious artist, who works to the Royal So

Dulce ridentem, misero yund omnis ciety, almost completed my design, and Mall be ready in a short time to furnith the public with « Lesbia, adspexi, nibil eft fuper mii

Eripit sensus mibi: nam fimul te, (wliat number of these instruments they please,

« Quod loquar amens, either to lodge at coffee-houses, or carry for

their own private use. In the mean time, I Lingua sed torpet : tenuis fub'artus < fhall pay that respect to several gentlemen, who « Flamma dimanat, fonitu fuopte "I know will be in danger of offending against “ Tinni.nt aures! gimina teguntur this instrument, to give thein notice of it by pri

" Lumina noite.' “ vate letters, in which I shall on!y write, “ Get « a Licinius."

My learned reader will know very well the rea. I should now trouble you no longer, but that son wliy one of these verses is printed in Roman I must not conclude without debring you to ac- letter; and if he compares this translation with • cept one of these pipes, which shall be left for the original, will find that the three first stanzas

you with Buckley; and which I hope will be are rendered alınoft word for word, and not only « serviceable to you, since as you are fiient your with the same elegance, but with the fame short

self, you are most open to the insults of the noi- turn of expression which is so remarkable in the ly. I am,

Greek, and so peculiar to the Sapphic ode. I Sir, &c.

cannot imagine for what reason Madam Dacier W. B. has told us, that this ode of Sappho is preserved

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