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between the numbers of articles, nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech.
I made my humblest acknowledgments to this illustrious person for his great communicativeness, and promised, if ever. I had the good fortune to return to my native country, that I would do him justice, as the sole inventor of this wonderful machine, the form and contrivance of which I desired leave to delineate on paper. I told him although it was the custom of our learned men in Europe to steal inventions from each other, who had thereby at least this advantage, that it became a controversy which was the right owner; yet I would take such a caution that he should have the honour entire without a rival.
We next went to the school of languages, where three professors sat in consultation upon improving that of their own country.
The first project was to shorten discourse by cutting polysyllables into one, and leaving out verbs and participles ; because, in reality, all things imaginable are but nouns.
The other was a scheme for entirely abolishing all words whatsoever; and this was urged as a great advantage in point of health as well as brevity ; for, it is plain, that every word we speak is in some degree a diminution of our lungs by corrosion, and consequently contributes to the shortening of our lives. An expedient was thereby offered, that since words are only names for things it would be more convenient for all men to carry about them such things as were necessary to express the particular business they are to discourse on. And this invention would certainly have taken place, to th great ease as well as health of the subject, if the women, as well as the vulgar and illiterate, had not threatened to raise a rebellion, unless they might be allowed the liberty to speak with their tongues after the manner of their forefathers; such constant irreconcilable enemies to science are the common people.
Gulliver's Travels in Laputa. Undeserved praise is the severest censure. Therefore, sit down and consider, when you are praised, whether you deserve it or not; if not, depend upon it you are only laughed at and abused.
ALEXANDER'S FEAST ;
A song in honour of St. Cecilia's day, 1697.
'Twas at the royal feast for Persia won
By Philip's warlike son:
On his imperial throne;
(So should desert in arms be crowned.)
None but the brave,
None but the brave,
Timotheus placed on high
Amid the tuneful quire,
With flying fingers touched the lyre : The trembling notes ascend the sky,
And heavenly joys inspire.
A present deity, they shout around;
With ravished ears
Affects to nod,
The praise of Bacchus then the sweet musician sung,
The jolly god in triumph comes;
He shows his honest face :
Soothed with the sound the king grew vain;
He chose a mournful Muse,
By too severe a fate,
Fallen from his high estate, And weltering in his blocd;
Deserted at his utmost need
With not a friend to close his eyes.
The various turns of chance below;
And tears began to flow.
The mighty master smiled to see
Softly sweet in Lydian measures,
Soon he soothed his soul to pleasures. War, he sung, is toil and trouble ; Honour, but an empty bubble ;
Never ending, still beginning, Fighting still, and still destroying :
If the world be worth thy winuing, Think, O think it worth enjoying :
Lovely Thais sits beside thee,
Take the good the gods provide thee. The many rend the skies with loud applause; So Love was crowned, but Music won the cause. The prince, unable to conceal his pain,
Gazed on the fair
Who caused his care,
Sighed and looked, and sighed again ;
Now strike the golden lyre again ;
Hark, hark, the horrid sound
Has raiséd up his head ;
And amazed he stares around.
See the furies arise ;
How they hiss in their hair,
Behold a ghastly band,
Each a torch in his hand !
And unburied remain
To the valiant crew.
Thais led the way,
To light him to his prey,
Thus long ago,
While organs yet were mute,
And sounding lyre,
Inventress of the vocal frame;
Enlarged the former narrow bounds,
And added length to solemn sounds,
Or both divide the crown: