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under the agony of an unutterable forrow, 'till conducted from our sight by her attendants. That commanding awe, which accompanies the grief of great minds, restrained the multitude while in her presence; but as soon as she retired they gave way to their distraction, and all the islanders called upon their deceased hero. To him, methought, they cried out, as to a guardian being; and I gathered from their broken accents, that it was he who had the empire over the ocean and its powers, by which he had long protected the island from shipwreck and invasion. They now give a loose to their moan, and think themselves exposed without hopes of human or divine affistance. While the people ran wild, and expressed all the different forms of lamentation, methought a fable cloud overshadowed the whole land, and covered its inhabitants with darkness : no glimpse of light appeared, except one ray from heaven upon the place in which the heroine now secluded herself from the world, with her eyes fixed on those abodes to which her confort was ascended. Methought a long period of time had passed away in mourning and in darkness, when a twilight began by degrees to enlighten the hemisphere, and looking round me, I saw a boat rowed towards the shore, in which sat a personage adorned with warlike trophies, bearing on his left arm a shield, on which was engraven the image of victory, and in his right hand a branch of olive. His visage was at once fo winning and so awful, that the shield and the olive seemed equally suitable to his genius.

When this illustrious person touched on the shore, he was received by the acclamations of the people, and followed to the palace of the heroine. No pleasure in the glory of her arms or the acclamations of her applauding subjects, were ever capable to suspend her sorrow for one moment, till she saw the olive-branch in the hand of that auspicious messenger. At that fight, as heaven bestows its blessings on the wants and importunities of mortals out of its native bounty, and not to increase its own power or honour, in compassion to the world, the celestial mourner was then first seen to turn her regard to things below; and taking the branch out of the

warrior's hand, looked at it with much satisfaction, and spoke of the blessings of peace with a voice and accent such as that in which guardian spirits whisper to dying penitents affurances of happiness. The air was hushed, the multitude attentive, and all nature in a pause, while she was speaking. But as soon as the messenger of peace had made some low reply, in which methought I heard the word Iberia, the heroine, assuming a more severe air, but such as spoke resolution with out rage, returned him the olive, and again veiled her face. Loud cries and clashing of arms immediately followed, which forced me from my charming vision, and drove me back to these mansions of care and forrow.

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MR. BICKERSTAFF A BENEFACTOR TO HIS ENEMIES OF GRUB

STREET-FABLE OF THE OWLS, THE BATS, AND THE SUN.

Quafitam meritis fume fuperbiam.

HOR.

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OD. XXX. 13. Asume the pride, the purchase of your merit.

HE whole creation preys upon itself; every living

creature is inhabited. A flea has a thousand invisible insects that teaze him as he jumps from place to place, and revenge our quarrels upon

him. A very ordinary microscope shews us that a l-fe is itself a very 1-fy creature. A whale, besides those seas and oceans in the several vessels of his body, which are filled with innumerable shoals of little animals, carries about it a whole world of inhabitants, insomuch that if we believe the calculations some have made, there are more living creatures which are too small for the naked eye to behold about the leviathan, than there are of visible creatures upon the face of the whole earth. Thus every nobler creature is, as it were, the basis and support of multitudes that are his inferiors.

This consideration very much comforts me when I think on those numberlefs vermin that feed upon this paper, and find their sustenance out of it-I mean the small wits and scribblers that every day turn a penny by nibbling at my lucubrations. This has been fo advantageous to this little species of writers, that, if they do me justice, I may expect to have my statue erected in Grub Street, as being a common benefactor to that quarter.

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They say, when a fox is very much troubled with fleas, he goes into the next pool with a little lock of wool in his mouth, and keeps his body under water till the vermin get into it, after which he quits the wool, and diving, leaves. his tormentors to shift for themselves, and get their livelihood where they can. I would have these gentlemen take care that I do not serve them after the same manner; for though I have hitherto kept my temper pretty well, it is not impossible but I may some time or other disappear, and what will then become of them ? Should I lay down my paper, what a famine would there be among the hawkers, printers, booksellers, and authors. It would be like Dr. Burgess's dropping his cloak, with the whole congregation hanging upon the skirts of it. To enumerate some of these my doughty antagonists, I was threatened to be answered weekly “Tit for Tat;'I was undermined by the Whisperer, haunted by Tom Brown's Ghost, scolded at by a Female Tatler, and slandered by another of the fame character, under the title of Atalantis. I have been annotated, retattled, examined, and condoled; but, it being my standing maxim never to speak ill of the dead, I shall let these authors rest in peace, and take great pleasure in thinking that I have sometimes been the means of their getting a belly-full. When I see myself thus surrounded by such formidable enemies, I often think of the knight of the Red Cross in Spencer's “ Den of Error," who, after he has cut off the dragon's head, and left it wallowing in a flood of ink, fees a thousand monstrous reptiles making their attempts upon him, one with many heads, another with none, and all of them without eyes.

The fame so fore annoyed has the knight,
That, well nigh choked with the deadly fink,
His forces fail, he can no longer fight ;
Whole courage when the fiend perceiv'd to shrink,
She poured forth out of her hellish sink
Her fruitful cursed spawn of serpents small,
Deformed monsters, foul, and black as ink;

Which swarming all about his legs did crawl,
And him encumber'd fore, but could not hurt at all.

As gentle

shepherd in /weet eventide,
When ruddy Phabus gins to welk in west,
High on a hill, his flock to viewen wide,
Marks which do bite their hafy, fupper beft;
A cloud of cumbrous gnats do him moleft,
All striving to infix their feeble ftings,
That from their noyance he no where can rest;

But with his clownish hands their tender wings
He brusheth oft, and oft doth mar their murmurings.

If ever I should want such a fry of little authors to attend me, I shall think my paper in a very decaying condition. They are like ivy about an oak, which adorns the tree at the same time that it eats into it; or like a great man's equipage, that do honour to the person on whom they feed. For my part, when I see myself thus attacked, I do not consider my antagonists as malicious, but hungry, and therefore am resolved never to take any notice of them.

As for those who detract from my labours without being prompted to it by an empty stomach, in return to their censures I shall take pains to excel, and never fail to persuade myself that their enmity is nothing but their envy or ignorance.

Give me leave to conclude, like an old man and a moralist, with a fable :

The owls, bats, and several other birds of night were one day got together in a thick shade, where they abused their neighbours

in a very sociable manner. Their satire at last fell upon the sun, whom they all agreed to be very troublesome, impertinent, and inquisitive. Upon which the fun, who overheard them, spoke to them after this manner : 'Gentlemen, I wonder how you dare abuse one that, you know, could in an instant scorch you up, and burn every mother's son of you. But the only answer I shall give you, or the revenge I shall take of you is, to shine on.'

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