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a proof of his eating, but a very disagreeable
When ambitious men are much disappointed, some of the ablest of them have been apt, out of peevishness, to give over the world : But often, a little patience is enough to bring things about again.
SOME people are troubling both themselves and others with making great feasts, which they think is living nobly, and Princes themselves are unable to escape them ; whereas a constant way of living politely, is much more estimable, as well as pleasant.
SCARCE one fat person in twenty, but
"Tis the fashion to carve at one's
company, would be none at all to any one of them.
MUSICIANS, Painters, and even Poets, are generally thought a little fantastical; but 'tis the ill ones only, that are fo: the good ones in all ages have been eminently otherwise. As VIRGIL and HORACE, SPENCER, Milton and WALLER, MALHERBE, COR
NEILLE, and BOILEAU. For Painters, be
Mufick has scarce appear'd
lazy to be a Lawyer, too nice to be a Phy? sician, or too gay to be a Priest : but to be told he wants either wit or judgment, goes very hard with a coxcomb.
OU accuse me of fin-
it,and yet afterwards
else leaves, it; which you say is despising at once both Court and
Country. You desire me therefore to defend
appear long to you who know nothing
No part of this task which you impose, is uneasy; except the necessity of using the singular number so often. That one Letter [I] is a most dangerous monosyllable, and gives an air of vanity to the modestest discourse whatsoever. But you will remember I write this only by way of apology ; and that, under accusation, it is allowable to plead any thing for defence, though a little tending to one's own commendation.
ieagle of fit
To begin then without more preamble : I rise, now in summer, about feven a-clock, from a very large bed-chamber (intirely quiet, high, and free from the early sun) to walk in the garden; or, if rainy, in a Salon filled with pictures, some good, but none disagrecable : there also, in a row above them, I have so many portraits of famous persons in several kinds, as are enough to excite ambition in any man less lazy, or less at ease, than myself.