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510 On the irresistible power of beauty.
-Sale of unmarried women
519 Meditation on animal life
on that subject
DUNLOP AND MONTGOMERY
526 On templars turning hackney-coachmen-Com-
mission to Mr. John Sly
young men of the age
529 Rules of precedency among authors and actors
530 Account of the marriage of Will Honeycomb
531 On the idea of the Supreme Being
532 The author's success in producing meritorious
Verses to the Spectator
Letter from Mr. Sly on hats
533 Letters on parents forcing the inclinations of their
children-on rudeness and impudence
539 The intentions of a widow respecting her suitors · STEELE
540 Letter on the merits of Spenser
541 On pronunciation and action
542 Criticisms on the Spectator-Letter on the decay
of the club
543 Meditation on the frame of the human body
No. 461. TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1712.
Sed non ego credulus illis.
VIRG. Ecl. ix. 34.
But I discern their flatt'ry from their praise.
For want of time to substitute something else in the room of them, I am at present obliged to publish compliments above my desert in the following letters. It is no small satisfaction, to have given occasion to ingenious men to employ their thoughts upon sacred subjects, from the approbation of such pieces of poetry as they have seen in my Saturday's papers. I shall never publish verse on that day but what is written by the same hand* ; yet shall I not accompany those writings with eulogiums, but leave them to speak for themselves.
'FOR THE SPECTATOR.
very much promote the interests of virtue, while you reform the taste of a profane age; and persuade us to be entertained with divine poems, while we are distinguished by so many thousand humours, and split into so many different sects and
parties; yet persons of every party, sect, and humour, are fond of conforming their taste to yours.
You can transfuse your own relish of a poem into all your readers, according to their capacity to receive; and when you recommend the pious passion that reigns in the verse, we seem to feel the devotion, and grow proud and pleased inwardly, that we have souls capable of relishing what the Spectator approves.
Upon reading the hymns that you have published in some late papers, I had a mind to try yesterday whether I could write one. The cxivth psalm appears to me an admirable ode, and I began to turn it into our language. As I was describing the journey of Israel from Egypt, and added the divine presence amongst them, I perceived a beauty in this psalm which was entirely new to me, and which I was going to lose; and that is, that the poet utterly conceals the presence of God in the beginning of it, and rather lets a possessive pronoun go without a substantive, than he will so much as mention any thing of divinity there.
“ Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion or kingdom." The reason now seems evident, and this conduct ne cessary: for, if God had appeared before, there could be no wonder why the mountains should leap and the sea retire; therefore, that this convulsion of nature may be brought in with due surprise, his name is not mentioned till afterward; and then, with a very agreeable turn of thought, God is introduced at once in all his majesty. This is what I have attempted to imitate in a translation without paraphrase, and to preserve what I could of the spirit of the sacred author.
* If the following essay be not too incorrigible, bestow upon it a few brightenings from your genius, that I may learn how to write better, or to write no more.
Your daily admirer and
humble servant, &c.
Left the proud tyrant and his land,
The deep divides to make them way;
Like lambs the little hillocks leap;
Make Jordan backward roll his tide ?
Retire, and know th' approaching God,
The rock to standing pools he turris,
• THERE are those who take the advantage of your putting a halfpenny value upon yourself above the rest of our daily writers, to defame
in public conversation, and strive to make you unpa pular upon the account of this said halfpenny. But,
* By Dr. Isaac Watts.